A Great Lakes Record CHINOOK SALMON

Ludington Michigan. On August 7, 2021, a 19-year-old angler, Luis Martinez of Ortonville, caught a huge 47.86-pound Chinook salmon. But not only is the whopper a new State Record, but it will go down in the history books as a new Great Lakes Record too. Martinez was...

Targeting September GEESE

When it comes to natural resources, abundance is a good thing. For those who covet the Canada goose, abundance hasn’t always been the case. Michigan enjoys two distinctively different populations of Canada geese, including migrants who nest in Canada’s James Bay...

Small thoughts on ‘Finesse for Bass’

As we head into fall, throwing small baits on light line can catch more bass than anything else in your arsenal. Not always, but pretty often. Also, as we prepare for the autumnal season that most outdoorsmen say is their favorite time of year with its many fishing...

Possums

One of the most maligned and misunderstood mammals in Michigan are possums. Yet, in reality, they are very beneficial animals. Here are some terrific tidbits about these harmless, somewhat hairless, and hardy helpers: You say Possum; I say Opossum In true...

The Outdoor Weekend is back

We’re excited to celebrate our outdoor heritage   Outdoor Weekend #34 was canceled due to COVID-19. We’re back though with Outdoor Weekend #35 and we’re back in a big way! Of course, we understood the seriousness of COVID-19 and knew safety from this dreadful and...

RECENT EDITIONS

Grandeur Grand Haven

Grandeur Grand Haven

Rivers are a huge draw for trout and salmon anywhere they enter the Great Lakes. The Grand River is Lake Michigan’s largest tributary and, for that reason, attracts a hodgepodge of salmonids. Whether pumping tepid spring run-off into an icy cold lake or delivering a...

URBAN BIRDS

URBAN BIRDS

The comeback of peregrine falcons...   Michigan’s speediest and stealthiest raptor species is positively the peregrine falcon. Here are some fascinating facts about those fast and fierce feathered friends. The scientific name of the peregrine falcon is Falco...

BLUEGILL FRENZY

BLUEGILL FRENZY

As we eased the boat into the shallows, we immediately noticed dozens of bluegills swirling in circles, protecting their beds. Zach Darwin made the first accurate cast and quickly announced Fish On! Soon a feisty male with brilliant orange and blue colors came to the...

When whitetails fight for space

When whitetails fight for space

In order to survive and reproduce, whitetails must have favorable habitat that provides food, shelter, and water in the proper proportions and within accessible distances. However, during the fawning season, “space” also becomes important and, in cases of high deer...

Will there be an Outdoor Weekend?

Will there be an Outdoor Weekend?

Nightmare ending, see you in September   Vaccines are feeding hopes of returning to some sort of pre-pandemic normal. Gov. Whitmer has stated if 70 percent of the Michigan population gets vaccinated we can lift the restrictions and open our state once again. And...

Concentrate on summer smallies

Concentrate on summer smallies

Steam was rising from the warm river into the cool morning air when we launched. Trout were actively rising in the cooler morning flows. Grant manned the oars on the johnboat, and Leon and I cast from our perches on the bow and stern. Grant instructed us to cast at a...

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