Outdoors

Bass, bluegills biting as summer heat arrives

IRON MOUNTAIN — Summer fishing is off to a good start with bass and bluegill action leading the way. “Bass fishing is still really good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. Live bait seems to work best for smallmouths while largemouths are hitting topwater lures, ...

Dickinson shooters capture 4-H titles

CHANNING — Forty-five 4-H members representing five Upper Peninsula counties were in attendance as the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club hosted shooters and archers in a regional championship earlier this month. Each shooter could enter two events and there were three age classifications. ...

Polyphemus moth

Joel Stanchina of Iron Mountain found this polyphemus moth on Iron Mountain’s east side. The moths can have an average wingspan of 6 inches and are known for the large eyespots on their two hind wings. The moths are emerging now and last as adults for only about a week.

Musky anglers compete in Eagle River tourney

EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — The Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, along with local Professional Musky Tournament Trail sponsors, welcomed 118 professional musky angler teams to the Eagle River area for a competition Saturday and Sunday. These teams represented musky anglers ...

Weather favors wildflowers

The cool temperatures this spring may have delayed some area plants from flowering, but they seem to be playing catch-up now. The anemone are opening up nicely at Six Mile Lake, giving part of the yard and driveway a border of white. We had the first wild Eastern red columbine we can ...

Panfish, bass biting in advance of warmup

IRON MOUNTAIN — Bluegill and bass fishing is good as anglers can expect temperatures in the 80s next week after showers on Sunday and possibly Monday. “We’re hearing good reports on bluegills and crappies, lots of bass,” said John Grier at Whispering Pines Outpost on M-95. “Not ...

Wisconsin DNR to host trout meeting

MADISON — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff have scheduled an additional public meeting in Crivitz to review the draft statewide Inland Trout Management Plan. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Crivitz Community Center, 901 Henriette Ave. The plan ...

Joint effort launched against invasives

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region have agreed to cooperate on enforcing invasive species laws. They will share information and team up to investigate suspected violations, including possession and transport of banned exotic ...

Deer Lake campground closed for hazardous tree removal

CRYSTAL FALLS — The Deer Lake State Forest Campground located in Iron County will temporarily close beginning today for removal of trees that present a hazard to campers and other visitors. The campground was included in a larger timber sale area south of Deer Lake. The timber is being ...

Hearing planned on hunting bills

LANSING — State Sen. Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, invites Upper Peninsula residents to participate in an upcoming hearing of the Senate Natural Resources Committee via remote teleconference on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The committee will discuss Senate Bills 366 and 367, which would ...

Big bluegills highlight fishing action

IRON MOUNTAIN — Anglers putting in the time are enjoying success, landing bass, bluegill and trout, to name a few. “Fishing has been pretty good,” said Doug Whisler at Whisler Outdoors in Florence, Wis. “There’s been some big bluegills caught.” Top-water lures are drawing ...

Trappers convention to welcome Les Johnson

ESCANABA — The Upper Peninsula Trappers Association will host its annual convention and outdoors expo July 26 and 27 in Escanaba. The event will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 26, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the U.P. State Fairgrounds. Camping, food and ...

Wisconsin turkey harvest unchanged from 2018

MADISON, Wis. — Preliminary totals show Wisconsin turkey hunters registered 38,556 birds during the 2019 spring turkey hunting season, virtually unchanged from the 38,885 birds registered in the spring 2018 season. Although average temperatures were slightly below normal for the months of ...

Wisconsin elk tags issued

MADISON, Wis. — After a 30-day application period, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conducted a random drawing for four residents who will have the opportunity to participate in the 2019 elk hunting season. More than 23,000 Wisconsin residents entered the drawing for one of ...

Ship to launch in Marinette

MARINETTE, Wis. — Two boat landings on the Menominee River will be temporarily closed for safety and security purposes on Saturday for the launching of the LCS USS Minneapolis-St. Paul at Marinette Marine Corp. The affected landings are Boom Landing in Marinette and River Park (Mystery ...

Stiletto-billed herons have a taste for fish

By BETSY BLOOM Managing Editor Heading down to the dock, I flushed the lesser-known of the Upper Peninsula’s more common heron species. Usually the resident herons at Six Mile Lake have little tolerance for being interrupted while fishing and will fly across the lake with an annoyed ...

Good action for bluegill, bass on free fishing weekend

By JIM ANDERSON News Editor IRON MOUNTAIN — It’s free fishing weekend in Michigan, with no license required for residents and non-residents. Bob Kennard at Midtown Bait and Tackle in Channing said bluegills are starting to bed and the bite is hot. “Guys are doing well at Gene’s ...

Iron County 4-H club

New leaders are directing Iron County 4-H Sharpshooters. From left are Doug Weesner, Alfred Absolon and Cynthia Absolon, who are certified in rifle; Barbara Luck, who is certified in archery; and Les Kufahl, who is certified in shotgun. For more information, call Cynthia Absolon at 906-822-7764.

Snowy winter helps snowshoes

This past long and snowy winter in the Upper Peninsula may have proven to be a plus for one species that had been slipping in the region: the snowshoe hare. While no actual count has been done, anecdotal reports and observations indicate the big-footed hares didn’t just survive but ...

Free fishing today, Sunday in Wisconsin

IRON MOUNTAIN — This is Free Fun Weekend in Wisconsin, with free fishing as well as free admission to parks and trails. Today and Sunday people may fish without licenses or state trout stamps. No state park admission stickers or trail passes are required. In addition, non-resident ...