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Field Notes...
few reminders, actu- when I found out about drawing a bull
ally we have plenty of elk tag in addition to my Pure Michigan
reminders for all outdoor Hunt tag,” Peak said. “I knew right
enthusiasts…hunters, away that I would be transferring my
bear and elk license Pure Michigan Hunt tag to my son so
application draw period we could hunt together.” All licenses
ends June 1. The DNR is making my are transferable – you can enter yourself
reminders obsolete (but, I’m still going and win, or transfer your licenses to a
to do it). They have created a hunting loved one.”
application reminder system via text Buy applications online at eLicense
message directly to your cell phone. To or anywhere hunting licenses are sold.
get hunting application reminders via For more information about the Pure
text message, text “MIDNR HUNT- Michigan Hunt, visit
APP” to 64468. You'll get a reminder Anglers heading to the U.P. trout
the day applications go on sale, midway fishing will have portions of nearly 40
through the application period and on Upper Peninsula trout streams with a
the last day they’re available. You'll also 10 brook trout daily bag limit. With the
get a text when application results are exception of Menominee County, 14
posted online. of the U.P.’s 15 counties have at least
Another tip for you bear and elk one stream included on the 10 Brook
hunters, you could get two elk or bear Trout Possession Limit Waters list. The A special trophy for Stacy Sieffert, 21, who took this awesome
tags in a single year if you applied for new regulation approved last fall added 4x5 Michigan bull elk on December 10, 2017. It was an experi-
your elk and bear tag as usual (by June a suite of 36 streams, or portions of
1) and you receive both; you can also streams, where 10 trout is the daily pos- ence and hunt of a lifetime and she would do it all over again
purchase entry (unlimited at $5 each) session limit. For streams not on the list, in a heartbeat. She would like to thank her guide Jim Ormsbee
for the Pure Michigan Hunt and if you the daily bag limit remains at five. For and everyone from Michigan Gone Wild TV. Stacy said, “This
win the random drawing you’d receive a complete listing of the streams where wouldn’t have been possible without any of you!”
your second bear and elk license. (Plus a 10-trout bag limit is allowed, see the
the Pure Hunt winner get a spring and 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide avail- tailed deer begin life this way,” she thing to do is not touch it, leaving
fall turkey, and antlerless deer and first able from DNR offices, where fishing said. In fact, the mother’s placement fawns alone and simply enjoying the
pick at a managed waterfowl hunt area licenses are sold and online at of the fawn and the fawn’s own experience from a distance. “Leav-
and over $4,000 in blinds, sleds, rifles, fishing. excellent camouflage are further ing baby animals in the wild en-
shotguns and more). Sounds impossible, Finally, a yearly reminder; leave strengthened by one more natural sures they have the best chance for
well it’s not! Jerry Peak of Crystal did baby animals in the wild, par- defense that will help the animal survival,” she said. Only licensed
exactly that! ticularly fawns. Hannah Schauer, a stay hidden from predators: Fawns wildlife rehabilitators may possess
According to the DNR, “Peak communications coordinator for the are virtually odorless when they abandoned or injured wildlife. Un-
applied for his elk tag as usual, but DNR’s Wildlife Division, said that are young! For all of these reasons, less someone is licensed, it is illegal
also applied for – and won – the Pure while fawns may appear abandoned, Schauer said that if you do come to possess live wild animals, includ-
Michigan Hunt. “I was totally shocked they rarely are. “All wild white- across a fawn on its own, the best ing deer, in Michigan.n

SEASONS Arctic grayling reintroduction

NOW - 2018 fishing license required supported by foundation grant
Open All Year – Pike and walleye season on Lower Peninsula
Great Lakes, Lake St. Clair & St. Clair & Detroit Rivers
Michigan’s historic effort to reintroduce able to
Open All Year – Salmon and trout season on Great Lakes, St. Arctic grayling to the state’s waters will be sup- award
Marys River, Lake St. Clair & St. Clair & Detroit Rivers ported by a grant of $11,000 from the Petoskey- $1,000 more
Open All Year – Catch-and-immediate-release bass season on Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation to than the
all Michigan waters open to fishing the Michigan DNR’s Fisheries Division. $10,000 that
Now-Dec. 31 – Pure Michigan Hunt Application Period
Now-May 31 – Leftover spring wild turkey licenses go on
Arctic grayling thrived in northern was request-
sale over-the-counter Michigan’s cold-water streams until the onset of ed. They felt the project was important to sup-
Now - March 15 – Walleye and pike open in Lower Peninsula the 20th century. Fishermen and wildlife enthu- port a legacy project for our region and
inland waters siasts visited destinations such as the Au Sable Michigan.”
Now - June 1 – Elk Hunt Application Period River to see this beautiful fish. But by the 1930s, The DNR Fisheries Division and the Little
Now - June 1 – Bear Hunt Application Period
May 15 - March 15 - Walleye and pike open in Upper
three factors contributed to their demise: habitat River Band of Ottawa Indians lead Michigan’s
Peninsula Great Lakes, inland waters & St. Marys River destruction from logging, overfishing and com- Arctic Grayling Initiative. More than 45 organi-
May 26 – Dec. 31 – Smallmouth and largemouth bass catch- petition with introduced trout species. The local zations are supporting the landmark project. In
and-keep on all waters, including Great Lakes (except Lake extinction of this wild, native fish was a tragic addition to the DNR and Little River Band, proj-
St. Clair and St. Clair and Detroit Rivers. loss for Michigan. ect funders have included the Consumers Energy
June 16 – Dec. 31 - Smallmouth and largemouth bass catch-
and-keep on Lake St. Clair & St. Clair & Detroit Rivers
“We are honored to receive this grant from Foundation, the Rotary Charities of Traverse
the Community Foundation,” said DNR City and a private donor. A total of $418,175 has
*Consult the Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, Fishing Digest, or
other species-specific hunting digests for a more complete list of dates Fisheries Chief Jim Dexter. “The grayling rein- been secured for the project, which has an esti-
and regulations regarding each season or hunt period. troduction is a tremendous collaborative effort mated cost of $1.1 million.
and there simply is no way we can bring this Funding will be used to support steps fol-
MJC MJC iconic fish back to Michigan without the gener- lowed by the state of Montana, where fisheries
ARCHERY ARCHERY ous contributions of others.” biologists have been working to restore self-sus-
MACOMB OAKLAND “Our donors and review committee are taining populations of Arctic grayling for nearly
extremely interested and supportive of this proj- 30 years. Currently, fisheries biologists in
ect,” said Sarah Ford, community and donor Michigan, Montana and Alaska are collaborating
19744 15 Mile Rd 3001 Rochester Rd engagement officer with the foundation. “In fact, on the initiative.
Clinton Twp. 48035 Royal Oak, MI 48073
thanks to the generous support of individual For more information about Michigan’s
586-791-4600 248-589-2480 donors who maintain funds with us, we were Arctic Grayling Initiative, visit
ZZ Turkey Dear Fish Diary
Darryl Quidort page 16 Man vs. Fish- wasted tax dol-
lars to foot bill in winless battle
COVER STORY Ron St. Germain page 66
22-Point Nontypical
Richard P. Smith page 26 Earn your outdoor fun this
summer with volunteering
The unforeseeable Drew YoungeDyke page 67
challenges of Michigan’s
deer herd today Isle Royale moose die off?
Tom Lounsbury page 30 Following the Herring Run Richard P. Smith page 68

Whitetail tactics Betty 28 Boat Smart...Go Green

and turkey success Capt. Fred Davis page 69
Adam Lewis page 35 Fisherman’s Digest... TRAIL CAM PHOTOS
Early angling options page 70
New Hunting Strategies!
Land Management for deer
John Bergsma page 40
Sporting Collectibles...
Ed Spinazzola page 50 Between Casts: Early Spinning Rods Black Powder Shooting...
On the river in spring Terry McBurney page 72 A memorable moment lives on
Michigan Traditions... Tom Carney page 42 Dennis Neely page 48
Deer Camp on The Farm
Jake Dykstra page 52 Modern tactics for
structure loving walleyes
Mark Romanack page 44 COs save woman from
FISHING 70-foot cliff
Trolling Trends page 11
Kenny Darwin page 8 Consideration given to
The deadly jig and minnow changing Michigan’s yellow
George Rowe page 55 perch limits
Bill Ziegler page 24
Cover Story
COLOSSAL KINGS Spring bird migration
Kenny Darwin page 56 page 80

How to make a fly rod work!

William T. Mangan page 59
FEATURE The Au Sable River
Casey Warner-MDNR
Michigan Meanders... page 32 Patrick 38
Blade baits and Old men and fire
Tom Huggler page 18 Eastern gray squirrels
Spring Smallies Hunting morels with Mi-HUNT
Jonathan Schechter page 36 Gun Chat...M15 Snubnose
Lee Arten page 74
Joe 60 page 34 Trapping Fox and Coyote
John Chagnon/Asa Lenon Big bore accuracy
Guest Column-Gray Family page 76 in the deer woods
Lunker Creek Trout OPENING DAY OF TROUT! Joe Delaney page 78
Jim Bedford page 12 page 62
Transition Time
Finding walleyes
Mark Martin page 20
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he word insane describes the biting

By Kenny Darwin
characteristics of bluegills in spring
when they are schooled in skinny
water and furiously slam any pre-
sentation. Soon as your presenta-
tion taps the water surface and cre-
ates a tiny shock wave they turn on
the afterburners and rush to smack the intruder.
Sometimes they gulp and spit out the hook before
you can set the hook while most of the strikes are
brutal, deliberate and fish frequently grab, hold
on and swim with the hook. The fishing action is
the best of the entire season and the heart pound-
ing action will send you back to area lakes, ponds
and reservoirs in search of more. So, if you want
to experience some of Michigan’s most insane
sport fishing take note of the following recom-
First, water temperature is the key to success.
Michigan bluegills move to shallow spawning
areas when water temperatures hit around 64
degrees. Nests or spawning redds the size of a
large dinner plate are made by males in water
one to seven feet deep, preferably on a gravel
bar or sand and pea sized stone bottom. Males
make moon-shaped nests by fanning relentlessly
and removing sediment and exposing a shallow
depression on bottom. Commonly called bluegill
beds, these areas attract colonies of spawning
fish and become the hot zone for fishing success.
The trick to limit catches of spring fish hinges on
how well you identify spawning colonies, locate
specific bedding locations and find beds that are
covered with active fish.
Females are attracted to spawning beds
when water temperatures range from 65-70s.
This occurs in southern Michigan in late April
and northern lakes have peak spawning in May
through early June. If cold fronts arrive and push
water temperatures below 65 degrees the spawn The author happily displays a large 10-inch bluegill
will be delayed but a warm front with sunny taken using spider fly and clear adjustable bobber.
warm weather can cause water temperatures to
suddenly rise and gills go on a spawning spree. of fishing fun that is borderline insane. During frequently only grasp the offering in their mouth,
Females charge to beds once eggs are ripe and peak run bluegills can be caught in Michigan as they dash to the outer edge of the bed and spit
ready to deposit. Eggs are scattered on the bed by from shore, bank, boat, pontoon, canoe or kayak it out. It is not unusual for gills to aggressively
females and suitor males fertilize them immedi- from sunrise until dark. The hottest fishing often charge your hook, nip or grab the offering and
ately. Eggs hatch in 3-5 days depending on water occurs during calm sunny weather when the sun’s blow or spit it out away from their bed at light-
temperature and after hatching males remain on rays increase water temperatures and drive fish ning speed.
or near beds for several days to protect young into a feeding/spawning spree. Savvy gill chasers wear polarized sunglasses
from predation. Once gills begin fanning the gravel and make which cut the sun’s glare and allow fishermen to
If you want to experience unbelievable blue- beds they become very territorial and aggres- better see their quarry. At times gills are easy to
gill fishing the trick to success hinges on water sively protect their dish-shaped home turf. They identify because they are busy chasing each other,
temperature. If you arrive at your favorite lake fight off intruders of all kinds, minnows, other making surface ripples and splashing in shallow
and the water is below 63 degrees and fish are gills, crappie, bass, snakes and frogs, anything bays. But wind, rain or cloudy conditions can
not congregated in the shallows you are too early. that enters their spherical domain. If you cast a produce just enough wave action to camouflage
Same holds true for outings after the spawn when fly, spider or surface bait and it dimples the water colonies of gills and polarized sunglasses are a
water temperatures are above 74 degrees and fe- surface over their bed they will charge and slam must.
males have spawned out, moved to deeper water, the intruder. Let it sink and they will follow it Back in the day my family would stalk gills
and only a few residual males are patrolling beds. toward the fanned bed and likely grab the offer- along the banks of the Tittabawassee River, San-
But if you hit the nail on the head and intercept ing before it touches bottom. Sometimes they will ford Lake, Wixom Lake and more. We
gills when they are actively spawning, congre- allow the offering to touch bottom before they
gated in the shallows, you can expect the brand grab the hook. At times they gulp the hook but Insane Bluegills page 10
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Insane Bluegills:
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carried fly rods and cane poles I love to cast for big spawning
rigged with pencil bobbers and tiny gills when the sun is high and the
single hooks hidden deep in a night- polarized sunglasses allow me to
crawler. I learned that turning soil in watch gills turn, charge the waxie
grandma’s chicken coop produced and gulp the bait. Sight fishing
small red worms that caught panfish panfish is fantastic fishing fun and
like no other. there is never a dull moment. There
With fond memories I recall is something powerfully addictive
spring gilling with Gary Haske from about watching fish rush to your
Midland who tied custom flies that presentation and inhale the hook.
resembled spiders complete with This strategy is guaranteed to pro-
black legs that wiggled in water. vide major gillage for those working
Gary would place the tiny offering the shallows. Bluegills are prolific throughout Michigan and provide fast paced
on the lake surface over active beds Rainbow Plastics makes the fishin fun for kids, friends and family.
and give the line a short jerk to cre- Adjust-A Bobber float that has
ate a tiny wake with the fly. Wow! surgical tubing through the center. morning I use the bright chartreuse eventually let him off the hook but
Bed patrolling gills would charge Put your line through the round tub- fly with black striped legs. Dur- nailed him $375 for littering. Your
the offering and smack the spider. ing and twist the tube in the center ing mid-day I opt for the black limit is your limit and you cannot
That’s when I learned the deadly of the bubble to secure your line. shiny model or original brim deep catch more even if you are releasing
fishing technique of fishing surface Interior surgical tubing holds line brown. I tip the fly with a waxie and fish unharmed. My suggestion is to
flies. in place but allows you to adjust for allow the offering to slowly sink use a hand push button counter and
Today I use a similar strategy any leader length. Adjust-a Bubble to determine the active bite zone. never return to the boat launch with-
but my fly gear is substituted with a comes in two sizes for gills, the mini Sometimes gills want it touching out carefully counting your catch,
Zebco closed face model 33 spin- 3/16 oz. and the 1/4 oz. Some folks the surface, other days they smack period.
ning reel. I still use flies but place like to use the clear float when fish the tiny offering half way to bottom. Bluegills are prolific in Michi-
a cone-shaped Adjust-A-Bubble are spooky and require long distance Often gills will hold tight to bottom gan and found in most lakes, ponds,
float by Rainbow Plastics on the casts. Other anglers prefer a float near weeds and one deadly strategy reservoirs, rivers and streams. They
line two feet above the offering that is colored chartreuse or red/ is to let the fly sink to bottom using begin spawning chores at two years
to give it enough weight for long white for easy visibility to detect a 3-5 ft. lead and slowly pull and old. Larger females contain more
distance casting. I like to use a super strikes in early morning low light, stop the offering near weeds, rocks, eggs than smaller fish and a 10-inch
tiny ant size barrel swivel made by late evening or rainy weather. The stumps, logs or bottom structure. trophy fish produces around 25,000
Blackbird tackle below the bobber Adjust-A-Bubble can be used on If gills in your area were on beds eggs. Smart fishermen release large
and attach a 2 foot leader of 4 lb. fly line, casting or spin casting. For but a cold spell cooled water tem- females and allow them to spawn.
Seaguar fluorocarbon. The bobber is extreme long distance, the surgical perature and spawners disappeared, Big hens can live from 6-8 years.
used for long casts, the barrel swivel tubing can be pulled out and water work the drop off region close to Many Michigan lakes are full of
keeps the leader from twisting after allowed into the float chamber for beds. Often fish will back off to grunt gills mainly because they are
catching hundreds of fish and the added weight. 6-10 foot depths and reposition not so prolific and some bodies of water
leader material is almost impossible Years of chasing gills has taught far from spawning locations. Weath- lack solid bass populations or other
for fish to see. me several important lessons. At er in Michigan is ever changing and predators. Gills dine on insects, zoo-
Now comes the important part, times fish can be very spooky, it is not uncommon for fish to move plankton, small fish, algae, vegeta-
which lure should you use? Well other times you can place your boat into the shallows and back out when tion and more. Lakes that have good
my hottest tactic is to use a style within flippin’ distance and catch all cold temperatures cool local waters. biomass with freshwater fleas and
181 Eagle Claw barbed hook size #8 you want. When the wind subsides While southern Michigan fish often abundant zooplankton often produce
tipped with a wax worm. In super and the water surface is mirror flat are finished spawning in early May large gills. Bluegills are basically
shallow water no weight is needed fish can get very spooky. That’s it is not unusual for northern fish to sight feeders.
and the single hook will slowly when I stay in deeper water and continue spawning chores through- Bluegills are scrappy fighters
make the waxie drift toward bottom. make long casts to the shallows. The out the month of June. and fun to catch on light tackle.
I lengthen the lead depending on the trick is to fan cast to skinny water The daily possession limit is They are one of the easiest fish to
water depth holding gills. You sim- and slowly move parallel to shore 50 bluegills and once you hit that catch and many beginners cut their
ply cast to the beds, allow the waxie without disturbing target fish in 1-3 magic number you must stop fishing teeth on gills. Kids love catching
to work in the current and keep a feet of water. by Michigan law. Even catch and them and they provide fun filled
close eye on the bobber. If it jerks If gills are going bonkers near release fishermen must stop fishing adventure for the whole family.
backward it is signaling a strike and the surface I replace the single hook at 50. I know a guy who continued Fishing from an anchored boat with
it is time to set the hook. with a spider look-alike fly. When fishing and when the DNR boarded crickets, worms, spikes, mousies or
you use this his boat he was several fish over wigglers is very popular.
tactic you slowly his limit. Even though his intention I suggest you try a run-n-gun
chug the fly, was to release any fish in the live strategy and use a bow mounted
make it swim on well over 50 unharmed, the COs electric motor to position within
the surface and confiscated the extra catch and he casting distance of spawning loca-
the wave made was fined $175 per fish and lost tions. Once you have taken a few
by the float and his fishing privilege for a full year. fish use the electric motor to stealth-
fly will attract With this in mind I recommend you fully approach new locations. The
fish from below. purchase a simple hand counter to idea is to cover new water and find
Sometimes I keep track of your catch. By push- active schools located in spawning
tip the spider ing a button every time you keep a colonies. It is exciting to silently
with a waxie fish you can keep an exact count. sneak up on a large colony of gills
but a couple It is against DNR law to upgrade swirling in shallow water. Just the
years ago I hit your catch by releasing smaller fish sight of big adult fish in skinny
on some custom unharmed and keeping slabs. This water can get your heart pumping.
tied brim flies outdated law holds true for bass, But the proof of the pudding
Bluegill medicine includes a selection of small single hooks, sold on eBay walleyes, trout, salmon and more. is when you can’t make a cast
spider flies, brim flies; Adjust A-Bubble floats in various sizes with striped legs Just ask the Okemos resident who without fish attacking your
and colors used for long distance casting and to help you and black eyes. was catch and release fishing on the presentation. Many times several
detect strikes; hemostats used to remove hooks, or use a They look like a Saginaw River when two COs wrote dandy fish will charge your
Your Bobbers Down Dehooker; and a handheld number clicker tiny surface fly him a ticket for releasing 17 fish un- offering and the fishing action
to keep track of your catch. or bug. In early harmed. The Saginaw County Judge can be simply insane.n
COs save woman from 70-foot cliff
Barry County woman clung to tree roots above Lake Superior ice...

ichigan Conserva- mother. She did not seek any medi- before she was rescued. Michigan conservation offi-
tion Officers David cal attention. The name of the woman was not cers are fully commissioned state
Miller and Kyle Miller said the woman told him released. peace officers who provide natural
McQueer recently she wanted to go to visit a friend. Miller, who is originally from resources protection, ensure recre-
saved a Baraga While walking, she wanted to go L’Anse was hired to work for the ational safety and protect citizens by
County woman down to the lake. She put her leg Michigan Department of Natural providing general law enforcement
from falling down a cliff to the Lake over a guard rail and moved toward Resources in 1996. McQueer, duties and lifesaving operations in
Superior ice below. the lake. She lost her footing and from Otsego, was hired in July the communities they serve.
The incident began at about 8:35 started falling down the side of the 2017 and is currently working in Learn more about Michigan con-
p.m. Thursday with a call to Central cliff. She slid to a place about half- his probationary period with the servation officers at www.michigan.
Dispatch in Negaunee Township way down the 70-foot embankment department. gov/conservationofficers.n
from the 25-year-old L’Anse woman
saying she was stuck on the edge of
a cliff overlooking Lake Superior.
She told a dispatcher she was hold-
ing on to tree roots and she wasn’t
exactly sure of her location. Miller
and McQueer responded to the
area to assist Michigan State Police
troopers with the search.
Troopers said the woman’s
phone signal was showing her
location to be about 700 feet north
of Haanpaa Road, which is not far
outside the Village of L’Anse, to the
“Just as we passed Hannapaa
road, we were flagged down by an
individual who could hear someone
hollering for help from somewhere
down the cliff,” Miller said. The two
conservation officers located the
woman part way down the face of
the 70-foot cliff. They worked their
way down toward her. McQueer
stayed above the woman while
Miller continued down until he
reached her. Miller held the woman
in place.
“She told me she had Hunting-
ton’s disease, and had very little-to-
no strength in her arms and legs,”
Miller said. “She had been holding
on to tree roots to keep her from
falling the rest of the way down the
cliff and onto the ice below.”
Huntington’s disease is a rare
hereditary condition in which the
brain’s nerve cells break down grad-
ually, affecting physical movements,
cognitive abilities and emotions.
Miller asked McQueer to go
back to the vehicle and get a tow
strap or a rope. He returned with a
tow strap and tied it to a tree, tossing
the other end down to Miller.
The woman held onto the strap
while Miller lifted her to a safer
place on the cliff face.
Officers from other departments
had begun arriving at the scene, 5727 DRYDEN ROAD
including a state police trooper and
officers from the Keweenaw Bay In- DRYDEN, Michigan 48428
dian Community and Baraga police
McQueer and a Keweenaw Bay
officer tied the tow strap around the
“Once she was secure, all of the
officers pulled her to safety,” Miller
The woman was taken to her
By Jim Bedford

hen anglers think about areas where you couldn’t see the trout if it was they will draw trout out of cover. In small brushy
catching lunker stream present. streams and creeks your challenge is often just
resident browns and brook To be successful catching large trout in a hitting the water because the trout range the
trout they immediately small creek you must be sneaky. Not ever be- whole small pool. Where there is more room it is
conjure up a humid night traying your presence to the trout is the most still best to make sure your first cast lands in the
in late June on a good sized important key to consistently catching them. stream and then try to get closer to the cover with
stream with a good population of Hexagenia This is best accomplished by quietly wading in subsequent casts. That is, you don’t want to spoil
mayflies. Or at least a sizable stream after a rain an upstream direction. The fish are always facing the hole by getting hung up trying to get too close
has raised its level and colored up the flow with a into the flow and can see in all directions except to the overhanging bush or undercut bank on the
good supply of crawlers in their bait container. It for directly behind. If you fish downstream you first cast.
would seem that small streams and creeks would quickly alert the trout visually and any sound While lures are designed to represent food,
be only the home to small browns and brookies. you make wading is transmitted further with the their flash and vibration also appeal to the trout’s
However, this is definitely not the case. Trout can current. In most creeks some sand or silt will join curiosity. For this reason it pays to cover lots
grow just as large in nutrient rich creeks as they your wake in preceding you in a downstream di- of water so that as many trout as possible will
can in large rivers if they have enough cover. rection. Some anglers like to fish creeks from the see your spinner or plug. Fishing from bridge
Food from the bank augments the aquatic insects bank but this makes you even more visible and to bridge or from one access site to another also
and other invertebrates produced in the stream. the vibrations from your footfalls are especially allows you to show your lure to fish that see
While cover and food are obviously very alarming to trout. fewer anglers. Try to land your lure upstream of
important to the survival and growth of all trout, So keep a low profile and make the longest the suspected lie so the retrieve will bring it past
good overhead protection is absolutely crucial to casts possible using polarized sunglasses to see the waiting brown or brook trout. Don’t fret if
small stream trout. A solid roof over their head is trout holding cover and see if a brown comes out this is not always possible though, as the plop in
almost always preferred over water depth, prob- to inspect your offering. Casting over logs and the water next to a trout’s hideout can be like the
ably because most of the time the runs and holes other cover pays dividends even if you are likely hopper, beetle, or other terrestrial food item that
in clear creeks are not deep enough to hide the to hang up on the retrieve. Many times the trout triggers an immediate strike.
browns and brookies. A riffled surface will help will intercept it first and if you wait until you get In addition to presenting the lure in the
hide a trout in a hole but they generally prefer to up to the log the trout may detect your presence direction that trout normally look for food, up-
be under a log or log jam, an undercut bank, or and not hit. stream casts followed by downstream retrieves
overhanging vegetation. Because predatory birds Casting small spinners and spoons, jigs, and are helpful in keeping your lure near the bottom.
like herons and kingfishers are the trout’s main crankbaits in the 1/16 to 1/8 ounce size range is Even so, cross stream casts, especially in front of
enemies they try not to be visible from above. Of an excellent way to draw browns and brookies log jams or brush piles, are also great trout catch-
course they will expose themselves when feeding out of their dark lairs. Accurate casting is im- ers when you can sneak up on the brown’s lair.
but most of the time you are better off casting to portant when fishing lures for trout even though Live bait is one of the most effective ways to
catch trout in small streams. While especially when fishing with crawl-
some anglers, myself included, ers. By anticipating the holding spot
don’t like messing with bait, there is and casting well upstream your bait
no doubt that the real thing accounts will be at eye level when it reaches
for lots of brookies and browns each the trout. If the bottom of the stream
season. Earthworms rate as a top is quite snaggy, take a page out of
choice but salmon eggs, minnows, the steelheader’s book and use a
crayfish, and large aquatic insect float to suspend your bait just above
nymphs are all excellent creek trout the substrate.
catchers. A bronzed fine wire hook Using the lightest line possible
is unlikely to be detected by the that you can and still land the larger
feeding trout and it will keep the trout will help make the bait drift
bait lively and natural. as naturally as possible. Reel in the
In almost all situations the bait slack as your bait drifts toward you
should be cast upstream and allowed and keep your rod tip high. This
to drift with the current at the same keeps some of the line out of the
speed or slightly slower. While it is water and makes it easier to detect
important to keep your bait fairly strikes. The high rod also decreases
close to the bottom, try to use as the amount of belly in your line
little weight as possible. You want helping you get the hook set.
your bait to be near the bottom but Pick a fine diameter, premium
not on the bottom where it gets hung monofilament so that you can maxi-
up a lot. It is better to err on the high mize the strength yet have an almost
side because the trout are usually invisible connection to your rod. I
looking forward and up. Too much like this type of line for lure fishing
weight also causes unnatural drifts. too. No matter what your terminal
In many creeks it is possible to tackle is, constantly check your knot
avoid the use split shot completely, strength and the line near the hook

Jeff Samsel shows off a dandy creek brown.

or lure for abrasions. Clipping off have good aquatic insect popula-
the last foot or two and retying often tions it pays to always be ready
is a good idea as it keeps your line with the ants, hoppers, and beetles
at maximum strength. This com- if there is not a hatch. Terrestrial
pensates for using a non-abrasion imitations along with streamers that
resistant line and allows you to use imitate local baitfish and crayfish
stronger six or eight pound test in- are always a good idea when you
stead of a thick four pound test line are exploring a new creek and
with high abrasion resistance. don’t know what the trout are
Your spinning tackle can also feeding on.
be used to cast flies. Some weighted While you can probably ne-
nymphs and streamers can actually gotiate the majority of the water in
be cast with very light line and a small streams wearing hip boots you
bubble can be used to present dry will be much better off donning the
flies and unweighted nymphs. Tie waders instead. There will always
the bubble on to the end of the line be a few places that require waders
and the fly or flies off of droppers. and these deep stretches are also
This allows the flies to precede likely to hold many trout. In addi-
the bubble when you cast the rig tion, there will be many spots where
upstream. you want to be on your knees when
Many creeks also have enough making your presentation to avoid
room for conventional fly casting. spooking the trout.
Even in meadow sections you will Early in the season or after
still almost always have to cast significant rain events small streams
straight up or down stream to allow are often a better choice than large
for a back cast. The usual case, rivers for several reasons. They
though, is that there will be little clear quickly after spring rains and
room for a back cast and mastering become fishable long before riv-
the roll cast is a key to successful ers get in shape. Creeks also warm
creek fly fishing. faster when we have a cold spring
The author’s daughter, Terri Bedford, releasing a creek brown. Even though most trout creeks night.n
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ate evening on the night to the woods just before dark it’s
before the opening day a pretty good bet that they will be
of Michigan’s ZZ turkey roosted there for the night.
season, I spotted a large At first light on opening morn-
group of wild turkeys ing I was sitting in a fencerow of
walking toward a wood- trees just across a small open field
lot which was out in the center of from the woods. This was an “all
a mile section of farmland. With or nothing” sort of deal. If the birds
binoculars, I could see half a dozen were roosted in that ten acre woods,
toms in the group. I knew where I’d I had a chance. If they had traveled
be set up at daylight the next morn- on through, they could be roosted
ing! a mile away in a different woods.
In recent years there I waited silently, with my
have been some nice sized flintlock smoothbore across
flocks of turkeys hang- my knees and hands in my
ing around my home in pockets to keep warm.
central Michigan. I enjoy A person tends to limit
trying to keep an eye on himself in some way to
them as they wander from keep the hunting experience
woodlot to woodlot in this challenging, interesting,
agricultural area. Although exciting, and fun through-
they can’t exactly be “pat- out a lifetime. As they
terned,” when a
flock is headed By Darryl Quidort gain experience,
some people
The author, Darryl Quidor t, hoists a heavy gobbler over his shoul-
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evolve to hunting only for bucks ears, I could actually hear the cool from within the woods. After only watch the hen activity. Then three
with a certain size of antlers. Others morning air feathering through his a few more quiet yelps from my of them turned and started moving
may choose to limit themselves to primaries. Then a robin came out of call I could see several white heads away. Only one was left and he was
bowhunting only. I once knew a nowhere, landed in the field in front bobbing through the woods com- turning to leave.
man who said he “didn’t have time of me, and immediately wrestled ing toward me. Four mature toms I had built my flintlock smooth-
to hunt anything he couldn’t hunt a worm out of the ground. “How cleared the woods and walked out bore on a Colerain “Turkey Choke”
with his dogs.” Raising and training did he (or she?) know to land right into the open field 150 yards from barrel. This barrel was made to
hunting dogs was more important there, right then?” I wondered. “Was me. And… that’s where they hung hold a tight pattern of shot. So tight
to him than any game taken. For that worm spotted from afar?” I was up. Every time I called they strutted, in fact that I put sights on the gun
the past few years I have chosen to enjoying myself and hadn’t even gobbled, and rubber necked look- when I built it. It could properly be
hunt wild turkeys only with flintlock heard a turkey yet. ing for a hen, but didn’t come any called a smooth rifle. After many,
firearms that I have built myself. I A blue jay squawked a couple of closer. The stand-off continued until many shots patterned on paper,
feel that flintlocks are part of our times over in the woods somewhere three more big toms came out to while working up the best loading
American heritage and I use them and a tom turkey boomed out the join them. Now I had seven big ma- for the gun, I was confident of a
for the reasons just listed; challeng- first gobble of the morning. Another ture tom turkeys in front of me, all killing pattern for a head shot at that
ing, interesting, exciting, and fun. tom cut loose with an answering strutting at once and slowly advanc- distance.
That morning, before daylight, gobble. Then several toms began ing across the field toward me. I’ve Flint struck steel. Sparks flew.
I had carefully loaded my 20 gauge talking all at once, each one trying never seen anything so thrilling. KA-BOOM! A low wall of black
flintlock fowler with 75 grains of to out gobble all the others. I thought I was probably calling powder smoke rolled out toward
Goes 2FG black powder, a couple of “Guess the gang’s all here!” I too much, but when I stopped yelp- where the big gobbler was flopping
tight fitting over powder wads, and smiled. ing, they stopped coming. So, I kept his last. Success!
an ounce and a half of #5 lead shot I’m not the best turkey caller calling steadily and they kept com- Money can’t buy the feeling of
held in place by an over shot card. in the world, so I planned to wait ing slowly across the field until the satisfaction from hunting with a gun
With a pinch of fine, 4FG black until they were on the ground before nearest ones were within 40 yards. that you have invested many hours
powder in the pan of the lock and a making any attempt at calling them. All I needed was a little patience to of labor in carefully hand craft-
sharp flint in the cock, I felt confi- Those toms talked to each other for pull this off. ing. The thrill of taking game with
dent of a quick and certain ignition. a good ten minutes. I’ve never heard Suddenly, several hens came your own custom gun also feeds
As the clear sky began to lighten such steady, continuous gobbling out of nowhere and ran across the the outdoorsman’s basic instinct of
up I watched the world around me before. Then all went quiet. “Must field yelping and cutting like crazy! self-sufficiency. There is nothing
wake up. Birds began to flutter and have all flown down,” I thought. Three of the gobblers turned and quite like hoisting a heavy gobbler
sing their spring music from the I’d been sucking on a mouth ran to head them off. What looked over your shoulder, picking up your
bushes near me. A red tailed hawk call waiting for this opportunity. A like a sure thing a few seconds ago flintlock fowler, and starting home
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Old men
and fire
very three to five years, the temperature finally rose to the
I enlist the help of mid-40s, we gathered at one end of
friends and neighbors the field to create a backburn that
to help burn my four- would serve as a firebreak for the
acre grass field. Such main blaze. We did this by burning Safety is the number one concern when it comes to a prescribed burn.
periodic burning, in late a strip about 10 feet wide into the With detailed planning the author and friends burnt this small field.
winter or early spring, helps stop slight breeze that had developed.
the invasion of woody plants into Once the back burn was com- decided to torch the field myself. age was to my reputation as a solid,
the field and invigorates the plete, we moved to the Big mistake! Although the air was considerate citizen.
switchgrass and wildflow- head of the field and set calm, the blaze that raced across the Recounting that foolhardy
ers I planted there nearly 20 it ablaze. The breeze was plot produced flames 10 feet high experience, I still feel the red heat
years ago. only three or four mph, and and created its own wind. The night of embarrassment creep into my
Armed with broom the flames advanced across sky turned bright orange and cars face. Now, I get permission from the
rakes, five of us white it steadily and slowly. It stopped along the highway to watch fire department before lighting any
beards gathered on a Satur- was a classic prescribed the spectacle. fires on my property, including the
day morning in late March. burn, done safely and suc- Someone rightly called the local simple burning of brush. I inform
Little wind was expected, cessfully. fire department. Volunteers arrived the neighbors beforehand, and I re-
and the humidity would rise I now know the right on a tanker truck to extinguish the cruit lots of help. We make sure the
to 60 percent. We procedure because blaze before it could jump to the burn is over and done by nightfall.
had to wait a cou- By Tom Huggler I did it all wrong surrounding woods. As you might In addition to these safeguards,
ple hours though, in the past. A few expect, I received a royal chewing anyone planning a prescribed burn
for the sun to warm the frost-stiff- years ago I returned home early out from the fire chief and consid- should have a clear objective. For
ened dead grass and weeds. When one April evening and impulsively ered myself lucky. The only dam- example, here is what a planned fire

