By Howard Meyerson
When Michigan’s firearm deer season opened last month and thousands of hunters took to the fields with their rifles and shotguns, Will Schultz went out with a different quarry in mind. The Grand Rapids sportsman planned to spend the day hunting instead for Michigan’s largest predator fish: muskellunge.
“It’s been a tradition for a long time,” said Schultz, the founder and former president of the Michigan Muskie Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of Michigan’s muskellunge population. “I hunt deer with a bow now, but used to hunt with a gun. It just happened that one year I had no tags left and decided to fish instead.
“I fish for everything. You have to in order to be a good angler, but this is what I spend the majority of my time doing.”
Schultz and I met up for a cold and windy day of muskie fishing on Campau Lake, a 125-acre Kent County water known for its stocked muskies. Its shoreline is largely developed. But it is listed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as one of the better muskie waters in the state. Continue reading