Outdoors

Bass, trout action good

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bass fishing has improved with the onslaught of summer heat, and anglers continue to report good results on trout. For bass, try crankbaits, worms or leeches, said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Pike action has been steady, with large suckers the ...

Hunter safety offered in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — A hunter safety class will be held July 30 through Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Kingsford Middle School cafeteria, with a field day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the United Sportsmen facilities in Merriman. Students must attend all classroom instruction and ...

Manistique to get lamprey barrier

MANISTIQUE — Efforts are underway to establish a new sea lamprey barrier in Manistique, according to Jessica Barber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unit Supervisor, Sea Lamprey Control . Barber spoke about this project during an informational meeting held before a recent meeting of the ...

Just two main turtles in UP

When I lived in La Crosse, Wis., a walk along the Mississippi or in the La Crosse River Marsh could conceivably turn up a half-dozen different species of turtle paddling through the shallows or sunning on downed trees. There was a Blanding’s, with its bright yellow throat, dug in and ...

Bluegills, crappie, pike highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bluegills and crappie were biting at area lakes and trout fishing is holding steady as stream levels drop following heavy rains in mid-June. “All the way around, it’s been pretty good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “Pike fishing has been ...

Be a good neighbor to wildlife

With summer vacation activity picking up, those out on the lakes, rivers or roads need to watch for wildlife. Much of this year’s wave of babies should be old enough to be mobile, as opposed to sitting in a nest or den. After spending the first few weeks of life bedded down and hidden, ...

Badwater Bass Tourney July 14 in Spread Eagle

FLORENCE, Wis. — Registrations are invited for the Badwater Bass Tourney, Saturday, July 14, on the Twin Falls Flowage in Spread Eagle, Wis. The cost is $75 per boat, with up to 50 boats allowed. Cash prizes are paid to the first seven places and eighth through 10th places receive donated ...

Spinners for trout, leeches for walleye

IRON MOUNTAIN — Trout fishing remains good, with some anglers landing browns in the 18-inch range and brookies around 14 inches. “Spinners have been working really good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Otherwise, Whisler said, walleyes are hitting leeches; ...

Youth fishing outing July 7

LAONA, Wis. — The Boundary Waters Musky Club, along with the Headwaters and Title Town Chapters of Muskies Inc., will sponsor the sixth annual NE Wisconsin Kids Fishing Outing for ages 10 to 17 on Saturday, July 7. Registration will be 7 to 7:30 a.m. at the Silver Lake Pavilion on Silver ...

Upper Peninsula 4-H shooters compete in regional meet

CHANNING — More than 50 shooters and archers from five counties gathered in Channing earlier this month for the 4-H Upper Peninsula regional shoot, with many of the attendees vying to qualify for the state competition in August in Kimball. Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iron and Schoolcraft ...

A rabbit rebound in UP

This season seems to be producing a bonanza of bunnies. Driving home or to work each day, I’ve regularly had cottontail rabbits scramble across the road or seen pairs chase each other in neighbors’ yards and lawns. Most are of a size that says they’re from this spring. In fact, it ...

Hunter safety offered in Kingsford

KINGSFORD — A hunter safety class will be held July 30 through Aug. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Kingsford Middle School cafeteria, with a field day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 at the United Sportsmen facilities in Merriman. Students must attend all classroom instruction and ...

Big fish, little fish biting after storms

IRON MOUNTAIN — Spared from the devastating storms that hit northwestern Wisconsin and parts of the Upper Peninsula last weekend, local anglers had success this week catching everything from panfish to musky. “Panfish action has been excellent,” said Fay Whisler at Whisler Outdoors ...

Public meeting set for Northeast Sands master plan

FLORENCE, Wis. — The public has an opportunity through an upcoming open house, office hours, and online information to learn more about the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ regional master planning process for properties located in the Northeast Sands Ecological Landscape. This ...

Killdeer adapt to life away from water

This is the week when daylight reaches its peak for the year. The summer solstice will come at 5:07 a.m. Thursday in the Iron Mountain area; June 21 in most years offers the most amount of daylight, though the difference usually is only a matter of seconds from the day before or after. ...

‘One of the better years’ for fishing in Dickinson area

IRON MOUNTAIN — With the first day of summer approaching, the 2018 fishing season is off to a strong start. “Most people are pretty happy,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. “It’s been one of the better years so far.” Leeches and crawlers are ...

Marquette Mountain to host annual trails festival

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Trails Festival opens Friday and continues through weekend, featuring mountain bike races, trail running races and socials. The festival is part of the Noquemanon Trail Network; proceeds are donated back into the trails systems for new trails, maintenance, and ...

Authority acquires Republic Dam

REPUBLIC — The 28th annual Republic Fishing Derby will go on as scheduled in July, after state and township officials, members of the Republic Sportsman’s Club and local businesses worked together to make it a reality. The Michigamme River Basin Authority has inked a deal with Republic ...

The colors of summer on the Fumee Lake trails

Nature enthusiast Phyllis Carlson of Quinnesec took Daily News staff writer and photographer Theresa Proudfit on a wildflower hike Wednesday afternoon at the Fumee Lake Natural Area in Quinnesec. Carlson, who has a special passion for wild orchids, frequently visits various areas in ...

DNR recommends Lower Peninsula baiting ban to fight deer disease

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials plan to present recommendations to a state commission on how to stop the spread of a deadly disease among deer. The department will meet with the state Natural Resources Commission next week about chronic wasting ...