Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bottoming Out? Lake Michigan forage still at all-time low

ANN ARBOR – Lake Michigan’s prey fish population grew in 2012, but not enough to put aside concerns about the potential for collapse, according to federal scientists who conduct annual prey fish assessments on the Great Lakes. Findings from 2012 … Continue reading

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New weight, length requirements for Michigan’s Master Angler Program

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s popular Master Angler program recognized a whopping 1,189 anglers including four new state records in 2012, but changes were needed, according to state officials, to bring the program in line with its intended purpose. New rules … Continue reading

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Holland Anglers Bring ‘Classic’ Michigan Flies to Life.

By Howard Meyerson In the spring, when thoughts of trout fishing inevitably hit hard, I almost always bring the fly boxes out for a gander. One by one, I pick through them looking for gaps, the flies I need to … Continue reading

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Mixed Views: Michigan 5 Year Fisheries Plan

By Howard Meyerson A draft five-year plan to guide where state fisheries managers will focus their future efforts is getting mixed reviews from anglers and fishing groups, who largely support it but criticize its lack of specificity. The public comment … Continue reading

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Up for the Challenge: Michigan cyclists prepare for extreme winter cycling races

By Howard Meyerson Jason Bratton and Ted Bentley have a lot in common. Each has an affinity for fat bikes, those heavy, bulbous-tired bicycles for sand and snow. Both love the outdoors, and each loves riding in winter. But perhaps … Continue reading

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Surging Firearm Sales: Michigan eligible for record federal wildlife funding

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s deer, grouse and other wildlife programs are eligible for record federal funding in 2013. Ammunition, firearm and archery sales all surged in 2012. That rise in sales is translating to record payouts to hunting and wildlife … Continue reading

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At Earth’s Edge: Michigan filmaker documents lives of people living at South Pole

By Howard Meyerson Filmmaker Keith Reimink is the embodiment of wanderlust. Some would say he is a bit unconventional, too. But the 34-year-old Zeeland native still remembers the day the red onion disappeared. It was 2008. He was living at … Continue reading

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Originally posted on All Things Great Lakes:
Here we go again. Republicans in the Michigan Legislature are talking about using money from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to build roads and dredge harbors. Such action is currently prohibited because…

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Mixed Blessing: Wild Lake Michigan salmon challenge fish managers

By Howard Meyerson PENTWATER – As Lake Michigan states prepare to cut Chinook salmon stocking by 50 percent on Lake Michigan, researchers are looking closely at the growing number of wild fish that swim there.  Determining their abundance will prove … Continue reading

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Looking Good: State forest campgrounds to get facelift

By Howard Meyerson Michigan’s state forest campgrounds will get the start of a facelift in 2013. There are changes ahead, not the least of which are better outhouses, fire rings and picnic tables at campgrounds most in need. “We’re going … Continue reading

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