07-04-19 Outdoors

Fishing High water levels are causing problems around the state. Boating access sites may be temporarily closed due to ramps and parking lots under water, so be prepared. Boat anglers need to watch for floating debris and be sure to slow down in areas where no-wake regulations apply, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminded boaters. Captain Kenny Bard of Rampage Fishing Charters out of South Haven reported good fishing out on Lake Michigan. Lake trout were being taken off the bottom with Laker-Takers in 80 to 120 feet of water. Coho and king salmon were being taken on green, blue, and orange spoons. A few steelheads were taken on spoons that were orange or other bright colors. South Haven pier anglers were taking a few Skamania with shrimp under a bobber. A good number of freshwater drum and catfish were caught also. A few anglers reported catching some perch in 40 to 45 feet of water. The fishing was slow and the fish were scattered. Inland lakes around the South Haven area are producing nice catches of bluegills and crappies. Bluegills can be found in 10 to 12 feet of water and crappie in 20 to 25 feet of water. Ellinee Bait & Tackle located on Paw Paw Lake by Coloma reports fishing on the inland lakes of the area has been very good. Anglers targeting bass have done very well. Largemouth has been biting on soft plastic bait, wacky-worm harnesses, and frogs. Smallmouth bass have preferred the jigging of crank bait and spinners. Bluegills and crappie have been biting on crickets and red worms. Anglers have been doing well catching catfish too. Flatheads prefer the cut bait, while the channel cats go after the stink bait. Ellinee has located the distributer of Sonny Stink Bait which they used to carry and anglers swore it was the best. Now it is available again. The fish were scattered and boat anglers targeting salmon out of St. Joseph had mixed results. A few salmon and steelhead were caught in 100 feet, but anglers did better in 120 feet when trolling spoons. A couple steelheads were caught off the pier in St. Joseph when using shrimp on the bottom. Perch fishing was slow. The Kalamazoo River has high water levels which are causing strong current and floating debris. Emergency managers are recommending anglers stay off the river. Shore anglers need to use caution as the banks are unstable.

Hunting Applications for the 2019 fall turkey hunt are now being taken. You can apply for a fall turkey hunting license from July 1 through August 1. The drawing results will be posted on August 13. Additional fall turkey hunting information is available at www.Michigan.gov/Turkey. If you bought a spring turkey hunting license this year, please take a moment to fill out the 2019 spring turkey harvest survey. Providing the DNR with details from your hunt improves turkey management and ensures that hunting season decisions are based on the best information available. For those that applied for a bear or elk license during the May 1 – June 1 application period, they can now view their results. Check hunt drawing results online or call 517-284-WILD to find out who was successful. Those using a DNR Sportcard to apply, please call 517-284-WILD to get the results. There were 7,080 bear licenses and 200 elk licenses available for the 2019 fall hunting season. There are 195 leftover licenses remaining for the Bergland third-period bear hunt, available to Michigan residents only. Points will be reset to zero for those who buy a leftover bear license, except for comprehensive lifetime license holders. Leftover licenses will be sold as follows: July 8, 10 a.m. – comprehensive lifetime license holders who were not selected for a license can get a free leftover license; July 15, 10 a.m. – unsuccessful applicants can purchase a leftover license; July 22, 10 a.m. – any remaining licenses will be available to the general public. Additional drawing statistics can be found at www.Michigan.gov/Elk and www.Michigan.gov/Bear. Hunters can also purchase a Pure Michigan Hunt application for 2020 and try for the winning package of licenses for bear, elk, spring and fall turkey, and antlerless deer and first pick at a managed waterfowl area for a reserved hunt. Applicants could also walk away with a valuable hunting equipment prize. Anyone can enter as many times as they want.

Coloma Rod & Gun Club The Coloma Rod & Gun Club will hold their monthly CPL Class on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Class registration is held on Sunday, July 7, 2019 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 $105. For more information on the CPL class or Hunter Safety Class, email inquiry@colomarodandgunclub.com.

Lakeland Security K-9 Program visits Paw Paw Lake Rotary Members of the Paw Paw Lake Rotary Club were introduced to the K-9 unit of Lakeland Medical Center at a May meeting of the club. Bruce Modigell, Lakeland Security K-9 Officer was in law enforcement for 23 years in Benton Harbor and Benton Township. He worked on the FBI Crime Task Force. He started at Lakeland Medical Center a year ago as their K-9 Officer. Inez, Lakeland’s K-9, is three years old and has been with Lakeland for about a year. Inez came from Hungry and her commands are in Dutch. She is trained to sniff out bombs and firearms. Officer Modigell demonstrated the K-9’s ability by planting a scent in the meeting room. She can identify 50 different scents and is required to do 16 hours of scent and obedience training per month.

Weight loss seminar offered in St. Joseph The Lakeland Weight Loss Center is offering a free seminar titled, “Lose Weight…Find Health”, on Wednesday, July 10 in the Community Room at Caring Circle, located at 4025 Health Park Lane in St. Joseph. The seminar will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Bariatric surgeons Michael Schuhknecht, DO, and Seth Miller, MD, will discuss programs available for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight for years to come. The Lakeland Weight Loss Center specializes in working with people to create a customized lifestyle plan through bariatric surgery, diet and nutrition counseling, and monthly support groups. Individuals more than 40 percent overweight are twice as likely to die prematurely as someone of average weight. However, the good news is that losing as little as five to 15 percent of body weight can reduce the risk of diabetes and other illnesses and can even eliminate some medications. To register for the seminar, visit www.lakelandweightlosscenter.com/events or call (269) 927-5361.

This 4th of July, sit back and watch nature’s firework show. Firefly beetles, also known as lightning bugs, are known for their ability to communicate with each other by flashing lights on their bodies. The light made by these insects is produced in special body organs called lanterns. Three substances: liciferin, luciferase, and oxygen combine, create a reaction, and form a new molecule that releases energy in the form of light. This light produced by living things is called bioluminescence. This light is used by fireflies to attract mates, communicate on their whereabouts, and warn predators they are bad-tasting. The summertime flying lightshows put on by these insects are generally done by the males. Females produce a light, but generally stay sedentary while the males fly around. Throughout Michigan, there are a few dozen species of firefly beetles, but the most common is the common eastern firefly, Photinus pyralis. These beetles get between 10-14mm. Learn about the federally endangered Mitchell’s Satyr Butterfly found on Sarett’s property during a talk and walk on Sunday, July 7, from 2 – 3 p.m. at the Nature Center. This butterfly is extremely endangered and is threatened by habitat loss, water hydrology changes, and pollution.

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