Fishing Windy conditions continue to hamper fishing efforts according to the weekly fishing report from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. High water levels and coastal flooding along Lake Michigan and parts of Lake Huron are making it impossible for shore anglers as well. Not much to report on the inland lakes; however, the fall walleye fishing should be heating up. In St. Joseph, no boat or pier anglers were out, as high water levels and strong winds have created dangerous conditions for both. There are no perch reports this week. On the St. Joseph River, the salmon run is winding down, and more steelhead is moving up into the river. Fish have been caught near the dam at Berrien Springs. The Paw Paw River is producing the occasional salmon and a few more steelhead. In South Haven, no perch or salmon boats made it out this week. The weather has kept boat and pier anglers off the lake. The Black River reports those casting spoons continue to catch the occasional salmon. A couple lake trout were caught on lures, and steelhead was taken when still-fishing with spawn. As the salmon run winds down in the Kalamazoo River, a good number of steelhead are moving up into the river. Try floating spawn, flies and beads up near the Allegan Dam. The DNR fishing tip for the week says they have maps to help find the fish. Are you looking for great places to go fishing? Or are you an avid angler who wants some inside information? Check out the various fishing-related maps available online to help in your angling adventures! There are more than 11,000 lakes in Michigan – and DNR has maps for 2,700 of them! These maps can help with inland lake fishing efforts and highlight shore features, vegetation and other water body specifics. The DNR also provides roadmaps to fishing Michigan’s Great Lakes. These maps are starting points to provide residents and vacationers with information on many fishing sites and times of the year when great opportunities exist. Whether a seasoned angler or new to the sport these roadmaps can provide great insight into fishing these waters.
Hunting Fall brings the season deer hunters look forward to each year. Currently, archery season for deer hunting is open through Nov. 14 and returns for Dec. 1, 2019 – Jan. 1, 2020 with extended archery season in Urban Deer Management Zone of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties through January 31, 2020. Once regular archery season closes on Nov. 14 regular firearm season opens Nov. 15 and ends Nov. 30. For rules and regulations hunters can refer to the Michigan DNR website and follow links for their type of hunting. For the hunters that go only for the sport and not for providing food for their household, they can help the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger (MSAH) nonprofit organization fulfill their mission to feed the hungry of our state. Established in 1991, the MSAH is an all volunteer organization that coordinates participating licensed game processors throughout the state as drop off locations for whitetail deer harvested by hunters during the hunting season. Organizations working in partnership for the MSAH program are Safari Club International, Michigan United Conservation Club, Ted Nugent’s United Sportsmen of America, United Methodist Men, Food Bank Council of Michigan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Quality Deer Management Assoc. and Michigan Bow Hunters Association. Since this organization’s beginning participating processors have produced 736,113 pounds of processed wild game to feed the hungry in our Michigan communities equating to 2,944,452 hot nourishing meals. Participating processors closest to the Tri-City area according to the MSAH website are The Deer Barn in Plainwell (269-685-9871), Blue Star Meats in Holland (616-392-4291), Vlasicak Meat Market in Cassopolis (269-445-8763) and Barrett’s Smokehouse LLC in Portage (269-323-3700). Please call the processor before dropping your deer off. For more information on this worthwhile organization, visit their website at https://www.sportsmenagainsthunger.org.
Watervliet Rod & Gun Club The Watervliet Rod and Gun Club holds monthly CCW classes. The cost of the class is $100. They have a lawyer explaining the law pertaining to concealed carry during class. Please call (269) 468-3837 or (269) 470-9191 for more information.
Coloma Rod & Gun Club The Coloma Rod & Gun Club holds monthly CPL classes. The classes are regularly held on the second Saturday each month and 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.
DNR organizes virtual 5K for 2020 Michigan’s first-ever Happy Little 5K/ Run for the Trees virtual race is set for spring! No matter how you reach the finish line – walk, run or hike – you pick the pace and the place, anywhere in the state’s great outdoors. Just be sure to complete your 5K within the 10-day window that encompasses two full weekends, plus Earth Day (April 22) and Arbor Day (April 24). Registration opens Jan. 1 and will be capped at 1,000 participants. Your virtual race will make a real difference – all race proceeds support tree-planting efforts at state parks throughout Michigan. Cost to participate is $34. Visit Michigan DNR website for information on registering.
Brrr, it’s starting to get cold. Not a great time if your body is composed of 90% water. So earthworms are burrowing deeper in the ground until they are below the frost line to avoid becoming a “wormsicle”. However, they will not be able to avoid becoming a mole treat. The eastern mole also burrows deeper in the winter. Its tunnel can be up to 24 inches deep. The near-surface passageways, the ones your lawnmower catches, are too cold. Its tiny body and inability to store fat means the mole chills easily. To keep warm requires eating much more to stoke the body furnace. Since its food has migrated downward, so must the mole. Random mounds of soil on the surface of the ground are evidence of the deep tunnel excavation. While at the surface the mole will also grab plant material by the roots to line its nest. It will alternate active hunting periods with lazy days in its cozy nest until the spring warmth beckons once again. Sign-up for Lotion Bar, Lip Balm & Towel Cake Making class at Sarett on Sunday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m. Participants will learn how to make these items, and take home all their products! Class size is limited to 20 people so don’t wait to sign up and pay. One paid class per person. Class is for ages 16 and up. Class cost is $65 per person. Call 269-927-4832 to register.