Outdoor Wanderings by Mike Schoonveld

Up the Coast

One of the benefits of living toward the south end of Lake Michigan is how our fishing gets started earlier in the year than "up the coast." Okay, maybe when our fishing peps up we catch 2-pound cohos and when…

Coho crazy

Back in the late 1960s, Michigan stocked the first salmon in Lake Michigan as an experiment. The experiment was a bright success. Those initial coho salmon were followed by brown trout, king salmon, steelhead and Atlantics. Those programs proved successful,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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