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Monday, June 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Monday, June 24th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Bill Parker

Bass tourneys abundant on Bennett Lake in Michigan’s Genesee County

With a diverse warmwater fishery that includes good numbers and sizes of largemouth bass, panfish, and northern pike, Bennett Lake is typical of most inland lakes in southern Michigan.
As part of a small chain of lakes it receives a fair share of recreational angling pressure, particularly from bass anglers. Between Bennett and Lobdell lakes, which are connected, there are no fewer than 35 bass fishing tournaments scheduled for 2024.

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Outdoor Observations: Sharing spots shore fishing in Michigan, and that’s just fine

Evening was fading quickly, and I really didn’t have the time to take the boat down to a lake and launch it for an evening of fishing. Instead I grabbed my rod and tried a shore fishing spot near home.
To my complete surprise there was a truck already parked at “my spot.” I glanced toward the lake and saw four teens with their lines in the water. Oh well, I thought, I’ll go to another shore fishing spot in nearby Bald Mountain Recreation Area. But when I got there, again I’d been beaten to the punch.

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Michigan’s whitetail harvest, hunters both increase in ’23

Hunter numbers and the deer harvest both inched up slightly last year, according to the Michigan DNR’s latest harvest report, which was presented to the state Natural Resources Commission at its meeting earlier this month in Traverse City.
DNR statistician Brian Frawley combined the online harvest reporting data with the annual hunter mail survey to get the final numbers.

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Robust management pays dividends on Rose Lake in Michigan’s Osceola County

Most walleye stocking events on Michigan inland lakes consists of planting spring fingerlings. Many of these tiny fish, which usually average between 1 and 2 inches in length, often are gobbled up by predators in the lake.
To compensate for this loss, a very high number of spring fingerlings are planted with hopes that a fair percentage of them will survive long enough to be recruited into the fishery.
Osceola County’s Rose Lake is an exception to this effort.

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Outdoor Observations: Good start for Michigan turkey hunters

After two solid days of hunting from dusk until dawn, another day hunting in the wind and rain, and yet another full day of close calls, it (finally) all came together. And like it often does in the turkey woods, the culmination of my spring season happened quickly.
The clear, chilly morning started with hot action as I spotted a pair of gobblers roosted low along the edge of an agriculture field just before daybreak.

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Bass and pike remain popular at Upper Peninsula’s Otter Lake

If you’re looking for an inland lake where you can chase bass in the Upper Peninsula, your options are relatively limited. However, if you’re headed to Houghton County, Otter Lake might be just what the doctor ordered.
With a robust smallmouth fishery and a decent largemouth bite, Otter Lake provides west end bass anglers with a pretty sweet option.

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Outdoor Observations: Many questions surrounding wolf shot in southern Michigan

In the last edition of Michigan Outdoor News we reported that a gray wolf had been killed by a coyote hunter in southern Lower Michigan’s Calhoun County.
What made the story so intriguing is that the only known wolf population in the state is more than 300 miles away in the Upper Peninsula. Since wolves remain federally protected under the Endangered Species Act – although many across the state, including me, feel they should be removed from such protections – the claim by the hunter that the wolf was mistaken for a coyote and killed in southern Michigan raised more than a few eyebrows.

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Michigan Natural Resources Commission OKs waterfowl seasons, concern for mallards remains

Michigan’s 2024 waterfowl hunting season will look very much like it did in 2023.
At its meeting earlier this month in Lansing, the state Natural Resources Commission voted unanimously to implement a proposal from the DNR Wildlife Division for a season nearly identical to last year’s. The proposal includes a 60-day duck season and a 107-day goose season.

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