Northern Indiana/Southern Michigan outdoors news and tips
- Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 15:37
By Louie Stout
/>An experimental walleye stocking by the Elkhart River Restoration Association (ERRA) is paying off.
St. Joseph River biologist Daragh Deegan, who conducts river studies for Elkhart and South Bend, said this summer’s on-the-water work has shown remarkable success from the initial stocking two years ago.
In the fall of 2012, the association purchased about 3,200 6- to 8-inch walleyes from a Wisconsin fish farm and released them into the Elkhart River.
Deegan’s surveys this summer not only have unveiled quite a few walleyes, but several over the legal length of 15 inches and a few were pushing 17 inches.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:54
Young hunters, ages 16 and under, will once again have the opportunity to get a free junior deer hunting license at all Meijer stores in Michigan on Sept. 12 and 13.
Youths must be accompanied by an adult, and should print out and bring the free junior hunting license coupon or mPerks digital coupon to the store's sporting goods department.
- Published on Saturday, 06 September 2014 20:37
The 31-year-old Holt, Mich., angler, who has fished Lakes St. Clair and Erie since his college days, bagged 23 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Bass Pro Shops Northern Open #3 presented by Allstate here on Lake St. Clair.
His three-day total of 67 pounds, 4 ounces edged out fellow Elite Series pro Fletcher Shryock of Ohio, who was second with 63-10, and Chris Johnston of Canada who was third with 63-6.
Joe Balog, the Harrison Township, Mich., pro and heavy favorite who led the first two days, lost valuable fishing time due to mechanical problems, caught only three fish, and fell to seventh.
Jeff Jenema of Marion, Mich., won the co-angler division by catching 13 pounds, 4 ounces on the last day while paired with Pipkens. Jenema posted a total three-day weight of 36 pounds, 11 ounces. He won a $25,000 Triton 17 Pro bass boat with a Yamaha F115LA outboard.