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can do: As I learned the hard way, safety
• Kill invasive woody plants comes first and that starts with the
• Remove duff—the build-up of weather. The most successful burns
dead grass and other vegetation occur when temperatures are be-
• Promote regrowth of both tween 40 and 60 degrees, humidity
warm- and cool-season plants, in- falls between 50 and 70 percent, and
cluding wildflowers wind speed is steady between three
• Reduce or set back noxious and seven miles per hour.
weeds The cool thing about prescribed
• Improve habitat for up to 150 burning is how fast the land re-
species of wildlife sponds. In a few weeks green
Besides helping maintain fields growth takes over. Soon after the
of wildflowers and native grasses wildlife food chain moves in. I’ve
such as Indiangrass, bluestem and learned that through experience,
switchgrass, prescribed burning can too.n
also invigorate cattail stands, main- The control burned field one month later. Tom Huggler photos
tain forest openings, and improve
oak hardwood stands by killing off
maple, basswood and other less-tol-
erant types of trees. Burning is also
more cost-effective than other treat-
ments such as bulldozing, cutting or
using chemicals.
Prescribed burning is not a new
land management tool. Supposedly
the plains Indians deliberately set
afire the prairie to produce better
grass for their ponies. For many
years owners of southern quail
plantations have used fire to hold
back undergrowth beneath tower-
ing canopies of pine. The practice
works. On a recent trip to Tall
Timbers Research Station near
Tallahassee, I walked through burn
areas still smoldering while listening
to singing bobwhite males looking
for mates.
There are many things to con-
sider when planning a prescribed
burn. For example, did you know
that fire moves faster uphill than
on a level surface? For this reason
slope of the burn area must be taken
into account.
It’s possible your local fire
department might be willing to burn
your field as a training exercise. It
certainly doesn’t hurt to ask. At the
very least, someone from the depart-
ment might be willing to look over
your plan and advise accordingly.
For example, do you have a fire-
break, an area that will contain the
fire within its boundaries?
A plowed or disked strip, reach-
ing down to mineral soil, is the
most common way to establish a
firebreak. Sometimes a mowed path
or walking trail will suffice, but
wider (to 20 feet) is always better.
After the burn, consider planting the
firebreak to grasses and clovers to
provide food cover for wildlife.
The timing of a burn determines
the plants which will be benefited
and controlled, the impact on wild-
life species, and safety. Most burns
are conducted mid to late spring or
in the fall. Burning to favor desired
grasses should take place just as
they are starting to green up, and
the soil surface is damp. Generally a
late spring burn will control woody
vegetation and cool-season grasses
better than an early spring burn but
is not as beneficial to wildflowers.
t is mid-summer and a thing offered at a faster pace, I’ll
time of change. Walleyes troll Rapala crankbaits at 1.2 to 2
are on the move. Their MPH. To get a lure down near bot-
transition from spring tom (making sure not to allow it to
locations to early summer continuously bounce on bottom), I’ll
and now the heart of sum- use the same bottom-bouncers I was
mer haunts invokes questions: Are with the crawler harnesses. But I’ve
the fish in deep water or are they been known to tie a Church Tackle
still in the shallows? Perhaps they K-1 In-Line Bead Weight about 6
are somewhere in-between? How do feet ahead of the lure. These come
I find them? What will they eat? in 5/8-ounce sizes and I can add
Technically, walleye can be more if necessary.
found in all portions of the water High and Mighty
column right now. The majority, Often, I’ll see bait high in the
however, have already moved into water column over deep water, but
the waters they’ll occupy the rest of not fish. This means the fish are
the summer. also high in the column and feeding
Overall, walleye are easy pick- on the bait, however, spooking out
in’s this time of year compared to from under my boat and out of my
other times. The major bug hatches sonar’s the transducer range.
have been over for some time and Using Church Tackle’s in-line
the fish are getting hungry again; planer boards and Stern Planers is a
they’ve relocated into their summer must in this situation. Not only do
residence for one reason: to eat. they allow me to use multiple lines
But just because both the weath- without fear of tangling, but the
er and bite are hot doesn’t mean it’s planer boards get my offering out
going to be limit catches for every- away from the path of my Lund and
one. A perfect presentation is still a to the fish that may have spooked
must, no matter the technique used. out to the side, while the Stern Plan-
And the methods I employ depend ers keep the line directly behind my
on where in the water column I find boat from tangling, as well allow
the fish. me to control the depth at which my

Transition Time
Hot Weather Habitation lures are running.
Overall, I’m targeting walleyes If the walleyes are preferring a
in main-lake basins by midsummer. slow presentation, I’ll pull the same
The fish have moved to deep-water Northland Baitfish Spinner harness,
locations during the warm-weather as well their ’s Mr. Walleye Willow
periods because their prey has Crawler Hauler, either with a live
migrated here from the shallows, night crawler or Berkley PowerBait
which are now too warm water.
But walleyes have the highest
Finding walleye that have transitioned into Nightcrawler, at .8 to 1.5 MPH,
with a Church Tackle K-1 In-Line
temperature tolerance range of any
freshwater fish. This means many summer haunts...By Mark Martin Bead Weight 6 feet ahead of the
spinner. The willow leaf blades of
can be found bellied up to bottom the Crawler Hauler have the least
in the cold, deep water, while at the bottom it usually means they are to get it near the lake floor. If the amount of water resistance of all
same time some will be found high lethargic due to foul weather or sinker’s dragging, I reel it in just spinner blades and are a good choice
in the water column, in the warmer funky moon phase. This is when I’ll enough so that it’s not bouncing any when fish are deeper.
water above the thermocline. I fish slow, yet cover as much area as more. If the slow troll’s not produc-
can see where the walleyes are by possible by using bottom-bouncers If the fish are up off bottom, ing, I’ll then switch over to Rapala
watching my sonar. and crawler harnesses. These rigs I’ll use the same weight bottom- crankbaits and again troll at 1.2 to
The first thing I do is scan the have the flash and vibration needed bouncers; however, use a Northland 2 MPH. Rapala’s Shad Dancer is an
depths with my Lowrance HDS Car- to draw attention and the smell and Baitfish Float’N Spin, which has a overlooked series of crankbaits for
bon 12—coupled with an SD card taste of the live bait seals the deal. large foam float to keep the crawler walleyes, as well their new suspend-
filled with Navionics mapping in the Retaining speeds of .8 to 1.2 up and off bottom and into the strike ing RipStop baits.
unit’s card reader—paying special MPH with my bow-mounted electric zone, or, their new Butterfly Blade Boiled Down
attention to areas nearest points, trolling motor, I’ll deploy a 2-ounce Harness. The Butterfly Blade works In the end, finding walleye
underwater humps and over muddy- Northland Rock-Runner bouncer wonders in rivers, too. that have transitioned into summer
bottom flats. A high-quality sonar and Baitfish Spinner Harness from If perch are being pesky and haunts boils down to searching for
gives up the location of fish, as well the bow of my Lund, while I have ripping the tails off my live crawl- fish or bait in main-lake basins, and
as any bait, and even if I don’t spot my partner use a 1-1/2-ounce Rock- ers, I’ll switch the live bait out to getting a spinner or crankbait into
fish on the Lowrance’s screen, I’ll Runner and similar crawler harness a 6-inch Berkley PowerBait Power the strike zone. Pay attention to
fish in the same depths I see forage from the stern. By using a heavier Nightcrawler to nip the bite-offs in your speed, especially once a fish
as more likely there will be walleyes sinker up front and lighter one in the the bud. And the walleyes love ’em has been caught, and recreate the
in the same realm. back keeps the rigs from tangling just as much as the real thing. depth, lure and pace. Once the pat-
Depending on the waterway, up. Bottom-bouncer techniques tern has been discovered, you’ll be
the forage this time of year consists And I don’t drag the weight; I work best with medium-action rods on your way to a live well full of
mainly of shad, shiners, chubs, fish it at bottom but not on it. To with a soft tip, and reels that bal- walleye.
gobies or young-of-the-year fishes test, while the boat’s at the speed I ance well when in my hand; I prefer Mark Martin is a professional
such as perch. Like walleyes, these want to fish, I drop my rod tip back Fenwick’s 7-foot Elite Tech Walleye tournament angler and instructor
baitfishes can be found near bottom, enough to allow the bottom-bouncer Casting rod coupled with an ABU with the Fishing/Vacation Schools
high in the water column, and all to just tap bottom, then bring it Garcia Revo S reel spooled with ( Check
points in-between. back forward so that it rides up off 10-pound-test Berkley FireLine. out his personal website for more
Slow and Low bottom. If bottom is not felt when On the other hand, if these fish information, as well, at markmar-
If I see the fish bellied up to doing this, I let out just enough line suspended off bottom want some-
Speed kills summer ’eyes
or the most part Great
Lakes walleye trollers
have two speeds, slow
and slower! For much of
the year it takes a slow
trolling presentation to

trigger lethargic walleye into biting.
Come June, July and August
slow is not always the best way to
go. In fact, kicking it in gear and
moving at the top range of popu-
lar trolling speeds is the fast track
to walleye fishing success. Two
critically important lure groups do a
wonderful job when called upon to
troll at faster speeds.
The beauty of fishing with
crankbaits is that many of these
lures function well at a wide range
of trolling speeds. Many of the
crankbaits popular among walleye
fishermen in the spring and fall are
also good choices for summertime
trolling. The Reef Runner 800,
Bandit 5/8 Walleye, Yo-Zuri Deep
Crystal Minnow, Storm Deep Jr.
ThunderStick and Berkley Flicker
Minnow series are all good choices High action baits like the Yakima Mag Lip are good choices for summer time walleye trolling chores.
for targeting walleye spring, fall and Other high action lures the author uses often include the Storm Rattle Tot 3/8 ounce, 3/8 ounce Wiggle
summer. War t and Brad’s Wiggler. Mark Romanack photos
Other great baits to add to this
list look and wiggle more like bass include the 3.5 Mag Lip by Yakima 2.5 to 3.0 MPH! fluorocarbon leader material is the
baits than walleye baits. No and the Brad’s Wiggler. ideal way to fish walleye spoons
worries because in warm To get the most from Spoons behind divers. To rig up properly, tie
water walleye love high ac- these high action crank- The second category of wall- a loop knot in one end of the leader
tion lures. Among the many baits, anglers are obliged to eye lures that perform very well and attach this loop to the snap on
high action baits to pick fish them a lot faster than in warm water are trolling spoons. the back of the diver. Next tie a No.
from are classics like the most other crankbaits. A Tackle shop shelves are filled with 2 or 3 Ball Bearing Snap Swivel to
3/8 ounce Storm Rattle Tot, trolling speed of 2.0 MPH trolling spoons, but the majority are the terminal end of the leader and
Salmo No. 6 Hornet and would be considered slow larger models intended for trout and attach the spoon to the snap.
Storm 3/8 ounce Wiggle as most of these higher salmon trolling. Spoons designed To get the maximum action from
Wart. Newcomers that an- action lures for walleye trolling are both shorter small trolling spoons, it’s important
By Mark Romanack
glers will want produce best and also thinner than the typical to use quality ball bearing swiv-
to give a try when fished salmon spoon. els. Sampo, P-Line and Berkley
The Wolverine Tackle Jr. Streak make some of the best ball bearing
is a spoon that was made with one swivels on the market. Ordinary
purpose in mind... to catch Great brass crane swivels commonly sold
Lakes walleye. The same could be at tackle shops will not give these
said for another Michigan manufac- small spoons the freedom of move-
tured spoon the Michigan Stinger ment they need to trigger consistent
“Scorpion.” Because these spoons strikes.
do not have a dive profile of their A poor quality swivel will also
own, Jr. Streaks and Scorpions are create another problem in the form
most commonly fished in combina- of line twist on the leader. At the
tion with small divers such as the faster trolling speeds required when
Luhr Jensen Jet Diver, the Big Jon pulling spoons, poor quality swivels
Mini Disk and the Off Shore Tackle simply cannot keep line twist out of
No. 2 Tadpole Diver. the leader.
These popular divers can be Walleye spoons are commonly
used to easily reach the most com- fished at speeds ranging from 2.0
mon depths where walleye hang to 3.5 MPH. The most successful
out in the summer months. All of trolling speeds vary from day to day,
the common divers used by walleye but 2.5 to 2.8 is usually a very good
anglers are included in the Precision range.
Trolling Data apps www.precision- that publish the Worm Burners
Trolling crankbaits at faster speeds (2.5 to 3.0 MPH) is one of the diving depth of popular lures and Some anglers have a hard time
author’s favorite ways of not only covering water, but also catching trolling hardware. getting the confidence needed to put
aggressive summer time walleye. A six foot length of 15# test down the nightcrawler harnesses
and navigate towards trolling crank- thrust percentages, I link my elec- ence clearly suggests that the best rises, walleye lose a little of their
baits and spoons for summer wall- tric motor to my Lowrance Carbon bite of the day tends to happen right hunting advantage because forage
eye. The solution for these anglers sonar units with a wiring harness around sunrise. Being on the water species can better spot approaching
might just be a new class of trolling known as Gateway. This hard-wir- early enough to take advantage of walleye.
lures known collectively as “worm ing allows me to operate the electric peak feeding times is important, not
burners.” These lures are spoons motor using controls on the sonar only for maximizing fishing effort, Summing It Up
with a walleye harness attached to unit, the key fob or the foot control.” but also to minimize the hours spent Slow is the speed to go much
Early to Bed
them that is in turn tipped with a baking in the summer sun. of the year when targeting wall-
live nightcrawler. The morning bite is routinely eye. During June, July and August
Worm burners can be trolled at Early to Rise better because the low sun angle speeding things up and switching to
faster speeds than normal crawler Walleye can be caught all day reduces light penetration and allows lures that have a “need for speed”
harnesses, giving anglers the advan- long most of the time during the walleye to lurk in the shadows while is the fast track to walleye trolling
tage of trolling faster and also using summer months. That stated experi- hunting in open water. As the sun success.n
live bait as an enticement.
Covering Water
Covering water is one of the
biggest advantages associated with
trolling crankbaits and spoons at
summertime speeds. An angler who
is trolling at 2.5 MPH compared to
another who is fishing at 1.5 MPH is
covering eight more miles of water
during a typical day of fishing.
Those who understand the
advantage of covering more wa-
ter often start out their day at the
high range of the practical trolling
speeds. The goal is to cover water
as quickly as possible while search-
ing for active fish. Once a few fish
are caught, it’s a simple step to slow
down the trolling speed a notch or
two to keep baits in the school of
fish for a longer period of time.
The willingness to manipulate
trolling speeds also plays huge
dividends in terms of figuring out
exactly what trolling speed is trig-
gering the most strikes on any given
day. Even modest changes of .1 or
.2 MPH can and often does make a
huge difference.
The absolute best way to control
trolling speeds is with a bow mount-
ed auto-pilot style electric motor.
“The first thing we put in the water
and the last thing we take out of the
water every day is our MotorGuide
Xi5 electric trolling motor,” says
Jake Romanack of Fishing 411 TV.
“We use the electric trolling mo-
tor to tweak trolling speeds one- or
two-tenths of a MPH at a time. It’s
nearly impossible to accomplish this
refined approach to trolling speed
when using a primary outboard for
trolling chores or even most gaso-
line kicker motors.”
To avoid running the batteries
on the electric motor down quickly,
a gasoline kicker motor or primary
outboard is used to provide the
majority of the forward thrust. The
electric motor is used to make small
adjustments to trolling speed.
“Normally I like to set the elec-
tric motor to deliver about 25 to 30
percent of maximum thrust,” adds
Romanack. “This gives me enough
power to make minute changes to
trolling speed and also to steer the
boat effectively when trolling in
traffic. In order to monitor these
Consideration given to changing
Michigan’s yellow perch bag limits

1916 - 2017

Yellow perch are a highly prized panfish that have declined from their former overall abundance
through the decades of the 1970s and early 1980s in nor thern Michigan. Michigan DNR Fish Division

is currently considering updating the former liberal bag limit of 50 perch per day back to 25 per day.

he DNR Fisheries Division is taking indicated the growth rate of the remaining yellow
account of a long running concern perch in Chicagon Lake increased and the perch
of Michigan panfish anglers and population in the Michigamme Reservoir was
DNR fisheries managers. The DNR temporarily improved.
is considering updating their yellow During the 1990s inland yellow perch popu-
perch daily bag limit to bring it in lations declined in most inland lakes across
line with other nearby lake states. northern Michigan. The perch population decline
The Upper Peninsula Sportsman’s Alliance occurred commonly in lakes with perch predators
has adopted a resolution to reduce the liberal like walleye and also in waters where walleye
Michigan yellow perch bag limit down to 25 fish. were not present. The question was raised by
The Michigan United Conservation Clubs is seri- some; could the perch thinning be the cause?
ously considering a similar resolution to decrease Although this management tool was only used in
HN the state wide perch bag limit to the same with no a small number of the region’s perch lakes, the
half & half more than 5 being over 12 inches in length. The overall population decline occurred in almost all
Silver & Gold MUCC proposed resolution is the same the region’s perch lakes. In addition, the
Nu-wrinkle that has been in effect at Lake Gogebic regional perch decline occurred sig-
for several years. nificantly after that management effort
Jim Francis, the DNR’s Lake Erie would have contributed to that decline.
Watershed Supervisor, confirmed “al- Although yellow perch are a very
Genuine Silver, though yellow perch are present all over prolific fish species it is not clear what
Michigan, they are more prevalent in the environmental factors have combined to
24k Gold & northern two-thirds of the state.” Francis hold perch populations down from the
Copper finishes went on to say yellow perch have made last two decades.
up a significant part of the fishery in Yellow perch are a highly prized
Lakes Erie, St. Clair, Huron and
Michigan. Cover Story... panfish among northern Michigan
and Great Lakes anglers. During
Decades of depleted inland
yellow perch populations in By Bill Ziegler the perch abundance period in the
1970s and early 80s large num-
Northern Michigan and Michi- bers of anglers targeted Upper
gan’s high bag limits resulted in the consideration Peninsula lakes for yellow perch, although the
of changing inland yellow perch bag limits. In pressure was spread out among a number of lakes
The original Williams the 1970s and early 1980s yellow perch were with strong perch populations. After the regional
lure that started it all overabundant and slow growing in a many Up- perch decline, occasionally, an area lake’s perch
per Peninsula inland lakes. During that period, population would improve. But more intense fish-
over 100 years ago. a major fisheries management issue was dealing ing pressure focused on those waters and quickly
with the perch overpopulations, with the manage- cropped down the perch fisheries. This same
• Multispecies ment goal of improving perch growth rates. One pattern has happened consistently on a number
• Stabilising ridge of the common management activities conducted
by DNR fisheries managers was to thin the perch
of lakes with perch fisheries during the last two
decades. Perch population has gone through a
• 7 sizes, 28 colours populations with fyke (trap) nets and transfer the number of ups and downs in the Great Lakes in
excess perch to the few waters with poor perch recent decades.
populations. Upper Peninsula DNR fisheries biologists
One example, in 1981 and 1985, a total of first observed perch declines in some lakes in
62,900 pounds of yellow perch were thinned 1987 and during a UP Regional DNR fisheries
from Chicagon Lake, with a large percentage of meeting resolved to request that Fisheries Divi-
/williamslures those being transferred to Michigamme Reservoir sion administrators reduce the extremely liberal
(both in Iron County) where the perch popula- perch bag limit from 50 perch per angler down to tion was consistently poor. Subsequent surveys 25 as part of the overall 25 fish combined panfish
bag limit. ever, that small number of angler’s one day’s bag limit to three day’s and sending the wrong message
This U.P. Regional Fisheries cumulative harvest comprised over bag limit. The current yellow perch about a valued and limited panfish.
request was not adopted. Local fish 40 percent of the statewide panfish bag limit is still 50 although the new The discussion of updating the
managers did suspend perch remov- harvest. That same Wisconsin DNR possession limit on perch went from yellow perch bag limit has already
als except in rare cases such as when survey concluded that reducing the 50 to 150, a three-fold increase. been discussed in the Fisheries
perch were overrunning single spe- panfish daily bag limit from 50 to Although the increased possession Warm Water Steering Committee
cies trout lakes (e.g. Hannah Webb 25 would lower the overall perch limit made sense for other fish spe- and the Citizens Advisory Com-
Lake – Iron County) where they harvest by 25 percent. cies like game fish such as walleye mittees. Soon the DNR Fisheries
were illegally introduced. During The concern of over-exploitation and pike etc., to anglers and biolo- Division will electronically survey
the 1990s, source lakes of overabun- of limited yellow perch populations gists concerned with depleted yel- approximately 200,000 Michi-
dant perch were rare but lakes that was further exacerbated in 2011 low perch population in Michigan gan anglers before making a final
could use a boost in perch popula- when the State Legislature raised lakes, this seems to be moving perch recommendation on the issue to the
tions were becoming more common. the panfish possession limit from exploitation in the wrong direction Natural Resource Commission.n
About 20 years ago the Wisconsin
DNR recognized a need to address
the perch and panfish declines, and
working with the angling public
representatives reduced their perch
bag limit to 25 in combination with
other panfish. In Minnesota there are
many very large lakes with strong
perch fisheries. They were receiv-
ing intense fishing pressure on their
perch fisheries by non-resident
anglers, especially from Wisconsin
and Upper Michigan. The Minne-
sota DNR Fisheries recognized that
maintaining the long-term viability
of their perch fisheries was impor-
tant to both angler and the overall
fish community.
More recently, anglers and
fisheries biologists on the Great
Lakes have observed declines in
perch populations. The number of
quality-sized perch were also greatly
reduced in perch waters across the
region. The proponents of perch
bag limit adjustments pointed out
that focused perch fishing quickly
cropped down the perch popula-
tions and size structure in any water
where perch abundance had started
to build up. It was felt that yellow
perch was a highly valuable panfish
target for anglers and forage for
other predator fish.
The extremely liberal perch
bag limit of 50 sends the opposite
message to the anglers – which
perch are not as valued other panfish
whose bag limit is 25 in combina-
tion. It was felt that the bag limit of
50 perch sends a message to anglers
that they are still overly abundant.
It was felt that lowering the perch
bag limit and putting it in combina-
tion with other panfish like sunfish
would also simplify the regulations
where popular panfish all had a bag
limit of 25. The argument was made
that bringing the Michigan perch
bag limit reciprocation with Wiscon-
sin would help avoid concentrating
targeted perch fishing in Michigan; 5727 DRYDEN ROAD
rather it would spread it across Wis-
consin and Upper Michigan. DRYDEN, Michigan 48428
Wisconsin DNR Fisheries
studied their inland perch fisher-
ies extensively in preparation for 810-796-3770
making their decreased perch bag
limit. Wisconsin’s statewide pan-
fish survey concluded that only five
percent of Wisconsin anglers creeled
(kept) over 25 panfish per trip. How-
Cover Story...By Richard P. Smith

fter blowing a chance world class nontypicals, however, the
at a nice 8-pointer county has only given up a few scor-
during bow season, ing more than 195 and Blugerman’s
Joe Blugerman from is the biggest of those. The previ-
Munith was hoping to ous number one nontypical from
make up for the missed Jackson County is an 18-point that
opportunity with another buck during Steve Crocker shot during 1989 that
gun season. He got that chance on measured 201 1/8.
November 25, 2017, and this time It was November 8 when Joe
things went his way. Not only did Joe blew his chance at a nice 8-point
bag a buck bigger than the one he with bow and arrow. Even though
missed, he shot the very biggest ant- he’s hunted whitetails for 35 years
lered whitetail on record for Jackson and taken his share of bucks, he
County with nontypical antlers. The still gets excited when trying to add
22-pointer has a gross score of 213 another one to his credit. That’s a big
and nets 206, according to state big part of the reason why he continues
game record keeper Commemorative hunting whitetails.
Bucks of Michigan. When Joe first saw the 8-pointer
Jackson County has a reputa- at a distance of 100 yards, it looked
tion as one of the best producers of like the buck was going away from
bucks with large antlers in the state. him. He took out a Can Call from
The current state record typical his pocket and tried that to see if he
netting 198 came from that county could change the buck’s mind about
along with a number of other high where he wanted to go. The call had
scoring typicals. When it comes to the desired results. The deer slowly Joe Blugerman from Munith with Jackson County’s largest nontypical.

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circled Joe’s position, gradually get- Joe ended up stripping to his un- inches. The 11 x 11 rack has a typical old. It had a dressed weight of 186
ting closer. derwear, swimming to the whitetail 10-point frame with six nontypical pounds, so its live weight was well
Part of the problem is Joe was and tying a rope to it, so it could be points on each antler. over 200 pounds.
able to watch the buck for a long pulled to shore. The most noticeable and impres- For detailed stories about how
time before it finally got into position Joe said the temperature was in sive nontypical point is a drop tine other giant bucks from Jackson
for a shot. The anticipation of getting the 40s, so the swim wasn’t as bad off the right antler. Total length of County were bagged, refer to the
a shot kept building along with his as it could have been. The water was the 12 nontypical points is 40 1/8 6-book series titled Great Michigan
dosage of adrenaline and excitement. cold, but air temperatures below inches. The base of each antler is Deer Tales, which were written by
By the time the buck was in position freezing aren’t unusual during late more than 6 inches in circumference. the author of this article. Each of the
for a shot, Joe had a full blown case November. Circumference of the right antler is books contains at least one chapter
of buck fever and cleanly missed the Needless to say, Joe was sur- 6 4/8 inches and the left base is 6 1/8 about Jackson County’s big bucks.
deer. prised and pleased about the size of inches. The current state record typical is
After firearm season opened, the the deer’s antlers. He did have plenty Joe sent a tooth in from his covered in Book 2. Book 7 in the se-
only bucks Blugerman saw were of time to find out how big the rack buck to have it aged. That’s done by ries will be out by this fall. A special
yearlings. He said he normally passes was after getting out of the water taking a cross section of the tooth prepublication offer for that book is
up small bucks, preferring to take and putting his clothes back on. The and counting the rings. The south- on the author’s website (
deer that are at least 2 ½ years old. inside spread of the antlers is 18 6/8 ern Michigan buck was 7 1/2 years
He has four bucks to his credit that
score in the 130s. Two of those were
8-pointers, one was a 9-point and the
final one had 10 points.
On the afternoon of the 25th, Joe
decided to hunt from a ladder stand
he had taken a couple of bucks from
previously. Around 4:45 p.m., while
standing on the platform, he decided
to look behind him for any sign of
movement. After looking in that
direction for about a minute without
seeing anything, Blugerman turned
back to watch the terrain in front of
him. To his surprise, there was a deer
standing broadside 25 yards away.
‘There’s a deer,’ was Joe’s sur-
prised mental reaction. ‘How did it
get so close,’ he wondered, not hear-
ing a sound before seeing the deer.
‘Holy cow, it’s a monster,’ Joe
thought to himself as the size of the
deer’s antlers registered in his brain.
‘He’s looking right at me.’
“The first thing I did is close
my eyes. I didn’t want to make eye
contact,” he explained. “My gun was
hanging in the tree next to me and I
didn’t dare move. I would open my
eyes every five seconds or so, kinda
squinting at him. He would turn his
head to look away and then look
back at me. I opened and closed my
eyes about 10 times.
“I didn’t have a chance to study
his antlers. I noticed that the antlers
were wide and had a lot of mass. I
knew he wasn’t a typical. I was tell-
ing myself, ‘You can tell how big he
is later after he’s dead. Don’t blow
it,’” he reminded himself, remember-
ing the 8-pointer during bow season.
The buck eventually started tak-
ing a few steps and when his head
was behind a tree, Joe grabbed his
scoped 20 gauge single shot Har-
rington & Richardson shotgun with
a rifled barrel and got ready for a
shot. When the buck was angling
away at a distance of about 35 yards,
Blugerman put a Hornady sabot slug
through the buck’s lungs.
The buck died near the far side
of a nearby river. Part of an antler
and the deer’s body were visible
above the water, but Blugerman still
couldn’t tell how big the buck’s rack
really was. Joe called some neigh-
bors for help in retrieving the deer
and they brought chest waders for
him to wear. The water proved to be
too deep for the waders, however, so
Ray Reasner holds a herring
caught on a mayfly. He also
uses wax worms and tear

River downstate where they mul-

tiply to the point of having to be
swept off storefronts. Randy filled
me in; “Not the best! We have so
much high wind that new hatches
cannot fight the wind; carcasses,
rather castings, often litter the water.
I should add that on rare occasions,
the hatch has produced enough
mayflies that we have had to sweep

them off the cabin deck, but that is
certainly not the norm.”
When I asked where their favor-
ite herring fishing grounds existed,
both men claimed that…they enjoy
fishing where the run is at its peak…

where the more herring boats the
better…they enjoy catching herring
to give away for others to enjoy.
During the 4th of July long week-
end, it is not uncommon for Reas-
ner’s boat to be surrounded by 40 to

