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Friday: Outdoors

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Keweenaw Bay: Anglers were starting to find more fish when trolling spoons and crank baits. Depths vary but anglers caught Chinook, coho, steelhead, brown trout and quite a few lake trout. • Escanaba River: Was producing some limit catches of walleye. • Big Bay De ...

When biking is an Adventure

MARQUETTE — A few rules had to be followed at Monday’s season debut ride of the Adventure Bike Club at Tourist Park: no wheelies were allowed, helmets were to be worn at all times and hands were to be kept on the handlebars. If you think that kept youngsters from having fun, you’d be ...

Outdoors North

“I been in the right place, but it must have been the wrong time.” — Dr. John It had been one of those days, the kind everybody has now and then, when too many deadlines and obligations crowd out the fun in life. For me, those days don’t just come out of nowhere, but rather, usually ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Fishing was steady with those targeting salmon taking 3-6 fish per trip. Most were getting a mix of coho, steelhead, lake trout or brown trout. Few Chinook salmon were caught. Most were heading east towards Shot Point and staying in shallow waters 50 feet or ...

Seeing spring sprouts summertime memories

“Let me ride, ride, ride, I got to be free inside.” — K. Cronin The air was filled with the songs of the ovenbirds, hermit thrushes and robins, while the ground below was covered in an exquisite carpet of large-flowered trilliums. These regal white beauties, with their striking green ...

Gone fishin’

Upper Peninsula • Marquette: Water temperatures were still cold at 45 degrees. While the bite slowed, anglers were still catching fish. Boats did best near Shot Point in 50 feet or less. Those fishing the Lower Harbor and near the Chocolay River caught Chinook, coho, lake trout, brown trout ...

Take a hike

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy has a two-pronged mission: to promote healthy ecosystems through permanent legal protection and ecological management of conservation lands, and by engaging the public in protecting and enjoying those lands. Activities planned for this ...

Dreaming of summer’s blue skies, starry nights

“They're OK the last days of May, but I'll be breathin' dry air; I'm leaving soon, the others are already there all there.” — Buck Dharma There was afternoon jazz playing on the speakers, a cherry fizz in my hand. I had just walked into the dining room when outside the window I caught ...

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 ...