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Big Fish: Wood carver enjoys fishing for those fish he carves

By Howard Meyerson SYLVAN LAKE, MI — Bob Batchik has long been hooked on fish and fishing: bluegills, trout, bass, pike and perch. He isn’t fussy. He likes them all – particularly if he has a carving knife in hand. … Continue reading

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Michigan fishing guide spotlighted on World Fishing Network

Frank Willetts had it good in the automotive industry, at least good by standards that most seem to value. The Commerce Township native had the big house, the family  and stature of  running a plant in Mexico. His life was … Continue reading

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Birds aplenty at annual bird watching festivals

By Howard Meyerson It is getting to be that time of year when migratory birds return to Michigan in abundance, a period when fields, forests and meadows are thawing, when early spring plants begin to show, and when breeding birds, … Continue reading

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Officials consider changes to lake trout regulations

By Howard Meyerson Lake Michigan anglers can expect rule changes ahead for lake trout all along the Lower Peninsula shoreline. State fisheries managers want to liberalize fishing in the southern basin and reduce fishing pressure in northern waters. “We’re interested … Continue reading

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Nongame Wildlife: State effort to be revised and focused

By Howard Meyerson One of Michigan’s more important wildlife initiatives, Michigan’s Nongame Wildlife Program, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013. It was a quiet celebration by all accounts, a contrast to its early years when the Michigan Department of Natural … Continue reading

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Branching Out: Muskegon Conservation District is at the root of environmental health

By Howard Meyerson Once the daffodils break ground and tiny, purple Hepaticas brighten forest floors, Jeff Auch’s phone will begin to ring in earnest. The callers may be gardeners or land owners seeking advice about woodlots or wildlife, but most … Continue reading

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Come Spring: The walleye move out of Saginaw Bay sometimes traveling hundreds of miles

By Howard Meyerson Saginaw Bay is known as a walleye fishing haven. Literally millions of walleyes spawn there each year. State fisheries managers say the 1,143 square-mile bay is the single-most important place for walleye production on all of Lake … Continue reading

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Pure Michigan: On the way to becoming a trails state

By Howard Meyerson Michigan has had a number of nicknames: The Water Wonderland, The Great Lakes State, The Wolverine State, The Mitten State; and now it appears we may get another: The Pure Michigan Trails State. A five-bill package introduced … Continue reading

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Alewife numbers remain low in Lake Michigan

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. — Researchers studying prey fish populations in Lake Michigan have found that alewife populations continue to be at low ebb and may dip further before the 2014 fishing season is over. Surveys conducted last … Continue reading

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Lake Michigan fishing forecast: Colder waters, smaller salmon and steelhead

By Howard Meyerson It’s not a stretch to say that lakes will be cold when the 2014 fishing season opens on April 1. And, given the volume of frigid runoff this spring, federal hydrologists predict Lake Michigan-Huron waters are likely … Continue reading

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