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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Steve Griffin

Steve Griffin: Here’s why I care about Lake Superior coaster brook trout

Why should I care about restoring coaster brook trout to Lake Superior and its shoreline tributaries? Because they’re native, they’re spectacular, they’re fascinating – and we put them on the ropes.
Yes, and especially because they swim in a bit of mystery. Coaster brook trout are big-water-roaming versions – Trout Unlimited calls them a “life history variation” – of stream brook trout.

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Michigan program seeks more information on coaster brook trout

What’s a “coaster” brook trout? And what can be done to foster stronger populations of them?
Such questions were among those addressed by a panel including Michigan DNR Fisheries Biologist Troy Zorn; Michigan Tech University Professor Chris Adams, who heads the conservation committee of the Michigan Council of Trout Unlimited; and Seth Waters, a local guide who’s made a specialty of pursuing the fish.

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Steve Griffin: Sometimes fishing is just “catch ’em then eat ’em”

A writer friend posted a Facebook dispatch in which he said he’d harvested a steelhead for the first time in many years.
He said it without any apparent shame, and there’s every reason to presume he’d caught many others during that time and released one, and that he’d eat this one. I was pleased, and even more so by the long collection of comments in which angler after angler lined up in favor of keeping a fish, at least every once in awhile.

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Public can comment on draft of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay walleye/perch management plan through June 1

It’s no secret that the walleye is king of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay fishery, the yellow perch deposed but still cherished.
That will remain the case, according to a draft Walleye and Perch Recreational Management Plan for Saginaw Bay, until conditions change: a new source of prey in the Bay, or a dramatic decline in walleye numbers, to let more small perch grow to adulthood. Those changes are not necessarily in the cards, nor desired without qualification.

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Spring turkeys: Time to battle with a worthy adversary, no matter how dumb they seem sometimes

How can something so seemingly crafty sometimes be so dumb?
That’s the charming paradox of the wild turkey: as dumb as the proverbial box of rocks and so thick we call a foolish, inept, or dimwitted person a “turkey.” Then it shifts gears in spring to become a formidable quarry.

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Steve Griffin: Stingy winter for anglers draws to a close in Michigan

I can’t recall a seasonal shift from winter to spring that was met with more relief than this one.
It’s not that we’re sick of winter; it’s more that we’re weary of no-winter. Practically no snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. Down-hilling meager, and reliant on artificially created snow.
Ice fishing? Bah! Bait died of old age and boredom in bait shops across Michigan this winter.

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Steve Griffin: Show a little respect for the lowly dogfish

We’d seen several catfish swim beneath us as we sat side-by-side in a battered flip-over shelter on a rare corner of Michigan’s Saginaw Bay that was topped with fishable ice this winter.
We’d watched a thick, maybe 9-inch pumpkinseed sunfish pause to stare at Ken’s jig and waxworm, and next my perch-oriented Russian hook – and then swim away. And we saw a couple of dogfish swim past along the bottom, pike-slim but with different snout and markings. (The pike comparison was apt; we were, after all, armed with a spear.)

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Steve Griffin: The best part of the hunt isn’t always the kill

The best part of the pheasant hunt wasn’t even in the field.
It was the campfire.
OK, there wasn’t a fireplace, or a fire, around which eight or 10 of us sat after the season-ending pheasant hunt at writer Tom Lounsbury’s farm near Cass City in December’s last days. But there was the feeling of a campfire, and the sharing of stories, the camaraderie that’s almost always prominent in the very best of my hunting and fishing memories.

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Steve Griffin: Whitetails adapt, and hunters need to adapt, too

The white-tailed deer is known as one of Nature’s most adaptable animals. Hunters do, and need to, adapt, too.

The whitetail has shifted smoothly through any number of environmental and human societal changes. It expanded its range into new growth created by the logging-off of Michigan and demise of its elk and moose.

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