SPRING ’GILLS

If you are looking for a red hot Michigan fishing opportunity that provides endless action, spectacular catches and ideal weather, don’t miss bluegills this spring. When warming weather increases water temperature, panfish leave deep water haunts and slip into skinny...

Seeing moose in the U.P. is not easy!

As a DNR fisheries biologist in the U.P., I had to answer public wildlife questions at the DNR office when wildlife biologists were not available. One time the secretaries summoned me to the front public contact counter. There, a man and woman wanted me to direct them...

Our Outstanding BASS FISHING

Not too many folks in our state complain when they accidentally hook a nice bass. They could be panfish or pike fishing, but bass always brighten a day of fishing when they barge in and take the bait. Both small and largemouth have offered so many pictures for the...

So many worthy causes all in one spot

When you think of the Woods-N-Water News Outdoor Weekend, most likely ATVs, deer blinds, bows, arrows and whitetails come to mind. Maybe it’s our Puppy Tent, where hundreds of puppies are sold and the vision of a child holding a chocolate lab close to their face...

The Great Gray Owl

One of Michigan’s most marvelously mesmerizing bird species are those grandiose, goliath-esque Great Gray Owls (referred to, herein, as GGOs). It’s time for a tally of tantalizing tidbits about these remarkable, yet rare, rat-slaying raptors: The Name Game: The...

RECENT EDITIONS

MAY’S MORELS

MAY’S MORELS

As a rookie turkey hunter hunting in the Hubbard Lake area a few decades ago, I stumbled onto my first morel ‘patch.’ It was the mother lode, not just a group of two or three I would normally find; there were dozens like someone planted them. And the secret to finding...

Turkey Calling…5 Mistakes to Avoid

Turkey Calling…5 Mistakes to Avoid

I have to admit; I am addicted to buying turkey calls. This is no secret among my family and friends, who are used to me going nuts every time I enter the turkey hunting section at a sporting goods store. If you happen to see me, you will find me drooling at the wide...

JIGGING! A hot new salmon tactic

JIGGING! A hot new salmon tactic

The weather was perfect, seas calm, kings were rolling on the surface of Betsie Bay by the truckloads, but I couldn’t buy a bite trolling spoons, attractor flies, meat rigs or plugs. Meanwhile, jiggers nearby were having a heyday, fighting and landing monster salmon....

Jigging post-spawn walleyes

Jigging post-spawn walleyes

For the most part, walleye procreation is over for the year. The large, tightly-packed schools of fish are dispersing throughout the waterways they call home, heading toward their summer haunts. However, the catching can be tough this time of year, not necessarily...

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