Michigan – Mike Schoonveld

Great Lakes ‘Eddies’

Those of you enamored of all things Great Lakes might want to check out the online magazine called Eddies, a quarterly publication of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Division of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Conservation: www. fws.gov/eddies. The current issue is dedicated to Great Lakes fisheries conservation. Articles include past and present information about lampreys in the lakes, how…

Singing Silently about Belize

It must have been a warm day just before the first lake-effect snows turned the world white for the winter. It must have been during the time my wife lit the fireplace for atmosphere rather than extra heat.That’s when the invitation must have been given to me to come to Marquette and Munising for a week of “silent sports.”Perhaps it…

Back in the game

I remember when I got my first Penn 9M reels decades ago.  They were “hand-me-downs” from an elderly friend who grew too old to captain his own boat and became one of my regular fishing partners. I was excited, because they were the first “real” reels on my boat. With them, I could hook onto any fish in Lake Michigan…

Missing my treasures

I walked into the barn room and was taken back by the stark emptiness This is the room where I finish the furs I take from my trap line.  At the beginning of the season there are just a few pelts, but more are added each day.  Soon, the room seems crowded with the dried skins of coyotes, raccoons, muskrats…