09-14-2017 Outdoors


Windy conditions had limited fishing on the Great Lakes the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported for last week. When anglers could get out with boats, they could catch trout and salmon. Walleye fishing in the Greater Saginaw Bay is just about done for the summer. The inland lakes across the state had good fishing.

The DNR’s fishing tip of the week is to consider deeper water when targeting bass. There are typically two populations of bass in a water body. One that lingers near the shore to feed and one that hangs in deeper water and moves through structures to feed. Both populations provide great opportunities for fishing, but many anglers overlook the bass in deeper water.

The next time you head to your favorite bass lake, consider fishing deeper water, particularly around large weed beds. Fish will often hang out in the weed beds and move up through the depths to feed. For more information on fishing for bass in Michigan, visit the DNR’s “Michigan Fish and How to Catch Them” website.

Ellinee Bait & Tackle reported less activity on local inland lakes as summer people leave and sportsmen turn to hunting. The fishing is still good and local anglers are making the most of it.

Steelhead anglers are watching for fish in the Paw Paw River as they move up it. Not much yet. A nice 10-inch perch was taken out of Paw Paw Lake by one angler and this past weekend he got a nice 32-inch northern pike on Rush Lake.

Captain Kenny Bard of Rampage Fishing Charters out of South Haven reported salmon fishing on Lake Michigan was very slow. Lake trout were still being taken in 120 to 180 feet, right on the bottom, with spin and glows. Very few coho or steelhead was taken. Pier anglers managed to catch a couple salmon when casting spoons. River fishing was good with anglers getting some nice steelheads.

Inland lake fishing in and around South Haven is still good with plenty of pan fish, bass, and a few perch. Perch fishing on Lake Michigan has been slow as the fish are scattered and are being caught south of the piers in 16 to 44 feet of water. The Kalamazoo River is good with plenty of salmon and the Allegan Dam has produced several limits as the fishing is good.

Boat anglers out of St. Joseph reported slower fishing and most were trolling in 120 feet. Perch fishing was fair as fish were caught, but anglers had to work for them. Perch were caught both north and south of the piers in 40 feet. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple fish caught on spawn.

The DNR is offering the public the opportunity to see Great Lakes fish up close. The public and school groups can take part in free tours this fall at the Boardman River Weir in downtown Traverse City, the Little Manistee River Weir in Manistee County and the Platte River Weir in Benzie County. Tours are available during part of September and throughout October. To check the status of a tour, call the weir hotline at 231-775-9727.


The DNR reminds hunters that applied for a reserved managed waterfowl area hunt will find the drawing results at www.michigan.gov/drawingresults on September 18 when they are posted.

There is still space available in the DNR’s archery clinic that will be held at the Ludington State Park on Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Alan Wernette at 231-843-9261 or wernettea@michigan.gov.

The National Wild Turkey Federation and the DNR recently introduced the second Turkey Tract in southern Michigan at the Flat River State Game Area. Turkey Tracts are designed to highlight public hunting areas where intensive habitat management for turkeys has been conducted. The first one opened in spring 2010 at the Allegan State Game Area in Allegan County.

Information about fall turkey hunting, including drawing results and leftover license availability can be found at www.michigan.gov/turkey.

Stewardship volunteers needed throughout September in southwest Michigan state parks. Work days are: Saturday, September 16 at the Warren Dunes State Park in Berrien County; Saturday, September 23 at Saugatuck Dunes State Park in Allegan County; Saturday, September 30 at Fort Custer Recreation Area in Kalamazoo.

For more information on southwest Michigan park stewardship volunteer opportunities, contact Heidi Frei at 517-202-1360.

Watervliet Rod & Gun Club

The Watervliet Rod and Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW classes on September 14 and 17. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: A rumor has been heard that the Watervliet Rod and Gun Club was going to shut down. The rumor is not true! The Tri-City Record contacted the Gun Club Board and was told, “We do not know how this got started. It is not true. The Club is in good financial standing, we are gaining new members all the time, and drawing nice crowds for our events. We are not closing.”

A hummingbird has claimed nectaring rights to the common evening primrose growing next to our office. After she feeds at the few open blossoms she charges at our window to assert her dominance. She will have few competitors, other than her own reflection, during daytime feeding.

The primrose’s flowers do not open to their fullest until late in the day so most of its visitors are night-flying moths. They locate the flowers by the lemony scent and the bright yellow color that is visible even in low light. Each flower stays open only for a day and closes by noon. The flowers don’t all bloom at once so there is always plenty of food available for a pollinator.

Pollinators looking to collect pollen as well as nectar will have to visit many flowers. The evening primrose prefers to self-pollinate, usually while the flower is still in the bud. Most of its stamens don’t produce any pollen at all although industrious bees are able to find some.

Sarett’s Junior Naturalist Club, for kids ages 7-12, begins its monthly meetings on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 to noon. Fee is $45. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Please call (269) 927-4832 to register.

Join a naturalist for a Wetland Wildflower Walk on Sunday, September 17 at 3:00 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults.


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