One of the hottest trends in panfish angling for ice fishermen is micro-plastic baits — tiny jig tails that are often whisker-thin that you can’t possibly hold still as they move with every breath you take. One of the more prominent manufacturers of these baits is Roadside Minnows out of Ced…

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HASTINGS — George Cullers makes his way from his pickup truck to the edge of a pond, carrying a small woven basket with an ax in it. He pushes through the cattails on to the ice, sets down his basket, chops through the ice with the ax, then, wearing rubber gloves that extend almost to his sh…

TRAVERSE CITY — I spoke to a friend about an outdoor outing we had planned on a foggy morning earlier this winter — the fog we hadn’t anticipated when the date was set.

Southeast Michigan still had open water fishing for walleye and perch. With the cold temperatures, the inland lakes were starting to freeze but the southern sections of the Lower Peninsula did not have safe ice for the most part. Ice jams were causing some problems on a few rivers.

FIFE LAKE — It’s a game of cardboard, duct tape and glue versus the 2.6 quadrillion snowflakes — or thereabouts — in each square mile of 5-inch-deep snow.

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Winter walks in Traverse City are magical. They’re one of my favorite things. Not only quiet, reflective and beautiful, but they help me connect with my neighborhood and the people in it.

Ice is becoming more stable especially in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula. The southern regions still had open water. Steelhead rivers are still quite high and very few were out fishing.

BALDWIN — The way I had it doped out, we had two strikes against us when we started: It was cold and the forecast was for bright sun all day long. But we had the date on the calendar, the best time to go fishing is when you can, and you certainly aren’t going to catch them if you don’t go.

BAY CITY — We’d waited until up in the afternoon, when most (but certainly not all) of the rain had passed to get started, so we only had a few hours before dark to get it done. But Greg Sochocki said, not to worry, we would.

Tournament bass fishing has always been responsible for trends in the fishing industry and a new format — in which anglers are able to weigh in every fish they catch instead of, say, just five — has put new emphasis on catching numbers. And because it’s always easier to catch five one-pounde…

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Those wanting to go ice fishing will have to head north as the southern half of the Lower Peninsula had no safe ice. The only fishing available was open water fishing. Those heading out will need to use caution especially with warmer temperatures and rain in the forecast.

LANSING — Before white-nose syndrome swept through Mead Mine, it was home to 18,000 bats. Five years later, it houses just 200.

A buddy of mine recently showed me a lure retriever he built using a two-ounce sinker, a swivel and two snaps. You attach the snap to line, let it run down to snagged bait, and start shaking it. I hung up three times in water too deep to reel down and poke off with the rod that day and I got…

TRAVERSE CITY — Once upon a time classic-style Nordic skiing was the standard. But the cross-country sport has grown up. Today’s northern Michigan skiers embrace style choice and enjoy trails supporting both.

MONROE — Given how this winter season started — with single-digit temperatures and lots of snow in early November — who’d have guessed we’d get more than a week of March weather at Christmas?

The climate change clock ticks on as we enter a new and crucial decade. Problems intensify by the day and get harder to ignore. There are those who tirelessly tackle water conservation, land preservation, clean air, agriculture practices and so on. But times call for all hands-on deck. The q…

If the Surgeon General required a warning label for long-distance running, it would probably say: “Warning: Running might cause rapid, unexpected contact of body to the ground resulting in serious injury. Proceed with caution.” Although running is not a contact sport, one thing long-distance…

Braided line continues to grow in popularity but it has lagged among ice fishermen simply because it holds enough water to make it difficult to use in sub-freezing temperatures. Now Power Pro hopes to change all that with its new Ice-Tec, a polytetrafluoroethlene-coated braided line. The che…

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Black Star Farms begins its weekly Snowshoes, Vines and Wines at noon Dec. 26. Enjoy the trails Saturdays through the winter. Equipment rentals are $15. Enjoy food and drinks at Hearth & Vine Cafe afterward. 

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BERRIEN SPRINGS — We were fishing along a stretch of St. Joseph River where the depth dropped to 20 feet within spitting distance of the bank, a huge outside bend that looked pretty fishy to me.

Due to the upcoming holidays, this will be the final report for 2019. The report will not be updated again until the week of January 6th, 2020. Anglers are ice fishing in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula and in the Upper Peninsula. Caution still needs to be used. Ice anglers are remi…

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