Anglers reported catching limits of walleye in the lower part of the Saginaw River.
October 25, 2023
At one of my recent ice fishing seminars a reader asked for tips on using spoons to catch walleyes during the winter.
For starters, I explained, it helps tremendously to have reliable electronics that you know how to operate. You need to be able to mark fish and your lure! Via your electronics, you can observe the response of walleyes to flash, vibration, colors, and jigging action.
Webster’s defines insight as “the power or act of seeing into a situation” and “the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things…”
Wow, that about sums up the challenges of the universe, eh? Gain insight into any topic and we actually apprehend the inner nature of that topic. My years of catching fish through the hard water have produced a few “fishing insights,” so allow me to expound on some tactics that I believe speak to the inner nature of hard-water fishing.
Michigan’s agriculture community is at or near the top of the list among those concerned with the state’s growing deer population. Yet modern-day farming practices of plowing under crops as soon as they are harvested works against the desire of many farmers that hunters kill more deer.
I remember hunting farm country in the 1980s and ’90s when cut corn fields and bean stubble fields were magnets for whitetails. Once fields were harvested, the remains were left until spring and hunters had ample opportunities to harvest deer, which continued to feed on the leftovers. Sometime in the early 2000s farming practices changed.
Eric Morken had close encounters with mature bucks while bowhunting mornings on Oct. 15 and 21. In this video below, Morken details that latest encounter in North Dakota, along with how he adjusted based on the way the buck moved on the terrain. He also details what you can take from hunts at this time of year that can pay off in about a week when the rut gets going.
If your deer hunting unit is under a chronic wasting disease hunting restriction, if you want to know if the deer you’ve taken had CWD or you are concerned with the future of North Dakota’s deer herd, you should make plans to get your deer tested by the Game and Fish Department.
While there is currently no scientific evidence CWD can pass from deer to humans, wouldn’t you feel better knowing the deer you harvested and ate tested negative? If you want to help biologists track the prevalence and surveillance of this always fatal disease, why not drop off the head or get a handy self sampling kit?
Fewer deer plus more wolves equals … If you guessed a greater volume of livestock depredation, you get a star. John Hart, district supervisor and wildlife biologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, based in Grand Rapids, Minn., said earlier this week that the number of calls received regarding gray wolves killing livestock (mostly cattle) has been the highest since 2020. There have been, to date, 196 such reports. There were 139 a year ago.
Commentary: Upper Midwest Prairie Grouse Summit sheds light on concerns, solutions for sharptails, greater prairie-chickens
Last March, a call went out from wildlife managers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. They were concerned about the state of sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie-chicken populations, their common issue of fragmented populations from loss and degradation of habitat (primarily from natural succession, fragmentation, and conversion), and lack of awareness of the birds and the issue. Thus, the idea of an Upper Midwest Prairie Grouse Summit was “hatched.”
Reader-submitted letters to the editor published in the Oct. 27, 2023, edition of Minnesota Outdoor News.