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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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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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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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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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Increasing white perch population affecting Lake Erie yellow perch

By Howard Meyerson MONROE, MI — It’s no secret that the Lake Erie yellow perch fishery is not what it used to be. Only 10 million 2-year-olds now show up in the catch compared with peak years in the mid-1980s … Continue reading

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Great Lakes muskies being stocked in new state waters

By Howard Meyerson Anglers are going to see a new apex-predator swimming in certain western and northern Michigan waters in future years. The DNR is continuing to expand its Great Lakes muskie program. I suspect an increasing number of anglers … Continue reading

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Raising a Legacy: Young hatchery fish planted in state waters are the seeds of Michigan’s multi-billion dollar recreational fishery

By Howard Meyerson When winter snows drift across the fruit farms and asparagus fields outside of Mattawan and the region’s fertile soils lie dormant and frozen, Martha Wolgamood is typically busy tending to a crop of young fish that will be … Continue reading

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Black Lake Sturgeon: Stocking is paying off

By Howard Meyerson ONAWAY, MI – Preliminary findings from a sturgeon mark-and-recapture study in August on Black Lake show that most are stocked and raised in a hatchery, a small number are wild, and a large percentage are juveniles. The … Continue reading

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Black Lake sturgeon study assesses state stocking effort

By Howard Meyerson ONAWAY, MI – A study now underway to determine the status of young sturgeon in Black Lake is expected to shed light on the success of the state stocking program there.  Approximately 1,100 mature sturgeons are thought … Continue reading

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