11-02-2017 Outdoors

Fishing

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fishing report said his past week’s weather continued to hamper fishing opportunities. Sporadic perch, walleye, salmon and steelhead activity was seen with most success seen by those fishing from piers.

Pier fishing was slow in St. Joseph but a few catfish were caught using night crawlers.

In South Haven not much activity was reported. Boat anglers who targeted salmon actually caught a few lake trout in 80 feet of water. Perch were caught to the south of the piers in 45 feet.

Pier anglers tried for steelhead with spawn in Grand Haven but no successes were reported.

The Grand River at Grand Rapids showed panfish activity has been strong although salmon activity slowed with high water reported.

Why is fall fishing so great? Many anglers will tell you that as fall rolls in the fishing gets better and better. But why is this?

The DNR states there isn’t much formal research to answer that question, but several factors could be contributing to this 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, if you don’t consider fall to be an ideal time to go fishing you may want to rethink that sentiment. Some of the biggest crappie, muskellunge, walleye and smallmouth bass can be found in the fall – don’t you want to experience that?

Hunters and anglers make a difference

Most Michigan residents know the Department of Natural Resources is responsible for things like fish and wildlife management, hunting and fishing regulations, and habitat protection, but many don’t know where the funding for these efforts comes from. You may assume that your tax dollars fund the DNR’s conservation work, but in reality, only a small portion of the DNR’s funding comes from General Fund (tax) dollars. The protection, preservation and management of Michigan’s natural resources have been primarily funded by the people who hunt and fish through their purchase of equipment and licenses.

If you’re a hunter or angler, have bought a license or hunting/ fishing equipment, thank you for investing in Michigan’s wildlife! If you know a hunter or angler, pass on this message and thank them for everything they have done for conservation in Michigan. Their efforts have resulted in millions of acres of habitat saved and near-miraculous population increases in several species of game and sport fish. You can enjoy more hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife-related recreational opportunities than ever before thanks to hunters and anglers!

Michigan’s Hunter Education Program

Hunting is a time-honored Michigan tradition, providing challenging outdoor recreation and helping develop an appreciation for the wilderness, wildlife and a clean environment. Most hunters know that the lasting enjoyment of hunting comes only when it is conducted safely and ethically.

Safe hunting begins with hunter education, which has had a dramatic impact on reducing hunting incidents in Michigan. Hunting is safe and getting safer!

Who Needs Hunter Safety? Successful completion of this class is required of all first-time hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1960. In order to purchase a base license other than an apprentice, you will be required to attest that you have successfully completed a hunter safety course.

For more information about hunter education, visit www.michigan.gov/huntereducation.

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