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Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, May 19th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Mike Gnatkowski

May brings Lake Michigan salmon close to shore

Anglers rightfully equate the best salmon fishing on Lake Michigan with summer. Ideal water temperatures and schooling baitfish have salmon concentrated and at a heightened activity level, making them easier to catch.
But if you wait until summer to go salmon fishing, you’ll miss out on some great action. Anglers enjoy great spring fishing off Michigan ports like Grand Haven, Muskegon, and Whitehall in May. The salmon are close to shore, aggressive, and readily available to small-boat anglers.

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Don’t miss these April fishing opportunities in Michigan

April has anglers smiling. Winter is finally over, at least mostly… though a mid-April snowstorm is never out of the question.
On the other hand, towards the end of the month, it can be short-sleeve weather, and the warming temperatures prompt Hendrickson mayflies to begin hatching, and trout go crazy. In between, you can experience fantastic spring fishing. The following are a few can’t-miss destinations in Michigan.

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Bobbers can be the perfect fit for ice fishing; here’s how to utilize them

Bobbers, also called floats, are ideal for vertical presentations we employ when ice fishing.
You need to match your bobber to your quarry. Panfish demand a much smaller float than one used for pike or lake trout, and a spring bobber may be an even better option. Let’s start with a so-called bobber on the end of your ice rod: spring bobbers. They’re a specialized tool perfect for panfish in the winter.

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Don’t ignore deeper water for Michigan’s first-ice panfish

Ice anglers wait anxiously for first ice, knowing it’s one of the best times to catch bluegills.
Anglers predictably gather off weed edges where they last made big catches in the fall. That can be a great location to make limit catches of average-sized ’gills, but the real jumbos may already have scooted to deeper water.

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December grouse hunting in Michigan requires a different approach from early season

November 14 signaled the conclusion of the first portion of ruffed grouse season in Michigan. The second grouse season began Dec. 1, the day after the firearm deer season ended, and runs through Jan. 1.
The 16-day respite for the firearms deer season provides a distinct division of where you consider looking for grouse in the early versus late seasons.

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Shot sizes for every part of the waterfowl season: Here’s what to consider

If you go to any major retailer and try to find steel shot for waterfowl hunting, you’re likely to find BB, 2, and 4 shot. Maybe.
These limited options oftentimes leaves you in a conundrum. The early season typically finds you shooting a lot of wood ducks and young-of-the-year puddlers that are small- to medium-sized birds. You don’t want or need No. 2 shot for those birds. A workable compromise is No. 4, but if you’re able to decoy bigger adult mallards, it would be good to have some slightly bigger shot. And for teal and woodies, you might want something even a little smaller.

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Fall pier fishing: A simple approach that produces in a big way

Fall finds a lot of Michigan sportsmen in the woods or fields, but die-hard fishermen flock to Great Lakes piers.
A potpourri of species converge on the piers in the fall, and savvy anglers are there to intercept them. The species change with the season, but it’s an unending stream of opportunity until it becomes unsafe to fish. The species include Chinook, coho, steelhead, brown trout, lake trout, menominee, and whitefish. It’s also possible to tangle with the stray walleye, burbot, or yellow perch.

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Field first-aid for hunting dogs: Here’s how to be prepared

You’ve planned the trip for months and are finally hunting. You haven’t been afield an hour when the dog comes limping back to you, or blood is gushing out of a gash in his forehead or leg.

How you’re prepared for field emergencies like this one can make or break your hunting trip and, in some cases, your hunting season. Most gun dog owners would agree that hunting dogs are an integral component of the experience, and their physical well-being has a significant bearing on the success and enjoyment of the hunt.

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