Tag Archives: Rivers

Protecting wildlife in Detroit’s urban core

By Howard Meyerson Toiling daily in the urban industrial zone adjacent to the Detroit River, John Hartig’s work is never finished. There are wetlands to restore and invasive plants to control, remnant pollution issues to resolve, and fish and bird … Continue reading

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2016 Fishing Season: Grand Rapids Waters Offer Plenty of Opportunity

Spring fishing. What’s not to like? The air is clear and cool and birds are often singing. Fish are hungry and readily take bait, lures and flies. It’s a time brimming with excitement for Grand Rapids anglers no matter whether … Continue reading

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The Magic of Rivers

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Removing a Dam Can Be a Net Win for the Planet

In Michigan, like elsewhere,  there is a move afoot to remove dams where ever possible – a move I heartily endorse.  Many dams are aging and the cost to fix them is prohibitive. The downstream implications for residents and natural … Continue reading

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Captain, fishing guide provides lifelong learning experiences

By Howard Meyerson MANISTEE, MI -Wayne Andersen was attempting to lead a hooked steelhead when Captain Chuck Scribner offered him some gentle pointers. Andersen had cast to a visible current on the Manistee River and the fish quickly hit his salmon‑colored … Continue reading

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Pigeon River: flowing free after dam removal

By Howard Meyerson Grand Rapids, Mich. – It took more than 100 years and three major mishaps, but the Pigeon River is free-flowing once again.  The Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat dam was removed this fall. Deep in the … Continue reading

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A moment of beauty

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Steelhead unpredictable, but pike can fill the day

By Howard Meyerson LUDINGTON, MI – We knew the odds of catching steelhead were slim. It was mid-October, not November. The weather had been unseasonably warm, but scattered reports had surfaced on the Internet. And fishing, after all, is an optimistic … Continue reading

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Pigeon River returning to free-flowing state

By Howard Meyerson VANDERBILT — Anglers who like free­-flowing streams got a chance to celebrate in September 2014 when the Song of the Morning Yoga Retreat dam was permanently opened on the Pigeon River allowing it to return to a free­-flowing … Continue reading

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Grand River coho salmon run expected to be hot

By Howard Meyerson As summer winds down and thoughts turn to fall, area sport anglers often turn their attention to the Grand River. September is prime time for salmon runs. The city’s downtown fishery is next to none, drawing anglers … Continue reading

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