Outdoors

Partners collaborate to improve catch-and-release survival rates

MADISON, Wis. — Anglers who choose to release their hooked fish now have additional resources at their disposal to increase the fish’s chances of survival, thanks to a collaborative effort between state agencies and partners. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Natural ...

Students prepare to release baby salmon

MARQUETTE — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited, headquartered in Marquette, initiated the Salmon in the Classroom program more than a decade ago. Through the program, FWCTU provides funding and support for the set-up of eight aquariums in schools throughout the U.P. Each year the ...

‘Flyover’ season is here

Birds in spring and fall often get the lion’s share of attention in the Notebook because their mass movement makes such a dramatic difference in what might be seen in the region. For many of these birds, these seasons offer the only window of opportunity to catch a glimpse of them ...

Antoine work bees planned

IRON MOUNTAIN — Community work bees will take place at Lake Antoine Park on Saturday, May 11, and Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of jobs to do, so bring the family, your gloves, and a rake if you have one, organizers said. Refreshments will be ...

Pine reservoir refill begins

FLORENCE, Wis. —We Energies is refilling the reservoir upstream from the Pine Hydroelectric Power Plant near Florence. The reservoir will slowly refill back to normal operating elevation throughout the summer. A drawdown occurred in late 2018 to conduct maintenance at Pine Dam. Refill was ...

Pleasant weather for Wisconsin opener

IRON MOUNTAIN — Most waters are still high as the Wisconsin game fish season opens today and Michigan anglers enjoy their second weekend of trout fishing. “A lot of people are going to target the smaller streams,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “It’s ...

Lake monitoring program May 8

IRON MOUNTAIN —The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition is offering free training for MiCorps’ Cooperative Lake Monitoring Program. The training will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday May 8, at Bay College’s West Campus in Iron Mountain. This program is designed to empower ...

Trout Unlimited to host lunch, fundraising event Saturday

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a fundraiser, displays and conversation about local rivers from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alpha Michigan Brewing Company. The brewery is located on the circle in Alpha. Lunch, featuring roast chicken and ...

Anglers urged to guard against mudsnails

Thousands of anglers across Michigan have been dipping their waders into cold-water Michigan lakes, rivers and streams since Saturday, looking to tempt a prize brookie, a colorful rainbow or sleek German brown trout. As they move from one spot to the next, anglers can unknowingly help ...

Illinois governor OKs first steps on blocking Asian carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is willing to take initial steps toward fortifying a lock-and-dam system on a Chicago-area waterway so it can protect Lake Michigan from invasive Asian carp. Pritzker, a Democrat, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a ...

Spring peepers call; migrating birds are on the clock to nest

When the weather finally grants the region a few real warm days, the birds that have returned to the Upper Peninsula recognize their cue. As the dawn arrives just a little bit earlier each day, the morning becomes a chorus of interweaving avian songs. But when the day draws to a close, one ...

Streams running cold, fast for Michigan trout opener

IRON MOUNTAIN — Conditions are less than ideal for today’s Michigan trout opener, but cabin fever and tradition should produce a good turnout. “I’m surprised how many people say they’re going to go,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost in Breitung Township. Before ...

April calendar veers toward spring

While a late season snow still is not out of the realm of possibility, it feels as if spring finally has turned the corner. The warmth due this weekend — the region could flirt with 70 today — might very well vanquish the ice that remains on most area lakes. The Chapin Pit in Iron ...

Walleye arriving as rivers run high

IRON MOUNTAIN — Walleye are running up the major Lake Michigan tributaries including the Oconto, Menominee and Peshtigo rivers. “Boat anglers (on the Menominee) had mixed results with some good catches reported earlier in the week while others struggled to catch fish,” said Scott ...

Long Lake club to host shoot

LONG LAKE, Wis. — The Big 4 Plus Sportsman’s Club will hold its annual spring trap shoot at the clubhouse on Settlement Road in Long Lake on Saturday, April 27. There will be two events, a 50-bird Lewis shoot and a meat shoot. Both events begin at 8 a.m. Those shooting the 50-bird ...

Crivitz gun show set for May 4

CRIVITZ, Wis. —Crivitz VFW Post 2063 will host a gun show on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crivitz Village Hall. Admission is $5 and there will be food and drinks available. Vendors can reserve an 8-foot table for $10 each by contacting Larry Lundberg at 715-854-2672.

Fisheries workshops scheduled in Houghton, Cedarville

HOUGHTON — Michigan Sea Grant and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will host fisheries workshops on April 29 in Houghton and April 30 in Cedarville. The free workshops are designed for the general public, anglers, fisheries researchers and those interested in environmental ...

DNR offers summer program for women

MARQUETTE — Registration is open for this summer’s “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” program, set for May 31 through June 2 in Marquette County. This will mark the 22nd annual summer BOW gathering for women 18 and older who want an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a ...

Gunville to share trapping ideas, inventions at meeting Thursday

SPALDING — Longtime trapper John “Gunner” Gunville will give an educational presentation at the U.P. Trappers Association District 3 monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Normenco Sportsmen’s Club, just east of Powers/Spalding. The main theme of Gunville’s presentation will ...

DNR, MSU seek grant proposals in fight against CWD

LANSING — As a part of a joint wildlife disease initiative, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking grant proposals for collaborative research, education and outreach projects to address the most important issues around wildlife disease in ...