Friday: Outdoors

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: High water levels continue to hamper fishing efforts on the trout lakes. Rivers and streams were at their banks and it does not look like they will be dropping anytime soon. • Marquette: The fish cleaning station is back up and running for the season! Boat ...

‘Every last ounce’

MARQUETTE — When you have only 17 percent function of your heart, you probably tend to cherish many of life’s little moments others might ignore. A person’s chance of survival with such a challenge depends on physical conditioning — as well as a positive mental outlook — so it helps ...

Getting away from everyday stress is key

“As we live and breathe, somehow we must believe,” — Steve Forbert Like a grand gateway to a universe of discovery, the white, curved curbing at the edge of the blacktopped road welcomed me off the pavement into a natural world I’ve been endlessly fascinated with since I was a young ...

‘On the ground’ for grouse

GWINN — Ruffed grouse — a popular game species — should benefit from local conservationists and volunteers being, literally, on the ground. A group of people on Saturday drove in a caravan from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Gwinn Field Office to a Grouse Enhanced ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Overall: Fishing on the trout lakes was slow because of the cool temperatures. Water levels were high and muddy once again after recent storms. Lake Gogebic: Was producing a few walleye. Copper Harbor: Has produced a couple legal size splake along with several small ones ...

Flight opens doors to cherished memories

“I woke up high over Albuquerque on a jet to the promised land.” — Chuck Berry When I watch the graceful flight of birds, especially large birds like cranes and egrets or hawks and eagles, it’s like getting a view into the mind of creation. I don’t see all the moving parts ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula Overall: The walleye and pike opener should be good as water temperatures move up to the low to mid 40’s. Water levels in the rivers was still high but starting to recede and clear up. Steelhead fishing was still slow. Copper Harbor: Fishing has been somewhat slow at both ...

Likin’ lichens

MARQUETTE — Wetmore Landing was an ideal spot for searching for lichens on a sunny Saturday morning. Mary Martin, a biology instructor at Northern Michigan University, on Saturday led hikers on a Northern Center for Lifelong Learning course, “Lichenfest! Learn about Lichens in our Own ...

Bee-connected

MARQUETTE — Marquette Alternative High School students gathered around a newly installed indoor bee hive at the school on Wednesday, looking for the hard-to-find queen. It was an unusual way to spend part of their afternoon — trying to find a unique insect for a project that could lead to ...

Outdoors North

“Nothing else can make my heart flutter like you,” – Jack Ingram The night was cool and damp when I stepped outside the door, my bare feet following the rose rock steps down to the landing. I stand here often to get a better ear on the world. Even if I only step outside for a couple ...

Gone fishin’

Copper Harbor: A small number of legal size splake were caught. Fishing was slow as the water is still very cold. Keweenaw Bay: Smelt are running sporadically so the action has been hit-or-miss. Trolling was really good or really bad as the large number of smelt in the shallows has made ...

An a-lure-ing company

MARQUETTE — Sometimes it’s good to be spoon-fed. Jacob Patterson, a junior at Northern Michigan University studying business management, is owner of the U.P. Lure Company LLC, which specializes in trolling, casting and wobbling casting spoons. A spoon is an oblong lure, usually made of ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: The ice is gone, and fishing was good. Those trolling stick baits in five to 40 feet did good for coho, brown trout and splake. The whitefish action was slow. In Huron Bay, the fishing pressure was low. Only a few splake were caught and released. A few lake ...

Outdoors North: Forest trek provides amphibious serenade

“Let’s go down to the waterline.” — Mark Knopfler My boots in the mud, I walked toward the little wooden boardwalk that arched over the marsh. Overgrown with dried yellow and greenish grasses, much of this first part of the walk was now also covered with a couple inches of water, the ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Overall: Many lakes in Luce and Alger County still had ice. Access roads will likely have snow pack. Rain in the forecast will certainly help open things up, but not quite there yet. Water levels will be high in the central and eastern sections of the Upper Peninsula. • ...

U.P. fisheries evolving

ISHPEMING — Changes have come and will come for Upper Peninsula fisheries. Some of those changes were discussed at Wednesday’s “Conversations and Coffee” event put on by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at Ishpeming Township Hall. George Madison, fisheries manager for ...

Wet a line and learn something of life

“If everything's gonna turn out right, you're gonna fry fish tonight.” — Johnny Cash I remember the pounding of my heart and the almost breathless existence those last few hours of waiting for the first day of trout season held when I was a kid. Preparations would have started days ...

Cycle of life

MARQUETTE — Cycling is not just one pedaling movement after another. It requires a mental and physical commitment that can push even the fittest of people beyond their comfort zones. Barring a major injury, what’s wrong with that? This type of physical activity — and just introducing ...

Outdoors North: Roaring rivers remind us that spring is here

“Meet me on the mountain when the winter lays her head to rest,” — Gary Richrath As the gray morning wore on, I was heading west across the peninsula with a cold wind putting a snap in the springtime air. Watching the sides of the road, I was surprised to see many of the small creeks ...

Gone fishin’

UPPER PENINSULA • Marquette: More boats were starting to head out now that the ice is gone. Most were trolling between the breakwall in the Lower Harbor to the Chocolay River. Coho, brown trout and a few splake were starting to show up and were caught off the breakwall. Water temperatures ...