Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Saturday, December 9th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Bob Gwizdz

Should there be a slot limit for Saginaw River walleyes in Michigan?

Michigan’s newest fishing opportunity – keeping walleye season open year-round at the lower end of the Saginaw River – is a hit. Anglers have been flocking to the river during what used to be a six-week closed period and they’re catching plenty of fish.
I checked it out one day recently with veteran charter skipper Brandon Stanton and though it started slowly – the weather was brutal when we started, less than 20 degrees and the wind howling like James Brown – by the time we quit, mid-afternoon, three of us had put our limits (eight apiece) in the boat.

Michigan will increase its rooster release in 2023

The Department of Natural Resources plans to triple the budget for the pheasant release program this fall compared to 2022.
The birds will be supplied and distributed by Michigan Association of Game Bird Breeders and Hunting Preserves, as they have in the past. The plan is to release birds twice a week at most game areas in the program during the early part of the season (Oct. 20 to Nov. 14) and once a week during the December season. Releases will be random, not on a set schedule.

Michigan DNR Fisheries chief Jim Dexter stepping down

After more than 35 years with the Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter is pulling the plug. He plans to retire in April – “the day before the trout opener,” he said – a date that he says was “strategically chosen.”
A 1983 graduate of Michigan State University, Dexter held a series of temporary fisheries jobs at state and federal agencies and universities before joining the Indiana DNR in 1985 as a fisheries technician.

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