High winds and cooler temperatures continue to slow the bite. Rivers and streams are experiencing lower water levels. Fly hatches have been slightly delayed this year with the cold weather.

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A buddy recently turned me on to a new jigging lure, the Vibrato by Sebile, which is sort of a hybrid between a spoon and a blade bait. Shaped like a jigging spoon, the Vibrato sports treble hooks on both ends; the line tie is located halfway between the hooks on the dorsal side of the bait …

MICHIGAN CITY, Indiana — A lot of anglers, maybe most, fish the beach in the early season on the southern end of Lake Michigan. For the most part, Dave Engel doesn’t. Oh, he’ll check the beach, but if it isn’t going gangbusters — as it hasn’t this spring — he’ll run out 11 or 12 miles into M…

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The Mesick Mushroom Festival is May 7-9. Attendees can enjoy sports, a parade, craft show, flea market, pasty sale and other events. The Glow Run starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Northern Exposure Campground. 

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TRAVERSE CITY — Gone are the days of the happy camper wandering into a campground with the expectation of finding a campsite. Reservation practices at a growing number of state and federal parks create a trade-off between wanderlust and confidence in knowing a campsite awaits.

Cooler weather coupled with rain and even snow in some areas of the state continue to slow catch rates. The walleye, pike, and trout openers last weekend got off to a slow start as well. Catch rates will improve once the weather stabilizes.

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BAY CITY — When I arranged to meet up with Jamie Sochocki for opening day of walleye season, I wasn’t at all surprised that he wanted me at the launch ramp at 3 a.m. The guy is hardcore.

TRAVERSE CITY — TART Trails network is on course this season to provide richer, more accessible outdoor experiences.

Cold and windy conditions have slowed fishing. This coming Saturday, April 24th is the walleye and pike opener for the Lower Peninsula inland waters. The statewide trout opener on all Type 1 and Type 2 streams as well as all Type A and Type D Trout Lakes is also this coming Saturday.

Cranking in a large fish — say a king salmon or big lake trout — can be a challenge, especially for those who are somewhat physically challenged, like children, people with physical infirmities or health conditions. But there’s a product on the market that will help.

BAY CITY — I could feel a fish hitting my bait, just picking at it, as I dragged it across the bottom, pick, pick, pick, until I felt it finally take it. I set the hook and before I could even begin cranking, the drag started complaining.

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TART Trails hosts its Spring Work Bee from 10 a.m. to noon April 24. Volunteers are needed to cleanup the trails. Bring tools, if possible. More information: 231-941-4300.

TRAVERSE CITY — On a chilly morning last Saturday, a swarm of about 50 volunteers, assisted by half a dozen members of Traverse City’s homeless community, fanned out to begin what surely ranks as one of the most audacious cleanup projects in the city’s history.

The Rapid River, which never leaves Kalkaska County, isn’t a long river. You can’t float the river, because it breaks into several small channels at various points. People fish it, but you won’t find it listed in any of the popular trout stream books.

A collection of columns from Record-Eagle Outdoors Columnist Mike Terrell:

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More boats are starting to head out on the inland lakes to find panfish. Those fishing the rivers report a fair to good number of steelhead, brown trout, and suckers. The warm-up last week resulted in bass and panfish moving into the shallows especially in the northern bays or near tributary…

ECORSE — Sometimes, fishing is like solving a riddle and the answer just comes to you. Other times it’s more like doing a jigsaw puzzle — you link up the pieces one at a time until it comes together.

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Grand Traverse Astronomical Society and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offer a Star Party April 16 via Zoom. Join at 9 p.m. to view stars and planets through a live feed at Rogers Observatory. Astronomers are available to answer questions. 

Maintaining motivation can be hard. I think this past year has been a long and excruciating example of that in every aspect of our lives. Work, school, diet, exercise, cooking, cleaning, socializing and social distancing — it has all been work to continue to be motivated to do these things.

A reminder that if you are heading out fishing, don’t forget to keep safe by following COVID-19 public health and safety guidelines. Go fishing only if you’re feeling well. Practice proper social distancing (at least 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household) and keep a face c…

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Getting into your boat when it’s on the trailer can be tricky — especially for bigger boats and aging anglers — but there are aftermarket products that make that much easier.

ST. JAMES CITY, Fla. — The whole idea of a dateline on a newspaper story is to give the readers an idea of where the action is taking place. But we were 30 miles out into the Gulf of Mexico from the home base, far enough away to make a dateline almost meaningless.

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Steelhead are in the Boardman River near Traverse City and near river mouths in the Upper Peninsula. Anglers can look for cisco fish in West Bay and Suttons Bay. All participants ages 17 and older must carry a fishing license from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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Watching Lowell High School win their eighth straight state team wrestling championship two weeks ago reminded me of my favorite Red Arrow, Missy.

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A spinner is a spinner is a spinner, right? Not necessarily. Dearborn-based Eppinger, makers of the iconic Dardevle spoon, has a unique line of spinners with an offset main shaft designed to never tangle.

WELLSTON — We’d been on the water for 75 minutes, running plugs in the current of the Manistee River, when the first rod, nearest the bank, went off. The steelhead came out of the water immediately then charged out into the middle of the river tangling up all three other lines.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers several hiking trails through the woods and dunes. Venture north along M22 for the Good Harbor Bay Trail, accessible off County Road 669. Picnic areas are near this nearly 3-mile loop. Pyramid Point Trail features an elevated scenic overlook of L…

Things are looking suspiciously like spring, but can we trust it? For those of us inching for truly seasonal weather, there’s hope of the sun and, dare we say it, bare arms on the horizon.

Anglers 17 years of age and older will be required to have a 2021 fishing license beginning April 1. The 2021 Michigan Fishing Guide will be posted on the DNR web site on April 1, which is the day all the new rules and regulations will go into effect.

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