It’s often said there are two kind of people – cat people and dog people. There seems to be a solid rift between classical music lovers and contemporary music fans. Mars vs. Venus. Leaders vs. followers. Cowboys vs. Indians. Meat eaters vs. vegetarians. It seems all humanity can be lumped into two demographics. When it comes to eating fish, that’s…
Michigan – Mike Schoonveld
Performance fabric shirts and other clothes can comfortably replace sunscreen even on hot, sunny days. (Photo courtesy of Mike Schoonveld)Not long ago, during the summer months, most Michigan fishermen pulled on a tee-shirt if the day came with a prediction for warm weather and sunny skies. Then, if they were worried about too much sun or wanted to shield themselves…
Pet, non-native turtles are often released locally, often to the detriment of native turtles in the area.
Practice safe boating – Don’t Boat stupidly – whenever you are on the water and help make the waterways as safe as they can be.
It’s important to conduct a little annual maintenance on your reels, and right now is a good time to accomplish that task.
The USCGC Buckthorn traverses the locks at Sault Ste. Marie as it carries out its mission on the Great Lakes.Government agencies are constantly planning future budgets because each dollar they get has to pass through several filters and rankings before they actually get their funding. Not all agencies are created equally when it comes to getting the money for the…
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, boat sales increased by 12% last year, which left showrooms short of inventory.
It’s easy to keep your fingers warm while fishing in cold weather if you follow these three tips.
Making sausage out of some of your venison isn’t a daunting task.
In winter, open water is often as hard for birds to find as available food. (Photo courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation) I’m an unabashed hunter and that includes both gamebirds and waterfowl. I’m equally an unabashed bird feeder and we have a bird feeding station at my home year-around. I also hunt squirrels and welcome them at my feeders,…
There are ways to check the accuracy of your game and fish scales.
Stick with traditional anchor lines when setting waterfowl decoys.
It’s a good idea to have a Plan B.
Old fishing line is dangerous to pets and wildlife and should always be disposed of properly. (Photo by Mike Schoonveld)Recently, a kayaker was exploring a small island on the lake she was paddling with her two small dogs. One of the dogs ate a dead fish it found on shore and it also swallowed a hook and partially swallowed a…
Is commercial fishing in the Great Lakes an “essential service”?
New research reveals varying odds of Asian carp disrupting the ecology of the Great Lakes.
The science of fisheries management has been around for well over a century. The science of eDNA may well be the biggest breakthrough in all that time – and will only become more important in the future.
Weighing all the factors that make up fishing line strength.
Freshwater fishing guides and charter captains have been overlooked in COVID-19 relief funding.
Warnings, watches and advisories can be confusing to boaters.
The author hangs his hummingbird feeder in late April just to make sure when that first migrant comes through, it’s given a warm welcome. (Contributed photo)For some people, the sight of a robin hopping around in the yard is a sure sign of spring. I don’t believe a robin anymore than I believe the weatherman’s long range forecast. I’ve seen…
Loss of wetlands and an increase in asphalt, concrete, homes, factories and other impermeable toppings share part of the blame for record water levels on the Great Lakes.
Man-made plastics appear to be building up in the stomaches of fish and fish-eating birds.
Great Lakes anglers were, and still are, very successful without line-counter reels.
High concentrations of road salt can be detrimental to aquatic ecosystems.
Right now is a great time to buy a new or used boat.