TURKEY POACHERS … Face Stiff Fines and Penalties

After this past winter I was surprised how many turkeys survived, especially in northern Michigan. I was glad to see so many moving around where I live during the mating season of April and May. Several times I had to stop my truck in order to let roaming toms cross...

2018 Deer Harvest and Hunters Down

The decline in the number of deer hunters in Michigan continued during 2018 along with the deer harvest, according to preliminary figures released by the DNR. Although the total deer harvest was down during 2018 compared to the year before, more whitetails were...

Cisco: It’s what’s for dinner

The Great Lakes cisco is one of those fish that is known by a number of alias names. Chubs, lake herring, tullibee are just a few of the names that anglers have tagged onto the cisco. History of Ciscoes in Lake Michigan At one time ciscoes were considered one of the...

Mid-summer into fall… a crankbait can do it all

Casting or trolling, my favorite lure is a crankbait... A flip of the lid of any of my tackle totes will prove that; they’re almost all filled with Rapalas of all shapes and sizes, each model with a specific action of its own. I use them often, late summer through...

A National Bass Fishing Powerhouse

A small Michigan College is building a reputation as… Collegiate level bass fishing is growing each year in Michigan. Colleges and Universities including Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Michigan, Grand Valley, Lake Superior State and...

RECENT EDITIONS

Return of the Lawn Lobsters!

Return of the Lawn Lobsters!

Devil Crayfish, also known as mudbugs or crawdads; are the most widely spread crayfish of Michigan... Mysterious miniature “chimneys” are emerging in moist meadows and lawns as well as along stream banks across most of Michigan; just as they do every spring and well...

Feely fish theories and swimbaits

Feely fish theories and swimbaits

Here’s a stupid fish theory for you: The “feel” of a lure can be just as important as its “look...” We came up with this stupid fish theory long ago while trolling for salmon. Stupid fish theories, by the way, are things that anglers think up usually while waiting for...

SUMMER SLAB GILLS

SUMMER SLAB GILLS

Catching big panfish during the dog days of summer can be a cake walk if you understand the species and use savvy fishing strategies. I felt my rod tip jiggle as out of the weeds came a solid rod bending strike and I set the hook. For an instant the rod bent double...

Film your hunt like a pro

Film your hunt like a pro

These days anyone can get a cheap camera and film pretty much anything they want. Even smartphones can take relatively good video clips for personal use or social media sharing. But taking video in the field, and getting a top-notch production are two very different...

WALLEYES and WORMS

WALLEYES and WORMS

Whether imitation or real, worms work for catching walleye in open water   They wiggle; they squiggle; they’re soft and smell funny. They’re worms. And all that holds true whether they are modern-day fake baits or the real deal. The best thing about worms? They...

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