Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, December 10th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Griffin

Reduced steelhead limit in Michigan not based on science

Don was grumpy.
He’d booked a half-day guided fishing trip on the Manistee or Muskegon rivers, I don’t recall which, and he and his wife had taken a day off work to fish and celebrate an anniversary.
They would float the stream, learn some tactics new to the long-time bass fisherman, and maybe bring home some prime eating in steelhead fillets. As Don loaded their gear into the guide’s drift boat, he snapped to attention when told the day’s fishing would be catch-and-release.

Lake sturgeon release is a win-win event as recovery efforts continue in Michigan

Excited, kids and their parents lined up along the edge of the parking lot of the Caldwell Boat Launch on the Tittabawassee River at Midland, Mich., ready to liberate baby lake sturgeon.
Many dozen strong, they’d listened to Justin Chiotti of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service present a primer on the sturgeon, a long abused and neglected Michigan native species for which a recovery effort has been mounted, including the imminent release. The specially designed hatchery truck contained about 500 young sturgeon, bound for the Tittabawassee, Shiawassee, Cass, and Flint rivers, tributaries of the Saginaw River, which flows into Saginaw Bay.

Setting sights on a waterfowl hunt at Michigan’s Nayanquing Point

Looking up hunting rules on the handy Michigan DNR Hunt Fish phone app, I spotted the “Drawing results” box and remembered I’d entered a permit lottery.
Clicking that button, I discovered I’d been drawn for a afternoon hunt one of the early weekends of the season at the Nayanquing Point Wildlife Area, a longtime favorite spot, maybe because of its smallness compared to Fish Point or Shiawassee. Early in my outdoors writing career I covered the conversion of Nayanquing to managed hunting, with numbered blinds and daily drawings to accommodate more hunters.

Can perch and walleye live harmoniously in Michigan’s Saginaw Bay?

Call it the irony of Saginaw Bay fishing: Happy walleye anglers, this year posting what may be their best season ever, are catching only a small percentage of the Bay’s super-abundant walleyes.
Only a minuscule percentage of millions of perch, meanwhile, are living more than one year, yet in jumbo-sided schools they’re providing some memorable angling days. Yeah, that’s ironic.

Digesting Michigan’s deer regulation tweaks

Michigan’s deer managers aim to enhance “deer hunting opportunities for Michigan deer hunters this year and beyond,” according to a recent news release announcing several changes in regulations.
That’s a good goal, more opportunities for the state’s hunters, implicitly to shoot more deer – but they fall short of what we need. We need more people who want to shoot more deer.

It’s ‘game on’ for Saginaw Bay walleyes in Michigan

“June on Saginaw Bay will be game on,” a walleye fan proclaimed online in early May, and the prospect made me smile.
As the weather and the water warm and the days stretch to their longest daylight spans, the Bay’s open-water fishing can be expected to get better and better.
What I really love is the first high-SPF-sunscreen trolling days on the Bay, when a jacket feels good in the morning, the afternoon begs for a cold beverage, and walleyes await your choice of methods.

Michigan’s deer management stirs up differing points of view

The next time you’re in an argument about deer, or just taking umbrage at what another person is saying, proposing or doing with or about them, consider this: You might be talking about a different animal.
Not different species. All of Michigan’s white-tailed deer are Odocoileus virginianus. But the place and space they occupy in people’s minds is different.

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