Fishing The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) reported that another windy week has kept boat anglers off the Great Lakes. Some of the smaller rivers are running low and clear which will slow the steelhead runs. Perch were starting to bite on the inland lakes. Out of South Haven, no trout and salmon anglers had been out last week as windy conditions kept boats off the big lake. Pier fishing was slow for all species, when anglers could safely go out to fish. On the Black River boat and shore anglers reported some steelhead fishing action. Once again, the weather has hampered fishing out of St. Joseph as no boats had made it out for salmon. Pier fishing was slow for steelhead with only a couple caught on spawn. The whitefish action is also slow. On the Kalamazoo River some steelheads were caught up near the Allegan Dam. Look for more fish to move in with rain in the forecast. Those using live and cut bait have caught some catfish in the early morning. At Grand Haven weather conditions have made it difficult for anglers to get out on the big lake. When they do, lake trout were caught on the bottom in 90 to 150 feet with a yellow flasher and spin-glo combo. Pier anglers reported slow steelhead action however a couple small coho were caught on spawn. The DNR’s fishing tip this week is that many anglers will tell you that as fall rolls in, the fishing gets better and better. But why is this? There isn’t much formal research to answer that question, but several factors could be contributing to the influx of angling opportunities: forage availability, dropping water temperatures, fish movement, or oxygen availability. Some say it could just be related to less fishing pressure and/or better angling techniques. The bottom line is, for those that don’t consider fall to be an ideal time to go fishing they may want to rethink that sentiment. Some of the biggest crappie, muskellunge, walleye and smallmouth bass can be found in the fall. More that 21 million fish were stocked in 2018 which means great fishing opportunities. Rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, steelhead and seven other species and one hybrid were among the 21,116,476 fish – weighing a combined 333 tons – stocked in Michigan’s public waters so far this year. The number and type of fish stocked varies depending on stocking requests, hatchery rearing assignments, and the source and temperature of each facility’s rearing water. Michigan has six state hatcheries and two cooperative hatcheries that together produce the species, strain and size of fish requested by fisheries managers. These fish are delivered at a specific time and location to ensure their survival and success. Learn more at michigandnr.com/fishstock.
Hunting Bring your young hunter to one of Michigan’s Wetland Wonders – the seven premiere managed waterfowl hunt areas in the state – in November for a memorable hunting experience. Hunters can choose from several dates and locations. Parties with at least one youth will be given priority in the draw at all Wetland Wonders. Dates and locations are: November 2 – Harsens Island Managed Hunt Area (afternoon hunt only); November 3 – Shiawassee River State Game Area (afternoon hunt only) in St. Charles; November 3 – Fish Point State Wildlife Area (afternoon hunt only) in Unionville; November 3 and December 9 – Fennville Farm Unit of the Allegan State Game Area (morning hunt only November 3 and afternoon hunt only December 9) in Fennville; November 4 – Pointe Mouillee State Game Area (morning hunt only) in Rockwood. Drawings will occur at 5:30 a.m. for the youth morning hunts and at 11:00 a.m. (11:30 at Harsens Island) for the youth afternoon hunts. Youth priority drawings are available for hunting parties with at least one youth (16 and younger) and up to two adults (maximum party size is four). Youth hunters 9 years old and younger must be accompanied by a qualified Mentored Youth Hunting Program Member. Hunt and Win! This waterfowl season, hunt at three or more of southern Michigan’s Wetland Wonders, or managed waterfowl hunt areas, and be entered to win a duck hunting prize package. The Wetland Wonders Challenge began October 13, 2018 and runs through February 12, 2019. Seven lucky winners will be chosen on March 1, 2019 to receive a prize package, that includes a $500 gift card for duck hunting gear and a golden ticket good for one first choice pick at a non-reserved managed waterfowl area drawing for the 2019-2020 waterfowl hunting season and additional prizes. To be entered for the grand prize drawing, hunters must hunt at three of the seven managed waterfowl areas, but each additional area visited qualifies for an additional contest entry. Hunt all seven managed areas and get five chances to win those prizes. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/ wetlandwonders.
Coloma Rod & Gun Club The Coloma Rod & Gun Club will hold their monthly CCW Class on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Class registration is held on Sunday, November 4, 2018 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 $100. For more information or to be put on the list, please call (269) 621-3370.
Free community event focuses on managing diabetes A free community event will help individuals diagnosed with diabetes, their family, and caregivers learn ways to stay on track. “Managing Diabetes – It’s Not Easy, But It’s Worth It” will take place on Tuesday, November 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Center for Outpatient Services, located at 3900 Hollywood Road in St. Joseph. During the event, endocrinologist, Amanda Morris, DO, along with a team of certified diabetes educators, will provide an interactive discussion about complications affecting uncontrolled diabetes and how to better manage the disease. Experts will be available to answer questions during a live Q&A panel. Guests will have the opportunity to sample healthy recipes for the upcoming holiday season and take home new recipes. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing for an optional group exercise opportunity at the end of the event. For more information and to reserve a spot, call (269) 556-2868 or visit www.lakelandhealth.org/managingdia
The nodding ladies’-tresses orchid, spiranthes cernua, is putting on a beautiful show in our demonstration bog, created in 2009 to help teach about bog habitats and the unique plants growing in them. Among the acidic sphagnum moss, cinnamon fern and carnivorous pitcher plants, the nodding ladies’-tresses were planted and have shown their beautiful blooms in the autumns ever since. The plant is small, growing between 4 – 20 inches tall, producing white flowers. The flowers are resupinate, meaning they twist during development into an upside-down spiral position. Many other orchid species will also follow this pattern, the result of uneven cell growth. Bees pollinate these flowers and follow the spiral pattern from bottom to top, collecting nectar and pollen along the way. The flowers toward the bottom of the stem are older and better pollen receivers and the flowers toward the top are newer and can only give pollen, not receive. When the bees travel from plant to plant, they begin again at the bottom flower and thus pollinate the ladies’-tresses. Sarett’s Nature Book Sale will be held the weekend of November 10 and 11 and we are now accepting any donations of nature books, field guides, and kids books. Books can be dropped off at the Nature Center any time during business hours. Please, no magazines. Then, join us the 10th and 11th to stock up on winter reading!