50 boats. On some days, the broth-
ers advised, “There may be three
or the most part, fish- anglers hauling boats, heading north retired, both men and their families distinct groups on the water close to
ing is both pleasurable for the annual herring run. enjoy their cabin off Raber Bay near us; one batch to the south, one to the
and exciting…a day on Many species of fish including Lime and St. Joe’s Islands in the east, another to our west.”
the water can be one to herring were the subject of a col- lower river. I might also mention that the
remember. Anglers of lection effort and survey conducted Ray added, “We spend the entire Reasners’ prefer a bit of a chop to
the sport seek walleye, during August of 2017 by the St. month of July at the cabin so we the surface of the water as it proves
perch, bass, Northern pike and Marys River Fisheries Task Force pretty much judge when the run be- better fishing than having water flat
many seek only salmon. But when of the Great Lakes Fishery Com- gins. A lot of anglers only fish when as a mirror.
it comes to dedication and pure mission. Agencies involved were the run starts but mayfly hatches Next, Ray joined in the conver-
pleasure, count on fisher people to the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service progress throughout the entire sation, “As previously mentioned,
track and follow the annual herring and the Ontario Ministry of Natu- month and well into summer and we hit the islands seven miles off
run. Anglers lucky enough ral Resources & Forestry fall. Actually, we don’t fish this area; Drummond Island. These islands
to own a fishing boat have including the Sault Tribe instead, we set our sights 12 to 13 tend to break the wind, giving may-
most likely already filled of Chippewa Indians. The miles to the south, in the vicinity of flies a better chance at survival. If
that spot on their bucket purpose of the study was to Drummond, Maple and Butterfield you can term it survival, for may-
list. gauge the health and status Islands; finally, fishing off Burnt. flies have a lifespan of 24 hours.”
Lake herring belong of various fish populations (Once a private group of Islands, Let’s talk technique! Now
to the trout and salmon in the river. Herring were Burnt being the largest is owned by Randy spoke up, “Everything we
family. Also related to included. Edible fish killed the State of Michigan and remains a use is ultra-light; long and flexible
the whitefish; they often during the survey were popular fishing spot for bass).” rods, 8-10 feet in length with a super
bear the name of donated to local Next we discussed area may- sensitive tip. Some herring fisher-
northern cisco.
They range small-
By Betty Sodders food banks after
being examined.
fly hatches. I asked if they were as
heavy as those along the St. Clair
men prefer a cane pole measuring
up to 15-feet; once made of bamboo,
er than whitefish This survey is
and can be found not only in the St. conducted every five years. Results
Marys River and along the northern will be made available after the
shore of Lake Huron, but can also study is complete in 2018.
be fished in numerous inland lakes Here in the far eastern end of the
as well, such as the Manistique and Upper Peninsula, herring runs start
Higgins Lakes and far to the western at St. Ignace, move onward to-
U. P., Lake Gogebic. wards Cedarville and Hessel, better
Herring are preyed upon heavily known as Les Cheneaux...feeding
by lake trout, northern pike, yel- until mayfly hatches diminish, then
low perch and walleye and are an herring move on, finally reaching
important part of the food chain in Drummond Island and the lower St.
the Great Lakes ecosystem. During Marys. Here once again, schools of
the late 19th and early 20th centu- fish hungrily feed on new hatches.
ries, herring made up a significant The mayfly is the ‘key’…the ‘trig-
part of the commercial fishery but ger’ that spawns the annual run.
their numbers dropped dramatically. Last month, I had the pleasure
Basically, today, they are eagerly of talking with brothers Ray and
sought by anglers as they gather into Randy Reasner of Rose City, who
spawning schools from late June have been fishing the Raber/Drum-
through fall. Peak herring activ- mond area of the St. Marys River
ity usually occurs during the 4th of since the late 1970s, zeroing in on Never go herring fishing without an ice-filled cooler to keep herring
July weekend with hundreds of avid the summer’s herring runs. Now cold as they can easily turn to mush if not properly handled.
now manufactured of metal so they Special handling is of utmost impor-
can extend. We prefer to use a light tance.
line, 4-6 lb. test.” The topic of bait surfaced; “We
“At times our catch of the day basically employ mayflies or wax
runs 50 percent whitefish and her- worms on tear drops. It is not unusu-
ring. Last year my brother and I had al to buy wax worms 200 at a time
taken some 80 herring by July 11 and they should be kept cool.”
and no whitefish. Average length I have often heard that her-
was running 26-27 inches. If fish are ring have what is termed, ‘a paper
small but in good shape, we very mouth.’ Ray commented regarding The mayfly hatch triggers the annual herring run across nor thern
carefully return them to the waters that statement; “Yes indeed, ab- Lake Huron to the Les Cheneaux Area and onward to DeTour/Drum-
of Potgannissing Bay. solutely! They possess a very soft mond Island and into the bays of the St. Marys River.
The brothers cleaned their daily mouth. Set the hook and you might
catches first, ate them fried, cleaned get…just lips! They fight extremely extraordinary ever happened to you point, the caretaker came down
some for smoking or pickling. Back hard, making them fun to land. Her- during the herring run season…bad to the dock to see if we were
in a day, there was no limit on the ring don’t like sunlight; probably storm…unusual catch…mishap? alright and offered us sandwiches.
number of herring caught. Today, one good reason why they tend to Ray responded, “There was one Later the U. S. Border Patrol
there is a daily limit of 12 per per- fight hard.” time when the water was extremely also checked in. Truly, Lime
son in the boat. My next question during the rough that crossing back to our Island provided a welcome port
Speaking of boats, I asked Ran- interview centered on whether or canal was dangerous. We were in in a storm.”
dy what type of boat they use for not the brothers fished elsewhere the vicinity of Lime Island so we At the closing of the interview,
herring fishing; “We have a 21-foot than St. Marys River bays and they tied up at the old Lime Island Coal both of the herring fishermen
Mako, similar to a Boston Whaler replied, “As far back as I can re- Dock, a former ore carrier refuel- expressed their feelings regarding
that holds a wide open space mid- member, we always enjoyed fishing ing station on the St. Marys River. the sport; “Herring fishing, from fol-
ship for easy rod activity. Further- perch and walleye in Saginaw Bay. Long abandoned when oil replaced lowing the annual ‘herring run’ from
Other hot spots proved to be the coal, the dock remained open for first fish on, to last fish of the season
Singing Bridge at AuGres for smelt watercraft visitors to the island. landed, is a great experience for kids
dipping. Area inland lakes were Lime Island holds a former small (and grown-ups alike).
popular for bluegills, sunfish and village (now Michigan State Park “Let’s keep the sport alive
crappies. But going herring fishing, cabin rentals), a small rustic camp- for future youngsters; sons and
well that was the ‘frosting on the ground, and former village buildings daughters, grandchildren and great-
cake!’ And we have been com- such as the school which is open to grandchildren. It is a special way of
ing north to the Raber/Drummond the public as well as the refueling introducing a young fisher kid to the
Island area since the 1970s with our company’s superintendant’s home, sport of fishing as it often represents
parents when Randy and I were 7 currently a museum.” a fast and furious pace for bringing
and 8 year old kids.” “We tied up to the dock to wait in a lot of fish in a short amount of
My final question for Ray and out the wind and waves. We were time. No time for boredom ever
Randy Reasner was; “Has anything there about three hours. At one exists!”n

Ray Reasner of Rose City has

been fishing the herring run
near Raber/Drummond Island
area since the 1970s

more, the boat is easy to maneuver

and handles rough seas well.”
Next we talked about physical
attributes of the herring species such
as being hard to keep and clean for
they can quickly turn soft. Most
anglers drop herring directly into
an ice water filled pail. The broth-
ers advised, “If we end up four or
five miles away from our dock and
discover that we left our coolers at
the cabin, it is important enough to
us that we turn the boat around and
head back to get them. If not iced
down, herring tend to quickly mush.
Once cleaned, the fillets must be
submerged in cold water. Finally,
freezer bags holding herring filets
are filled as full as possible with
water, and then placed in the freezer.
The unforeseeable challenges
of Michigan’s deer herd today
hat hot summer’s day hide covered skeleton. In high and summer-dry prai- in slaughterhouses and had done
on a Sunday in mid- addition to all of this were rie grass. The doe’s hearing my share of ante- and postmor-
June, 2014, featured a its “gecko” eyes, which was certainly working, and tem inspections of animals being
cloudless blue sky and were enlarged and protrud- she was moving her nose slaughtered, which means I’ve seen
a scorching afternoon ing from its skull. I kept left and right trying to scent a lot of stuff, some of it downright
sun while I was giv- the golf cart in motion and any possible danger when nasty, and have an idea at times
ing a golf cart tour of the farm to headed to our house to drop she obviously heard my what might be ailing a critter. In
my grandchildren. It was when we off the grandkids and get slight rustling in the grass. the instance of the emaciated doe, I
neared the drainage ditch which a camera. Upon returning It was clear however, that was sure her protruding eyes were
her protrud- caused by some sort of pressure
By Tom Lounsbury
runs through the center of our farm to where the
that we rousted several deer out emaciated ing “gecko” on the brain, but other than that, I
of the tall switch-grass filter strip. doe was last eyes afford- didn’t have a clue of anything else.
They had obviously just gotten a seen, she wasn’t in sight, so I got ed her no vision of anything. She Discovering what really caused her
cool drink from the ditch and were out of the golf cart and began a slow was clearly blind as I approached affliction would require an expert
stretching their legs a bit. As the search in the tall grass, where I soon as close as I dare without spooking lab analysis.
deer scattered and disappeared into found her. her, and used my camera to take a The following morning, I
the dense grass, one stopped after a She hadn’t gone far, and the number of pictures. I then carefully called the Bay City DNR office and
short run and remained standing and sudden rousting and dashing off a slipped away and left the obviously contacted then Thumb Area Wild-
motionless, and it was clearly a very bit with the other deer which left ailing doe in peace. life Biologist, Don Bonnette, told
distinct standout. her behind, had obviously tuckered Many folks may often assume him of what I had found, and then
It was an adult doe which was her out due to her extremely poor the best thing in this instance is to emailed him the very descriptive
definitely emaciated, and actu- physical condition. I approached her put such an animal out of its misery, pictures of the doe. Upon reviewing
ally featuring nothing but skin and slowly and as quietly as possible, but unless there is an ongoing deer the pictures, Bonnette readily agreed
bones which represented a literal which can be a challenge in chest- season and a kill tag on hand, it is the doe needed to be located and
illegal for a private citizen to kill a euthanized and sent in to the DNR
wild deer. I must admit it was hard Laboratory in Lansing. I agreed to
for me to simply walk away and go out and see if the doe was still
leave such a suffering animal, but where last seen, which she wasn’t,
I also knew this deer needed to be and in fact she had completely
tested to ascertain what had caused disappeared. I volunteered to locate
her to reach her physical state. Just a her and call when I had done so, but
couple years previous to my dis- I let Bonnette know I was waiting
covering this doe, 15,000 deer had until high noon, when the day would
succumbed to EHD in southern and be at its hottest and the ailing doe
central Michigan. However, no EHD would need water. I was certain she
affected deer were ever documented was using the drainage ditch for a
in the Thumb. Also, a captive white- ready source of water.
tail deer had been found with CWD, Locating this doe would be
and none had been yet to be discov- similar to finding a needle in a hay-
ered with CWD in any free-roaming stack when you realize the ditch has
wild deer, which would sadly, hap- 100 feet wide filter strips along each
pen the following year. side entailing switch grass that is
I spent a number of years from 4 to 6 feet high, and combined
working as a State Meat Inspector with the natural brushy cover of the

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ditch. The filter strips were also bor- down before I eased back out as
dered by large prairie grass fields, quiet and slow as my approach had
so it was going to be a challenge been. Once I knew I was far enough
locating the sick doe. I was pretty away, I put my cell phone to work
sure however, that the doe would and notified Bonnette of the deer’s
be staying close to the water, and exact location. She would soon be
would be lying somewhere on the euthanized (and finally out of her
north side of the ditch for the best misery) and on the way to Lansing
available shade, on a hot cloudless for a laboratory analysis.
day with temperatures well into the My dire hope was that I hadn’t
high 90s. discovered the first EHD or CWD
My goal was to work the south infected deer in the Thumb. I was
side of the ditch along a deer trail, however, very impressed with how
with the wind (which there was the DNR handled the entire mat-
hardly any of) in my favor and a full ter, and I soon received a copy of a
view of the water below. I’m not too written and detailed report revealing
bad of a tracker, but unlike African what the laboratory examination,
Bushmen who are well known for which was quite thorough, had un-
their ability to be able to follow ant covered. The doe had a severe head
tracks across a rock, I knew there infection, most likely caused by a
would be a distinct challenge for head injury, and intense swelling
me in sorting matters out on any of had caused her eyes to protrude. The
the sun-baked hard clay of the deer infection was also endemic and had
trails. My goal was to locate where affected he entire body, and in the
the doe might have gotten a drink, wild, she had been looking at a very
and she would most likely be resting slow and lingering death.
in the shade on the ditch’s north side It is very important to always
not far from that point. The water in report any sightings of sick wildlife
the ditch had a slow and sultry sum- to the proper authorities as soon as
mer current, and deer tend to drink possible. This can be done online by This is the emaciated and sick doe Tom Lounsbury discovered on his farm
with their front hooves in the water, going to or during the summer of 2014. Its traumatic condition was caused by a head
which in turn causes the water to contact the Wildlife Health Disease infection, and much to Tom’s relief, it was not due to EHD or CWD.
remain a bit muddied up for awhile. Laboratory at (517) 336-5030. On a
I was clad in soft camo clothes weekend, I wouldn’t hesitate to call
and a pair of moccasins for a quiet or text the RAP (Report All Poach-
approach as I literally still-hunted ing) hotline at (800) 292-7800.
(where eyes are used more than The sad fact is that CWD has
feet) through the dense cover along arrived to Michigan, with the first
the ditch, and it was hot and sweaty infected free-roaming wild deer be-
work. I eventually spotted what I ing discovered not far from Lansing
was looking for, a small spot of riled in 2015. More were discovered in
up water caused by a deer recently Montcalm County in the fall of
getting a drink. Directly above this 2017, and the numbers and involved
point was a cottonwood tree, and I areas are such that it is no longer a
thought I could see part of a dark case of eliminating the disease, but
form lying in the shade at its base. I now it is a matter of containing it.
brought my binocular into play and CWD can rear its ugly head at any
let out a short, soft whistle, and the time or place in our state, and it is
side of a doe’s head with a protrud- up to the public (including hunters) Hello, this is Charlie Morse.
ing “gecko” eye briefly came into to play an important role in detect- At 67 years old I don't have a lifetime
view from near the base of the tree. ing and helping to control this hor- to wait! Air pruned containerized
I gave the deer time to settle rible disease.n plants, equals RESULTS SOONER!

The Au Sable River changed the world Harvey, Michigan’s state archivist
By Casey Warner-MDNR

and the exhibition’s curator. “The
stories in the exhibition demonstrate
erhaps the most re- the innovative and unprecedented
nowned place to cast a ways private citizens and state
fly in Michigan – the Au government worked together to
Sable River, running 138 conserve and protect the river and
miles through the north- sustainably manage its fish popula-
ern Lower Peninsula – is tions.”
significant for much more than its Harvey said that the idea for the
outstanding trout fishing. In 1959, exhibit stemmed from the Michigan
16 fishermen, united by their love History Center’s longstanding rela-
of trout and the Au Sable River tionship with, and eventual donation
and concerned about the need for of materials from, Art Neumann,
long-term conservation of Michi- one of the cofounders of Trout
gan’s cold-water streams, gathered Unlimited and its executive director
at George Griffith’s home east of from 1962 to 1965.
Grayling. “Instead of just focusing on the
“For some time I and several Trout Unlimited group, we took a
others have been considering ways wider view of the river that inspired
and means to protect and preserve these people to work for systemic
trout and trout fishing, and have change,” Harvey said.
come up with the idea of forming an The exhibition features George
organization to be known as Trout, The Au Sable River is known throughout the country as a premier Griffith’s 24-foot-long Au Sable
Unlimited,” wrote Griffith, a mem- trout fishing destination. MDNR photo river boat and a re-creation of Neu-
ber of the Michigan Conservation mann’s Wanigas Rod Shop, where
Commission, in an invitation letter … it would help educate the public The sportsmen that responded he made fly rods considered works
to a fellow angler in 1959. on the dire need of sound, practi- to Griffith’s invitation to meet at his of art and became known as a cham-
“Such an organization could cal, scientific trout management and cabin on the Au Sable believed that pion of conservation.
work with state and federal agencies regulations to protect the trout as better and more scientific habitat A “battery” of glass beakers
now charged with that responsibility well as satisfy fishermen.” management would improve the en- from the Grayling fish hatchery,
vironment as well as the state’s trout each of which held thousands of
population and fishing. eggs, highlights the late 19th-centu-

Nearly 60 years after that initial ry work of state conservationists and
meeting, the organization those fish- private citizens who tried to save the
ermen founded – Trout Unlimited Arctic grayling.
– has become a national champion An iconic cold-water fish that
of fish habitat conservation. Today, once dominated northern Michigan
the organization has almost 300,000 streams but was almost extinct by
(Built with) Aluminum I-Beams members and supporters, with 30
offices nationwide, and sponsors
the beginning of the 20th century,
Arctic grayling were native only to
the International Trout Congress. Michigan and Montana in the lower
15-FT TO 50-FT The Michigan History Museum in 48 states.
ALL TYPES AND SIZES Lansing is showcasing Trout Unlim-
ited’s founding on the Au Sable in a
“When sportsmen first discov-
ered the grayling in the Au Sable,
special exhibition, “The River that it drew international attention,”
Single Axle, Changed the World,” open through Harvey said.
Tandem Axle, Tri-Axle, July 29. The current Michigan Arctic
Bass Boat and others “The Au Sable River has influ- Grayling Initiative now aims to
enced – and continues to influence – restore self-sustaining populations
people around the world,” said Mark of the fish within its historical range

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Original paneling and artifacts
from the Wolverine fish car, which
carried millions of fish by rail across
Michigan, tell museum visitors the
story of efforts to plant trout in the
Au Sable.
Fred Westerman, one of the
first employees of the Wolverine
and former fisheries chief in the
Michigan Department of Conserva-
tion, forerunner to the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources,
once reported: “Frequently … thirty
cans of fish would be dropped off at
some spooky junction – like in the
jack pine at Au Sable-Oscoda with The Wolverine fish car, a conver ted railroad car, carried milk cans of fingerlings (young fish) to lakes and rivers
the cemetery across the tracks and all over the state from 1914 to 1937. Depar tment of Conser vation photos
the depot a mile from town – on the
night run of the Detroit & Mackinac, watersheds in North America, and experiences. from the exhibit – like fly-fishing
to await the morning train going up produces exceptional trout fishing. Visitors can learn how to tie a fly and kayaking – that can be enjoyed
the river branch.” “It wasn’t always that way, though. and compare tied flies to real insects by a variety of age groups. We’re
The exhibition also introduces Without the creation of Trout under a microscope or sit in a kayak especially excited to showcase a fly-
the relationship between the Anishi- Unlimited at the Au Sable River, and take a 360-degree virtual reality fishing star and host our first-ever
nabe (Odawa and Ojibwe people) by those who understood the paddle down the Au Sable. kayak tour.”
and the Au Sable River and explores potential of our cold-water They can also explore the es- Programs include a fly casting
Grayling as a fishing and tourism resources, Michigan might not sence of the Au Sable without leav- workshop with noteworthy fly-tier
hotspot since the mid-19th century. be home to one of the world’s ing mid-Michigan through a series and fly fisherman Jeff “Bear” An-
Current DNR Fisheries Chief greatest trout fisheries.” of museum programs revolving drews, a kayak tour on the Red Ce-

Jim Dexter applauded the vision and Trout Unlimited’s work has also around the exhibit. dar River, and the Second Saturdays
passion of those who recognized encouraged other groups like the “While the exhibit focuses on for Families series featuring hands-
the Au Sable’s promise as a premier Anglers of the Au Sable, who now the wonderful stories, images and on activities like making a compass,

fishing destination. lead the charge for preserving this sounds of the river, we wanted to a sundial or a miniature boat.

“As the name of the exhibit unique, high-quality body of water. bring the Au Sable River to the To learn more about “A River

implies, the Au Sable is a world- Dubbed the “river guardians,” the capital region,” said Michigan His- That Changed the World” and to
class fishery resource attracting Anglers group has fought multiple tory Center engagement director find Michigan History Museum visi-

anglers from every corner of the environmental threats to river. Tobi Voigt. “We designed a series tor information, go to www.michi-
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Whitetail tactics and turkey success

hen it comes field, a good spot to see gobblers in
to turkey hunt- the past, and where I had success-
ing these days, fully taken birds before. However,
there is a veri- with the trail camera intel, I had to
table plethora ask myself “would I rather hunt a
of equipment large field where turkey meander,
to “ensure” we have success in and have to rely on my calling (or
the field. Much like the whitetail luck), or a ¼ acre foodplot where all
hunting world, new and better gear they have to do is show up to be in
(calls, decoys, blinds, camo patterns, range?”
choke tubes, binoculars...) flood Playing the odds is usually the
the market each year with manu- way to go, so the food plot was a vi-
facturers and sponsored celebrities tal move. Entry, just like with white-
telling us we “need” them to ensure tail, was key, and although you do
success. In fact, in 2017 certain not need to worry about wind/scent,
scent control companies were hitting having a visual barrier of brush,
the social media realm pretty hard grasses, or terrain was needed, and
suggesting that their products will exactly what I had. Now all I had to
help hunters bag that gobbler (even do was check the field and slip into
though turkey cannot smell hunters). the small food plot undetected on
But, what are the chances without opening day.
the more traditional calls, decoys,
and other proven turkey gear, to decoys, and working birds with fields in the evening would be a The Payoff
actually harvest a wary spring gob- textbook strategies simply do not good staging area or travel corridor Slip in is just what I did. The
bler? work (especially calling shy, late- to check. Sure enough, two days whitetail knowledge and strate-
My 2017 spring turkey season season birds in high-pressure areas). prior to the opener, a couple toms gies stacked the odds heavily in
started and ended the same day. Of- If you’re like me, this is when our started showing up there picking for my favor, and just like whitetail, I
ficially, it was 45 minutes long, and whitetail knowledge can help seal buds and bugs. knew the first hunt “on stand” would
the only non-essential “gear” I used give me the best chance to release
The Setup
the deal without paying for a mas-
was a barely-adequate pop-up blind. ter’s in gobbleology (and required an arrow. Forty-five minutes later
On top of that, I filled my tag with gear). Here’s how. Just like with whitetail, a good a splash in the ditch just behind me
my bow, not my shotgun (a very funnel/pinch point and food source caught my attention, and I turned to
challenging task when you realize LESSONS - 2017 was my target to intercept turkey. lock eyes with a tom just two yards
how close, and how exact the shot The key here was I didn’t have from the blind. Slowly, he walked to
must be). Scouting to rely on calling them to where I the food plot in front of me, and af-
Even more interesting, I used My season didn’t look good wanted them; I was ambushing them ter what seemed like several minutes
standard whitetail tactics instead of two weeks prior to opener. With a where they already wanted to be. An (maybe 30 seconds), he fed behind
common turkey strategies, which couple properties to hunt, very few out of the way food plot near good some grass clumps which allowed
I have been using successfully for birds were showing in fields or the cover allowed the turkey to feel me to slowly turn on my camera,
years. Now, before I tell you about usual haunts. In fact, it appeared as comfortable showing up all times focus, and grab my bow. He was just
that, let me say that obviously calls, if they had mostly disappeared from of the day, when apparently the twelve yards away. As he stepped
decoys, and the like can work and the area. When glassing didn’t work, large field had not provided that this into a small opening in the grass,
help hunters harvest turkey. In fact, just like with whitetail, I switched year. A heavily used trail with fresh I drew, centered the pin above his
there is nothing more exciting (the to trail cameras for vital informa- turkey tracks led out of this plot leg, and released. The arrow blew
exception being whitetail in my tion. The target was a green, small into the larger field, and this was the through in an instant, and a couple
opinion), than talking with a big food plot between a stand of mature perfect spot for the blind, allowing flaps later, a nice Michigan gobbler
tom and fooling him to within range hardwoods and a picked cornfield. easy shooting distance to the plot was down for the count. Almost too
of your setup. So if that is what Catching a tom between roost areas and exit trails. quickly, my season was over, due to
you enjoy, by all means continue. (hardwoods, comparable to deer This is where crucial thought a little luck, and also some whitetail
However, from my experience, bedding areas), or where he would comes in, especially with a bow. At tactics that just might help put a tur-
many times calling gobblers, setting likely spend his afternoons, and the first, I had my blind overlooking the key in your fridge this year too!n


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ild game con- survive in the midst of intense hu-
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Gray Squir- adapt rapidly to changing situations
rels as “ An while maintaining a healthy degree
environmen- of wariness. It’s been that way for
tally responsible meal: a sustainable, hundreds of years, going back to a
healthy, and local source of meat time when gray squirrels by the hun-
with an appealing nutty flavor that dreds of thousands migrated through
comes from a life spent stuffing tree tops in the vast unbroken
oneself on hickory nuts, walnuts, hardwood forests of eastern North
and acorns.” I won’t dispute that. America that greeted early settlers
It’s factual. I will however confess before they carved their open space
I’ve never treated my taste buds to a niches into the landscape.
bowl of slowly simmering squirrel
stew. Nuts Galore
Spend just a little time observ-
Tree Top ing the behavior and antics
History of these squirrels and you
I appreciate Eastern quickly discover they are
Gray Squirrels (Sciurus far from boring. Last fall,
carolinensis) as amazing as winter approached,
creatures well-adapted to gray squirrels shifted into The author noticed a gray squirrel setting up housekeeping in a
“overdrive” in their annual
life in our hardwood forests,
ritual of hoarding nuts in
large bird house next to his house.
and the fringes of suburbia.
As a matter of fact gray caches, one of their finely vival. With all that snow, it was a down. That’s because of their unique
By Jonathan Schechter
squirrels tuned tricks wise move. As they scurried about physiological attributes: razor-sharp
don’t just of sur- sniffing the ground to draw down claws paired with swiveling ankle
on their caches, neighboring gray joints. Gray squirrels have super

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often raided their stored nuts. Some hind feet 180 degrees enabling them
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greatest threat. Although gray squir- and surprising discoveries unfolded.
rels can scamper along the ground One night’s action-packed footage
at 10-15 mph, if it’s crossing a field confirmed what I suspected; rac-
it’s easy pickings for the red-tail. coons will climb trees to prey on
Even with their elusive actions, gray baby squirrels. The camera captured
squirrels are captured by red foxes, still images and videos of a rac-
eastern coyotes, mink, weasels and coon reaching into the nest box.
the common house cat—all masters One foray was successful and the
of ambush attacks. Their crepuscular raccoon returned three times that
activities also make them vulnerable night with the video showing baby
to attacks by great horned owls and squirrels transferred from the paw to
barred owls, especially when they the mouth each time. Gray squir-
loiter a bit too long at dusk. rels usually breed twice a year, late
Northern pike will swallow gray winter and early summer. I’ll be
squirrels too; a statement that may wondering how she does the next
seem odd. It’s not, for gray squir- time around. Mom squirrel moved
rels are excellent swimmers and will the survivors.
cross rivers and small lakes mak-
ing them vulnerable to big bass and
A Matter of Color
Then there is the matter of color.
northern pike.
“I saw a jet black squirrel!” That’s a The author’s trail camera captured still images and videos of a
Raccoon Rampage comment I hear with increased fre- raccoon raiding the baby squirrels from the nest box on three suc-
This squirrel tale (and my quency and it surfaced again when cessful occasions.
semi-obsession with their behavior) I shared the tale of the raccoon with black raspberries. I tend to agree with his observation
actually had its start early in spring a taste for squirrel. Gray squirrels John Burroughs was an early as I walk in my woods as summer
when I noticed a gray squirrel set- come in two major color phases; American naturalist and nature draws near and listen to their
ting up housekeeping in a large bird gray and black. Black squirrels are essayist, active in the U.S. con- chatter.
house next to my house. I added a actually eastern gray squirrels with servation movement. Tree hug- Jonathan Schechter, is the
motion activated wildlife camera a genetic condition called mela- gers like me know that. He would Oakland County Nature Education
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predominantly found in the north- at his Catskill Mountains home and South Manitou Island for his third
ern part of the species range where described them in his writings as, “tour of duty” as the lighthouse
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snow until next autumn. In the early
days of spring squirrels switched
to the buds and flowers of oaks and
maple, and mushrooms, caterpillars,
bugs and grubs. And if they came
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f you were stranded com), and pro-staffer for Scientific
on a sand bar island Anglers, ”Koz,” is about as knowl-
in the middle of edgeable about Northwest Michigan
your favorite river, fly fishing as they come. He guides
and only had six fly on rivers from the Manistee to the
patterns to choose U.P. Here are his six “go to” fly pat-
from, what terns:
would they be?” That’s the • Bear’s Iso/ Drake
inquiry I made to three Up Pattern: Koz recommends
North fly fishing aficionados you never be without an Iso
and here’s what those gents pattern because these flies A Dave’s Hopper fly pattern sits next to a live grasshopper it’s tied
had to share: hatch throughout the season to imitate. Patrick Bevier photo
Brian Kozminski, the and this is his favorite Drake: is another favorite mayfly Grillos: Koz mentioned this is a
Boyne City resident, owner imitation. A close second is imitation that is often absolutely favorite for, “Little brook trout
of True North Trout guide Dave’s Oh-So Iso. hammered by all of the Mitten aficionados.”
• Jerry As far as nymphs go Brian
By Patrick Bevier
service (www. State’s three riverine trout species-
truenorthtrout. Regan’s Hairy browns, brookies, and rainbows. tipped his fishing cap to Egan’s
• Purple Haze and Patriot Fly: Rainbow Warrior, Walt’s Sexy
Koz writes in his blog, “These flies Worm, and the Tungsten Surveyor.
are in the category of not replicating Ethan Winchester, the Director
Superior Game Ranch a certain insect per se, but curious
trout will inhale without inquiry.”
• Kelly Galloup’s Zoo Cougar:
of Operations at Boyne Outfitters
shop and guide service at Boyne
Mountain (, is
Route 3 Box 163 • Cornell, MI 49818 this popular streamer pattern is a an avid angler and a very creative
killer for coaxing big brown trout fly-tier. He plies his passion on
Incredible U.P. of Michigan out of their deepest lairs. Koz said, many northern streams and proposes
Hunting Opportunities “I like the Zoo Cougar in black, the following non-“old school” pat-
olive, or ginger.” terns–many that he has creatively
Private farmland in south Marquette • Tim Neal’s The Skopper: is modified–for his essential six:
County Michigan, fully guided a terrestrial insect imitating fly that, • Roberts Yellow Drake: in
“combines the crisscross legginess a wide variety of sizes-from #4
bow and firearm hunts in of the Chernobyl Ant and the double to #18-this dry fly covers a wide
hunting preserve for: Elk, buoyancy of stacked deer hair, simi- spectrum for matching many light
Whitetail Deer, Buffalo, Wild lar to the Skunk. Madsen’s Skunk is colored mayflies including sulfurs
Large Russian Boar a multi-purpose fly, it can be used as and hennies. Winchester said, “This
Boar, Red Stag & Fallow Deer. Hunts Available! a terrestrial or dunked and worked is likely one of my top flies through-
as a wet fly- subsurface.” out the year.”
• Hippie Stomper by Andrew • E’s Cryo Skunk: this is
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Ethan’s variation on the Madsen
Skunk pattern and is a wet variety
with more flash due to its synthetic
components. You can purchase
through Catch Fly Fishing dealers
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• McClain’s Drake aka Sweat-
er Fly: Ethan ties a variation of this
that floats higher and has a better
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• Lynch’s Drunk & Disorderly
Streamer: in burnt orange. Ethan
says, “It’s easily one of the most
responsive articulated streamers
• Lynch’s White Bellied
Mouse: this is a great fly for trophy
brown trout at night.
• Chubby Chernobyl in
purple: Winchester said, “This is a
great late season fly for headwaters
creekin’ for brook trout.”
Josh Greenberg, the personable
and talented owner of the iconic Brian Kozminski landed this mammoth brown trout on the Upper Manistee River using a Zoo Cougar
Gates Au Sable Lodge near Gray- streamer. Brian Kozminski photo
ling ( has been fish- • Parachute Patriot Fly: (regu- broad-shouldered brown trout, you never get stranded on a sand bar
ing all branches of the storied river lar and purple varieties) : Greenberg and rascally rainbow trout using a island on your favorite river. If you
and birthplace of Trout Unlimited recommended using the regular Dave’s Hopper on streams from the do, however, I hope you’ve stocked
for many years. When posed with patriot dry fly on hot summer days Maple to the Au Sable. your fly box with some of these
the query about his “essential six” and the purple in May at all times of So, avid fly anglers, I hope that killer patterns!n
here’s what he offered: the day.
• Borcher’s Parachute: Green- • Bead-Head Pheasant Tail:
berg shared, “Just a killer general This is a terrific all-purpose nymph
‘don’t know what else to fish with’ pattern with plenty of sink and flash
dry fly.” and can be used all year to entice
• Rusty’s White Knot: a large trout feeding beneath the surface.
mayfly imitation that is the product • Circus Peanut: This is a big,
of the vise-artistry of the late, great showy streamer that, according to
Rusty Gates. The founding father of Greenberg, “can be fished at a num-
the Anglers of the Au Sable orga- ber of different speeds and depths,
nization tied this pattern to imitate in big water or in small water.”
Isonychia species mayflies that are Though I don’t pretend to be in
a favorite of large trout. Greenberg the same league as these anglers, I
said, “It’s June, it’s 7 p.m., this is would add one fly to the list. That
what I’m fishing with!” would be the Dave’s Hopper. This is
• Adams Parachute: This is a a winning choice when late sum-
catch-all mayfly-imitating dry fly. mer trout food consists largely of
Josh added, “This is a great morning land dwelling “terrestrial” insects
and daytime fly throughout much of that have been blown into the water.
the season.” I’ve caught bodacious brook trout,

