Fishing The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that heavy rain and strong winds have once again slowed fishing across the state. Very few anglers have been out, so updates are limited this week. Those targeting trout and salmon on the rivers need to pay close attention to higher water levels and banks that are saturated and may be unstable. Captain Kenny Bard of Rampage Fishing Charters out of South Haven reported that when they could get out on Lake Michigan, the lake trout catch was good in 100 – 120 feet on the bottom. Bait of choice for the trout seemed to be Laker-Takers. A couple of steelhead and coho were taken, but not many salmon were found. South Haven pier fishing has been poor with the lake sand stirred up and the Black River muddy. Steelhead, a few king salmon and coho were being caught by the Allegan Dam on the Kalamazoo River. Perch fishing has been very slow with the water being so unstable. A few were taken in 35 feet of water south of the piers. All the local inland lakes seem to be doing really well as the bluegill feed for the coming winter. Ellinee Bait and Tackle on Paw Paw Lake near Coloma reported very good fishing right now on the local inland lakes. Bluegills are biting on red worms and wax worms and crappie are biting on minnows. If you know where to find the drop offs in the local lakes, walleye are biting on jigging minnows and when using night crawler harnesses. A few pike are being taken right now also, but nothing real large. The Paw Paw River had a few steelheads biting on spawn bags and spinners. Though more boats were able to make it out of St. Joseph to fish this past week, the fishing was not any better. Perch fishing was slow as the fish were scattered. When the weather improves, try 35 to 45 feet north or south of the piers. Those targeting salmon reported slow catch rates. When they were able to get out, pier anglers did not have much luck. The DNR fishing tip this week was to go “hunting” for your favorite fish this fall. Several species to target this October and November include walleye, perch and trout. Walleye are thought to be in their best condition in the fall and can often be found in the river mouth areas of larger inland lakes. They are gathering there to take advantage of bait fish that like to hang out as the weather cools off. Set your sights on 10 to 12 feet deep to find these guys. Perch will also populate around these same river-mouths, but these fish will likely be much closer to the river than walleye. Check out depths as shallow as four feet to find them. Trout will be available in some of these larger lakes as well during this time period, and can be found in the same areas as the walleye and perch. Try your luck at some great angling this fall. For more information on the numerous opportunities to fish this autumn, visit Michigan.gov/Fishing.
Hunting Consumption guidelines are not needed for deer harvested in Norton Creek/Huron River area. After analyzing test results for per – and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in muscle and heart tissue taken from white-tailed deer in Oakland County’s Proud Lake Recreation Area, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has concluded that consumption guidelines are not needed for deer harvested there. The full report is available on the state’s PFAS in Deer webpage. For more information about PFAS in wild game and fish, visit Michigan.gov/PFASResponse and select the Fish and Wildlife button. For more information about wild game consumption, visit Michigan.gov/EatSafeGame and select the Eat Safe Wild Game link. The firearm deer Independence Hunt will take place October 17-20 on private lands, and some public lands requiring an access permit. During this hunt, a deer or deer combo license may be used for an antlered or antlerless deer. Antler point restrictions do not apply. An antlerless deer license or deer management assistance permit may be used to take one antlerless deer only, if issued for the area/land upon which hunting. The bag limit for this season is one deer. All hunters participating in this season must wear hunter orange. Additional details can be found on page 34 of the 2019 Hunting Digest. Hunters need to remember to bring their deer to a DNR TB/CWD check station for data collection and disease surveillance to receive a 2019 deer hunter cooperator patch. DNR shooting ranges to practice or to sight in your firearm in southern Michigan are open six days a week, Wednesday through Monday now through October 31. November 1 – 15 the ranges will be open seven days a week. The Dansville range is the exception and is open three days a week, Friday through Sunday. Here is a list of the seven staffed shooting ranges in southern Michigan: Bald Mountain, Dansville, Island Lake, Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake and Sharonville. Staffed by customer-friendly and highly trained employees, the shooting ranges feature amenities like handgun, rifle, shotgun and archery ranges and restrooms. For more information contact Lori Burford at 989-600-9114.
Coloma Rod & Gun Club The Coloma Rod & Gun Club will hold their monthly CPL Class on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class is regularly held on the second Saturday each month and is taught by a certified NRA and RSO instructor. Registration is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sunday prior to the class. Cost for attending is $105. For more information on the CPL class or Hunter Safety Class, email email@example.com.
2018 Annual Air Quality Report Michigan’s air quality continues to improve, according to the 2018 Annual Air Quality Report released by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Air Quality Division. Even areas of Michigan in nonattainment for sulfur dioxide and ozone under the federal Clean Air Act, have seen decreases in these pollutants. The comprehensive report includes findings for the Community Monitoring Program in the 48217 ZIP Code of Detroit. The report can be found at Michigan.gov/48217monitoring. Results of a second special project, the Near-road Air Toxics Grant, will be available soon on the EGLE website. The 2018 Annual Air Quality Report focuses on information for specific pollutants, including those with National Ambient Air Quality Standards Since the 2018 report identifies pollutant information by air monitoring location, you will be able to find out what air monitors are in your area and what is being measured there. If you have questions about the report’s contents, contact Cindy Hodges at 517-284-6748 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on the Air Quality Division’s annual program activities, such as permitting and inspections, can be found in the Year End Air Quality Program Report or at www.michigan.gov/air.
To walk along our wetland trails you must step carefully or face tripping over the surface roots of silver maple trees, so named for the silvery underside of their leaves. This tree is more at home in the moist soils of flood plains and stream banks than with its “cousins” in the drier, upland ecosystems. Up there, faster growing trees shade it out but, down below, silver maples can reign supreme because they can survive long periods in water-saturated soils. Those tripping-hazard roots are the most obvious adaptation that facilitates this superiority. A tree’s roots need oxygen in order to utilize the sugar produced by photosynthesis. Waterlogged soil is rather deficient in oxygen. Silver maples can develop new root systems that sit on top of the soil’s surface allowing the roots to absorb oxygen from the atmosphere, instead of the soil. Silver maple trees also have large lenticels, which are tiny openings that enlarge in response to prolonged soil saturation to allow oxygen to move into the tree. Plan to attend a fun evening concert with the band Kennedy’s Kitchen on Friday, Oct. 11 from 7 – 9 p.m. Listen to songs from their new CD and hear about the group’s upcoming trip to Ireland! Admission is member/$15, non-member/$20. Please call 269-927-4832 for tickets or stop in at the Nature Center.