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Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Bob Gwizdz

Bob Gwizdz: Detroit River walleye fishing truly is world class

I have become increasingly convinced during the past couple of decades that the Detroit River offers the best walleye fishing in the world.
Oh, you can argue that other places offer bigger average-sized fish or some other consideration, but when you combine the number of fish – and the numbers of folks fishing for them – with the pure fun of fishing you get jigging, I think just about everywhere else pales in comparison.

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Popularity of bass fishing tournaments grows in Michigan

Tournament bass fishing in Michigan is growing every year, according to Tom Goniea, the fisheries biologist who monitors the sport for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
“The program started in 2016 and it’s increased every year with the exception of 2020, and it would have increased in 2020 as well if many of the tournaments weren’t wiped out because of COVID,” Goniea said. “It’s been on a steady upward trajectory.”

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Bob Gwizdz: Is new steelhead regulation on several Michigan streams keeping anglers away?

It was around noon by the time we got started recently on Michigan’s Manistee River below Tippy Dam, which is a big change from the way Jim Romine and I used to fish.
We’ve always been on the water by sunrise. But this year Romine suggested we not kill ourselves getting up there, and I didn’t object.
Is that maturity or just old age?

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Bob Gwizdz: The best time to go fishing is whenever you can

We were fishing for Atlantic salmon, one of Jim Chamberlin’s favorite fish, on Michigan’s Torch Lake, one of his favorite fishing holes.
Atlantics, Chamberlin says, are “challenging, good fighting fish, extremely good to eat and they’re unique – Torch Lake is the only inland lake that has them.”
We were trolling, slowly, with shallow-diving Rapalas, 100 feet behind the planer boards in 15 to 50 feet of water, and rolling snake eyes. All the while, we could see the salmon – the water was so clear you see bottom 40 feet down.

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Trophy whitetails highlighted at Big Buck Night-West in Michigan

Jimmy Gretzinger has been hosting Big Buck Night for Michigan Out-of-Doors television for 25 years. And his co-host, Jenny Olsen Ciolek, has been doing so for 24. Between the pair, they’ve interviewed hundreds of hunters who they’ve brought to the stage to show off their big bucks.
The biggest change they’ve seen over the years is the numbers of hunters who shot the one deer they were monitoring and targeting.

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Have a seat: Lawn chair fishing is just plain fun

Andrew Hendrickson is a charter boat skipper. He mostly fishes for walleyes, largely in the Michigan’s Saginaw Bay system.
But when I met up with him recently for a day of angling near his home in Standish, Mich., he had the rods and reels ready to go, but the boat was still on the trailer and he had a couple of lawn chairs for us to fill. He had no intention of getting out on the water; we were going to position ourselves on a cut near a marina to fish for perch.

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Michigan DNR works with land conservancy to expand Barry State Game Area

Michigan’s 16,614-acre Barry State Game Area is set to expand by a little more than 200 acres thanks to a property donation that is expected to be accepted by Department of Natural Resources director M. Scott Bowen.
The property was formerly owned by the Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo and was purchased by a conservation-oriented family that works with the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, according to Mark Mills, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Division’s southwest regional manager.

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Michigan father-son team carry on the tradition of trapping

One of the reasons early settlers came to Michigan was because of the fur trade.
Well before statehood, the fur trade was the dominant industry in Michigan and remained so for more than a 100 years. Detroit was known as a hub for furs centuries before it became known for automobiles. These days, the fur trade is a mere blip in Michigan’s economy, but trapping remains a significant form of outdoor recreation.

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