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Spring fishing is the absolute “bomb” in Michigan...By John Bergsma

Early Angling Options

Marquette County caught inside harbor walls during
After 40-plus inches of snow in the month of May. Trolling the 5-15
April and a long cold winter, open foot depths just off the beach pulling
water spring fishing is running body baits and mini spoons behind
a little late this season. But with planer boards is the best plan for
warmer temperatures in the forecast, browns, as well as some coho.
the remaining ice and snow won’t In waters 15 to 50 feet is where
last long. Spring fishing in Mar- I spend the most time in May/June.
quette is great, as it’s accessible to Flatlines, 1-3 colors of lead core,
all fishermen either from the beach- and my absolute favorite, Slide Div-
es, breakwalls, river mouths or by ers, will take the most fish early in
boat. Fish are searching for bait and the season. FINN spoons and small
the elusive warm pockets of water, Moonshine’s are my best producers
so fishing near breakwalls and rock on most days behind the divers, and
islands is a good bet. As the sun Brads Baits and jointed Rapalas on
heats up the rocks, it helps warm the the boards. Orange and red are hard
water around them quicker than in colors to beat in the shallow water.
the open water. Want an awesome charter, get
The Chocolay, Carp, and Dead ahold of my friend and captain.
river mouths are always worth a Captain John Tomczyk at: Day-
shot during the spring as well. Many or
days, the best bite early in the year call (906) 250-1052
is well after sunrise, so don’t quit Manistee County
too early! Once the sun gets higher It’s that time of year! As the
in the sky, it seems to wake those waters around Manistee warm up
fish up in the shallow, cold water. the itch for big lake fishing grows
Brown trout, steelhead, lake trout, Any spring fishing ar ticle would be incomplete without at least a stronger. In April, browns are being
king and coho salmon can all be mention of the awesome crappie and panfishing. caught along the coastline along

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will pick up a salmon or a steelhead. my friend Captain Tony De Filippo
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feel hopeful that this summer will
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Lakes Cadillac, Mitchell,
The month of May has us work- Houghton & Missauke
ing a little farther out, and June will Any spring fishing article would
find us working the mid-depths for be incomplete without at least a
lake trout and kings. Throughout mention of the awesome crappie and
the summer we will progress to the panfishing on these four gems. The
shelf looking for chinook salmon. I crappie bite starts as soon as the ice
spent a morning with Tilmann Out- leaves the lakes. The fish will come
fitters that had us leaving the dock right up into the shoreline canals,
before dawn. After a short boat ride, marinas and main-lake reeds or
which is typical out of Manistee, the weedbeds. I absolutely love to catch
set-up process quickly begins. The these great eating fish. Nothing fan-
captain had us running as many as cy is needed. Any rod/reel with light
fourteen lines, and things can hap- line will do. I like to suspend small
pen quickly. plastics below a casting bobber and
Setting our deep lines first slowly retrieve this with a series of
often finds us those first morning
king salmon. Drags screaming and
people yelling with excitement is the
epitome of a day on the water with
Capt. Michael Tilmann. As the day
continues with the good, bad and
the indifferent; laughs, stories and
camaraderie bring new clients into a
circle of friendship.
Having refreshment at the fish
cleaning stations and reminiscing
about the day, we find ourselves
looking to find another date to dupli-
cate the experience.
For more information on a great
day on the water in Manistee, con-
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Traverse City Region
Fish are becoming very ac-
tive now that May and warmer
temperatures have finally arrived.
Opportunities abound in the beauti-
ful Traverse City area; this is the
time of year when I concentrate on
routes and stops. Bass are now leav-
ing wintering zones and migrating The Traverse area is becoming a
to spawning areas. I try to mentally great smallmouth destination.
envision the most logical routes they twitches and long pauses. If the fish
will be using. Bass are inherently are “on” no bait is necessary.
edge oriented, so they will com- Please be responsible as these
monly use breaklines to reach their fish can be destroyed by over-har-
destination. While in route, they vesting only the big ones. The gills
will have to stop on points, corners, usually are a few weeks behind the
and newly emerging grass. Places crappie, and will frequent the exact
like this can hold four or five fish, same areas and are very susceptible
wolfpacks or even schools of fish. to the same types of presentations.
This can be some of the best fishing This can be a great day on the water
of the year. for kids and parents alike.
I typically use rip baits and soft
plastics as the go-to baits early. The Conclusion
end of this month will put them on Spring is the absolute “bomb”
beds where tubes or slow-moving in Michigan. There’s a ton of great
creature baits placed on or around fishing from great lakes to inland
the bed is deadly for getting fish lakes; from salmon and trout to pan-
to bite. Please remember to imme- fish. Join me in experiencing this
diately release these fish so future awesome time of the year. Check
generations can enjoy them also. out our updated fishing reports
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On the river in spring...

t could
have been By Tom Carney The guide noticed
some obstacles we
any Wes- otherwise would not
co station in any town in have encountered at normal water
west Michigan. He could levels. A couple times, those low
have been any guide. It branches forced the three of us to
could have been any nine and a half engage in a ballet of teamwork to
hour trip on any river. prevent slapped cheeks or poked
Like Nick Adams in “The Big Two- ears.
Hearted River,” as I stepped from “We don’t have that problem
the boat launch into the stern of the when the water is low,” said the
drift boat I felt all the old feeling. guide, Alex.
It had been too long. He also noted that some runs
With our guide at the oars ex- easily navigated in lower water
pertly maneuvering the boat through conditions might be colluding with As Ernest Hemingway wrote, a big trout can help a fisherman feel “all the
the tree limbs and branches turned the rocks they now covered to give old feelings.” Photos cour tesy of Alex Forsberg,
into low hangers because of the us a hard time. which, understandably with the high to the logs! Keep pressure on that
high water level, I just drifted along “We might get bumped a couple water, were deeper and flowed faster fish! Keep the rod tip up!”
and reacquainted myself with those of times here.” than usual. Something changed, and before I
old feelings, sometimes with eyes The water. The flowing water. In the bow, John was trying a could figure out what, John coached,
closed. Off the oars. Slapping the sides of technique about which he wanted “Reel, Tom! Reel! She’s coming this
The calm, tinkling drips from the the boat as it butter-knifed its way to learn more: float fishing with an way.”
oars as the guide pushed them out of downstream. The driblets of mini- extra-long rod. Alex explained how Easier said than done, for I am a
the water in preparation for the next waterfalls as the latest snowmelt the use of the float allows an an- left-handed caster and the tackle was
stroke. Songbirds getting in some of trickled from the hillsides to the gler to employ a much longer drift set up for a left-handed reeler. So I
their first chirps of the spring. The riverbank. The water that transport- through a hot spot than chucking had to switch hands whenever it was
gurgling of a rapids so low and brief ed us from one locale of potential and ducking does. And for awhile, time to reel. As the fish frantically
it lasted less than two boat lengths. adventure to the next. The old friend there on the river in spring, because fought, Alex, John or both would
But that pleasant, welcome guttural I’d long ignored. he teaches as much as he ties on shout encouragement, “Get the rod
chant stirred something soul-deep Certainly much too young to be new flies or pilots the boat to new tip up!” or “Don’t put that other
I would have worried I’d lost had I a baby boomer, Alex nevertheless spots, Alex introduced geometric hand so far up the rod; you’ll break
even remembered to think about it groused like an old timer when we principles into the discussion. He it!” or “Keep your hand off the bot-
for the past few years. came upon a trio of twentysome- explained how a longer rod increas- tom of the reel!”
The sun offered some promise things who had been out for an hour es the radius of the imaginary circle Fueled by the fear of losing the
but took its time warming up to and complained the fishing was with the angler at its midpoint and fish after all the energy Alex and
the idea. Until it came around, the “no good” because they had only thus gives him better control over John were expending to help me, I
disposable hand and foot warm- caught five steelhead – one of which the line by positioning the rod tip dutifully obeyed … and hung on for
ers proved to be boon companions, dangled from a rope tied to their almost directly above it. the ride.
indeed. No matter what conditions boat. Anchored there, suspended in She fought. Oh, she fought.
would be when this clear, sunny “They don’t get it,” he said. place as the river flowed past, with Harder than any fish I had ever
morning turned into a clear, sunny “Five fish in an hour is a tremendous the occasional chirp, pop or plop of caught.
afternoon, it had been a good idea to day. What more do they want?” our gear, we made just enough noise Who knows how long it took?
slip into my long john bottoms at the A few minutes downstream of to prove we were actually doing I’m thinking maybe eight minutes
Wesco station while waiting for the that group, Alex dropped the anchor something. A calm rhythm set in of excitement. It was probably only
guide to arrive. And it was a good and set us up to fish one of his fa- as John would cast and I’d follow. two. But by god, I felt all the old
idea to wear that fleece balaclava. vorite spots. He’d wait for me to finish my drift feeling.
You can always take it off if you get Seated in the stern, I employed then cast again. The boat rocked. Got her to the net. Alex helped
too hot – but you can’t do anything the time-honored “chuck and duck” The sun warmed things up enough me hold her for photos then returned
when your face freezes and you’ve technique for seeking steelhead near that by 9:30 each of us had removed her to the water.
left it at home. the bottoms of the runs and holes, our top layer of warm clothing. No Awestruck, I extolled, “That’s
one spoke. Until …“Uh oh!” the most beautiful fish I’ve ever
“You got a fish?” caught.”
“I think so.” And it was done.
At this point, the quietude Moments later, my sensibilities
ceased. in mid-Whew, John spoke up.
“Keep that rod tip up,” Alex “What do we have here?” He’s
coached. “That’s a nice fish.” understated like that.
With that, he hopped into the “Fish on!” Alex said, jumping
river with the landing net and high- into action.
tailed it about 40 yards downstream John’s the best outdoorsman
to direct the show from there. About I know, and in no time with little
50 yards away a logjam offered fanfare he led the beautiful chrome
refuge to the big, aggressive female fish to the net.
steelhead heading in its direction. We each hooked and lost one
Alex continued coaching: “Ro- more fish in that run, and three more
tate yourself so the rod is pointing later in the afternoon.
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five he hooked on a recent river float. We’ve got to keep her from getting bank of all the old feelings.n
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Modern tactics
for structure
loving walleyes
alleye are a spe- always popular bottom bouncer and
cies that routinely spinner rig ranks high as another
finds food, cover presentation that is ideally suited to
and comfort on the fishing walleye on structure.
bottom. No one Walleye fishermen who are
disputes that wall- skilled at these bottom hugging
eye thrive on the bottom. Arguably presentations will find they produce
the most adaptive species of game as many walleye today as they did
fish found in the North America, decades ago. Tradition runs deep
the walleye thrives in rivers, natural in fishing, but sometimes an angler
lakes, reservoirs and even in the has to break with tradition in order
Great Lakes. to expand the sport and also their
knowledge of how to catch walleye.
Turn back the hands of Environmental
time a few decades and tra- Changes
dition dictates that walleye Back in the days when
anglers attack these bottom slip sinker rigging was Structure fishing doesn’t just produce walleye, it produces quality fish like
loving fish using classic new to the sport of walleye this one caught on an oversized jig and paddle-style soft plastic.
structure fishing presenta- fishing, the bodies of water
tions. Classic fishing strate- to just about every major body of time targeting primarily “suspended
where walleye abounded water in Michigan. walleye” are faced with a dilemma.
gies like the slip sinker rig were different. These days
introduced by the Lindner It’s hard to imagine, but the ze- As pelagic forage species decline,
environmental conditions bra and quagga mussel have literally walleye anglers now find themselves
brothers have produced have changed changed the food web by siphon- forced to return to their structure
walleye since By Mark Romanack and so have the
walleye that
ing staggering amounts of plankton
from the water. As plankton levels
fishing roots.
this rig became roam these fisheries. drop, water clarity improves and Not So Quick
popular in the late 60s. Also, the A multitude of invasive spe- The moral of this story isn’t as
forage fish that depend on plankton
cies have changed walleye fishing as their primary food in turn strug- simple as saying; the best way to
forever. An invasive species is a gle to find enough to eat. catch walleye is by fishing struc-
plant or animal that is not native to Ultimately the population of ture. While walleye are spending
a particular body of water. Here in plankton feeders like gizzard shad, more time on the bottom foraging
the great state of Michigan the list alewife and emerald shiners are for food, the environmental condi-
of invasive species reads like novel! gradually declining due to this tions on the bottom today are vastly
A host of both plant and animal in- system-wide reduction in plankton. different than they were when the
vasive species now call Michigan’s The reduction of these important Linder brothers introduced the slip
rivers, lakes, Great Lakes Connect- forage species has forced primary sinker rig.
ing Waters and the open waters of predators walleye to look elsewhere Clearer water makes for more
the Great Lakes home. for food. challenging fishing conditions. Also,
As is typical of invasive spe- Classic benthic species includ- in clear water environments walleye
cies, these invaders quickly find a ing spot-tail shiners and sculpin tend to roam more, visiting a multi-
niche and their populations literally have found themselves increasingly tude of favorite hunting grounds in
explode. When invasive species get the target of hungry walleye. A third the course of a day.
established they often out-compete species that is ironically also an In response, walleye anglers
native species and in many cases invasive known as the round goby is need to also be more aggressive and
end up tipping the balance of nature. becoming more and more abundant mobile in terms of how they ap-
The environmental changes that and potentially a critical food source proach structure fishing.
invasive species have forced are of- for walleye.
ten thought of as a potential disaster Technology Matters
to fishing as we know it. The reality Puzzle Pieces As is often the case, technology
is that invasive species shuffle the When you put together these levels the playing field. Back when
deck and force native species to find pieces of the food web puzzle, it Al and Ron Lindner first introduced
new and different ways to adapt to becomes increasingly obvious that the Lindy Rig, they were fishing
Invasive species and the environ- their environments. walleye are adapting by spending from small tiller controlled boats
more time hunting for forage on the and using flasher style sonar units to
mental changes they have forced
have fish like this walleye spending
Water Clarity and bottom. Bottom species including find structure and fish.
more and more time seeking food Forage Changes spot-tails, sculpin and mussel eating By modern standards these
on the bottom. Targeting structure Two tiny mollusks known as round goby are increasingly turning angling pioneers were handicapped
is not new for walleye fishermen, the zebra and quagga mussel have up in the stomach of hungry wall- seriously in their ability to find and
but some of the new technology forever changed fishing and not just eye. stay on fish. Modern tools of the
that makes this approach lights out in the Great Lakes. These siphon In turn, walleye anglers who for trade such as LCR (Liquid Crys-
for walleye is notewor thy. feeders have hitchhiked their way decades spent the majority of their tal Readout) sonar, structure scan
Historically, structure fishermen after walleye worked off
the back of their boat using back-trolling methods. Modern
technology such as Pinpoint GPS electric motors, Chirp
Sonar and Structure Scan Sonar has lead serious walleye
anglers to take up shop on the bow of their boats. In this
situation the author has his boat positioned using the
sonar, GPS navigation and wireless Anchor Mode on his electric motor so he can more easily
auto-pilot electric motors are game cast to walleye feeding on top of classic rock structure.
changers when it comes to find- Mark Romanack photos
ing and targeting structure loving
Thanks to sonar advancements
like “chirp” that improves target
separation it is now possible to mark
walleyes, even fish belly to bottom,
like never before. Chirp is a multi-
signal transducer frequency that im-
proves target separation compared
to traditional broad beam sonar.
Structure scan and also side im-
aging are also useful modern tools
for not only creating more detailed
pictures of the underwater environ-
ment, but also finding fish before
those fish have been spooked by the
presence of the boat. The MotorGuide Xi5 and also Xi3 periodically works the best. bunching up the reel spool. This
Thanks to these sophisticated models of electric motors use GPS A third class of hard bait known simple step helps anglers get the
sonar units, anglers can not only technology to enable anglers to as lipless crankbaits are another most from super braids.
better find structure and also fish, hover the boat in one particular spot. great way to target walleye on struc- Berkley’s Nanofil is without
but it’s possible to literally identify Known as the “anchor mode” by ture. The famous Bill Lewis Rattle question the super line of choice for
“spots on the spot” that hold the best literally pushing one button on the Trap got the lipless bait craze started making long casts without giving
potential for success. Thanks to GPS key fob or on the foot control, the decades ago. These days other great up any sensitivity. Adding a 24 inch
technology, these spots on the spot boat can be essentially hovered in lipless baits include the Rapala Rip- length of 10 to 12 pound test fluo-
can be saved as permanent way- one spot. This unique electric motor pin’ Rap, Cotton Cordell Spot and rocarbon leader finishes up the ideal
points that allow anglers to return to feature uses Pinpoint GPS technol- Strike King Red Eye Shad. These spinning rig for casting to structure
productive fishing waters again and ogy to sense movement of the boat lures are also best fished by making loving walleye.
again. caused by current or wind and com- a long cast and allowing the bait to
Not only has GPS navigation pensates, keeping the boat literally sink to bottom. A slow and steady Run and Gun
and mapping changed the face of within four feet of one specific spot. retrieve that keeps the lipless bait The final piece of this structure
fish finding, new refinements in Another useful feature known in contact with the bottom produces fishing pie can be summed up as
mapping such as structure highlight- as “jog” allows the boat position to best. being willing to move, move again
ing further help anglers focus on the be moved in any direction five feet. Jigs dressed with soft plastic and move more often. Not every
best fishing spots. Say for example With one push of a button, the boat swimbait bodies are yet another piece of structure that looks good on
you’re fishing a reef structure that position jogs to help place the boat great way to target walleye on struc- a mapping unit is going to actually
tops out in about eight feet of water in the perfect position for casting. ture. Depending on how deep the be holding fish. Also, because some
and walleye are using the top of fish are found 1/4, 3/8 or 1/2 ounce of the best fish holding real estate
this cover. By simply referring to Tackle Changers jigs are the most common size. Jigs might be rather small, many great
the mapping page on my Lowrance Historically, structure fishermen suitable for fishing swimbait bod- spots only hold a few fish.
Carbon unit I can identify other have used live bait rigs to target ies need to be equipped with extra The only logical strategy boils
similar reefs and color highlight the walleye. A more modern approach wide gap hooks (3/0 to 4/0) and also down to being willing to set up a
most productive water (in this case is to use a host of hard baits and soft barbed collars that hold the plastic milk run of potential fish holding
the 8-10 foot depths) in an effort plastics to tempt walleye. in place on the hook shaft. spots and keep moving in an ef-
to concentrate my fishing effort on Glide baits such as the Rapala Good jigs for this work include fort to find active fish. Of course,
water that has the best likelihood of Jigging Rap, Moonshine Shiver the Bait Rigs Long Shank Slo-Poke spots that produce fish should be
producing fish. Minnow and the Northland Tackle and Yakima Drum Roller. Both of saved as a permanent waypoint. It’s
Even before I leave the dock, I Puppet Minnow are cast into posi- these jigs readily accept 3, 4 and also a good idea to take the time to
can use this unique structure high- tion and allowed to sink to bottom. 5 inch swimbaits. Paddletail style name productive spots for future
lighting technology to identify the By reeling up the slack and snap- plastics are one of the best choices reference. Taking the simple step of
specific pieces of structure I want to ping the rod tip these lures come to for swimming jigs over the top naming spots on the GPS makes it
fish on any given day. life darting and then gliding back to of walleye structure. The Z-Man much easier to remember important
All this unique structure and fish bottom. PaddleZ, Yum Money Minnow and fishing details associated with vari-
finding technology is amazing, but it Glide baits were developed for Strike King KVD Swim-n-Shiner ous spots.
gets better. Finding fish is one thing. ice fishing, but they work exception- are examples of the types of soft
Catching a few is another, but the ally well for open water structure plastics that work well when cast on Summing It Up
real chore in walleye fishing comes fishing applications. The darting jigs. The modern walleye angler is
in the form of boat control. action generates reaction strikes that much better equipped to target wall-
When fishing isolated bottom are surprisingly aggressive. Rods/Reels/Lines eye on structure than our forefathers
structure, boat control is critically Blade baits such as the Hed- All of these hard and soft baits who pioneered the art of structure
important. In effect, targeting wall- don Sonar, Reef Runner Cicada or are best fished with a seven foot to fishing. Being successful is about
eye on structure is about positioning the Captain Jay’s are another great seven and a half foot medium ac- understanding how environmental
the boat so anglers can target fish option for casting to walleye feed- tion spinning combination. A good changes have forced walleye to
without the boat spooking those ing on structure. Make a long cast matching spinning reel is something forage in different ways. It’s just as
fish. Traditionalists fish structure out and allow the blade bait to sink to in the 3000 or 3500 size loaded important to embrace new technol-
of the back of their boat. Modern bottom. Reel up the slack line and about half way with monofila- ogy that makes it easier to find fish,
anglers take a different approach. lift the rod tip sharply, pulling the ment line as a backing line and top return to productive structure and
Wireless bow mounted auto- blade bait forward and bringing the dressed with 100 yards of 10 pound also to maximize boat control. After
pilot style electric motors make all bait’s vibration to life. Swimming test super braid. Using monofila- all, finding fish is pointless if you
the difference for anglers who are these baits near bottom and paus- ment backing saves money and it can’t keep the boat in position to
fishing precise bottom structure. ing to allow the bait to crash bottom helps to keep super braids from catch them.n
Black Powder Shooting Sports...

A memorable moment lives on

stopped in Law- immediate attention. With hindsight
renceburg (Indi- the humorous side of a given set of
ana),” a gentleman circumstances overpowers the nega-
said with a big tive aspects, especially in the black
grin on his face. “A guy pulled up powder shooting sports.
alongside my pickup and hollered, For anonymity sake, let’s name
‘Ya know you’re draggin’ a cooler this noted muzzleloading enthusiast
behind ya?’ The cooler was okay “Ted.” Laughs and chuckles punctu-
and I still use it, but my shooting ated Ted’s recollection of the first
box was gone…” few hours after his arrival at a Fall
Cherished memories and magi- National Championship Shoot, held
cal moments abound in the black on the home grounds of the National
powder shooting sports. Over the Muzzle Loading Rifle Association in
years those memories Friendship, Indiana. “Stuff
start to pile up, sometimes like that is embarrassing,”
taking on mythical and/or he continued, “but you
legendary status as they are might as well own it, be-
told and retold to friends cause enough people know
and acquaintances. about it anyway.
And then again, there “I got to Friendship,
are happenstances that be- set my camper up and went
come noteworthy because to town to buy groceries.
they emphasize a life Somehow or other, Two dry-balls impaled on a brass ball puller adorned the bow of a bright
lesson that highlights
the frail, somewhat
By Dennis Neely my tailgate came
open. I was tired and
red ribbon awarded to “David” at Friendship, Indiana. “I wore the neck-
lace with pride, it’s all par t of shooting a muzzle loader,” David said with
capricious nature of human ex- didn’t notice it. When I turned the a big grin. “Their time is coming…” Wild River tree photo
istence. When the consequences corner onto US-50 at Dillsboro, the
box slid out the back. My cooler slid all the way to Lawrenceburg, which looked out for neighbors. As in “the
of a simple oversight, an outright
was probably 12 miles. old days,” today’s muzzleloading
blunder or perhaps an unforeseen out, too, but that was empty and on
“It was just a great big tackle competitors look out for each other.
accident occur, the seriousness of a rope. I didn’t want it blowing out
box, nothing fancy. It held three When a shooter runs out of 3Fg
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Repovsh located a bright red rib- so with a resettable red steel square
bon and fashioned a necklace, com- in the appropriate place. As a safety
plete with a large bow for the sacred precaution, the match sponsor noted
dry-balls. “They presented the the prohibitive nature of the target
necklace to me at a ceremony that before the shooters took the line.
evening. It was all pre-planned, but The second competitor’s round
no one got with me,” David added ball left a distinctive silver splat-
with a hearty chuckle. Owning the ter below Mike’s hairline—and the
moment, he wore the necklace for “tin cup” fell. Instantaneous kidding
the rest of the shoot. erupted.
Legendary tales surround Mike “I knocked the cup off,” “Mar-
Fink, a keelboat captain from the ty,” protested. That couldn’t be his
early 19th century. Fink was a crack real name, could it?
rifle shot. A relative described how “But Mike’s not happy. He’s
Fink would have his wife hold a tin real mad and wants 10 points de-
cup filled with whiskey on her head, ducted from your score,” a waiting
which he shot a bullet through. shooter replied.
A paper target with a bottle “So, do I get to shoot it over?”
pouring into a tin cup that rests on a “Why don’t you ask Mike about At the awards ceremony on the Max Vickery Primitive Range, “Rebecca” re-
stump recreates this unthinkable feat that?” the range officer quipped as ceived the framed target with the hole made by her ramrod tip in the upper
left corner. The target hung in the blockhouse for many years. “I did hit the
for novelty matches. A few years he wrote the deduction on Marty’s target,” she said with an infectious smile.” Rebecca Waterman photo
back, the Jerry Boyer Memorial score card. The ribbing continued as
Shoot, held in Marlette, Michigan, the other marksmen either hit the tin shot well, that last target was really range officer when she discovered
featured another safe alternative: a cup or missed high. a good one.’ Linda Trammel took the broken rod. “It was a moment
steel silhouette of a man’s upper tor- Several weeks later a small that target, put it in a frame and they of ‘what not to do.’ My shooting is
package arrived for Marty. A special presented it to me. A lot of people always about safety first and then
hat pin hid in the wrapping paper. It saw it before I did, and there was a having fun. That gave me a valuable
seems that John Beard fashioned a lot of kidding and laughs,” Rebecca safety lesson to share with others. If
lookalike Mike Fink target compete said after noting the broken brass tip you can’t laugh at yourself, as they
with a bullet hole in the forehead, passed through the target over and say.” And a memorable moment
enshrining that wayward shot for to the left of the tin cup. lives on…
years to come. Being a strong advocate for Give the black powder shooting
A backer board held eight Mike black powder range safety, Rebecca sports a try, be safe and may God
Fink paper targets on the hillside later said she should have called a bless you.n
for the Women’s Flintlock Seneca
Match at Friendship. “It was the
last station,” “Rebecca” recalled.
“I loaded and was going for time,
which is important in that match.
I remember seating the ball, but I
don’t remember what happened. In
my rush, the ramrod tip broke off.
I was concentrating on getting that
Par ticipants at the “Chipmunk Gath- shot close.
ering,” a traditional black powder “I don’t know if the wood was
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Branch, got to swapping stories too much of an angle, but I couldn’t
after a sunny morning spent in the
woods. “Did you see my new ‘Mike find the ramrod tip. The gun was
Fink’ hat pin?” Mar ty asked.” Wild okay. After they pulled the targets,
River tree photo Roger Trammel said, ‘I saw that you

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New...never released buck hunting strategies!

e have been 1-2 acre plots. Note; for planting
writing deer instructions and maintenance of this
management, wildlife cover and forage blend see
land manage- our web site www.deerattraction.
ment and com.
primarily deer Do not plant warm season
food plot articles for a good number grasses such as big blue stem,
of years for Woods-N-Water News. Indian grass or cool season Canada
If you live long enough you will wild rye for deer. They do not stand
find many of your prior creations up and will fall down with little
have room for improvement and that wind or snow pressure. Canada wild
includes me. rye seeds can kill bird dogs. You
Basic Needs of Deer can add a little timothy for variety.
Maintenance is easy and you may
I have come to believe that cover have this combination cover and
for deer is number one requirement forage blend seeding out live you.
if you are a buck hunter. Clear cut several open-
If you have the sweetest ings in your woods 60 to
deer food plot in the county 100 feet wide. You do not
but no cover even on 640 need to remove the stumps.
acres, it’s unlikely to see Spray Round up herbicide
that trophy buck during three times in one year with
legal shooting hours. Does the last spraying in mid-
bed for convenience while September then spray again
bucks bed for security and the following mid-May and The author standing in the bow plot next to the firearm plot with fine
demand cover. He may bed broadcast the wildlife blend growing separated rows of corn and the lush forage growing within the

By Ed Spinazzola
two miles from the same day. separated corn rows.
your land. He Check Ernst seeds them if you and your neighbors have youth hunt on September 20, 2014.
Mr. Food Plots
will leave your for warm sea-
food plot up to practiced sound deer management. Gabe VanWormer, videographer for
two hours before
son grasses. You The buck has a field of cover, Michigan Outdoors TV is filming
should see bucks (switch grass) and forage (legume our ‘Ultimate Corn Based Kill Plot’
daylight and start his trek back to and doe families in these seeded se-
your land during twilight but arrive blend). He has a private water hole DVD. Gabe and his son Reed are in
at your plot for his dinner at dark.
cure wood openings in three years. and can see a good distance and a seriously camouflaged shed blind
This movement of deer on your Buck Kill Hill can easily see danger just by lifting
his head, he drops his head to take
overlooking a one acre sweetened
bow kill plot with a two acre ‘ulti-
neighbors land during daylight gives Within those switch grass
them first crack at the buck you have areas you can create a combination a nap and knows nothing danger- mate corn based firearm kill plot’
night trail pictures of. water hole and firearm buck kill ous can see him. You think maybe just beyond. Beyond the firearm kill
So, make many secure doe spot. Have an excavator or a trac- he feels secure? If you have a large plot is three acres of surrounding
family and buck beds placed where tor mounted back hoe and create a open field that borders woods and field corn. Beyond and surrounding
humans do not traverse. If you have slope type water hole and pile the have the desire for action, you might the above field corn and two kill
a mature forest that has oaks, do a soil nearby but toward your firearm think several ‘buck kill hills’ in a 10 plots is 15 acres of switch grass,
total clear cut in select areas of a site. The soil pile is three to four feet acre or more switch grass field. Add (cover) and forage blend. We farmed
few acres and leave no more than high and the flat top area is around a can’t miss sweetened kill plot in this field until 1996. The cover and
eight chosen oaks per acre. The eight feet in diameter. The height front of you and watch several ma- forage blend was seeded in 2006.
regrowth will be thick and phenom- of the soil pile is determined by ture bucks. Does it get any better? The field corn and two acre firearm
enal with bucks aplenty. the switch grass height. Depending We have been working on the kill plot was seeded May 12. The
If you have open areas, think of on soil and latitude, cave in rock above site design for a few years seeding for the firearm plot consist-
planting cover such as a blend of switch grass can be six to eight feet with a few changes in the process. ed of RR corn, soybeans and sugar
switch grass and add legumes such high. If not sure make the soil pile We don’t feel that you need to be beets at no more than 1/3 normal
as a blend of clover (medium red, four feet high and make correc- told how effective this method is. seeding rate.
white, ladino and alsike), alfalfa, tions later. Seed the eight feet wide I didn’t think to ever publish this The bow kill plot was seeded
(grazing type not haying like vernal) surface with a legume blend. This information but I am 83 and you with soybeans and sugar beets July
and birdsfoot trefoil. In Michigan, is a firearm set up and can be many can’t take it with you, so enjoy and 10. The firearm plot and field corn
think a blend (one pound each per yards away. I suggest at least 150 remember my family in your will. was sprayed with Roundup three
acre) of shelter and cave in rock yards insuring the bucks feeling of This deer kill hill does not need to weeks later and again three weeks
switch grass. Both are the stiffest security. be in a field of switch grass, it can later. The bow plot was sprayed with
switch grasses available and that is Make sure you enter the shoot- be that clear cut woods that now Roundup August 1 and sorghum
important for they will stand up all ing blind or seat with positive grows thick and heavy brush, it can and a brassica blend was broadcast
winter into April. Then blend the stealth. When the buck is bedded on be a low land that is covered in tall the same day. That same day we
two pounds of switch grass with 3/4 the kill hill with his head down he grass or tag alder or grey dogwood also broadcast around two pounds
pounds each of the legume blend cannot be seen, when he picks his or any lowland thick growing brush. per acre of a brassica blend in the
for a total legume blend of 4-1/2 head up he can see above the switch For added cover in that open field firearm plot. On September 1 we
pounds, then lastly add ¾ pound of grass and you can see his antlers and site you can plant a couple white broadcast 20 pounds per acre of a
a brassica blend for cover per acre head. This is where you may need spruce on either side of the buck kill grain blend, (oats, rye grain and
and seed the 7-1/4 pounds per acre to alter the height of the kill hill, hill. winter wheat) on both kill plots. On
in mid June. You now have within let him see his surroundings when September 15 we did the sweetening
a few years a deer bedding area that he picks up his head. Wait until he Update... thing by broadcasting 100 pounds
includes a snack bar. You can make stands up. These buck kill hills will Sweetening Thing of urea (46% nitrogen), and sprayed
a large field of many acres or several mostly have mature bucks using It’s the opening day of the one gallon of sprayable ammonium
sulfate with one quart of table sugar if I can come with you.” Sunday af-
per acre in the bow site only. See ternoon, four anxious hunters, Reed.
the picture of me September 15 Gabe, Cal and his Dad, Bruce Bar-
standing in the bow plot next to the low enter the camo blind. Around
firearm plot. Note the fine growing 6 p.m. Gabe tells Cal to look in the
separated rows of corn and the lush switch grass area and see the big
forage growing within the separated buck standing on a HILL.
corn rows. Note the lush bow forage Gabe tells Cal he is 215 yards
and the obvious soybean leaves. away, “You think you can take him
The soybeans would not be there if at this distance”? Cal hesitates,
it wasn’t for the soybeans seeded Bruce tells him to wait, the soys
in the firearm plot on May 12. The will bring him in. The big buck beds
three acre field corn saves the two down out of sight, fifteen minutes
acre firearm plot from disappearing later the buck stands up and Cal har-
and the two acre firearm plot saves vests the buck and joy and celebra-
the bow plot forage. tion abounds!
Deer are hooked on the soys When you do the sweetening
growing in the firearm plot and pay thing all vegetation is sweetened
little attention to the younger bow even grass. The deer got hooked
site forage, even though it is more on the bow kill plot young soybean
luscious and digestible. That is until leaves very quick. The sweetening
the bow site is sweetened. Now see practice still worked to bring in deer
the picture of Reed and his fine eight for the early bow season and beyond
point buck laying real close to the but we have made a few changes. Reed VanWormer and his fine eight point buck laying real close to the
spot where I was standing. Can you The sweetening thing article advises spot where the author is standing in the other photo…but you can’t find
find a single soybean leaf? I can’t 50 pounds of urea two weeks prior a single soybean leaf five days after the sweetening thing!
and that was the fifth buck seen by to the bow opener, I now advise still
Gabe and Reed that afternoon. That 50 pounds of urea but you can do five days before bow opener. The but we are not farming we are
was the youth opening day Septem- 100 pounds per acre and no spraying nutrients sprayed on the leaves are hunting bucks.
ber 20, (five days after we did the AMS. Due to the lesson of the soy- 90% absorbed by the leaves within Ed Spinazzola is an Associate of
sweetening thing). bean leaves disappearing within five two hours. The amount of AMS, Tony LaPratts, Ultimate Land Man-
The next day Cal Barlow, an- days of application we now advise sugar and urea advised agement. For more info call 586-
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Deer Camp on The Farm

