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

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

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....

Sometimes, it takes a practical joke to get her hooked

Dear Fish Diary: I have to be honest; some guys really don’t want their girlfriends or spouses to take up fishing. I’m serious. I know it sounds a bit out there, but it’s true. Their excuses run the gauntlet of typical relationship rhetoric. Oh, this is a man’s sport,...

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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SPORT SHOW FINDS

SPORT SHOW FINDS

Sporting Collectibles...2022 Outdoorama   It was great being back in Novi for Outdoorama. It was the last sports show I set my displays up before COVID-19 hit two years ago. Our lives have been changed in many ways since, but the 2022 edition of the Outdoorama...

New fishing regulations

New fishing regulations

As spring draws closer, Michigan anglers are encouraged to purchase a 2022 fishing license when they go on sale Tuesday, March 1. The new license season begins April 1, and the 2022 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2023. Licenses can be purchased at...

Scout Now for Spring Turkeys!

Scout Now for Spring Turkeys!

Scouting for spring turkeys should begin way in advance of the spring season. Late winter or early spring is not too early to begin your scouting. Locating clusters of flocked up wintering birds can give you an idea of how many birds are in the area, how they survived...

Hard and Soft River Options

Hard and Soft River Options

Midwinter Steelheading Your basic setup will be 3-4 line counting reels with 12-pound high visible line down to a 10-pound fluorocarbon 3-foot leader off of a ball swivel. Utilizing Hot-N-Tot Juniors, or Junior Thundersticks in orange, blue chrome, and chartreuse...

Woodcock help on the way?

Woodcock help on the way?

A 60-year-old problem for a Michigan game bird could be eased a bit if the Michigan Legislature enacts a recently introduced bill. In December 2021, Michigan House Bill No. 5631 was introduced by Reps. Cherry, Haadsma, Sneller, Green and Cynthia Johnson. If passed,...

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