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Ice is here!

Well, at least a little ice is here. When I say little, there are reports of 1 to 1 1/2 inches on many back bays and channels.  Now, I am a diehard fisherman and love nothing more than getting on the ice to get a nice meal of tasty gills, but my number one concern is safety. Why do people…

It’s almost here! Preparation for ice fishing

My personal favorite fishing season almost has arrived. I thoroughly enjoy hard-water fishing, and one reason I’m successful is because I prepare my equipment weeks in advance. If you haven’t done so, the first thing I’d recommend is inventorying your tackle. I have a walleye ice tackle box and a panfish ice tackle box. That strategy makes fishing so much…

Our last shot at open water: rivers

By now, fish in most water bodies are starting to move toward their winter haunts. On rivers, our last bastion of open water this time of year, I focus my walleye search on current breaks, like wing dams, clam beds, eddies, or anything that breaks the current. Such seams are logical attractors for transition-season walleyes. I fish some of these…

Making the case for pre-ice crappies

Crappies definitely change locations after the summer, and earlier in the fall, they’re relating to green weed edges. When these weeds start to die off by early November, however, everyone forgets fall crappies. My advice? Check the rock piles. Freshwater plankton and algae need sun to grow, and these shallow, open-water rock piles nurture that growth. This attracts minnows, and…

Anglers question brook trout proposal

Many anglers and trout guides are not pleased with a recent decision by the Natural Resources Commission to override a Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division recommendation on Upper Peninsula brook trout creel limits. Earlier this year, the Department of Natural Resources sought to get anglers' opinions on the brook trout creel limit. Currently set at five fish per day…

Predicting record lows

Will Lakes Michigan and Huron set a new (modern day) record for low water level this winter?  All signs point to yes. For the past decade the levels in these lakes have fluctuated up and down annually a foot or more but always lingering on the down side of normal. Now, last winter's relative warmth and last summer's drought and…