A series of stories about Deer Camps in the Great State of Michigan

sparkling frost cov- their Great-uncle Ron. This was a
ered the windshield, reminiscing sight that had aroused
brilliantly reflecting vivid memories of Jake’s childhood
the early morning visiting the family farm for what
sunrays. The woods seemed like just a few years ago as
were completely a young boy.
still, except for the soft crunching After unloading the truck, it
of footsteps on the gravel driveway. was time for “the boys” to hang
Suddenly, the peace and tranquil- treestands. Jake swung down the
ity of the late autumn morning was back gates of the trailer, and hur-
abruptly shaken with the roaring riedly backed the Rhino ATV off.
of the diesel engine coming to life. Two sets of Lone Wolf sticks and
Steam rolled from the well-worn stands were already strapped onto
coffee mug, instantly fogging up the Rhino. Tucker and Ronan had
the interior glass after being placed hopped up into the Rhino no sooner
into the console cup holder. As than when it had rolled onto the
he slid into the driver’s seat, the ground, and the three were off to
excitement was becoming harder the woods in search of the best
and harder to contain. It was finally looking tree.
October 26, the deer camp weekend Having hunted the family farm
at the farm which had been booked for the past 20 years, Jake knew
by Jake months in advance for him without a doubt that the best place
and his family. to hang a treestand was on
The trailer, loaded the the east 40 acres just off
night before, was fully of the main trail leading
packed down with an ATV directly out of the cedar
and all the hunting equip- swamp into the alfalfa
ment needed for the long field. With some construc-
weekend. Two sleepy boys, tive guidance, Tucker and
Tucker and Ronan, slowly Ronan helped Dad pick out
climbed their way up the the best looking tree and
runner boards of the tall watched in amazement as
standing F350 into
their backseats, By Jake Dykstra their superhero
safely navigated
a rather large
stretch for a five of Wildlife Realty up and down the
tree while hang-
and seven-year- ing the stands and
old. After buckling up Morgan, the sticks. The location was perfect.
youngest, in the car seat, Jen was The stand was facing parallel to
the last to make her way into the the field edge, pointing directly at
vehicle. With a brief word of prayer the muddy deer trail. Fully con-
asking for safety on the roads, the cealed amidst the cedars, this stand
young family was off to the farm would present an excellent opportu-
for an action packed weekend. nity to harvest a buck the following
The three hour ride that lay evening. With another stand yet to
ahead would be seemingly short hang, however, the boys quickly
with clear roads and high spirits. jumped back up into the Rhino to Jake and Uncle Ron with a dandy buck taken at the Deer Camp on
After a few short hours of “I check on the box blind that was the Farm.
Spy With My Own Little Eyes,” to be used for Jake and Tucker’s small hands) and quietly whispered as the three sped out to the blind to
song singing, and lots of snacks, morning hunt. to glance towards the box blind. ensure that it had weathered safely
Jake slowed the diesel to a halt in Now midafternoon, Jake and “Dad, look there’s a deer!” Tucker through the past year. Brushing
front of the barn door, where Uncle the boys drove through the woods excitedly shouted. off the dusty windows was all that
“Ron” sat happily smiling on his along a cleared farm equipment The young deer, likely a year- was needed to prepare the old blind
tractor, waving animatedly to the lane. As they neared the edge of ling, quickly looked up in their for the morning’s hunt, and with
boys. Tucker and Ronan eagerly a bean field, Jake rolled the ATV direction and trotted back off into the recent deer sighting, the three
jumped out of the vehicle, leaving to a stop, promptly turning off the the woods, providing Jake an decided it was best to return back to
Mom, Dad and the little one in the ignition. Picking up his binoculars, excellent opportunity to teach his the farm and enjoy an afternoon of
truck with a welcomed moment he carefully glassed the field, just up-and-coming hunters some ad- riding quads around the barn until
of silence. Jake subtly flashed a to be sure there weren’t deer feed- ditional sportsman skills. Ronan, a dinner time.
contented grin at Jen as he watched ing there already. He passed the bit disappointed he was unable to It had been a unanimous deci-
his young boys stand gleefully in binoculars over to Tucker, (which look through the binoculars to see sion to roast hotdogs over a camp-
front of the tractor, gazing up at were rather large and clumsy in his the deer, soon forgot his misfortune fire for dinner that night. After
Jake placed the wood for the fire, stand on the field edge, paying no lowing merely seconds later. new gift, a new custom-made neck
Tucker and Ronan each got to attention to the scent trail that had Excitedly, Jake sat down to call knife just given to him the day
ignite a corner with their candle likely been left from the trek in a Jen to inform her of his success- before, Jake proceeded to once
lighters. Shortly after, the fire was few short minutes ago. ful 15 minute hunt. Knowing the again use this moment as a teach-
crackling and popping loudly with After slowly walking out of deer had expired not far off the ing opportunity to show his young
the smell of pine smoke filling the Jake’s line of sight, the snapping of field edge, Jake chose to climb hunters how to properly field dress
air. The remainder of the evening the bean stalks proceeded to grow down and walk back to the farm to a whitetail. Loading the buck onto
was spent enjoying the beautiful louder and louder once more, as if wait for Uncle Ron and to grab the the back of the Rhino, the four
sunset, sitting around the warmth the young buck was coming back ATV with his two deer trackers-in- drove back to the farm, grinning
of the fire while roasting s’mores that direction, only this time, the training. ear-to-ear, excited to show Jen
together. deer was much larger. Jake quickly Once back to the farm, Jake their trophy buck.
The next morning’s hunt grabbed his grunt tube, immediate- found Tucker and Ronan, flash- Once the deer was hanging
was slow for Jake and Tucker, ly captivating the attention of the lights already in hand, ready from the barn rafters back at the
sighting just a few does off in eight-point. Without hesitating, the to track the deer dad just shot. farm, it was time to relax and enjoy
the corner of the bean field, but buck made a beeline straight for After excitedly reliving the mo- the success of the hunt. It had al-
with temperatures falling through- the grunt, giving Jake just enough ment with his wife and kids, Jake, ready been an exciting weekend for
out the day, the evening promised time to clip his release to his bow Tucker, Ronan, and Uncle Ron all everyone on this third generation
to be a good hunt for Jake in the and stand up. crammed back into the Rhino and deer camp, and that’s what makes
Lone Wolf. Still trotting right at him, Jake headed back to the field. deer camp such a special place. It
Jake had elected to be in his grunted loudly, stopping the deer Once the group had located provides the opportunity to make
stand early that afternoon, but after in its track at 20 yards. Unwilling the arrow, vanes stained crimson, and to share timeless memories for
losing track of time talking with to take a tough quartering shot, Jake and Uncle Ron began to point all ages of life. It also grants us the
Uncle Ron, did not make it to the Jake held at full draw, waiting out the blood spots on the ground opportunities to immerse our chil-
field edge until 4:45 p.m. With for the buck to turn. Now on full for the hunters-in-training. With dren into the outdoors, and teach
some does already in the field, Jake alert and looking directly at Jake, Tucker and Ronan’s keen eyes and them the necessary skills required
quietly snuck through the woods the buck made one stomping step some help from the more experi- to become successful hunters and
and up the tree without alerting to the right, ready to blow out of enced trackers, the successful hunt- land stewards.
any of the feeding deer. No sooner the field. This was all the window ing party came upon their new- Do you have a deer camp
than he sat down, he heard beans that Jake needed to make a perfect found trophy, buried underneath worth sharing? Email me at jake@
crunching less than a hundred broadside shot, sending the eight- the cedars just 70 yards inside the for the chance to
yards away. A lonely 6-point was point crashing into the thick cedar woodlot. have your camp featured in Michi-
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ould you imagine tak- jugs instead of waypoints and every
ing your great-grandpa decent hole or underwater point had
trolling today? a jug marking it. He would straight
He would be as- line spoons like Daredevils back
tonished at the boats, and troll the river down the break.
motors, and gadgets we He would catch both walleye and
are using now to catch fish. Just the pike, and some of the pike were real lure is running within a few inches. new can of worms.
GPS and mapping hardware would beauties. Combine the ability to control Now in-line diving weights
make his head spin, but fishing Today, there is a broad range of the depth the lure is diving, we can are getting lures that were never
walleyes high in the water column? trolling technologies that have led now add the mapping hardware to meant to run that deep to places
That would be totally absurd. One to many new tools in the troller’s troll specific fish holding structure where hungry fish hold. The newest
of the biggest disappointments of bag of tricks. Small planer boards or contours and we can return to trend is running big shallow diving
my fishing life was not being able to spread lures out to enable us to cut that spot day after day and adjust cranks to virtually any spot in the
share all of the new technol- new water and get lines our presentation to exactly the strike water column. Yep there are dive
ogy with the man that first away from each other. Line zone where the fish are holding curves ready to help you run that
took me walleye fishing, my counter reels and lure dive on our sonar. We can then create a #13 floating Rapala down to 27 feet.
Uncle Ken Crawford. He curves give us the ability productive plot line or trolling pat- Think of how this can change your
was on the cutting edge of to know exactly where the tern which works best for this piece trolling game. Old floating Rapalas,
angling in his day on the St. lure is running. We can find of structure and program it into our Thundersticks or even Hot-N-Tots
Marys River near Goetz- lure data of most new lures GPS which is linked to our troll- can now be run with precision in
ville, Michigan. either at the manufacturer ing motor. That system will make entirely different zones in the water
Uncle Ken had a 20-foot website, on the lure pack- the boat travel the exact same plot column. That is a good thing for all
wood Thompson with an 85 age or on the market. The line or track every time. Uncle Ken of us fishing tackle pack rats.
horsepower Johnson
hung on the back. He By Mark Sak sale of dive curves has
become a business in
would freak out.
The newest trolling trend re-
I for one will never give up my
bottom bouncers or three-ways.
would run up to Raber itself. But it sure is lates to fishing the water column They all still have valid applications
Bay and fish the river right where it important once anglers learn how in a different way. We are seeing and at times will produce quite well.
dropped into the shipping channel. to put all the pieces together. Dive shifts from using bottom bouncers But I also have a box filled with
The anglers back then used milk curves allow us to know where that or downriggers, to using weights snaps and different sizes of weights.
that simply snap on the line. Yes My most productive trolling tech-
there are now dive curves for snap nique on Saginaw Bay recently has
weights. This all started about 20 involved running a deep Husky Jerk
years ago with the revelation of the out six-feet, applying a two-ounce
50/50 snap weight method. It was snap weight, running it down until it
really the only snap system well hits the bottom and sending it out on
known at the time. The lure was a board. The momentum of the boat
run out 50 feet. Then a 1-ounce, 1 will pull the weight up some just
½-ounce or 2-ounce snap weight like a bottom bouncer and one of my
was applied to the line, and another favorite cranks will now run just off
50 feet of line was let out, then ap- the bottom and I don’t have to run
ply the planer board. The adjustment the bait out to Toledo to get it down
for this presentation was the weight, there. Trolling with snap weights is
which was snapped on to the line. fun, productive and versatile. Give it
Well you can probably guess what a try on your next trip and have fun
anglers did with that. They started with it. You may be surprised how
running 20/50, 10/50, 20/20 and well you do. I’ll bet ole Uncle Ken
also started running diving baits as is smiling somewhere right now.
well as crawler harnesses with snap Have a great summer and I’ll see
weights. That opened up a whole you on the water.n

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hen fishing for wall- the best way to do that, of course, is
eyes, twice a week, by casting.
all summer, I marvel Trolling would quickly take
at the number of you right out of the hot spot. This is
people seen trolling why serious walleye anglers carry
for these fish. They plow along all marker buoys in their boats. When a
day, towing night crawler harnesses, good walleye is caught, the marker
spinners, plugs, body baits and goes out and the anglers fish all
various other lures and they catch around that spot, expecting to catch
a lot of weeds and, of course, some another and they often do just that.
walleyes. If a second fish is caught 50 yards
Most of them could do better if away, a second marker may go out
they were casting some sort of lure. and the subsequent casting is done A nice walleye taken from a Nor thwest Michigan lake on bright jig
Trolling often involves wasting a lot between the markers. A hot spot no and minnow. George Rowe photo
of time and energy and gas simply larger than a good-sized garage may
because the angler is not in produc- hold several good fish and the only weeds, the jig is allowed to settle There are some important
tive water. At least some of the time, sensible way to catch them is by all the way to the bottom and then variables in this jig fishing. Most
the walleyes are in shallow water– casting. lifted and jigged a couple of times. of the time, the fish will be close to
water as thin as six or eight feet. While some plugs are great for The trick is to retrieve or crank the the bottom so it is important to let
The fish move into the shallows casting for walleyes, perhaps the reel a couple of times, lifting the rod the jig go all the way to the bottom
during low light hours to feed on very best lure is a small leadhead tip at the same time. When learning and retrieve it close to the bottom.
minnows mainly, and they remain jig. Although windy conditions or this technique, it helps to remem- On occasion, however, the fish will
there all night, moving into deeper deeper water might dictate using a ber than the reel should be turning be up off the bottom and it may be
water only after the sun is well up quarter-ounce jig, an eighth-ounce ONLY when the lure is being jigged. appropriate to retrieve the jig up as
the following morning. jig is best for most casting. Bright After a couple of bounces, the lure much as a foot or two off the bot-
At first light, they can often colors are best for water stained or is allowed to drop. This is the “buy” tom. This is done by you giving the
be caught by casting in six feet of dingy or rendered opaque by algae, part of the presentation. jig a bigger boost on the retrieve, not
water, water so shallow that trolling so chartreuse or yellow are often Virtually all of the strikes or by retrieving it well off the bottom.
is impossible. If you ran an outboard favored. If the sun is bright and/or takes will come as the jig is drop- Only trial and error can tell which
motor in water that thin, it would the water is fairly clear, pearl white ping, after the jigging action. If the technique will work best on a given
quickly rout any fish right out of is a good choice. angler persists in cranking steadily, day. The speed of the retrieve is also
there. You might get away with While the jig can be used with- moving the jig constantly, there an important variable. Most days,
in with an electric motor but most out a plastic skirt or bait tail, most probably won’t be many strikes, if the walleyes will respond nicely to
folks don’t use electrics for troll- anglers like to add one. The skirt any at all. The lure must be allowed a fairly aggressive and rapid jigging
ing unless they are carrying several adds some bulk to the lure, a natural to stop and sink, to stimulate the and stopping motion. Some days,
batteries. feel, and, of course, some color. My strike. however, they will hit better on a
Trolling for walleyes is also a bit personal favorite is a chartreuse If the line and rod combination very slow retrieve in which the lure
disappointing in terms of the action or yellow and white skirt, one and are sufficiently sensitive, the “take” is almost crawled across the bottom
once the fish is hooked. If the lure one-half inches long. Finally, the jig or strike will be signaled up the line with little upward movement. Again,
is encumbered with anything extra, is tipped with a small minnow, the by a slight tap. Set the hook. You one must often experiment a bit to
such as spinners or flashers, the fish size usually sold as perch or crappie have caught a walleye. Many times, find out which presentation is going
can’t fight well. This gets worse if minnows. the “tap” will not be detected and to be most effective.
you are using planer boards. Fishing with a jig is one of the the presence of the fish will not be While trolling is passive and
It also helps to remember that more difficult things to learn in known until some weight is or stop- it can be downright boring, casting
walleyes are school fish. Where you walleye fishing. Some folks take page is sensed and the hook is set. a jig and minnow is more active
find one is a great place to catch to it readily but many people have For this fishing, a light but rather fishing and it usually seems more
several and they will generally all trouble learning the two basic parts stiff spinning rod is recommended, rewarding, even when the fishing
be of the same year class and thus of the presentation. The first part along with light (six or eight pound return is about even. If you haven’t
of the same general size. Any place is what I call the “sell.” This is the test) line. Braided line or any line done this jig and minnow casting,
you catch a keeper-sized walleye is active jigging of the lure. When fish- with limited stretch will add to the give it a try - you are sure to like the
an ideal place to find another and ing six to ten feet of water, in sparse sensitivity equation. results.n

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My Thoughts...By Kenny Darwin

he lake was placid and legends of sportsmen flocked to the
calm when we set lines Great Lakes in search of huge silvery
for chinook and our prizes. The once ghost towns of northern
craft melted into the Michigan were swarmed with tourists
distant low hanging fog. and sportsmen eager to catch salmon. In
It was peaceful outdoors a matter of a few short years the salmon
with no howling wind fishery brought billions of dollars to the
or pounding surf and Michigan economy and soon the charter
the still morning air made you slightly industry boomed and salmon became
chilled. I could hear the distant call of our most important game species.
sea gulls as the sweet smell of Great No other Michigan game fish stirs
Lakes water consumed my senses. the passion of dedicated Great Lakes
Wham! anglers as does big freshwater chinook
A starboard rod slams double next to salmon. There is no fish that can com-
my guest, Annette Reihl from Beal City, pete for all-round enjoyment. Kings
and she excitedly jumped up and yelled grow to brutish size and 30 pound mon-
to get the attention of her husband, Ed. sters are common. Sure, steelhead can
He grabbed the rod and shoved it into be more spectacular but kings go air-
Annette’s hands as she remarked about borne too and their battle is like fighting
how hard the fish was fighting, how a runaway tarpon. Kings are simply the
much line it was ripping off the reel, super fish of the Great Lakes and they
how she could barely hang on. So, Ed meet the needs of anglers seeking brute
hunkered against her back, helped hold strength, impressive size and colossal
the bent double Dipsy rod. fighting attributes.
“This fish is burning line off the reel I have to admit I was spoiled in the
and I can’t reel in an inch!” she yelled 60s when the first coho salmon I landed
as the duo worked diligently to keep the was over 16 pounds. I was a steelhead
monster king salmon under control. man, hell bent on seeking chromers
For several minutes it looked like and I chased them on all of Michigan’s
the big fish was gaining the upper hand traditional streams, beaches and Great
by uncontrollably burning line off the Lakes. But salmon got under my skin
reel. When the brute finally ceased the and the sight of 120,000 coho finning
runaway power sprint you could hear a in the gin clear water of the Platte River
sigh of relief from Annette as she began was burned into my memory forever.
the chore of reeling in over 200 feet of Cohos are great fish with silvery flanks
line. That’s when the big fish sprinted and bright orange flesh that is simply
away again, and almost ripped the rod delicious. For years I was a steelhead/
from her hands as it melted more line off brown trout/coho salmon fishing nut.
the Daiwa 47 line counter reel. But then the DNR introduced Chinook
Once again Ed assisted her in lifting salmon and my priorities made a drastic
a rod that was almost pulled horizontal. change.
The pair was in for the fight of their life With fond memories I recall my first
and eventually eased the monster Chi- encounter with these super salmon near
nook salmon to the net. Manistee. The monster fish grabbed a fly
This exciting anecdote is a perfect set behind a chrome dodger and ripped
description of what salmon fishing is all the drag like no other. Yes, the strike
about. After all, Howard Tanner’s dream was violent and the long brutish line
Annette Reihl from Beal City with a 25 pound-plus mature was to transform the Great Lakes into a stripping run burned line from the reel
chinook that gave her the fight of a lifetime. State and freshwater paradise for anglers, a virtual like no other fish I had ever hooked. It
federal fisheries managers need to recognize the traditional battleground where family and friends fought much harder than any beer belly
rights of Michigan residents to seek and catch salmon. Chi- could pit their skills against the most lake trout, maintained a powerful drag
nook are highly prized by thousands of Michigan spor tsmen powerful game fish in North America. screaming run better than broad shoul-
for their fighting abilities and excellent table fare. For decades his dream came true and dered browns and showed more stamina
than steelhead or coho.
A few weeks later a massive
school showed up at the Manistee
pier and I first used J-Plugs for
instantaneous strikes. But the harbor
was small, the kings outlandishly
huge and landing them without
snagging downriggers from the
congested boat traffic was difficult.
Soon the big salmon moved into
Manistee Lake and gathered into a
massive school near the mouth of
the Little Manistee River and I tried
fishing from an anchored canoe with
John Collins from Midland. We
used floating spawn bags and when
we hooked a chinook and pulled the
anchor, the fish would pull the Old
Town canoe across the placid lake
at lightning speed. On a dark night Fishermen gather on the Grand Haven pier in the setting sun to cast for Chinook salmon as char ter
with stars filling the sky it dawned boats troll the shallows with decks full of anxious anglers.
on me that chinook salmon was the seasoning and rubbed on butter. We tastes like fresh tuna and on a cold thousands of night visitors. It was
king of the Great Lakes, the best of held the basket over the roaring fire winter day is a delightful dish when fantastic fishing but lakers lacked
the best sport species, the ultimate until the fresh fish was cooked but mixed with chopped onion, celery power, stamina, didn’t offer much of
game fish. And it soon came to pass slightly pink in the middle. Wow! and Miracle Whip dressing. I’m a a battle and when we got our catch
that chinook drew an audience of Chinook salmon is off the hook the canned chinook junkie and carry home we were disappointed with
outdoorsmen like no other fish in the best tasting of all the Great Lakes sandwiches with me while fishing, the taste. Lake trout don’t fight with
history of sport fishing in Michigan. fishes. hunting and on photo shooting out- the razzle and dazzle of other trout
Chinook salmon are simply super Martha Reihl from Beal City ings. For 40 years it has been my and salmon and it was easy to crank
fish. was constantly canning goodies pleasure to harvest and prepare chi- them to net. Their flesh was soft
With fond memories I recall the and asked if she could try kings. nook salmon as one of my favorite and if you fried them your house
first time I dined on fresh chinook The result was fantastic eating and food staples. smelled like stinky fish. I soon lost
steaks. After a long day of fishing, I soon acquired my own canner, Years ago Dick Swan recom- my interest in eating lakers after
Ed Reihl made a fire along the beach jars and began canning salmon. mended I visited Leland on a cold they flunked my many persistent
of Lake Michigan where we camped I’d make yearly treks in search of November night during the lake taste tests fried, deep fried, baked
at night. We placed chinook fillets fresh chinook that I would dice into trout spawning run. I was amazed and broiled. Fortunately I had a
in a locking hinged grilling basket 1-inch chunks, mix with V-8 juice at the number of fish in this rela- buddy that would smoke lakers and
with a long handle, sprinkled the and place jars in a pressure cooker tively short river, from the dam the end result tasted okay but to be
meat with lemon, Montreal Steak for 90 minutes. Canned chinook to the breakwall there would be honest carp are much better eating
than lake trout. On the other hand
chinook are absolutely fantastic
eating and my favorite recipe is
grilled chinook steak marinated in
Pompeian Extra Virgin olive oil and
Montreal Steak Seasoning.
Most Michigan Great Lakes an-
glers have had the pleasure of catch-
ing Chinook, experiencing their
power and tasting the phenomenal
flesh, but in recent years the salmon
resource has been down played,
stocking efforts reduced and the
Michigan DNR officially announced
they are getting out of the salmon
business. Are they saying they
intentionally want to destroy this
valuable sport fishery? What about
the loss of the charter industry and
billions of dollars in tourism? Don’t
they recognize the economic impact
and the cultural importance of
chinooks? For years they preached
propaganda that sport fishing for
salmon was on the skids because
of lack of alewife. Meanwhile they
allowed overstocking of lake trout
in Lake Huron and Lake Michigan
behind the backs of the sport fishing
nation who want salmon.
COVER PHOTO: The author has been chasing salmon since the stocking program star ted in the
early 60s. It is his opinion the federal government is challenging Michigan for control of the Great Lakes. Colossal Kings page 58
Colossal Kings:
from page 57

Enter the Great Lakes Salmon Ini- in management policies. This year
tiative (GLSI) in August 2016 who the GLSI has made a monumental
objected to reduced chinook salmon impact on the MDNR stocking deci-
plants. GLSI is comprised of sport sions and Lake Michigan will not
fishermen who want to work with see a reduction to 200,000 kings but
the MDNR, Feds and Native Ameri- instead get 550,000 chinook planted.
cans to better manage the valuable This is a great example of sport fish-
Great Lakes fisheries. Keep in mind ermen having an impact on Great
that the US Fish and Wildlife Ser- Lakes fisheries management and the
vice has led the charge to eliminate MDNR is listening. The efforts of
all non-native species which include GLSI could become a monumental
alewife, rainbow smelt, chinook step in the right direction to restore
salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, salmon fishing.
brown trout and Atlantic salmon. It But there is much more to this
is their goal to replenish the Great story because what occurred in
Lakes with native lake trout. Years the waters of Michigan is a clear
ago they funded huge hatcheries to example of federal mismanagement
raise lake trout and began a monu- of the world’s greatest freshwater
mental stocking program on north- sport fishery for salmon, steelhead
ern Lake Huron. They eventually and browns. Once again the feds are
created a “predator pit” which is a only interested in native stocks of
large mass of water filled with lake lake trout and all sport species like
trout that gobble alewife and smelt steelhead, kings, coho, atlantics and
until the forage fish are extinct, non- browns will eventually be squeezed
existent. The GLSI recognized that out. This sounds absolutely ri-
the USFWS agenda would destroy diculous but I swear on my press
sport fishing in Michigan. Over 75 credentials it is the truth. Last year Trolling large spoons is a productive tactic for catching summer
percent of fishermen who used to they planted three million lakers in chinook. Modern trollers use long leads off downriggers and super
troll Lake Huron have abandoned Lake Michigan and millions more copper wire to take highly reflective spoons into the strike zone.
the waters because sport species are are already in the hatcheries to be
no longer planted and only lakers introduced soon. Meanwhile MDNR federal agencies need to shift priori- power to maintain a viable popula-
exist. is told to not plant salmon because ties. Michigan anglers want chinook tion that provides exciting outdoor
GLSI got busy and began talk- it could cause a crash of alewife. salmon and deserve management adventures for Michigan citizens.
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How to make a fly rod work for you
By William T. Mangan (FFI) Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Part IV:
Number 4 - Essential

ause is all about the tim-
ing of the cast. At the end
of a casting stroke you
must make a crisp stop,
after the stop you must
pause, waiting on both
the forward and back cast, before
initiating the opposite direction cast.
You have to pause so that the fly line
can straighten out, then simultane-
ously upon straightening, start your
opposite casting stroke.
Now, in a perfect world the
pause should be long enough so
that the loop straightens out, upon Figure 1: Too shor t of a pause can cause “Buggy Whipping.” If you hear the “cracking sound” you
straightening start to cast in the probably just lost your fly.
opposite direction. When the line
straightens, at the end of the cast, loop is needed for you to accom- pause a little longer than shorter. needed for proper loop formation
it will be taut (no slack) and the plish the proper pause. There are numerous problems of the forward cast. Not only will
rod starts to load (bend) against the Another technique I like to use associated with an improper pause: you hear the cracking sound, if the
weight and inertia of the fly line. when teaching the pause are some Too long a pause and the fly line forward casting stroke is not length-
This is the proper time to initiate simple sayings: Cast with approxi- will start falling from gravity, to the ened, the loop will tail.
your opposite casting stroke. mately 15 feet of fly line outside the ground, introducing slack into your If you hear the cracking sound
Most problems with pause occur rod tip. On the crisp stop of the cast, system. If the pause is too long the you probably just snapped your fly
on the back cast. It is usually easier whether on the forward or back cast fly will catch the grass, weeds or off. It’s the same principle as a bull
to learn proper pause on the forward say, “Hi Mom.” Immediately after rocks. Especially bad if you are fish- whip breaking the sound barrier.
cast, because you can easily watch finishing the word “Mom” start your ing, the fly will tick or slap on the More than once buggy whipping
the line loop forming and unfold- opposite cast. The line should be water, “spooking fish.” was the culprit for having to replace
ing. When casting a short amount fairly close to straight when working Too short a pause and you can a client’s fly. (See Figure 1)
of line outside the rod tip, the pause with this amount of line and pause. end up “buggy whipping” the line, Now, with way too short of
is shorter because it takes less time Now cast with 20 feet or a little which usually occurs on the back- a pause the line will end up just
for the line to unfold and straighten more of line. With this amount cast. Buggy whipping is that distinct falling in a pile around your head,
than it does when casting a longer of line, on the crisp stop say, “Hi cracking sound usually heard on the because through the entire oppo-
amount of line. Mother.” Again your line should be back cast, and almost every caster site casting stroke you will only be
In simplest terms: SHORT close to straight when you start your has heard it. pulling against slack, with a straight
LINE / SHORTER PAUSE... opposite cast. On the stop of the back cast, the unloaded rod, never loading the rod
LONG LINE / LONGER PAUSE Now with 30 foot of line try caster does not pause long enough at any time.
When working on pause/timing saying “Hi Mother how are you?” for the line to unroll. Instead the About the Author: Bill is the
try these two techniques: You can come up with your own forward cast is prematurely started, owner/operator of Mangan’s Cast
One technique is to simply turn word cues or number count, you get pulling against the still unrolling fly a Fly, an FFI Certified Fly Casting
your head and watch your back the idea. Also it helps if you say the line loop, leader and fly, accelerat- Instructor and Michigan DNR Certi-
cast, just don’t get in the bad habit cues out loud, although it may seem ing too fast as the remaining loop fied Fly Fishing Guide. Please check
of always watching your back cast, a little odd to someone watching, unrolls too fast. This action also out his website: www.manganscas-
you will miss the fish rising in front except of course your Mom. shortens the casting stroke and arc tafly.comn
of you!! When observing your back With the addition of the Essen-
cast, do not wait long enough to see tials we have already learned to re-
the line perfectly straight before member: SHORT LINE / SHORT
making the forward cast. Our hands/ CASTING (ARC) STROKE /
bodies do not react as fast as our SHORT PAUSE…LONG LINE
brains. If we wait until our brain / LONG CASTING (ARC)
tells us the line is straight, by the STROKE / LONG PAUSE
time we react it is too late, the line Many casters learn the pause by
will be dropping towards the ground waiting to feel a tug from the fly line
introducing slack. when their rods start to load then
Instead watch the end of the start to initiate the opposite casting
line unfolding, anticipate the line stroke. I also feel a tug, especially
straightening when you see approxi- with longer line or an oversized line,
mately 3 to 5 feet of the loop (candy but I feel the tug simultaneously
cane) left to unfold, then tell your- as I’m starting my casting stroke,
self, go the other way. By the time I don’t rely on the tug. I believe
your body reacts to your brain’s that if you wait to feel the tug, then
visual cue, the line should be close start to initiate your casting stroke,
to straight. With practice, you will you paused just a touch too long.
eventually learn how much unfolded That being said it would be better to
Blade Baits and
Spring Smallies
By Joe Bauer

