Outdoor Wanderings by Mike Schoonveld

Great Lakes are frozen

As of mid-February the Great Lakes are considered completely frozen for the first time in years.

Protect your boat from theft

There are several options anglers and boaters can take to protect their boats during the off season.

Bright fishing lines

High visibility fishing line helps avoid tangles and manage rods on Great Lakes fishing trips.

‘Springerizing’ your boat

Everyone knows they need to winterize their boats each fall to keep them from suffering from ice damage during the winter months. But what about this time of year?

Captains pass the test

When you get on a bus, airplane or travel busy highways loaded with commercial trucks, you expect the operators of these conveyances to be alert, sober and not under the influence of dangerous drugs

Salmon stocking cuts frustrate most

When the Michigan DNR announced how it plans to reapportion the chinook stocking next spring, a paraphrase of Honest Abe’s maxim came to mind

I resolve to...

I gave up on making New Year’s Resolutions decades ago.

Road harvest

It’s deer season and once again people are blaming hunters “chasing the deer” for the spike in vehicle/deer collisions occurring along Michigan highways and roads. ‘Taint so, of course. There are many reasons deer are more active in the fall…

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…

IJC kicks the can

Each of the Great Lakes comes with its own set of problems. That’s been the case for over a century and that’s why the governments of Canada and the U.S. banded together to create an organization called the International Joint…

Salmon are the symptom

Lake Michigan salmon fans are all abuzz with the recent announcement that beginning next spring 68 percent fewer king salmon will be stocked in Lake Michigan. Why? Because the best science says there are so many salmon in the lake…

Woman solos on Lake Michigan

If you see a strange looking, yellow boat being rowed south along Michigan’s Lake Michigan shoreline in the next few weeks or shored up in one of the harbors, don't be surprised. In fact, cheer Jenn Gibbons on to finish…

Single or treble?

Some Great Lakes fishermen prefer lures with single hooks. Other prefer treble hooks. Which group is right? Obviously, if one kind was demonstrably better than the other, the argument would be finished. Almost all of us would be fishing with…

Rule No. 2

My purpose here isn’t to keep rule No. 1 a secret, it’s a takeoff on the saying my high school football coach often eschewed. Odd though it may seem, he’d find a way to fit it into pep talks, chew-outs…

Butt Out

I gave up smoking 30-some years ago but I’ll admit that before I did, I often tossed my cigarette butts into the lake when I was fishing. I didn’t consider myself a litterbug and would never have tossed empty bottles…

About This Blog


Mike Schoonveld has been a freelance outdoor writer for 25 years and has been a columnist for Michigan Outdoor News since the paper’s inception in 2000. Mike’s first love in the out-of-doors is Great Lakes salmon fishing, but he enjoys all kinds of fishing, is an avid hunter and trapper, and frequently participates in a variety of other outdoor activities.

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