06-29-2017 Outdoors

Fishing

Summer is officially here and so are the fishing options. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported the strong winds last week have limited fishing on the Great Lakes, but for those fishing the inland lakes they have been busy. They are catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, and panfish, pike, bullhead and some walleye yet.  Cooler temperatures improved the bite and river anglers across the state are catching trout, walleye, catfish and carp.

Captain Kenny Bard of Rampage Fishing Charters out of South Haven reports the windy conditions have limited the Lake Michigan fishing, but when they could get out they were able to catch lake trout, coho and a few of the Skamania steelhead.  They caught a few kings, but not many.  Pier anglers in South Haven have found the fishing slow, but they have caught a few sheepshead and one or two Skamania.

Ellinee Bait & Tackle on Paw Paw Lake by Coloma reported fishing has been excellent, with just about every kind of fish biting.  Bass are hitting and some nice ones have come out of both Big Paw Paw and Little Paw Paw lakes.  Smallmouth bass are biting on small jigs and crank bait; largemouth bass are biting on the soft plastic lures.

Walleye are still biting but slower.  Bluegills and other panfish are filling out catches on the inland lakes of the area with some really nice bluegills coming out of Rush Lake.

Boat anglers from St. Joseph have found the salmon fishing has slowed down.  A few coho and lake trout were caught in 120 feet of water.  Anglers were reported to be catching a decent number of perch in about 40 feet of water.  Pier anglers are using shrimp and have caught a few steelheads.  Freshwater drum and catfish were caught on crawlers.  Walleye fishing has slowed in the St. Joseph River, but fish were still being caught when trolling crank baits.

Agency officials announced on June 23, 2017 that an adult Asian carp was found north of the electric barrier in Illinois.  The Alliance for the Great Lakes has released the following statement, (in part), “Today’s announcement is disturbing news and highlights the urgent need for action to stop Asian carp and protect the Great Lakes…

…The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has drafted a study on options for additional protections at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam near Joliet, IL…

…Although the study is paid for and ready for public review, its release has been blocked by the Trump Administration.  Legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate this past week pushing for the study’s release.  In light of today’s news, we urgently call for immediate release of the study so progress can continue…

…The lack of action by the Administration is putting the Great Lakes at risk.  Any further delay is unacceptable.”  Media contact: Jennifer Caddick, 312-445-9760.

Hunting

Bear and elk application results are now available online.  A total of 200 elk and 7,140 bear licenses will be awarded to applicants on either a preference point system for bear or a weighted lottery for elk.  Hunters who are successful in the elk or bear drawings will have the ability to purchase a 2017 license.

Check your success online at www.mi.gov/huntdrawings or call 517-284-9453.  Successful in the bear drawing and looking for public land habitat information; check out the video about Michigan’s Great Bear Habitat.

National expert fur trappers Les Johnson from “Predator Quest” and Lesel Reuwsaat, who has been a frequent guest on the F&T Freedom Outdoors television program, will be among the demonstrators at the Upper Peninsula Trappers Association convention and outdoor expo in Escanaba.

The event will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, June 30 and on Saturday July 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  For more information, including biographies of the presenters, visit www.uptrappers.com.  Admission is $5.00 per day, with kids age 12 and under free.  Camping on the grounds is available.  For more information contact Roy Dahlgren at 906-390-1960

Coloma Rod & Gun Club

 The Coloma Rod and Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW Class on July 8.  Class registration is held on Sunday July 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The class is taught by a certified NRA and RSO instructor and the cost of the class is $100.00.  For more information or to be put on the list, call 269-621-3370.

Watervliet Rod &

Gun Club

The Watervliet Rod and Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW classes on July 13 and 15.  Registration is on July 11 between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.  They will have a lawyer explaining the law pertaining to concealed carry during class.  Please call 269-468-3837 or 269-470-9191 for more information.

Bubbles were the focus of a recent kids’ class. After studying the numerous spittlebugs on the grasses and goldenrods, they simulated the production of the bugs’ coat of bubbles. They also learned that many species of adult aquatic insects, which need oxygen from the air not water, carry air bubbles on their bodies.

Bubbles are also handy tools for hunting. The star-nosed mole breathes out bubbles in the water then inhales them. When they are inhaled, the bubbles bring along the scents of worms or fish and the mole knows that lunch is nearby. Humpback whales form bubble nets to force fish into a small space. The whales then swim through this space with their jaws wide open scooping up mouthfuls of food.

The pistol shrimp snaps its specialized claw to squirt water. The water moves so rapidly that it forms a bubble that just as rapidly collapses. This process is so fast that it produces a sound loud enough to disrupt submarine sonar and stun its prey.

And, finally, the children played with bubbles just because it’s fun… just like dolphins!

Meet Sarett’s owls and turkey vulture on June 29 at 3:00 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults, children are free.

Take a guided walk to spot the federally endangered Mitchell satyr butterfly on July 2 at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults, children are free.

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