t was a brisk, calm, spring morning in
southeast Michigan, as we zoomed across
the glass calm waters of Lake St. Clair.
When we reached the shallow fishing area,
Tony Yancey jumped up on the front deck
of the Ranger and dropped the trolling
motor into the cold, murky water. He fired
his offering toward a giant shell bed on a
spawning flat. After the bait settles to the bottom,
he lifted his rod feeling the tight vibration the
lure puts off, when it’s pulled through the water.
Suddenly I see his rod tip bounce and his line
go slack. Yancey jerks the rod violently back to
set the hook and his rod bends double as he yells
“Get the net!”
The fight is on! After scrambling around, I
get the net and rush boat side where I can see the
giant golden smallmouth violently shaking its
broad head in an effort to dislodge the lure from
its mouth. Yancey brings the fish alongside the
boat and I sweep the net under the giant belly and
bring her aboard. Lying in the net is an absolute
tank of a smallmouth. The rising morning sun
shimmers on its bronze side showing the impres-
sive colors of the tiger striped marvelous fish.
The huge 6-pound monster smallie smacked
the original Silver Buddy blade bait. Blade baits
are a thin piece of metal shaped into a minnow
profile. There is a lead weight attached to the
front of the lure that makes it fall to the bottom,
nose first. There are two treble hooks that dangle
freely from the bottom of the lure. There is a hole
at the top of the bait where it is attached to your
line. The Original Silver Buddy has been around
for generations and is a staple for cold water
But if your goal is to land the most fish pos-
sible you need to make a few alterations. Begin
by cutting off the hook with wire cutters. Then,
attach a high quality split ring and a new treble
hook. The Mustad Triple Grip is an excellent
choice. The size of the hook depends on the size The author finds Lake St. Clair to be a bronzeback mecca. The immense forage base along
of the lure. Make sure that the hooks are just with thousands of miles for the smallies to roam makes the Great Lakes a bucket list desti-
small enough so that they cannot get hooked nation for avid bass fishermen.
on each other. You should also always use the
snap swivel that comes in the package. This will their selected spawning grounds. Here, they full force. There are some important tactics that
reduce line twist drastically compared to tying di- gorge themselves on bait fish while waiting for you need to use if you want to fill the boat with
rectly to the bait. Great Lakes smallmouths have the water to warm up to 55-58 degrees. Many trophy smallmouth.
an extremely hard mouth that allows them to anglers will still catch fish on tubes, worms, and When fishing the shallow flats and shell beds,
crunch large crayfish and hold onto spiny perch. cranks, but if you want hot fishing action, con- Yancey elects to make the longest cast possible.
This is why the hook you use should be rugged centrate on blades. Here’s why. This gets the lure far from the shadow of the boat
and reliable. Paired with a sturdy split ring allows A blade bait has a very tight wiggle and puts and allows you to catch the spooky fish holding
the hook to stay in place while the fish violently off extreme vibration as it is pulled through the in the shallow water. He tells me, “The longer
thrashes. water. The Silver Buddy is legendary for its the cast, the better.” Once the bait hits the surface
So, what’s the best time to start blade bait- unique vibrating action caused by its weight let it settle on the bottom. When your line stops
ing smallies? The end of April and May is a hot distribution, which in turn provokes the small- sinking, tighten up slack by reeling and lift your
period for blades and they are deadly on giant mouths into investigating. The vibration and er- bait up 6-8 inches off bottom. Reel up slack and
pre-spawn females. Right after ice-out plump ratic wiggling action catches their eye and causes let the bait work back to the bottom by lowering
butterball shaped smallies move shallow toward them to charge the lure and slam the offering with your rod tip. This action should not be a snap or
violent jerk, rather just a lift. Keep a tight line week. There is always the possibility of landing
from rod tip to lure at all times. This allows the an eight-pound hawg trophy fish. The number
bait to stay in the strike zone and the angler has of five-pound plus smallmouth bass in Lake St.
the ability to set the hook the entire duration of Clair is simply astounding.
the cast and minimizes missed hook sets. Blades also catch large smallies on many
When the bait is lifted, the extreme vibration inland lakes throughout Michigan, such as Kent,
attracts smallmouth and they engulf the fast ac- Wixom, and Gull. These lakes will also heat up
tion lure because they think it’s a baitfish trying quickly after ice out. Drowned river mouth lakes
to escape to safety. Many times smallies will on the west side of the state provide excellent
actually eat the blade bait while it is falling, or blade action as well. Muskegon and White Lakes
they will pick it up right off of the bottom. With draw in monster smallies from Lake Michigan.
that being said if you ever lift up and something The bait fish start to pack themselves inside the
doesn’t quite feel right, set the hook. Once the protection of the pier heads preparing for the
school of hungry bronzebacks gets fired up a spawn. This makes the pier heads a great place to
feeding frenzy ensues and strikes occur at any start your search for these trophies.
point of your retrieve. Smallmouths absolutely When you see smallmouths on your graph in
slam a blade resulting in a solid arm jerking deeper water, a vertical approach is hard to beat.
strike like no other freshwater fish. You can watch the fish follow your bait down to
Boat positioning can mean the difference the bottom and then feel a distinct thump and the
between a decent day and a phenomenal outing fight is on. When we are searching for fish we
on the water. The use of a bow mounted trolling look in areas that are relatively close to where
motor will allow you to stay with the fish as they they are going to spawn. Shell beds full of zebra
move around the flats chasing bait. Trolling mo- mussels are a great spot. When fishing the shell
tors have come a long way in the past few years beds it is important to check your line and retie
with the creation of spot-lock. Minn Kota makes often because the sharp mussels will nick and Captain Tony Yancey, Harrison Township,
three models of trolling motors that all have the weaken your line. You will notice the section 1 to holds up a giant Smallie taken on a gold
spot-lock feature, the Ultrex, Ulterra, and Ter- 3-inches above your bait is the first to fray. Blade Bait in six-feet of water not far from
rova. These trolling motors have a GPS head- In my pursuit of trophy Great Lakes small- Metro Beach.
ing on them and when prompted will keep your mouth, quality gear is essential. My rod of choice
boat locked in a five-foot radius. Once you push for fishing the blade is a G-Loomis IMX Pro where you cannot see your bait more than two
the spot-lock feature, your motor will begin to 893C. This 7-foot 5-inch medium heavy casting feet under the surface of the water, I use the gold
run itself and will keep you within that five-foot rod has quickly become my favorite. The rod has color. This is typically the case when fishing in
radius. The motor will account for wind, waves, an extra fast tip which provides excellent sensi- the spring due to the runoff from snow and large
and current. This feature is paramount when tivity for feeling any subtle bites. I pair this rod rainfalls that occur in May. This is also a great
fishing for schooling smallies on the Great Lakes up with a Shimano Curado reel. The Curado is time to use bright and dark colors such as gold,
where maintaining proper boat control can be a very smooth and reliable, allowing you to make firetiger, pink, or chartreuse. These colors will
challenge. very long casts to get your bait away from the give off a silhouette in the dirty water and help
While the trolling motor is engaged in spot- boat and the vibration from the trolling motor, the smallies find the bait even when their sight is
lock, you can take your foot off the pedal, move which can spook these large schools of fish. I hindered.
around the boat, net your fish and the boat will spool my reel with 15 pound Seaguar InvisX flu- Once the days start to get longer and the ice
not move at all. As soon as you have snapped a orocarbon. The fluorocarbon has a lot less stretch retreats from the lakes, you can count on Yancey
few photos of your trophy, you can hop back into than a monofilament line. The low stretch allows and me being in hot pursuit of a 7 pound trophy
your seat and fire your lure right back into the you to drive your hooks into the mouth of the fish smallmouth on Lake St. Clair. The first portion
school of fired up, hungry bronzebacks. and makes it harder for them to shake free with of the season we will be chucking blade baits to-
It is important to put the proper size trolling their violent head shakes or legendary jumps. wards every shell bed we can find. During spring
motor on your boat. There are three characteris- When I am fishing Lake St. Clair, I tend to it is not uncommon to hook up with 50 or more
tics that you need to consider when selecting the use a larger blade bait than I typically would on fish per outing, with several in the 4-5 pound
proper trolling motor; shaft length, thrust, and an inland lake, this means anywhere from ½ to ¾ range. Lake St. Clair is such a fertile fishery and
voltage. These are all going to depend on the size of an ounce. On inland lakes where the wind and is pumping out insane amounts of quality fish.
and shape of your boat. Many bass boat styles are waves tend to be a lot calmer, I’ll use a smaller You never know when you are going to set the
going to use the 45 or 52 inch shaft depending on bait with a lighter rod and reel. When this is the hook on your personal best.
how far you want the prop to be under water. case I will go all the way down to a ¼ ounce St. Clair is nicknamed by those in the know
Next is thrust. As the pounds of thrust in- blade with a Medium action spinning rod and “Michigan’s Smallmouth Capital” and for good
crease, so does the voltage required to maintain 8-pound fluorocarbon. reason because the monster trophy bronzebacks
that thrust. The rule of thumb to use is to use The Silver Buddy comes in both a gold and available is difficult to beat anywhere in the
2 pounds of thrust per every 100 pounds your silver color. There are plenty of other blade baits country. Lake St. Clair is a massive body of water
boat weighs. The weight of your boat should be on the market that come in several different col- and should be treated accordingly. Make sure that
calculated with full tanks of gas, all of your gear, ors, but they are all still going to have the basic you are prepared with GPS, life jackets, throw-
and the maximum number of anglers that will minnow shape. The main factor that is going to able PFD, and flares. The lake can turn violent
be fishing in the boat. I encourage you to round dictate which color I am going to use is water in a matter of minutes. So watching the weather
up because it is always better to have too much clarity. When I am fishing clear water, where visi- forecast, wind speed, and wind direction is cru-
power and full battery levels when you get off bility is greater than 2 to 3-feet, I am going to use cial. There are days where getting out on this lake
the water, rather than not enough power and dead a more natural color. The minnow forage base in is simply not safe, but when the conditions are
batteries while the fish are biting. the Great Lakes is typically a blue or silver color, ideal it can be the best fishery in the world.
Lake St. Clair is legendary for producing so I will use a silver or metallic color. This would What about you, are you ready to slam some
trophy sized smallies. On a good day you will include any other natural looking color patterns monster smallies? My suggestion is you give
boat 50-60 bronzebacks with many tipping the that are the same color as the forage base. Lake St. Clair a try and make certain you use
scales over six-pounds. Some savvy anglers Smallmouths are sight feeders and tend to shy blades in the early spring. If catching giant 4-6
prefer fishing Lake St. Clair because they catch away from lures that do not look natural in the pound behemoths sounds great to you, plan now
more fish in a day than many lakes produce in a clear water. When the water gets dirty or stained for a trip this spring.n
Guest Column By Nathan Gray...Birthday, family and


he sights, sounds and That unmistakable coloring emerged
smells of spring trout from the tube, it was a wall hanger
fishing…is there any- brookie! With one swoop of the
thing better? For me, net, he wasn’t going to be the “one
this isn’t just a hobby that got away.” We all jumped up
or pastime, this is a and down, shaking hands and pull-
family tradition. April 28, my birth- ing our phones out for pictures, it
day (yes I was born on the opening measured 16 ¼” long! In the state
day of trout season—my dad loves of Michigan, a master angler trout
to tell people it was the only open- needs to be 15” long. This was the
ing day he missed) and as usual my largest brookie my brother had ever
dad, brother and I are in pursuit of landed, tying my largest trout (and
our favorite fish to catch, “brook- remember, on my birthday)!
ies.” Being a rather cool morn- Well, that made our day and we
ing, the fish were not particularly went to grab lunch before heading
active. But, around mid-morning, out again that afternoon. Little did
my brother shouts out, “Guys hurry, we know, the day was going to get
bring the net, it’s a big one!” a whole lot better. We pulled into a
I’m going to leave you in sus- favorite “honey-hole” of ours and
pense for a moment, because for us my brother and I made the first casts
it’s not just about the fish but the on each side of the stream. I had
entire experience. just reeled my spinner in when the
My favorite places in the world smooth creek (pronounced “crick”
are not far off, exotic or foreign, by the way to settle the debate) wa-
beaches, countries or islands. No, ters exploded in front of my brother!
I prefer the backwoods ribbons of Once again, I scrambled to find the
rivers and streams that wind through net and dad and I were surrounding
beautiful Michigan countryside. him as he fought what appeared to
This is God’s country, what I imag- be another wall hanger. I couldn’t
ine heaven will look like! Allow believe my eyes, as an even larger
me to paint a picture in your mind, brookie emerged from the depths. I
because you know full well I am quickly positioned the net and made
not going to give away our secret the assist on this once in a lifetime
spots! It’s a bit of a walk, but I don’t trout. We were more in amazement
mind, spring is my favorite season than anything as we stared at this
with everything coming alive in the To experience such a day with his dad and brother, to witness and magnificent species. The tape mea-
outdoors. I follow a barely recogniz- assist his brother’s two master angler brook trout…the author sure made its second appearance of
able path along the river, its sixty- couldn’t image a better gift! the day; I laid it from lower jaw to
five degrees and the sun is breaking tip and the tape measure read 17” on
through the canopy of giant syca- ready for a fight and today I am run- in the bed of the truck, it reached the nose! Not only the length bested
mores and other hardwood trees. ning the “medican” spinner (dad’s from one side to the other. In the my brother’s first fish, but this one
The fall and winter’s old decay is code word for his go to trout lure). parts I grew up in, my dad was easily outweighed the 16 ¼” from
giving way to new growth on the I lay a perfect cast and slowly work known for his trout fishing prowess. earlier (we unfortunately didn’t
forest floor, fern coverage, sprawl- the spinner through the trout’s lair, I joke with him that he should be a weigh the fish).
ing trilliums and the smell of wild the anticipation builds. Suddenly, guide. As the sun set on an opening day
leeks grab your attention. the unmistakable strike of a brookie For us Gray boys, trout fishing is for the books and we all sat quietly
I think I can almost understand sends a shot of adrenaline through in our blood! One of the highlights content on the truck ride home, I
the song birds, their joyous chirping my body! No fish fights like this, of the year, then, is the opening day realized I could not have received a
sounds like a celebration of winter’s to me a brookie stands alone. Soon of trout season. So let’s get back better birthday gift from my brother
end. It never fails, as I am lost in I see the most striking colors a fish to April 28, my birthday, and my and more so from the hands of
awe of the beauty of my surround- could wear, the greenish black, the brother screaming for the net. We God’s creation. To experience such
ings, a whitetail deer leaps out of vibrant orange, the speckles, the red are back in the woods, fishing off a day with my dad and brother, to
hiding. My heart jumps into my fins with white tips. Unfortunately, an old bridge with tubes running witness and assist the catch of two
throat as the deer bounds away, the my brother doesn’t even need to underneath. My brother, Jordan, ran master angler brook trout…what
thought flashes through my mind grab the net as he stands watching, a spinner back through the tube and could be a better gift! I was far
that perhaps that is my buck come its only a ten incher. I don’t mind at first he thought he hit a snag…but more content than if I had caught
October! though, I felt the rod bend and was then the snag began to move like a those fish. You see, the fish are
I have finally arrived, the place able to lay my eyes on a brookie! fish! always a bonus to a sportsman, and
where the stream dumps into the Ever since I could keep up with Now, brothers compete right? the greatest joy is found in celebrat-
river, it’s not far now as I work my dad through the backwoods To this point, I have the bragging ing the catch with friends and loved
upstream to the “honey-holes.” The brush, I have been a trout fisherman. rights on bigger brookies, but all ones.
stream curves, the water deepens, One of my most memorable father- that is about to change today. I drop Speaking of that, I have two
and I can almost feel a decent trout son moments was on a hot summer my pole, grab the net and position boys of my own now who love
is near. I am here for the entire night, dad was working the fly rod myself by the tube. Dad excitedly to fish and are begging to hit the
experience, but no doubt, this is the and a hungry brown trout couldn’t says, “Jordan, look at that pole bent creek…who knows, Uncle Jordan,
highlight. The water flows over the resist. I was still too young to even all the way around, that’s got to be maybe they’ll haul in that 17 ¼”!
rocks creating a deep, oxygenated, net the fish, but I will never forget a dandy!” After what seemed like Happy fishing, go find your little
cut out hole, a trout’s favorite hold- carrying it back to the truck. Dad an hour, the fish began to tire and piece of heaven and I hope you land
ing spot. My six foot six Fenwick is laid the brown across the spare tire my brother was making ground. “the big one!”n


Ron Pullis took this Jim Moyer Jr., 16-pointer he took with
muzzleloader at 35 yards on Nov. 15,
nice tom near Hale; field dressed at 225 lbs. and official Chris LaFountain arrowed this
Piarre LaFountain,15, took
9 inch beard and scored 193 4/8 nontypical and took monster Oakland Co. buck dur-
‘Best of Show’ at the Deer and Turkey
this trophy buck during the
23 pounds. archery season. ing the late archery season.

Richard Wilson of Northville

Zane Gagne of Monroe with his 58 inch, 46 took this 8-pt., Montcalm A year of firsts for nine-year-old Brayden
pound sturgeon he caught in the Detroit River. Co., morning of Nov 15.
Bunker of Holt. He took his first buck and his
first turkey.
Brian Champnella
and his son Luke
of Grosse Ile had a
successful turkey
hunt in Calhoun
County the first
week of the season!
The father and
son team of Mark
and Jason Ha-
glund, of Harris-
ville and Madison
Heights, pulled
off a rare double
when they har-
vested these two
gobblers on Sat-
urday, 27 May at
8:15 am. This was
Jason’s first tur-
key, and the duo
were hunting Successful Sisters: Karianne Smith took David Slaga caught his
on Triple B Hunt largest northern pike to
her 8-pt. Dec. 17 in Berrien Co. Nicole’ date and was thrilled
Club property in Adams took her cow elk Dec. 13 near
Alcona County. to land it last July near
Atlanta. Gladwin.


Gordon Stolecki/Keller, 9, of
Metamora shot this nice tom, Christopher Kroon of Lincoln shot his
which had a 10” beard and 1” Julia Holdsworth’s first Turkey! Opening morning, April
first turkey hunting near Lincoln. His 23, Jackson Co. bird with four beards (inset photo) and
spurs on April 23 with the help tom weighed 18 lbs. and had an 8
of his grandpa and uncle. inch beard with 3/4 inch spurs. was officially CBM scored 31.5 inches of beard and
1.25 spurs for a total score of 34 inches. According to
CBM records it will be the number three Jackson Co.
bird of all time and the women’s county record!

Ethan Wright of Rock-

Jason Rudd (above), ford caught this 15
Rich Perry (rt) had suc- lb., 27 inch lake trout
cess fishing for Steel- in Sept. fishing out of Drake Wright
with his first
head at the 6th Street Grand Haven with Top turkey, record
dam in Grand Rapids. Shelf Charters. book!

Gentner of
Mayville took
this 8-pt. at the Mason Crane, 17, of Manitou Beach
LCJD Ranch in
Missaukee Co. tagged a tom during the final eve-
We are thank- ning hunt of the season on
ful for QDM in May 6. His turkey had a 10 3/4 inch
the area and
seeing nicer beard, 1 inch spurs, and weighed in
racked bucks. at 24 pounds.

Blake and Gary at 2017 salmon camp

Vano Vandeberghe, age 16, took this coyote in Macomb Co., caught a monster smallie in
the Clinton River and caught this monster 8 pound largemouth bass in a pond in Macomb
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Man vs Fish…wasted tax dollars

to foot bill in winless battle
Dear Fish Diary:

past. Hmmmmmm – Any questions?
Third place – A current created
within a lock system that fish can’t
angity bang, pop,
swim against. It would be designed
boom, clunk, clunk,
to force flush each barrier clean be-
clunk, bangity bang.
fore the ship can pass through. Any
No, that is not the
sound of my old Evin-
Second place – Add chlorine to a
rude trying to turn over
gated chamber that ships are moved
after a long winter. That is the sound
into, then, after the treatment is
of my truck driving into work every
completed, add sodium bisulfate to
day through downtown Lansing.
detoxify the water before it’s released
Every weekday as I seriously try to
back into the watershed. Key word-
avoid giving myself a concussion or
ing here, the plan calls for “a care-
whiplash, I become more and more
fully measured amount of chlorine”
since chlorine is lethal to just about
It’s not the endless pitted roads
any aquatic organism. Any ques-
with potholes large enough
tions? My grand plan to release Great White sharks into the Great Lakes to
to swallow small children
The winner? A bubble combat Asian Carp has a few snags, but then again, what plan since
that frustrates me. Believe 1976 doesn’t have any snags? Ron St. Germain photo
barrier, ah, but not just
me, I can dodge potholes
any bubble barrier. This ally the best idea because it’s increas- we dumping potentially billions of
with the best of them. I’ve
bubble barrier is made with ing the predator base. Predators are our tax dollars into going toe to fin
driven many two-tracks in
high speed propellers that the only defense against an invasive with this particular one? Especially
the backcountry that are
generate a wall of cavita- species and that scientific fact seems since it’s one of the few invasive spe-
smoother than some main
tion bubbles that implode, to be left completely out of the cies that is actually edible and prob-
roads going through town, I
not explode, and emit high defense plan. Oh, and by the way, we ably healthier for us. Many invasive
can handle that. What grinds
speed jets of
By Ron St. Germain
me is that our are predators. species are wreaking havoc on our
water. The Since 1976 the Asian Silver native fish, including gobies, mus-
thought is that Carp has come from Arkansas and sels and alewives. Given the amount
is willing to
the noise of the propellers, and the penetrated 29 locks. Despite our of damage alewives do to our native
continue to let our roads degrade to
unsafe conditions while we throw painful sensations of the imploding best defenses and bright ideas they fish, and fish that would prey on
away millions, and possibly even bubbles would repel fish out of the have infiltrated the entire Mississippi Asian carp, we actually kind of pro-
billions, to stop a fish we’re NEVER barrier. Any questions? River watershed and are now within tect the alewives. Funny how things
going to stop. I’d much rather see “Ah, yes you, in the back row, a few miles of Lake Michigan. turn. So, the party line says we’re
that money go into law enforcement with that perplexed look on your A few other facts kind of pick going to spend billions to protect
to stop people from texting and driv- face, with your eyeballs bouncing away at me. Did you know that our billion dollar sport fishing
ing, or schools. around like rubber balls, scratching the water flow of the Calumet and industry?
Recently our Governor gave your head, looking like you’ve just Chicago shipping canal was reversed While I’m waiting for my next
away $500,000 in a spectacle event. been hit with an imploding cavitation by humans? The natural flow of these shipment of Great White sharks, I’m
Now keep in mind, all of us had an bubble.” channels is into Lake Michigan, they hoping to submit a bunch of ideas
opportunity since last February to “Um, yes, ummmm… do any of now flow away from Lake Michi- that may or may not work in hopes of
cash in on sending them our bright these actually work?” Silence… gan. Several times since this fine getting Government money. Prison-
ideas. Our hope was that our brilliant Now I specifically did not use engineering project was complete, ers still escape from high security
brainstorm would be selected and any of the names of the winners drought situations have threatened prisons, so too will the Asian Carp
we’d cash in on the prize. My idea because I don’t want to undermine to reverse the watersheds back to escape into the Great Lakes water-
was simple and cost nothing. Educate their creative intelligence. However, their original flow. So, if these fine sheds no matter how many currents,
the public with positive knowledge the state just gave away $500,000 of winning systems were set up, and chemicals, locks, barriers, face rec-
about how edible these fish are. our hard earned money and I want let’s say they actually did work, if the ognition rays and imploding bubbles
Change the Asian Carp’s name, quit to know if any of these grand ideas water flow reversed, all carp would you throw at them. I’m patiently
calling them a carp, put a “no license actually work. I do know for a fact then be washed into Lake Michigan. awaiting their arrival and ready to
necessary” target on their backs and that eating them will work. Just ask I know this is true because I read it open “Ron’s Flying Fish Sunset
allow everyone to have away with a passenger pigeon or woolly mam- on the internet. Cruise and Barbeque.” Wear your
them until they’re gone. Unlike Il- moth…oh wait, there aren’t any, we What is the difference between an helmet and come aboard…
linois, who charged me a ridiculous ate them. upright wall barrier and a barrier of Funny fish stories wanted:
rate to go and pick away at a fish At this point these plans pose land separating watersheds? Noth- Strangest thing you’ve ever caught.
they’ve been complaining about for more questions than answers. In fact, ing. Invasive species have migrated Send a short description of your
years. Seems like they’d pay me to weeks later, the press conference across unconnected bodies of water “best or worst” fishing day, or worst
get rid of these flying finned torpe- should still be going on. As of right since the 1800s and they are still do- fishing-related adventure, or strangest
does if they were such a nuisance. now, these plans will work no better ing it today. So if a large section of thing you’ve caught to me. You don’t
Ah, but that’s not how government than my idea to release Great White land mass won’t stop them, how will have to write the entire story, just a
works I guess. Which, is why they’ll Sharks into the Great Lakes. Actual- an upright wall stop them? Accord- brief outline of what happened. If it
be in our back yards before we know ly, releasing Great White sharks into ing to science that actually knows has some humor to it I’ll be getting
it. the Great Lakes might work better something about wildlife, it will only in touch with you and we’ll work on
The Governor’s top four choices than these unproven ideas because take five Asian Carp to cross the bar- the completed story together.
for the cash giveaway? the sharks are not run by electron- rier to create a breeding population. Contact the author, Ron St.
Fourth place, an automated image ics, hard drives, programs, software, Yes, five. And where are the beams Germain by calling (517) 626-2814,
recognition and sorting system that electricity, hydraulics, barriers and and bubbles to deflect the billions of e-mailing
uses recognition software to divert humans, all of which are subject eggs? Visit the author’s Facebook page
unwanted fish into a holding tank to malfunction at some point. The What other invasive species have
for harvest while letting others swim thought of releasing sharks is actu- we actually stopped? And why are Booksn
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Earn your outdoor fun this summer

with volunteer opportunities
stalked the stream in my license fees, and excise taxes on
waders, watching it glow our hunting and fishing equip-
in the sunlight where ment. But if we’re being honest
it rushed over a few with ourselves, then we know that
rocks. I saw my quarry, simply paying the minimum we’re
but instead of making a required to pay doesn’t make any
backcast I reached under it with of us a conservationist. That takes
a canvas net attached to a pole. more.
It wasn’t a trout, but a leaf pack, A few years ago when I worked
partially submerged, likely to hold there, I started a program at Michi-
stoneflies, mayflies or other aquatic gan United Conservation Clubs
insects which indicate stream called On the Ground. It’s a part-
health. I wasn’t an angler on this nership with the Michigan Depart-
day, but a volunteer on the Huron ment of Natural Resources that
River Watershed Council’s River primarily improves wildlife habitat
Roundup. on public land state game
Volunteerism is the areas through volunteer
heart of Michigan’s con- projects. We piloted the
servation ethic. Opportuni- program with a single
ties abound in our state, project, and had such
especially in the summer. a great turnout that we
They range from plant- expanded it to 20 projects
ing trees to cutting brush, each year, around the state.
picking up trash to collect- Sarah Topp leads the pro- The author with a “trophy” leafpack, which volunteers will search
By Drew YoungeDyke
ing benthic gram now for insects in an effor t to judge the stream’s health.
macroin- and has
vertebrates, a slate of volunteer opportunities. The Head- local chapters of conservation
like the stoneflies and mayflies projects lined up for the summer waters Chapter and Paul Young groups, so check with your local
we collect in the River Roundup including a joint project with the chapters will be doing a stream chapters of groups like those men-
each spring. I started volunteering Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation access improvement project on the tioned above or the Quality Deer
specifically with the Huron River in the Pigeon River Country State Sturgeon River on July 14 and 15. Management Association, Pheas-
Watershed Council because my Forest, and projects in the Atlanta The Sturgeon River, north of Gay- ants Forever, the Ruffed Grouse
wife and I kayak the river, and by State Forests, the Gladwin Grouse lord, is a blue-ribbon trout stream. Society, Ducks Unlimited, and
doing this I feel like I’ve done at Enhanced Management Area, the Information about this event and many more. Or if you can’t make
least some of my part to earn some Clinton River, and the Shiawassee others is available at www.headwa- it to a project, consider joining the
of the fun that I’ll have. State Game Area. You can sign up organizations hosting them – your
We often say that “hunting is for these projects at www.mucc. On July 21, Lifestyle Lost – a membership dollars often provide
conservation” due to the conser- org/on-the-ground. Michigan-based outdoor apparel the tools, the lunches, and the orga-
vation work which gets funded Trout Unlimited chapters brand – is hosting its second annual nizational infrastructure to put on
through our hunting and fishing throughout the state often have Grand River cleanup in Lowell, these projects.
followed by a Michigan Back- You help fund some of them
country Hunters & Anglers (BHA) with your hunting license dollars,
Stewardship volunteer opportunities pint night. More information about
this event can be found at Life-
too. In 2013, the DNR established
a wildlife habitat grant program

in southern Michigan state parks

Michigan BHA will host a
volunteer project of its own the
which awards around $1 million
each year to groups undertaking
wildlife habitat restoration projects,
Want to get your hands dirty while helping to take care of and restore same weekend in the Pigeon River like Ducks Unlimited, U.P. White-
natural ecosystems at some of Michigan’s state parks? By volunteering to Country State Forest. Last year, tails, the Ruffed Grouse Society,
collect native seeds, remove invasive species, conduct plant and animal Michigan BHA members submit- and various county conservation
surveys and more, you can do just that. A handful of opportunities will ted hundreds of public comments districts, which sometimes have
be taking place in May throughout southeast and southwest Michigan. to help protect “the Big Wild” from volunteer opportunities.
Southwest Michigan workday locations ORV damage. So this summer, the Having organized, managed or
• May 19: Muskegon State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. chapter is putting its muscle where volunteered on over 60 volunteer
• May 20: Warren Dunes State Park, 1 to 3 p.m. its mouth is and installing new projects, I can vouch that they’re
• May 20: P.J. Hoffmaster State Park, 1 to 4 p.m. “NO ORV” signs on forest roads worth your time; not just for the
• May 26: Van Buren State Park, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 21. In true BHA fashion, natural resource, but for you. It’s
• May 26: Warren Dunes State Park, 10 a.m. to noon the event will be followed by a pint not just that you won’t regret it;
Southeast Michigan workday locations night at the Snowbelt Brewery in you’ll love it, and you’ll probably
• Monday, May 14: Bald Mountain Recreation Area, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Gaylord. It’s rumored some chap- come back for more. There’s a
• Saturday, May 19: Belle Isle Park, 9 a.m. to noon ter members will be camping out deep satisfaction in doing a good
• Saturday, May 19: Waterloo Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. somewhere in the forest the night day’s work for the natural resource
• Sunday, May 20: Highland Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. before, but you don’t need to be that we all enjoy. And when you
• Sunday, May 20: Pinckney Recreation Area, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. a member to volunteer. A sign-up take to the stream with a rod in
More information about volunteer stewardship, including a calendar of will be available at www.back- hand, or climb a treestand on pub-
volunteer opportunities, is available on the DNR website. To register, lic land this fall, you’ll appreciate it
please complete and submit the stewardship volunteer registration form. Many projects are hosted by even more.n
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Isle Royale moose die off?

