Yellow perch and walleye fishing on Lake Erie has slowed somewhat ahead of the fall bite and crappies are being found in deep water on inland lakes.
August 31, 2023
A black bear attacked a 7-year-old boy outside his family’s home in suburban New York, sending the child to a hospital with injuries that were not life threatening, officials said.
The attack happened shortly after 11 a.m. on Aug. 22, outside a home in Bedford, about 45 miles northeast of New York City. North Castle Police Chief Peter Simonsen told News 12 Westchester that the child was playing in his backyard with a sibling when the bear attacked.
Reports coming across my desk indicate it’s been a weedy summer in many Minnesota lakes: plants clogging personal watercraft propellers, pontoon motors operated in reverse to clear weeds, and uprooted plants washing ashore. Although these are recreational problems, I’ve investigated how plants might be affecting fish and anglers.
Lake water levels at Three Mile Lake, in Union County, Iowa, will be lowered this week as a part of a lake restoration project.
Managers will maintain the lake at approximately eight feet below normal lake levels until the fall of 2024, when the water will be lowered up to 11 feet to expose areas of shoreline and lake bed for construction. Water being released through the lake’s outlet structure will be released slowly to avoid downstream impacts.
Iowa’s sunflower and wheat fields will be popular places on Sept. 1 when thousands of hunters slip into the standing flowers and field edges in the early morning darkness for the opening day of dove hunting season.
Fast paced and fun, dove hunting can be done by nearly everyone regardless of skill level or mobility. It doesn’t require expensive equipment to participate, only clothes that blend in to the background, a bucket and plenty of shells.
The 2023 August pheasant population survey had the highest statewide counts since 2015, with the biggest increases coming from southwest, northwest and northeast regions. The statewide average was nearly 23 birds per route; a 15% increase over 2022.
“The bird counts were better than we thought in northwest and northeastern Iowa. The population in northeast is the highest that region has seen in 24 years,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife research biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.