The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) notes that as we move into October big water anglers are beginning to pull their boats. As the waters cool, the inland lakes were good for bass, walleye, pike and panfish. Anglers are reminded that the fishing season on all Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as all Type A and Type D inland trout lakes, closed after Monday, September 30. Perch fishing by South Haven was steady when boats could get out. The better fishing was in 40 feet of water or so. Those targeting salmon reported slow catch rates. Lake trout were found in 80 feet when trolling in the bottom five feet. Pier fishing was slow with only a couple fish taken with spawn on the bottom or when casting spoons. Anglers out of St. Joseph found perch fishing was a challenge as the fish were scattered. Those fishing north of the piers in 40 to 50 feet seemed to do a little better. Lake trout were caught in 70 feet of water. Those trolling and pier anglers along the river mouth reported slow catch rates for salmon. Out of Grand Haven windy conditions on Lake Michigan have limited fishing. Boat anglers reported slow catch rates for trout and salmon. A couple fish were found 65 to 130 feet down in 130 to 200 feet of water with orange and green spoons. Pier anglers caught small coho on alewife and gizzard shad. Grand River at Grand Rapids anglers were getting salmon at the 6th Street Dam. Perch and panfish activity picked up especially in the bayous. Salmon fishing picked up on the Rogue River. The DNR tip this week is to be sure to carry a first-aid kit with you while you’re out fishing. You never know what can happen, so it never hurts to be prepared. Here is some information on how to put together a kit with what you may need. Be sure to include the following: rubber gloves, scissors, tweezers, thermometer, hemostat, compresses, adhesive bandages, medical tape, compression bandage, antibiotic ointment, hydrocortisone cream, antibiotic wipes, eye-wash fluid, aspirin/ibuprofen. Don’t forget to regularly check your first-aid kit’s inventory and replenish as needed. If you ever wondered how the DNR gets the eggs it uses for fish production or wanted to see big Great Lakes fish up close and personal, think about catching a tour of one of the northern Michigan weirs. This is the perfect time to see these weirs, (structures that block fish from passing upstream), in action, because all three will be used to aid fall fish collection. The DNR will be collecting surplus chinook and coho salmon at the Boardman River Weir in downtown Traverse City. Chinook salmon harvested at the Manistee River Weir in Manistee County support the DNR’s work to collect fertilized eggs for this key fish species. The weir at Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Benzie County helps staff collect coho salmon in order to extract fertilized eggs for continued production in the hatchery system. Free tours are available from mid-September through the end of October. Contact Tracy Page at 517-284-6033 with any questions you may have. Hunting The archery deer hunting season opened statewide Tuesday, October 1 and is open through November 14, then reopens December 1 through January 1, 2020. Before you head out, be sure to check the latest hunting regulations in your area by looking at the 2019 Hunting Digest. Important reminders you should check out is the baiting/feeding and antler point restrictions. Baiting and feeding is banned in the entire Lower Peninsula and the Core CWD Surveillance Area in the Upper Peninsula. Additional information about the baiting and feeding bans is in the Hunting Digest. Be sure to check the Antler Point Restrictions (APR). Montcalm, Mecosta and Ionia counties have new APRs. Check the APR chart for the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula in the 2019 Hunting Digest. The 40% discounted private-land antlerless deer license is a great option for taking an antlerless deer in the CWD management zone during the archery season. This discounted license expires November 3. Bring your deer to a DNR check station for data collection and disease surveillance to get a 2019 deer hunter cooperator patch. Go to Michigan.gov/DeerCheck to find check station locations and hours. Hunters are asked to submit deer carcasses with chest lesions suspicious for TB from ANYWHERE in the state. Hunters in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Otsego, Oscoda, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties, please bring your deer to a DNR check station for bovine tuberculosis surveillance. Hunters may check their deer or elk TB lab results at Michigan.gov/DNRLab. The Michigan departments of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the DNR are reminding hunters of the “Do Not Eat” advisory for deer taken within five miles of Clark’s Marsh in Oscoda Township due to PFOS (perfluoroctane sulfonic acid) that bioaccumulates in fish and wild game. The advisory was initially issued in 2018 due to high levels of PFOS analyzed in the venison from one of several deer taken from the area near Clark’s Marsh, which borders the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base. PFOS is one type of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) chemical. For more information about PFAS in wild game and fish, visit Michigan.gov/PFASResponse and select the Fish and Wildlife section.
Coloma Rod & Gun Club
The Coloma Rod & Gun Club will hold their monthly CPL Class on Saturday, Oct.12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Class registration is held on Sunday, Oct. 6, 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 email@example.com.
The fall wildflowers around the nature center provide important nectar for animals preparing for winter. One species seen frequently this early fall is the painted lady butterfly. The small, orange, brown, and white butterflies live in open, disturbed sites including roadsides, gardens, pastures, and old fields. The ventral or bottom of the wing has four recognizable eyespots. These butterflies won’t stay around much longer. Painted ladies are unable to survive freezing temperatures and typically head south to overwinter in the northern deserts of Mexico. Come spring, they will re-colonize much of the North American continent all the way to just south of the Arctic. Some years provide massive population explosions. Painted lady butterflies are found on every continent except Antarctica and Australia making it the most widely distributed butterfly. Individuals moving back and forth from Europe to North Africa number in the millions, making spectacular displays as they sometimes fly close to the ground for good observation. These butterflies use plant native thistles for larvae (caterpillar) food and late summer flowering plants such as asters for adult food. Join us for a fun evening concert with the band Kennedy’s Kitchen on Friday, October 11 from 7 – 9 p.m. Listen to songs from their new CD and hear about the group’s upcoming trip to Ireland! Cost to attend is Member/$15, Non-member/$20. Please call 269-927-4832 for tickets!