he mid-April snowstorm pond. Watershield covering all five
that blanketed Wisconsin, bodies of water was totally eaten by
Minnesota and Michigan moose during 2017.
with up to two feet of In response to a question about
snow may have triggered whether any watershield will reappear
the beginning of a die off on the surface of any of those lakes
of moose at Isle Royale National Park. and ponds during 2018 Peterson said,
Veteran Isle Royale researcher Dr. “It depends on how thoroughly moose
Rolf Peterson with Michigan Tech- pulled up the roots. You can’t see
nological University in Houghton what’s below the surface of the water.”
said, “Isle Royale moose don’t do If watershield is even partially
well when winter hangs on.” He made eliminated from most of those waters,
the comment as part of a presenta- an important summer food source for
tion about the island park’s moose a growing moose herd will be reduced.
and wolves at the Ore Dock If that food source is gone, it
Brewery in Marquette on will have a major impact on
April 14 as part of the brew- the health of island moose.
ery’s Angry Bear Festival. Balsam fir is so heav-
Storm warnings were posted ily browsed by moose on
at the time, but it was not yet the west half of Isle Royale
known how bad the storm during winter that the tree’s
was going to be. future is in doubt on that por-
The snow didn’t start tion of the island. The source
piling up in the of seeds from
northern UP
until Sunday By Richard P. Smith mature trees is
almost gone and
morning, April young trees that
15. By the time the snow stopped do sprout eventually die from over
on Monday, the entire region was browsing.
blanketed with snow and the two-day “We tagged 473 balsam fir trees in
snowfall total reached at least two feet 1988 on the west half of the island to
in some areas. follow their progress,” Peterson said. An antlerless bull on Isle Royale feeding on a stunted balsam fir.
During a telephone interview the “Ninety percent of those trees are now With the late winter, there could be more moose that die of star va-
following week, Peterson said there gone.” tion on Isle Royale. Richard P. Smtih photo
have only been one or two moose that When the park moose population years.” dence limits of plus or minus 580.
have died of starvation on the island was at a low point and wolf preda- That would put the island’s In response to a question about
over the last three years. The moose tion on moose was high between 2004 moose population at 2,500 by 2018. how many moose calves are born on
that starved were old animals in poor and 2010, winter moose browsing on The moose survey during 2016 was the island each year Peterson said,
health. balsam was reduced, according to Pe- incomplete, with only three-fourths “Three hundred to four hundred are
“This year, with the late winter, terson, and he said that enabled about of survey plots flown, but the number born and 200 to 300 survive.”
there could be more of them that die 500 small balsams to flourish. of calves observed (139, 22% of the Given that information, there
of starvation,” Peterson commented. “One of those trees that escaped total) was the second highest ever should have been between 1,670 and
Since the annual winter study heavy moose browsing even had recorded during the study. 1,770 moose on Isle Royale during
ended March 5, no one will be on the cones,” Rolf said, but that isn’t going “If the moose population grew 2017 and 1,900 to 2,000 before calves
island until May. Some of the park’s to be enough to save the remaining fir by 15%, the 2016 population estimate are born in 2018. Peterson said their
first visitors this year may find the trees from the growing moose popula- would be 1,440 moose,” Peterson moose estimate for 2018 is 1,500,
remains of moose that died. If winter tion. and Vucetich wrote in the 2015-2016 down 100 from the year before. How
moose losses weren’t significant this There’s no question the island’s annual report. “If predation rate in the can that be possible in the absence
year, they will be in the future. The moose population has been steadily past year was less than 4%, we would of wolf predation and winter starva-
preferred winter food of moose, which increasing over the last six or seven expect moose population growth rate tion?
is balsam fir, is rapidly disappearing, years due to the lack of predation by to have been greater than 17.6%, “It depends on how accurate our
according to Peterson, and he said that wolves (only 2 wolves remain), but which corresponds to greater than moose estimates are,” Peterson said.
for the first time ever, during 2017 an exactly how much is uncertain. The 1,470 moose.” “Using two airplanes is the most ac-
aquatic plant that moose eat during park’s moose population is estimated The moose population was esti- curate way to survey moose on Isle
spring and summer called watershield each winter based on counts done mated at 1,600 during the first months Royale, but a second plane wasn’t
was totally eliminated from the sur- from intensive aerial surveys con- of 2017, but there could have been as available the entire time for the last
face of five lakes and ponds. ducted by Peterson and other research- many as 2,238, using the 90% confi- survey.”n
Watershield produces green oval ers. When the planning process for
leaves about five inches in diameter,
My Thoughts, My Views, My Opinions
managing moose and wolves on the
with stems attached to the middle of island began during 2015, the moose
leaves. The leaves grow from a root herd was estimated at 1,250 at the be-
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in shallow water. born. That estimate was an increase of
“Moose eat the entire plant,” 200 or 19% from 2014 at 1,050. Woods-N-Water News readers by emailing
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Sporting Collectibles...By Terry McBurney

Early spinning rods

ike many other beginning
anglers of my generation,
I started fishing with
an ordinary cane pole
baited with nightcrawl-
ers. Our Indian Lake
cottage came equipped with several
12-foot cane poles. One-piece poles
ranging from 12-footers to over
20-feet in length could be purchased
at just about any general store or
rural gas station back then. Several
years later, I graduated to a casting
outfit that my father had fished. This
hand-me-down combo included a
Pflueger Trusty casting reel mounted
on a Pflueger bronze colored hollow
steel casting rod that was just about
guaranteed to backlash on every one
of my amateurish casts.
Backlashes happily became a
thing of the past as I was later given
a series of spinning reels starting
with a not very good Pflueger Free (Left) This April 1949 Outdoor Life ad featured a photo of Bache H.
Speed and then a Waltco Ny-o-Lite Brown, the “father” of American spin fishing, and the new Airex Mas-
reel that fell apart after two weeks tereel. The Lionel Corporation had purchased Airex out the year before.
of hard fishing. Then on my 12th (Top) Two early 7-ft. bamboo spinning rods – the top one is an Airex
birthday in 1955, my parents gave bamboo rod and the bottom model is a South Bend bamboo rod that was
me a green Shakespeare 1755 closed designed by Joe Bates Jr., one of the era’s leading authorities on spin
face spin Wondereel – a fine, well- fishing. (Above) The top hollow steel spinning rod was made by Gephar t
made reel that I used for thousands shoot the line through the large line Manufacturing in Chicago. The bottom model is a True Temper steel rod
of casts…and still own today. It was guide and then through the rod’s line made in their golf shaft factory. It uses the same step-down process as
mounted on a 6 ½-foot white spin- guides. The angler would then rotate used to make True Temper steel golf shafts.
ning Shakespeare Wonderod with the reel 90º and wind the line in. was the addition of an improved Bache Hamilton Brown. He trav-
a 12-inch cork handle with sliding (See the Markle Rite-Angler Spin- drag – what I would call a dial drag. eled extensively throughout Europe
rings. I did not realize it then, but ning Reel description in my May The third improvement was the ad- and became quite familiar with spin
the rod was a classic design and 2018 Woods-N-Water News article dition of a “clicker,” so that when fishing during time spent in England
was similar in action and concept to entitled “It’s Still Out There,” pages line was being taken out against the and France.
many of the early spinning rods dat- 76-77. The Rite-Angler reel and the drag, the reel would make a clicking In 1935, Brown brought back
ing back to the late 1930s. Malloch Sidecaster reel are quite noise. Luxor reels, different examples
Early spinning reel design or similar in mechanics.) Other manufacturers started of spinning rods, lures, lines and
fixed spool fishing began over 125 The next key step of spinning developing their own spinning related accessories. Recognizing just
years ago with the invention of reel development was in 1905 when reels in France, Italy, Switzerland, how innovative and how easy it was
some sort of textile machinery such Alfred Illingworth of Bradford, Belgium, Sweden and Germany. to learn to fish with a spinning outfit
as a yarn delivery device where the England introduced the revolution- The key spinning reel to American as compared to baitcasting or fly
yarn would feed off the end of the ary Illingworth #1 “Thread-Line” spin fishing was the well-known fishing, Brown came to an agree-
spool. This concept was then adapt- spinning reel. His thin, round reel French Luxor spinning reel designed ment with Jean Pezon of Pezon et
ed to a fishing reel by Peter Malloch was designed to cast light silk lines by and patented by Paul Maubor- Michel to import Luxor reels into
of Scotland when he patented his and very light lures. Fishing reel gne in 1936. The actual reels were the U.S. The Bache H. Brown Com-
Malloch Sidecaster in 1884. The collectors describe his first and manufactured by the French com- pany of New York started importing
Malloch reel “incorporated a large second models as “egg beaters”. His pany L.L.M. for Pezon et Michel and advertising the Luxor reels in
spool, one-piece foot, large line third version came out in 1914 and of Ambrose, France, who was 1939 selling the Luxor reel for $17
guide with a round backplate with a introduced three new features – a their sole distributor. The person each, a 7-foot bamboo rod in an alu-
handle knob attached to that.” The reciprocating spool that went up and who brought the Luxor reels to the minum case for $22, or as a combo,
angler would make his cast with the down as line was retrieved – an ear- U.S., however, was the American which included the reel, rod and silk
spool facing forward. This would ly level-wind. The second upgrade architect, artist and sportsman, line, for $42 (July 1939 Field and


Stream magazine). in January of 1948 when the Lionel completely different metal spinning rings and dates from 1947-48. This
WWII stopped Bache Brown’s Corporation, known for manufactur- rods. The first was a 6-foot 1-piece is a beautiful rod, and what I like
fledgling fishing tackle company ing Lionel model trains, purchased Shakespeare solid steel rod that was the best is the rod tube label that
when France was invaded by Ger- two-thirds of the Airex stock and painted with flat black paint. It was reads: “This rod is unbreakable and
many. However, Brown’s com- started marketing Airex reels, rods, a heavy “club,” and I would not will resist becoming set [bowed] in
pany was up and running as soon lures and accessories. Not surpris- have enjoyed fishing with it. The ordinary fishing. If it becomes bent
as hostilities ceased in 1945. Jean ingly, Bache Brown was retained as second steel rod was a remarkably in an accident, such as closing a car
Pezon patented the Luxor reel in the a consultant after the sale. Lionel’s rare Heddon Deluxe Pal hollow core door or stepping on it in a boat –
United States and then assigned the Airex fishing division lasted sixteen steel rod that measured 7-foot in straighten it out by hand or lightly
patent rights to Bache Brown who years until Lionel sold it in 1964 length. It was Heddon’s first attempt tapping it with a wooden mallet on a
later signed an agreement with Pe- to Feurer Brothers of White Plains, at making a spinning rod and was piece of straight wood.”
zon to manufacturer the Luxor reels New York. manufactured for three years span- Fiberglass Spinning Rods
in the U.S. rather than importing The first spinning rods sold in ning 1949 to 1951. It came with an Early fiberglass spinning rods
them. The first post-WWII Bache H. the U.S. were Tonkin cane bamboo extra long 13 ½-inch cork handle were made out of either solid glass
Brown, Inc. Luxor ad was run in the rods imported from France by Bache with black sliding rings and black blanks or hollow glass shafts, with
July 1946 issue of Outdoor Life pro- Brown in the late 1930s. These were nickel spinning guides. hollow glass rods being the more
moting the newly improved Luxor 7-foot two-piece bamboo rods with The third steel rod was made by common. I have three hollow
reel, which was marked “Made in a parabolic action, which meant True Temper at their Ohio golf shaft glass examples in my collection: a
the U.S.A.” they bent equally from the butt to plant sometime in the late 1940s Horrocks-Ibbotson Berkshire 6-foot
The reels were manufactured the tip. They were a bit stiffer than a or early 1950s. The Spin Master 8-inch 2-piece model made in Utica,
by the Airex Equipment Corpora- fly rod and somewhat more power- hollow core steel rod was built with New York. This “Mohawk-branded”
tion of Long Island City, New York. ful as well. The rods were equipped True Temper’s step-down process, rod has a 12 ½-inch cork handle
An October 1947 ad from Outdoors with larger guides than a standard the same process used to make with sliding rings. My second early
magazine promoted the Bache baitcasting rod, because bigger step-down steel golf shafts. This fiberglass rod was a private label
Brown Mastereel for the first time, guides were essential. The line two-piece rod is 6-foot 8-inches in rod made for Newaygo Sportsmen’s
and listed the Airex Equipment Cor- would quickly whirl off the end of length and breaks down just above Supply out of Newaygo, Michigan.
poration as the manufacturer. The the reel’s spool and smaller guides the 16-inch cork handle. It has a The actual manufacturer is not
Mastereel was similar to the Luxor could not handle the line. The other sliding reel seat instead of simple known, however. This rod measures
reel except that it featured several identifying feature was the rod’s slip rings and weighs in at just under 7-foot and comes with a 12 ¼-inch
improvements. It had an aluminum cork handle. The handles ranged 6-ounces, only a little more than cork handle with a sliding reel seat.
spool, which also held more line from 12 to 14-inches in length and what a 7-foot bamboo spinning rod The third fiberglass rod is an early
than before. It was better machined came equipped with sliding rings would have weighed! St. Croix model made in Park Falls,
than the American-made Luxor instead of a fixed reel seat. The fourth steel rod was a Wisconsin. This rod measures 6-foot
reel, had sturdier internal parts, and Bamboo Spinning Rods Gephart hollow steel rod made in 3-inches in length and has a 12-inch
featured a simpler and smoother The two 6-strip bamboo exam- Chicago sometime in the late 1940s cork handle with slip rings. The St.
drag. The newer reel, however, still ples in my collection are both 7-feet or early 1950s. It measures an extra- Croix rod has a modified parabolic
had several mechanical defects. It in length and come with the extra- long 8-foot 2-inches in length and action with the beginning of a fast
did not have a click anti-reverse and long cork handles equipped with feels more like a “noodle rod” than tip and would make a very nice all-
the drag nut still would sometimes slip rings. One is a beautiful Airex an early spinning rod. A well-made around light action fishing rod.
loosen when it was fished. These rod that could have been made by rod, it features a 13 ½-inch cork By the mid-1950s both bamboo
flaws were corrected the following either the Thomas Rod Company of handle with sliding rings and gold- and steel rods had just about disap-
year. Bangor, Maine or Gene Edwards in plated spinning guides. I especially peared from the American fishing
The next big change occurred Mount Caramel, Connecticut. The like their company’s motto – “Get scene with fiberglass capturing 100
second rod was made by the South Hep with Gep”. percent of the market. They were
Bend Tackle Company and was The fifth metal rod is an Airex easier to make, and you could cre-
designed by Joe Bates Jr., one of the Durod Aluminum Alloy 2-piece ate just about any action desired.
leading outdoor writers of the day spinning rod. The rod was available Fiberglass also stood up well to
and a spin fishing expert. in two lengths, 6 ½-foot and 7-foot heavy use and to the elements, and
It is extremely lightweight weigh- they were profitable and sold well.
Metal Spinning Rods ing only 5-ounces, is equipped with
I have owned or handled five This also meant the end of the early
a 12-inch cork handle with sliding spinning rods – bamboo and steel
rods were gone and fiberglass fish-
ing rods with better actions soon
replaced the parabolic rods. Regard-
less, it is fascinating to look back in
angling history to discover where
early spinning rods came from and
how they evolved.
Feel free to contact the author
at with
your questions. Photographs are im-
(Above) These three early hollow fiberglass spinning rods were made by portant, so please send them. They
Horrocks-Ibbotson, an unknown manufacturer, and lastly by St. Croix (from help me with identification and give
bottom to top respectively). (Left) This Airex Durod aluminum alloy spinning me an idea of the condition of the
rod came in two lengths – 6 ½-foot and 7-foot and date from 1947-1948. item.n
Gun Chat: M15 Snubnose
he Smith & Wes- years ago, I saw an M15 snubnose
son M15 revolver for sale at a sporting goods store. It
with two-inch barrel was the first I’d seen and it should
is relatively scarce. have been the first I bought. It took
Before the police many years for me to find another
went to .357s like the short M15. That M15 had been
Smith M19 and the stainless M66, Parkerized and the hammer, trig-
many departments issued four- ger and cylinder had been hard
inch .38 M15s. Detectives chromed. Since it no longer
were sometimes issued the had the original finish, I got
snubnose M15. The ones a slightly better price on it
who got M15s were better than on the first M15 I saw.
armed than those who car- Later, I traded a Colt
ried J-frames, in my opin- Cobra for another M15. It
ion. According to Standard is original with just a trace
Catalog of Smith & Wes- of blue wear on the left side
son, M15s were made from of the muzzle. It has a wide
1949 to 1999. “target” trigger. My
Other users of
the short M15s were
By Lee Arten first M15 has a nar-
row, standard, trigger.
Police Pistol Combat (PPC) match I shoot either type about as well. Two of the scarce snubnose
shooters. PPC matches sometimes I put orange finger nail polish M15 Smith & Wessons.
included a snubnose course. I’ve on the front sight of both M15s.
read, many times, that the short My eyes are aging but I can still see
M15s “...shot like four inch guns.” front sights on pistols. It does help being squared at the lower edge target. At 25 and 50 yards it’s easier
Now most police departments issue if they are painted red, or orange. the wooden grips are rounded off. for me to get my shots centered on
semiautomatic pistols. I don’t think Yellow or green sights may be in my Smith & Wesson used to do that a silhouette. I’ve also shot my M15s
they are as interesting as old duty future. routinely on guns that were intended at three, five and seven yards, and at
revolvers, like the snubnose M15. My second M15 still has the to be carried concealed. It’s a nice 50 feet.
Passing through Houghton Lake factory wooden grips. Instead of touch. I still may put rubber grips on Most of the ammo fired through
it sometime, or add a Tyler T grip my snubnose M15s has been
adapter. reloads. I use a mix of .38 Special
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and stainless handguns, but some of chester Small Pistol primers. Pow-
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M15s in nickel are even more scarce
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Five-peaked daily rhythms of deer
he whitetail’s activ- peaks of activity daily. Rue pre- rather minor periods of rest. By varied among deer from day to day,
ity patterns are good sented his data in the January 2001 February, their early morning activ- and was not closely associated with
examples of rhythmical issue of Deer & Deer Hunting and ity decreased noticeably during both sunrise. Even so, daytime cessa-
behavior. Bursts discussed the 5-peaked rhythm in winters of study. In contrast, does tion of deer activity appeared to be
of activity often occur his book “Way of the Whitetail.” that were well fed during autumn strongly influenced by the time of
on cue at predictable My findings were published in 1970 maintained the five basic feeding sunset. All deer exhibited a major
times, as do intervals of reduced ac- and 1972 issues of “The peaks throughout February, evening feeding peak, which nor-
tivity. Their daily rhythms are called Journal of Wildlife Man- 1967, as did the fawns in mally occurred during the two hours
“circadian” (circa meaning about, agement.” 1968. before sunset and ended abruptly.
diem-day)because the cycles ap- In one study I moni- Nighttime feeding Therefore, I firmly believe that the
proximate 24 hours under constant tored the winter feeding gradually decreased in each timing of sunset largely sets the tim-
conditions. patterns of penned deer, us- group as daylight hours in- ing of other peaks of activity.
Although whitetails are most ing gateway switches con- creased. Approximately 45 I recorded very similar activity
active around dawn and dusk nected to an event recorder. percent of the total activity rhythms for wild deer wintering in
(crepuscular), they are capable of In other studies I recorded monitored in December upper and lower Michigan. Not only
considerable cyclic flexibility. Both deer traffic along deer and January took place were the basic patterns similar,

By John Ozoga
internal (endogenous) and external trails during winter. between sunset and deer in both studies became very
(exogenous) forces come into play. Both investigations sunrise, compared to inactive shortly after sunset and
Therefore, even within a given revealed a very 30 percent night- sharply decreased their nocturnal
season, the times of peak activity for distinct 5-peaked activity rhythm for time feeding during March. Despite movements in late winter.
individual deer may differ, depend- healthy deer. Deer fed most heavily the longer daylight, however, early Since feeding by deer, particu-
ing upon their age, reproductive around sunrise, midday, sunset, and morning feeding largely ceased, larly in early winter, follows a cycle
status, general health, metabolic twice during the night. This pattern particularly in the case of malnour- of peak activity every 4 to 6 hours,
needs, and environmental factors. was most pronounced during De- ished does and fawns, and the initial it would seem that the basic
As a result, secondary peak periods cember and January, but weakened peak usually did not occur until 2 rhythm is dependent upon endog-
of activity among individuals may for fawns and malnourished does as or 3 hours after sunrise. In addition, enous factors. Researchers
not be synchronized. winter progressed. there was a tendency for deer to stop studying other members of the
Aside from Leonard Lee Rue Captive does that have been eating prior to sunset. In March, deer family, for example, have
III, and myself, I know of no other subject to inadequate diet in autumn fawns displayed nearly 60 percent proposed that secondary peaks
deer biologists (or hunters, for that showed the greatest deviation from of their activity between 10 a.m. and of activity may be related to the
matter) who have presented data this pattern. In January, they fed 6 p.m. feeding-rumination cycle imposed
illustrating that whitetails have five throughout the daylight hours, with Onset of feeding in the morning by the deer’s digestive system.n

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Trapping FOX and COYOTE
Part I -- Herb Lenon Methods…By Asa Lenon
Introduction: Herb and Asa Lenon footwear or shoe rubbers that are
are true pioneers in the trapping worn only when at or near a set. A
world. Herb Lenon’s methods and knelling pad made of canvas or rub-
techniques are quickly approach- ber must be used when setting traps.
ing a century since they were first Blood must be removed from the
developed. Many modern trappers area of a set where an animal was
have taken so many short cuts to the dispatched. Use a clean trap for the
principles listed here it’s a wonder reset if possible; if not clean the trap
they catch any fox or coyote. The the best you can by rubbing with
techniques listed in this article are grass, evergreen boughs, or whatev-
no longer a secret but definitely er is natural to your location before
required if you want to be the resetting. In warm weather wear a
most successful trapper you can sweatband around your forehead to
be. You can visit www.lenonlures. prevent perspiration from dripping
com and at or near your sets. Always remem-
for more good information on ber that an animal that can follow a
trapping by Asa and Herb Lenon. rabbit track at a full run when it is

By John Chagnon several hours old can certainly smell
a drop of sweat or strong odors on
y father Herb your footwear such as gasoline for
Lenon (1902- several days.
1979) was one of
the outstanding
Trap Care
Traps, stakes or grapple hooks,
trappers of our
and tools must be clean and so treat-
times. For fifty
ed that they will not become con-
years he was a consummate trapper taminated by rust. Boiling in a solu-
and trapper instructor both privately tion of lye such as SANI-FLUSH
and for the State of Michigan. Herb and water to prepare for dyeing will
authored eight books of trapping clean new oily and extremely rusty
instructions of which 15,000 copies or dirty traps. New traps must have
were sold between 1933 and 1959, a light coat of rust in order to accept trap line. Avoid making trails of
too easily. Caution: Be extremely
as well as distributing thousands the dye. Dip them in salt water and crushed grass, weeds, ferns, or
careful when boiling traps in a mix-
of free trapping tips pamphlets. He leave for several days or until coated brush leading up to your sets. Avoid
ture of lye or dye and when waxing
was a regular contributor to “Fur with a light coating of rust. leaving tracks near your sets. A fox
traps. It is very easy to be burned
Fish Game” and “Trappers World” Traps must then be boiled in or coyote traveling along carefree
severely. One must always pay
magazines for many years. Many commercial trap dye such as log- may immediately become cautious
close attention to the process, wear
of the best trappers of this century wood or you may use tanning barks or frightened upon detecting human
protective gloves, clothing, and eye
learned from his instructions over such as oak, soft maple, hemlock, tracks or odors. Leave no sign to
protection, and keep children and
the years. or alder. Many trappers use walnut arouse this fear or caution. If tracks
other people safely away.
Herb was inducted posthumous-
ly into “The Trapper & Predator
hulls where available. Boil until the
traps are a dark blue-black color. It Natural Looking Sets are unavoidable to complete a set in
sand or snow, carefully brush them
Caller Hall of Fame” in 1981, “The is advisable to add some aromatic To become an expert fox and out for a considerable distance while
National Trappers Association Hall tree branches to the second boiling. coyote trapper one must learn the art backing away. Be very clean and
Of Fame” in 1994, and “Michigan They must be native to your local- of making sets look natural. Every careful, it pays well to be so.
Trappers Hall of Fame” in 1995 ity. Cedar, spruce, balsam, and pine set must appear natural to the fox
for his outstanding contribution to
the trapping fraternity. Herb’s life
are excellent. Waxing traps will help or coyote or they may shy away. A
dirt hole set should look like a hole
prevent rusting and extend their life. Location is the greatest factor to
story as a professional trapper has It also lubricates them so they will dug by another animal. It may be success. The most perfect set ever
been recognized with “The Trapper close more rapidly and not freeze small like a gopher hole or large constructed will not produce in a
& Predator Caller” and “Michigan down as easily. like a woodchuck. It must not be location where the animal does not
Out-Of-Doors” Magazines. Few The quickest, easiest, and least exceptionally smooth or extremely come or pass near frequently. Never
men have been recognized with this expensive method is to melt a good rough, just natural. Guide sticks to set a trap in any location unless you
respect and honor. commercial trap wax into the boil- help place an animal’s foot on the are certain the animal sought has
The following guidelines were ing solution. Use about two ounces trap pan or trail narrowing twigs frequented, visited, or passed by
used and taught by Herb for many of wax per square foot of solution or branches should be so placed to very near. The best lure ever made
years. Those who follow them on surface. When the wax is melted and appear as though they have grown will not call animals for miles. Such
their line will become successful fox the solution is steaming hot, run a or fallen there. Bark, stones, or ridiculous claims by lure makers
and coyote trappers, as many have wire through several traps and low- little sticks placed around the set as should be a glaring sign beware.
throughout the years. ered them into the solution leaving guides should not be placed in a per- Trapping a maximum number
Cleanliness until they are the same temperature fect pattern. Do not try to crowd the
animal into the trap by placing piles
of animals requires a lot of advance
Cleanliness is an absolute neces- as the solution. Slowly lift them prospecting for telltale signs such as
through the melted wax on the top. of brush, weeds, stones, etc. Use
sity for trapping a maximum number tracks, droppings, feeding signs, or
If the wax is too thick they were only natural looking guides. Give
of the intelligent and wary fox and listening for coyotes to howl. Ask
either lifted too slowly or too much much thought and consideration to
coyote. Human and other foreign people you know if they have ever
wax was used. this art and you will quickly see the
odors must be kept to a minimum seen the animal in the prospective
Repeat procedure if necessary results.
when at or near a set. Clean can- locality in the season you are trap-
vas or rubber dipped gloves must for the correct thickness. Use a file Be Very Careful ping.
be worn when handling traps and to remove wax from the dog and pan Successful trappers have learned Fox and coyotes are gener-
equipment. Have a pair of rubber connection or the trap will release to be extremely careful along their ally found in back fields or grassy
plains during the fall where mice are likely be dug out.
abundant. Both are generally found Lenon’s Fox or Coyote Nature’s
in heavy cover during the winter Call #3 liquid lures are designed for
where snow is deep. Here they have maximum results at scent post type
protection from the weather and sets in any season. Nature’s Call is
the most abundant supply of rab- a base of female in heat urine with
bits, grouses, deer, etc. both dead powerful gland secretions, passion
and alive. Mice are still abundant additives, and curiosity ingredients
in open grassy areas but may be included. It is specifically recom-
protected by deep snow and fro- mended for the winter set, as it will
zen ground. The locating of sets call much further than plain urine.
in groups for animals that travel in It may also be used along with your
groups is a major factor in greatly favorite bait at any type set to great-
increasing one’s catch. ly increase the bait’s appeal and help
Fox and coyote have regular remove suspicion. Don’t skimp on
travel routes. These may be where lure as it is a very small fraction of
they pass from one feeding range your trap line expense; neither does
to another or from a feeding range it have to be overdone.
to a hill, field, burning, sandy area
etc. where they come to play. These
Successful Sets
Expert and professional trappers
routes may be down an old road
use many different sets and varia-
or railroad grade crossing a large are placed northwest of the animal’s This is not as important with fox
tions of each. However, several sets
swamp or an old road or ridge along anticipated approach. The trap must but extremely important in coyote
have been chosen that have proven
a swamp edge where plains or open be downwind from the lure, lure up- trapping. Many years of experimen-
to be the most successful and practi-
fields meet the swamp. It may also wind from the trap which is always tation with animals has proven that
cal. Before constructing any set,
be the most open dry route in their to be upwind from the anticipated a coyote will always take a last look
read the first part of these instruc-
range or from one woods to another approach of the animal. around before lowering its head. If
tions thoroughly.
across a field at its narrowest point.
Along these travel routes are the Visibility and Appeal the coyote can’t see clearly in all
directions it becomes nervous and Preparation/Equipment
places for group settings. Locating Many times there is no breeze, jittery, many times leaving without Select an area where you desire
these areas where they come to play the breeze is erratic or coming from further investigation. This is a good to make one of several sets. Consid-
or coyote come to howl is the best. other than the prevailing direction. policy in fox trapping too as experi- ering the prevailing wind direction,
If your group setting is located in Visibility must then be relied upon ence has taught that some fox will look at the entire area over very
a play area, several animals may to make a catch. The most important also shy away. carefully. Select the spot or spots
factor of visibility is the eye ap-
be caught at one time when they
arrive to play. This is particularly peal of the set. Fox and coyote will Proper Lures where the dirt hole or scent post will
be most visible. Be sure the animal’s
normally rear up on their hind legs Many years of extensive test- approach will be level, smooth, and
important in coyote trapping as the ing with hundreds of formulas has
remaining coyotes may not return or go to a higher spot to look around noiseless as possible with no heavy
when they see or smell something proven that to attract fox and coyote cover near the spot. If weeds, ferns,
for a long period of time after seeing in maximum numbers, a lure must
one caught in a trap because their unusual. They have been seen do- roots, or small bushes are removed
ing this many times when detect- contain high quality glands, musk, from the approach, cut them below
range is much larger than the fox. and multiple ingredients. The lure
Many successful fox trappers are ing the odor of test scent that had ground level so no sign of their
been placed. Assume the animal is must appeal to the animal’s hunger, removal is noticeable. Gather all the
failures at coyote trapping. This may sex, curiosity, and nature making
be because they do not consider lo- passing a set on a night when there tools necessary for constructing the
is no breeze or the breeze is erratic. it a complete scent appealing to all set. This will normally be a trowel,
cation as being as important as it is. known calls of the fox or coyote.
Fox have a smaller range and cover A tiny wisp of wind carries a short, hatchet, clean whisk broom for fin-
faint odor of lure to it. The animal The animal will then investigate ishing the set, dirt sifter for rough or
it more often than coyote. The fact regardless of their mood at the time.
that a trap set anywhere in a fox area then rises up on its hind legs to look gravely soil, trap, knelling pad, lure,
is more likely to catch a fox due to around. If the set is made at a vis- Lenon’s Fox or Coyote Super urine, and a trap pan covering.
ible scent post, or a hole set made All Call #1 And Fox or Coyote Su- Any good #1 1/2 to #2 trap for
their smaller range, leads them to per Range All Call #2 are such lures
believe they can catch coyote with in very short grass, smooth moss, fox and #3 trap for coyote is recom-
rotted wood or any place where it and were named “All Call” because mended. A trap covering must be
the same tactics. they appeal to all known calls.
is highly visible and appealing, the used to prevent sand from getting
Wind Direction animal is almost certain to investi- They are a sticky long-lasting paste under the trap pan. This may be
Wind direction is a vital fac- gate. If the wind is from the other consistency. On the market through- waxed paper placed over the pan
tor to success. Few trappers seem than the prevailing direction, your out North America since 1924, and carefully tucked under the jaws
to recognize its extreme value. For only chance is to have a visible set they have been proven to be highly with a slit torn to go over the trap
the animal to detect the odor of that is appealing enough for the successful in any season or locality. dog. Avoid making several trips
the lure, the wind must be relied animal to bother investigating. They were developed for maximum back and forth. Put on your clean
upon to carry the odor to them. To There are other advantages to results at the dirt hole type set but gloves and footwear and proceed
take advantage of the wind you having all sets highly visible except may be used successfully at any directly to the set location. Spread a
must learn from which direction where thieves are an extreme prob- type set. Use a quantity the size of a 30” X 36” kneeling pad directly in
it prevails in your locality in the lem. If the animal does its cautious large red bean down in the hole and front of where the set is to be made.
season you are going to trap. Here in sniffing a distance from the set, it the same amount on the upper lip of Lay all your equipment to one side,
northern Michigan 80% of the wind is less likely to detect any possible the hole. For sets made at random or kneel down on the pad, and you are
prevails from north, west, or north- trap odor. It will then approach in extreme cold weather, use twice ready for the construction of a set.
west during the late fall and winter directly to the set with very little this amount. Super Range All Call Next Month…Part II The
trapping season. Using northwest caution. A direct approach will also #2 is recommended for random Dirt Hole Set, The Post Or Blind
as the prevailing wind direction make it more likely the animal will and cold weather sets. Urine is not Scent Set, The Blind Trail Set and
during this period, traps are set to step directly on the critical small necessary if your sets are clean. If more. Another excellent online
the north or west of the road or trail area of the trap pan. Do not place in doubt, place five to eight drops source for trapping information in
where animals have been known to a set next to a large tree, stump, over the set and ten to twenty drops general is the www.trapperman.
pass. If traps are set in an open area embankment, or whatever, and no down the hole. Never place lure on com trapping forum run by Paul
where no road or trail exists, they heavy cover should be near the set. your traps to cover odor, as they will Dobbins.n
Big bore accuracy
in the deer woods
he whitetail deer is problem?
the number one game I did some reloading then went
animal in the United shooting with Hornady 225 gr.
States. When woods FTX bullets loaded at 2300-2500
hunting, the deer fps. Carefully using Hodgdon’s
cartridge should use a published data. (I scale every load.)
bullet of 200-250 grains, that does I compared factory 250 gr. FTX
a reasonably good job of getting ammo directly side by side with my
through the brush. The 200 grain reloads. The results are amazingly
bullet at 2,530 fps or the 250 grain positive and this is my story.
bullet at 2,250 fps is probably the Anatomy of the Whitetail Deer
most deadly woods cartridge in If you have ever field dressed
existence, not only for deer but for a deer you know it’s not composed
elk and even moose. The projectile of a consistent gelatinous block of The author’s targets after testing.
should be fast opening for deer- transparent jelly. On the contrary,
sized animals. it’s a flexible, approximately one Handbook 37.9 grains of Hodgdon
The above information comes inch thick hollow haired skin on Lil’Gun powder drives a 250 gr. were at 100 yards. There were two
from Jack O’Connor’s renowned the outside and variable amounts FTX bullet at 2200 fps on a 16” riflemen, myself and Lee Holman,
book, The Hunting Rifle, of hard and soft tissue and barrel. On the Hodgdon website 40 a fellow member of Perch Point
and is a near perfect de- internal organs inside, grains of Lil’Gun powder drives a Conservation Club.
scription of today’s 450 protected by different size 225 grain bullet at calculated 2400 Here’s a list of materials and
bushmaster. Note that the and density bones. My lay- fps on a 22” barrel. This below technical assistance resources that
late Jack O’Connor was ered test targets had sheets maximum load is my pet load. By helped make this story possible.
a famous worldwide big of paper between every my tests then, my hand loads of- - Lee Precision Inc.: reloading
game hunter who was layer to make it possible fer near similar internal chamber tools:
shooting editor for 31 years to measure expansion rates pressures with flatter shooting, no - Hodgdon Powder: reloading
at “Outdoor Life” magazine and projectile fragmenta- increase in recoil, with greater target data:

