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…
Michigan – Mike Schoonveld
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.
If commercial netters eliminate Asian carp in Kentucky waters, what happens to the netting operations when the fish are gone?
The popularity of ebikes is creating some confusion for traditional bicyclists riding on public lands.
More than 15 million shooters across the country take advantage of indoor shooting ranges.
Biologists study biology and sociologists study societies but meteorologists don’t necessarily study meteors.
It can be tough to tell the difference between a Wilson’s snipe and an American woodcock.
The invasion of zebra and quagga mussels in the Great Lakes is impacting more than just the food web.
Political gridlock seems to be tactic used by both Republicans and Democrats. It’s happening right now with Line 5.
Feds need to continue to fund the war on Great Lakes lamprey.
With a rise in the amount of ethanol being mixed with gasoline, make sure you use either alcohol-free gasoline or, at most, E-10.
I used to walk into a tackle shop wishing I was rich enough to buy one of every lure they were selling. I knew one of those lures would be the “one,” that perfect lure, the lure no fish could ever resist. All I had to do was discover it, buy it, use it, and then rely on it. As…
What’s a good fishing knot? That’s simple. If you tie a hook on the end of a fishing line with a simple or perhaps a complicated series of twists, turns, loops and laps; hang a worm on the hook; catch a fish with it and the knot holds tight and the line doesn’t snap at the hook, it’s a good…
Volunteers at Elberta Beach work to eradicate baby’s breath. (Grand Traverse Conservancy District photo)Invasive species often have ugly, dangerous, often xenophobic-sounding names. Even if a person had never heard of a sea lamprey, its name sounds like a customer you wouldn’t want to meet. The red swamp crayfish could be an escapee from a Hollywood movie set, and Asian carp…
The secret to jumping from one phase to another in our outdoors pursuits? Having enough room for storage
The first step a person with a problem of some sort has is to admit that he or she has a problem. I’ve always had a problem (actually, a series of problems), and they were always related to having too much stuff. In my rabbit-hunting “phase,” I realized I had a problem when there were a dozen beagles in my…