March 26th, 2012

Finally some relief to this heat wave with today’s high temps around 32 degrees here in the Upper Peninsula.  Run off is virtually over with as all of the snow is essentially gone, some rain will be needed to keep streams flowing at a reasonable rate.  Steelhead are present & fish numbers vary widely from stream to stream.  The forecast seems to look a bit more normal, which is a relief to see-this early warm weather is rather disturbing & strange.  Seems to be Spring now :)

On another note-the U.P. Brook Trout proposition is gaining speed & DNR public comment meetings are upcoming very soon here across the area.  Please attend one of these meetings & voice your opinion.  Below I have the dates for the meetings as well as a link to an online survey from MI DNR on the Brook Trout proposition.  Please click on the link & take the survey form the DNR, they use the feedback from these surveys to make decisions on topics like this.  Your opinion matters & if they hear form you it is one more step forward towards defeating this Brook Trout limit increase!  Also I have created an online petition to oppose the limit increase, please click on the link & sign the petition-let your voice be heard!!

Brook Trout Survey Link

Brook Trout Limit Increase Proposition Petition


DNR Brook Trout Prop. Public Comment Meetings

  • Tuesday, March 27 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (eastern time) at the Bay College Heirman Center Room 952, 2001 N. Lincoln Road in Escanaba
  • Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (central time) at Bay College West, 2810 North U.S. 2 in Iron Mountain

Other meetings will be held throughout the U.P. in April, including

  • April 3, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. (eastern time) at the Ishpeming Township Hall, Highway M-28 in west Ishpeming
  • April 4, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. (eastern time)/6 to 8 p.m. (central time) at Gogebic Community College, Lindquist Center in Ironwood
  • April 5, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. (eastern time) at Michigan Technological University, Isle Royale Ballroom A-2 in Houghton
  • Thursday, April 5, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Cisler Center on the campus of Lake Superior State University, 621 West Easterday Avenue, Sault Ste. Marie
  • April 12 from 7:00 p.m. at the library in the Tahquamenon Area School in Newberry.
  • April 25 from 7:00 p.m. at the Snyders Restaurant, 400 Cedar St., Munising.

Climate Change

March 20th, 2012

Unseasonably warm temps have the earliest Spring possibly ever recorded upon us currently, the majority of all our snow pack is gone.  Rivers are quite high at this time from all the runoff with the multiple 80 degree days.  Truthfully, it feels more like August than March and reports of peepers (frogs) in the swamps are already common-this normally doesn’t happen till April or even May some years.  Some new Steelhead have been migrating upstream and some nice Trout were being taken prior to the high water.

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Lower Latitude

March 10th, 2012

Well, with the recent onset of heavy snows we decided it was a excellent time to visit some tropical weather. So off to FL we went, daytime highs of 80 degrees plus replaced the frozen tundra of the Upper Peninsula.  A nice change of pace and a reminder that warmer days are not to far off in the near future.  Snook, Redfish & Sea Trout kept the rods bent as we discovered some new outstanding flats.  These fish are a ton of fun and it is always great to cast to new species in unique locales.  Warmer weather is now present in the Upper Peninsula as much of the recent snows are gone and some fresh water is flowing through the rivers.  Pictured below are some of the saltwater species that provided some good times on the recent outing.