My Thoughts...
(circa 1943-1978). tion potential. Even impact; i.e. real knock down power - Hornady Mfg.: bullets & ammo:
I grew up reading when traveling at on deer-size animals.
Jack O’Connor. His almost 2500 fps into Internal Ballistic Comparison Test
By Joe Delaney
- Starline Brass: new .450 brass:
book, The Hunting targets of seven one The insides of my composite
Rifle, is a must read inch pine and/or targets (approximately 7” thick) ->Jack
in my opinion, for every Michigan hardwood maple, no bullet fragmen- were encased inside of 8” card- O’Connor
deer hunter. It’s informative and tation of any kind was evident. board boxes whose end flap make - MagNaPort International, Inc.:
entertaining. Its material is timeless. Furthermore, no reload bullets an ideal hanger stapled to the top
I have two high end 450 Bush- keyholed and accuracy was equal to of the target backboard framework. Conclusion
master rifles and love them both. I prior factory ammo shooting tests. As previously mentioned, the value This limited internal ballistic
have shot others and they all seem to Shooting Tests Format of this limited test is an attempt at review may not be per the scientific
shoot well. I’ve taken multiple deer Three Test shooting Essentials: exact internal ballistic comparisons method, but its results draw some
each season since the new “straight • Accuracy: Without scope between the factory ammo and my legitimate interesting conclusions.
wall regulations” went into effect adjustments, as with factory ammo hand loads. Not just for accuracy, For example; factory .450 ammo is
for southern Michigan several years reloads ,print dead on at 50 yards. not just for expansion rate, but also certainly accurate, probably ideal for
ago. I used both Hornady 250 gr. • Distance: At 100 yards dis- bullet (apparent) weight retention. big-bodied elk and moose, but too
and Remington 260 gr. ammunition tance, my 2400 fps reloads print Prior to test shooting, I built these hard for deer. It won’t mushroom.
to kill deer. It’s good, clean ammo, 1”-1 ½” high with a loosely held layered composite targets that offer Expansion rates on some layered
very accurate (sub m.o.a.), but it’s forearm. No scope adjustment nec- comparisons at three levels of resis- targets show exit holes measuring
just too good. That is, it’s probably essary here. tance for deer size animals. only .662 at 38% for 250 gr. factory
ideal for 300 pound wild hogs and • Certified loading data: Using These levels are light resistance- ammo versus 225 gr. reloads out
400 pound-plus animals, like elk Hodgdon published data guidelines just under the skin; medium resis- to 1.039” which is at 130% expan-
and moose. Shoot a deer in the spine at their website, all of my preferred tance-chest shots through skin then sion. Note diameter for .450 bullets,
or in the neck or both shoulders, loads are well below pressure light tissue, lungs then ribs, skin unfired is .452. All test bullets on all
and they drop like a sack of pota- maximums. The “accuracy load” of and egress; and heavy resistance, targets flew straight with no yawing
toes. That’s great. However, shoot my test rifle for 225 gr. hand loads like heavy muscle and bone through or apparent fragmentation even 225
a mature buck through both lungs provide about 200 fps increase over both shoulders. gr. FTX reloads when shot at 2500
just behind the shoulder and get a factory 250 gr. loads and stays well One of my layered targets was fps, into seven 1” hardwood boards.
probable run off of up to 100 yards within all pressure limits. as follows: Arrow target foam, 6” 225 gr. Hornady FTX, moderately
before expiring. Flatter trajectory with no thick, covered by heavy 1” nap car- loaded to 2400 fps, with good ac-
I shot two mature deer this year increase in apparent felt recoil, is pet backed by 1” hardwood board. curacy, has no increase in recoil or
with different rifles and different just the beginning of some of the Each layer separated by paper sheets muzzle jump. Excellent reloads!
factory ammo, both were 70-80 yard benefits of my hand loads. Note, that to measure projectile shape at every However, what’s needed for the
run offs. Note: one deer, an 8-point both of my .450 rifles have MagNa- level of penetration. Also included average Michigan deer hunter is
buck, I shot through the right shoul- Port brakes. were other layered targets of simi- designated factory ammo that
der and lungs. No blood trail! In Due to the limits of time and lar materials for various resistance will feature “an oversize impact
other words, on whitetails the .450 space, excluding hunting, on all of comparisons. diameter that means more impact
rifles shoot good, but the bullets do my shooting tests I used just one Because the average deer in trauma, better energy transfer and
not expand! I have talked to other rifle, my Bohman Arms 22 inch bar- Michigan is taken at 65 yards, all large wound cavities for faster
hunters and even so noted on Face- rel 450 Bushmaster. compression targets were shot at 50 knockdowns.”
book. Run offs are a real complaint! Further, consider also that in yards off the bench. As mentioned Goodbye to double lung run
What’s the answer to this Hornady, 9th Edition Reloading previously, my final accuracy tests offs.n
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Spring bird migration

MDNR photo

By Holly Vaughn…MDNR
or many birders and other Migrating birds are also attract-
wildlife watchers, spring ed to bird baths.
is just like Christmastime. Sharply marked beautiful spring
The return of Michigan’s see waves of migrants coming north bird-watcher, getting out on a bird- warblers can pass through an area in
migratory birds from on the winds. Watching the weather ing field trip held by an Audubon flocks containing several species.
their southern wintering reports can be an effective method group or other club is a sure way A good tip for trying to get a
grounds is cause for celebration, and to tell whether your next morning of to quickly develop your identifica- good look at warblers is to locate
many celebrate by heading to the birding will be a productive one. tion skills, with knowledgeable trip movement in the tree branches and
fields, forests and wetlands to view “There’s a great website that the leaders able to identify bird songs look there with your binoculars. Of-
these colorful harbingers of spring. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and calls. ten, the bird will pop into view from
Many of Michigan’s migratory maintains called BirdCast,” said Leaders also can provide a behind leaves or branches.
birds spend the winter in the tropical Michigan bird conservation coordi- wealth of tips for identifying various “Male warblers can be identi-
areas of Central and South America, nator Caleb Putnam. “The site gives species by field marks, behavioral fied by their facial patterns,” Pepin
where food remains abundant all you real-time information about the traits and habitat types. said. “If you focus on the faces of
winter long. Many birders consid- bird migration that’s occurring in Beyond state public land sites the males, it will make identifying
ered these neo-tropical migrants, your backyard. It’s a great tool for for locating migrating spring birds, species easier.”
like warblers, tanagers, buntings and planning your birding trips.” there are funnel points where birds He said another good tip is to
orioles, the jewels of the treetops. Using the U.S. NEXRAD congregate in migration, like White- use range maps in a bird field guide
With their bright breeding colors, weather surveillance radar network, fish Point in Chippewa County, to study which warblers are likely to
these are the dazzling birds that BirdCast can detect large concentra- Peninsula Point in Delta County or be found in your area before you go
many wait all year to see. tions of migrating birds by sensing Brockway Mountain in Keweenaw out to look for them.
“I love birding in May,” said the water in the birds’ bodies. Be- County. “Looking up each of these spe-
Andrew Simon, a Macomb County cause many birds migrate at night, “These places can provide a cies in a field guide, studying their
resident and avid birder. “It’s the checking the radar at night is a good stunning morning of bird-watching field marks and reading about these
peak of migration and marks the time to see if birds are headed your during spring migration,” said John birds beforehand definitely helps
return of my favorite birds – shore- way. Pepin, DNR deputy public infor- folks identify birds more easily in
birds and warblers. “Large circles of blue forming mation officer. “Males are decked the field,” Pepin said. “The same
“Warblers are so bright and just after sunset are an indication out in their vibrant bright spring can be said for listening to their
colorful and always moving, so that the radar is picking up bio- colors and are singing as they set up songs.”
watching them is always fun and logical targets like migrating birds, nesting territories and try to attract The Cornell Laboratory of Orni-
exciting.” rather than rain, snow or other pre- mates.” thology’s “All About Birds” website
Michigan is located largely cipitation,” said Putnam. Brockway Mountain, near Cop- is a great source for bird identifica-
within the Mississippi Flyway, but is If the bird forecast is promis- per Harbor, is a fantastic place to see tion tips and song samples.
on the western edge of the Atlantic ing and you’re looking for a place hawk migration. Whether you’re watching out
Flyway. Flyways are north-south to find birds in Michigan, there are Another great location to find the window in your own backyard,
routes regularly used by large num- some great public lands for you to migrating birds is in your own back- visiting a Wetland Wonder or a state
bers of migrating birds. check out. Michigan’s state parks, yard. Some of the colorful favorites, park, or taking a birding hike, you
The juxtaposition of the two fly- along with state game and wild- like indigo buntings and rose- never know what beautiful, dazzling
ways, paired with our Great Lakes life areas are a great place to start. breasted grosbeaks, are attracted to “presents” you may find under and
habitat, makes Michigan an out- There are also several birding trails sunflower-seed feeders. in the trees.
standing place to observe a variety throughout the state, each with Baltimore orioles, and some Get some family members or
of migratory birds, from waterfowl incredible places to stop and take a other species, are attracted to friends together for a spring birding
to hawks to shorebirds to neo-tropi- look around. oranges. Cut an orange in half and outing in Michigan this month – you
cal migrants. You also might consider head- secure it to a tree or post, with a too may find that the experience will
When southerly winds blow in ing to one of Michigan’s Wetland perch nearby. Keep an eye or an ear remind you of a joyous Christmas
the springtime, you can expect to Wonders. If you are a beginning to the backyard. morning.n
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lent hunting dogs and superb FR-4-3 Adjoins thousands of acres of Excellent reputation. All tools and camping and outdoor gear. Creek runs through. 28 x 32 pole
family pets. Close working
.............................................. public land, 13 miles south of equipment included. Skytrack with Turn-key operation with lots barn. Two bedroom mobile home.
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Sault Ste. Marie, less than 2 accessories, three enclosed trailers, of room for growth. Excellent Turn key, many amenities included
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priced for the sporting family.
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CAMPGROUNDS FOR hof Kennels, Gladwin, MI.
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SALE One in the U.P. with Great
satisfy most as a year round 915-9656. RE-6-3
Lake frontage $485K. Two in North 989-426-4884 D-6-2
residence. A great buy at .............................................. 191 ACRES IN
Central Michigan $700K each.
$250,000. Call 989-390-0362. FOR SALE WOODED LOT MICHIGAN’S UPPER
Briggs Realty www.briggsrealtyon- ON SABLE RIVER that feeds
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RE-6-3 bedroom, 1 bath cottage on a paved county road. Includes a
.............................................. Soil Road. All state land nearby. 34 acre hay field. The remain-
HIGGINS LAKE MICH. Est. Whitefish Lake, Ont. area.
Includes extra bunkhouse that $26,900 Call 616-396-4015. RE-6- ing 157 acres are wooded. Has
1978. Higgins Lake, 10 acres hunt-
sleeps 3, 12x16 garage, 24x30 1 natural gas, pond, 1.5 miles of
ing property, 1/4 mile off I-75, exit
244, $39,000. Trails, gun, blind, two BEAR AND
DEER barn, 200 ft. lake frontage.
Cabin also includes electricity,
.............................................. drivable trails. Good deer, bear,
grouse and rabbit hunting.
(810) 724-0254
person tree stand. Land contract
terms or cash discount. 989-915-
9656. Leave a message. RE-6-3
guided side by side rides in the
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deepwell, septic system &
washer and dryer. $138,000
Surrounded by large tracks of
private land. $199,000. 906-
BMU and ride the rest of the
U.P. on unmarked trails. Trust
U.S. Funds. 231-263-4545.
ACRES OF 446-3261. RE-6/18-TFN
1978. Higgins Lake, 2.5 acres, 1/2 someone that grew up in the SELL. In a reasonable time

mile off I-75, exit 244, $6,250. Land U.P. and hunted everything at a fair price. I have good
contract terms or cash discount. there is to hunt. Lodging, food 80 ACRES OF PRIME qualified buyers looking for
and a good time. Call 231-620- Hunting or Farm Land with
or try our

989-915-9656. Leave a message.
0398. H-6-4 HARDWOOD, MI (Upper some woods in the thumb
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mixed timber including several 586-419- website
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ting, abundant wildlife & creek running
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Refuge Harbor on Lake Huron is only a
mile away. L/C terms may be considered.
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810-798-8591 • Fax: 810-798-8079
14938 State Street, P.O. Box 98, 49746
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Main Street, P.O. Box 305, 49820
500 Shelden Ave., 49931 3631 10th Street, 49858 +/-
email: email:
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906-586-9606 • Fax: 906-586-9607 Tract 1: 66+/- Acres
Geiger Rd
Fax: 906-482-7699 Fax: 906-863-7935
Tract 2: 90+/- Acres
MIO Features:
2209 Ludington Street, 49829
HOWELL/LINDEN 102 West 8th St., P.O. Box 395, 48647 1 Broderick Rd • Tall grass and small brush
1285 S. Michigan Ave., Howell, MI 48843 email:
email: email: • Small ponds provide water sources and
S Caseville Rd

906-786-1308 • 800-900-0777 517-546-9060 • 800-531-4449 989-826-3292

Fax: 989-826-2108 adjacent cropland provide feed sources
Fax: 906-786-1388 Fax: 517-546-9148
for deer and other game animals.

Haist Rd
• Small building envelopes with remainder
GLADSTONE IRON MOUNTAIN of tracts enrolled in conservation easement
231 East A. St. M-33 & M-68, 2
1401 Delta Ave., P.O. Box 478, 49765 • Hunting and other recreational
Iron Mountain, MI 49807
Gladstone, MI 49837 906-828-2525 email: uses permitted.
906-825-9000 Fax: 906-828-2727 989-733-6522
email: email: Fax: 989-733-2427 • Wind lease provides rental income.

Recreational/Hunting tracts located near

430 S. US-23, 48740 10 N. State Highway M-149 W3776 US2 & 41, 49874 Caseville, MI & 45 miles from Tri Cities
email: Cooks, MI 49817 906-497-4190
906-644-2304 Fax: 906-497-5328
Owner: Eldon & Peggy Voelker
989-724-5711 • 800-655-5735 Mark Williams: 989.635.0086 ext. 24
Fax: 989-724-6833 email:
HLS# MAW - 12143
HRES, MI Auct. Lic. #6505264076 800.424.2324 |


1953 S. M-33 3160 North M-65 2575 S. I-75 Business Loop,
West Branch, MI 48661 Hale, MI 48739 West Branch, MI 48661
10 miles north of I-75 exit 202 “Gateway to Huron National Forest” 1 mile north of I-75 Exit 212

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4-bdrm, 2.7 baths, appliances, master suite, Lovely and spacious 3 bedroom home with ac- Bedroom home on full bsmt /2 car garage. Main 18 WOODED ACRES w/2 bedroom home is the perfect Neat 2 bedroom cabin with large fenced yard in
cathedral ceilings, 2 bdrms on each floor, full cess to “no motor” lake. AC, partly finished bsmt, floor laundry, recently updated kitchen & bath, place to call your hunting cabin that is also ADJACENT Skidway Lake area. Natural gas heat, newer roof,
walkout bsmt, 2.5 ACRES, finished garage, master suite, garage, deck, newer shingles & large covered rear deck with beautiful views and TO STATE LANDS!! Propane lights, range, refrigera- newer water pump & shed with electric & hose wa-
large deck, privacy fence and much more!! laminates!! Seller giving carpet allowance!! trails for nature walking or the hunter!! tor, wood heat, gravity tank and wired for generator!! ter hook-up. Great getaway also near many lakes!!
$209,900 1837404 $149,900 1838336 $154,900 1840412 $64,900 1805656 $24,500 1838322

Recently remodeled 3 bedroom, 2 ba w/garage on 2 Spacious 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath home w/garage and heat- Nice 2-bdrm home on large corner lot Fantastic property with the ultimate river Enjoy access to “no wake” lake w/this 3-bdrm, 2 full ba
lots at end of cul-de-sac. Open floor plan, gas log FP, ed workshop and pole barn. AC, front & rear decks, full w/2 car garage. Affordably priced for year views and possible place to build your new home with oversized garage, open floor plan, laminate
newer floorings and newer counter tops. Enjoy the public bsmt, paved driveway, maple & apple trees & more!! With round or getaway and newer roofing was home or weekend getaway. Excellent fishing and tile floors, newer roof in Feb 2018, AC, custom oak
access and boat ramp at this desirable all sports lake!! some TLC, this could be your year round country home!! installed in 2017!! and kayaking!! Adjacent lot also for sale!! cabinetry & natural gas heat. Definitely move in ready!!
$74,900 1840493 $129,900 1839823 $38,000 1845231 $29,900 1843577 $129,900 1843357

2-bdrm home in need of some work but has Spacious 3-bdrm home in need of some TLC, but has This one bedroom mobile home would make a Gorgeous custom built 3 bedroom, 2 full ba home has 3-bdrm, 2 bath on almost a half acre with
1400 square feet, wood floors, full bsmt, paved been painted and newer flooring has been installed. pleasant getaway on an ACRE of property and over 1800 square feet, cathedral ceilings, floor to ceil- 108 feet of frontage on all sports lake! Full
driveway, 2 garages and on AN ACRE of land. Open floor plan, enclosed porch, wood stove, base- near lakes and the beautiful Rifle River for fan- ing windows on both levels, large deck, pond & heated basement, beautiful views, AC, FP, garage
Not far from town and all sports Lake George!! ment, a bath on each floor and large garage!! tastic fishing and superb canoeing/kayaking!! garage. Beautiful setting w/RIFLE RIVER FRONTAGE!! and home is well-maintained!!
$69,000 1844224 $69,900 1838514 $25,000 1831259 $174,900 1839528 $269,000 1844387

60’ water frontage on 330 acre all sports Forest 212 feet of frontage and just over 4 ACRES Gorgeous property, mostly wooded, with 60 feet of frontage on this all sports 208 acre lake Over a half acre of wooded property on all
Lake and potential site to build your new home on all sports, 42 acre Elbow Lake! Electric spacious 4-bdrm home on full basement. w/this 3-bedroom, 2 ba home. FP, newer furnace, sports Lake Ogemaw!! Gentle slope to water,
or vacation retreat. Also near acres of State and driveway already in, gentle slope to wa- Has wood burner, plenty of storage, porch roof & flooring, a place to dock your boat, fan- paved road, possible LC terms and potential
lands and the gorgeous Rifle River!! LC terms!! ter, beautiful views and potential building site!! for relaxing, beautiful views and much more!! tastic views from lakeside deck & storage shed!! site for your new home or weekend hideaway!!
$39,900 1844821 $99,900 1844067 $105,000 1843928 $114,900 1843392 $69,900 1790612

Pleasant, move-in ready 3 bedroom home with at- 3 bedroom home w/detached garage, nice BEAUTIFUL waterfront lot on 330 acre all sports This possible 2 bedroom home sits on nicely treed Nice 3 bedroom home with 2 car garage and access
tached garage, natural gas heat, AC, private master kitchen w/pantry, island & breakfast nook, Forest Lake and potential site for your new home or lots and is not far from many lakes and the gorgeous to BUSH LAKE for boating, swimming and fishing.
bath, jetted tub, deck, covered porch & the soothing master suite, nice views from wrap-around getaway. Also near acres of State land and gorgeous Rifle River for excellent fishing and canoeing/kayaking! Large kichen, FP, natural gas heat, front and rear
sounds of Ogemaw Creek which runs thru property!! deck, on an ACRE with your own pond!! Rifle River. Many great amenities in subdivision!! Newer and windows in 2013, some furnishings & more!! decks, paved driveway & lake just across the road!!
$89,900 1845464 $149,900 1810533 $43,000 1824102 $31,900 1830854 $59,000 1840484

3-bdrm, 1.5 bath on full walkout bsmt w/80 feet 2 bedroom singlewide, manufactured home on partly Beautiful prop with a pond and Hale Creek W/INSULATED POLE BARN!! Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 ba home w/garage! Great kitchen
on Rifle River!! Open floor plan, lots of windows, wooded property! Not far from all sports Long Lake running thru! Garage & 2 outbldgs for storage. 93’ of water frontage and beautiful views on Lake Ogemaw w/island and appliances, FP in spacious living area,
newer metal roof, detached garage & covered for water activities and near acres of National Forest Home has laminate & radiant heat floors, lots plus 32x64 pole barn. Well and septic already installed, master suite w/walk-in closet and private bath. Great
porch. Excellent fishing & kayaking spot!! for the hunter!! Great weekend cabin or hunt camp!! of windows, beautiful views & much more!! camper w/elec stub out, boat dock & sandy beach area!! location near lakes & State land w/gorgeous views!!
$149,000 1844075 $20,000 1838366 $279,000 1843882 $189,900 1844599 $129,900 1840732


CALL Barton City
2596 Mckinley Road, MIO, MI 48647 2596 Mckinley Road, MIO, MI 48647
84 Acres of Prime Hunting

Ausable River....182’ of mainstream front-
age...3 bedroom 2 bath with detached garage,
Ausable River ‘’backwaters’’ frontage...3 bed-
room 1 bath, features central air, fireplace, TO PLACE YOUR
newer 5’’ well, blacktop driveway, River side waterside hot tub, and extensive decking lead-
screened Gazebo..Located downstream from
“Comins flats’’ with Access to Federal forest.
ing to large dock... 30’x40’ pole building with
concrete floor and 13’+ overhead doors...
AD TODAY! 3 bdrms, 1 ½ baths, 2 car garage – 84 acres – up-
land has oak, maple, poplar – lowland has cedar,

MLS# 307709 • $164,900 MLS# 309499 • $150,000 pine, spruce, hemlock, balsam fir, tamarack.
Portion of property under shallow Sanborn Lake
Detrich Real Estate w/duck & goose hunting & pike fishing.
Mio, MI 48647 
(989)370-1955 P.O. Box 278 • 594 N. Almont Ave. • Imlay City, MI 48444
Call Barbara at 989-590-0238
email: Phone: (810) 724-0254 • Fax: (810) 724-8552
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Open 7 days a week 430 S US 23, Harrisville, MI


3,960 ft

Marlette 121
in Sanilac Acres
County $350,900 Great opportunity on this 80 Acre North Branch property with
tons of possibilities, with a mix of woods, tillable acreage and
OR wetlands. Could be a perfect hunting camp with older home
$ on the property included.
Will 2,900 per acre
all offers.
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$229,900 For More Info Text
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1009 Zimowske Rd, Mio

1500+ sf, 3 bed, 1.5 bath
with detached garage and
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what living up north is all
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One of northeast Michigan’s premier resorts located porch or covered deck with
on 300 feet of Lake Huron sugar sand beach, half this Move in Ready Gem. Iosco County 480 wooded acres with 2 private lakes
$149,000 and frontage on a third lake. Completely surrounded
way between Oscoda and Greenbush. Includes 16
cottages with one or two bedrooms, 8 luxury beach by National forest. Just a short walk to the AuSable
front suites, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom owners or 4236 Kings Corner Rd River and a minutes ride to hundreds of miles of
managers home, recreation building, onsite laundry 900 sf, 2 bed, 1 bath. groomed snowmobile trails. Property has a complete
facilities, playground and paved parking. This nicely Appliances included with this trail system that provides access throughout the
revitalized home across from heavily wooded site. Rolling terrain with high and low
wooded site is over 463 feet deep. Great rental National Forest with carport
history with several repeat clientele. The lakefront land. Includes a ranch style home over a full
and large deck. $49,500.
luxury suites include deluxe furnishings and décor’ For More Information Text basement, a rustic log cabin and convenient 2 car
similar to some of the finest Bed and Breakfast R325604 to 52187 garage. The major expense of running electric to the
homes. Each with their own wet bar, king size bed center of the property is already done. Many trophy
and oversize whirlpool tub. Cottages feature knotty class whitetail deer, turkeys and bear have been
pine interiors, full bathrooms, separate heating, harvested from the land. Master angler blue gills and
405 E Church, Harrisville
cable television, internet, and complete furnishings 1750 sf, four bed, 2 bath bass are caught on a regular basis from the main lake.
right down to the silverware. Social Hall for family Victorian right in downtown This property would be ideal for the private residence,
gatherings can accommodate 110 guests. This is an Harrisville. Own a piece of joint venture hunting, fishing or recreation club or as
history with this move in an investment for future development. Significant
active turn key business opportunity that only ready classic. $119,900. For
comes around once in a lifetime. Priced to sell with marketable hardwood could help cover some of the
More complete Information
owner financing available to qualified buyers. Text R306384 to 52187
future cost for planned improvements. Shown by
appointment only. Priced at $1,300,000,

Call 800-650-5566 - Glennie or 800-982-0102 - Harrisville -

80 Acres w/ home & buildings * Isabella Co.
795 N 1st St And
Undersigned, Jack Jones Trust will offer for sale the following Real Estate and will sell personal
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Harrison MI 48625 Lake George, MI 48633 east of Winn or 11 miles west of Shepherd, Mi on Blanchard Rd. to Vandecar Rd. Turn north 1 mile
FRNAKLIN SEC 5 120 wooded 989-539-2261 989-588-6171 to sale site. Watch for auction sale direction signs. Isabella County.

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hunting acres, trails, several elevated CLARE COUNTY, MICHIGAN
blinds, food plots, camp site, beaver
pond, adjoins stateland. WHERE THE NORTH BEGINS...
Open 7 Days * Established in 1953
(Real Estate sold on site at 12:00 Noon)
For Photos Text R793074 To 52187
42.66 Acre Cornwell Rolling wooded
42 Acre parcel adjoining State Land
Section #3 *Fremont Twp. Section #3 *Fremont Twp.
also offers a pond, mixture of pines Isabella County
and hard woods. $84,000
For Photos Text R468692 T 52187 E-mail: Isabella County
NHN Arnold Lk Rd Great corner *80 Acres land with approx. 35 tillable acres
location with a nice mix of trees, *Good productive soils
meadow, camping, future building. 9+
acres close to state land too. $27,900 *Farm NOT rented for 2018
For Photos Text R708854 To 52187 *Back 40 is woods and brush for excellent hunting
95.86 Acre Bailey Lake Avenue 95
2651 Townline Lake Road OAK 6640 E Gladwin Road 2 fishing *Creek crosses back field
HILLS Girl Scout Camp. 200 acres ponds, fruit trees, trails, 2bed/2ba
plus acres with frontage on the Cedar
with all the amenities of the camp 2 energy efficient home. 30x60 & *Road frontage on 2 sides • Rolling terrain
River. This property is rolling and
wooded with trials. $184,900
private lakes, main lodge $1,300,000 50X100 steel buildings $409,900 *Includes 2 story house w/ 3+ bedrooms
For Photos Text R716758 to 52187 For Photos Text R660736 to 52187
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*1 full bath, separate laundry room. Attached garage
17.7AC Lakepoint Hunting! Fishing! *Knotty pine interior & hardwood floors throughout
Camping! Electricity to property.
Beautiful property to build your dream
*Large kitchen/dining room • Basement
home. $65,500 *Newer well and F/A furnace
For Photos Text R412818 To 52187
*Brick and vinyl exterior
4705 Mostetler 200 acres with roads
968 THOMPSON TRAIL Hill top 2316 S Harrison Ave Hunting camp
view on 1.3 wooded acres 3bed 2bath or family retreat knotty pine, private
*Metal pole barns & outbuildings
and trails, perfect for the outdoor
*Nice hobby farm or hunting property
adventures and business opportunities.
squeaky clean Chalet pond on 78± acres. Polebarn,
For Photos Text R791578 To 52187 fireplace and covered porch. $215,000 OPEN FOR INSPECTION
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For photos Text: T1610162 To: 52187
Please visit for all AND Wednesday May 23, 11am-1pm
NHN Finley Lake Road Secluded 40 info, pictures, maps and information. Feel free to walk & inspect the land at your convenience.
acre parcel, trails, stocked pond,22x26
cabin, wood stove, hand pump, out
house, deer blind, food plots $109,900 JACK JONES TRUST
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Parcel 7 Eberhart Heavily wooded 8178 STOCKWELL 4bd , 2ba 7380 Clare Avenue Live in the woods
10.96 acre parcel around the corner from ,3300 sq. ft. attached garage,40 x 60 and work with nature. 40 acres with
Long Lake, near trails and state land. pole barn, shed. 120 acres, wooded 20 acre campgrounds. 3 bed 2 ba
Build or hunt $29,900 rolling land. $329,000 home, pole barn $225,000
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2 Bdrm cottage. Sturgeon

River frontage, snowmobile 2 Bdrm Camp. Built 2012. 160 2 Bdrm, 1 bth camp. 18 Acres. 2
trail access, Hwy 13. Nahma. Acres. Remote. Rock. Car gar with deer blinds. Ensign.
$63,900 1105794 $185,000 1104899 $49,900 1107453

FROM $6,900 TO $707,420. 2 Bdrm, 1 bth, Waterfront cottage. 2
2 Bdrm 1 Bth Camp. Priced Right!
Acres w/225’ on Ostrander & Corner 1 Bdrm camp. 540 Sq Ft. Blk bath
Lk. Well & septic. Private on dead house. Out house. Great hunting. 30 acres on year round Co. Rd.
Escanaba end road. Chain-of-Lakes. Wetmore. Stella Lk and Sturgeon River. Electric. Needs TLC. Hermansville.
2209 Ludington Street $139,000 1106501 $49,900 1103597 $43,900 1106933
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W3776 US 2 & 41
(906) 497-4190

1401 Delta Ave.
4 Bdrm, 2 bth Lodge. 640 Acres! 1 Bdrm, 1 bth waterfront home. 52 Acres. 3 Bdrm 2.5 bth Home. Full
(906) 825-9000
Mostly all high ground with Approx 1,800 of river frontage. 2,000 sq Log. 38 acres. Garage, Decks,
high timber value. LaBranche. ft gar. In-floor heat. Solar. Rapid River. Private Pave Rd. Felch.
$789,900 1101443 $194,790 1107284 $249,000 1106871
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