Salmon season outlook is full of uncertainty

by Howard Meyerson, The Grand Rapids Press

The 2015 salmon season is just getting underway and what anglers can expect remains uncertain. Lake Michigan fishing typically picks up in May but just where in the lake depends on water temperature. And so far lake waters have been uniformly very cold.

Take the K.I.S.S. Principle Home for National Safe Boating Week

Credit:Maddy Roberts

Credit:Maddy Roberts

ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 11, 2015 – May 16-22 is National Safe Boating week, reminding anyone who spends their time on the water to think about ways they’ll have a great summer and avoid any chance of becoming US Coast Guard statistic. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has four tips that follow the familiar K.I.S.S. principle – but with a bent for boating safety – that are near universal:

Keep your life jackets handy: This means readily accessible within arms reach, not still in it’s plastic bag or behind compartment doors buried under junk. Better yet, wear it. You’d be surprised at how comfortable and slim today’s newest inflatable life jackets are.

Army Corps opposes dredging Cuyahoga River shipping channel while lawsuit is pending

Cuyahogadrawbridgeby Eric Heisig,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Army Corps of Engineers has asked a judge to defer to the Corps’s decision not to fully dredge the Cleveland Harbor and Cuyahoga River navigation channel while a state lawsuit is pending.

U.S. Coast Guard hits Saginaw River and Bay for annual buoy inspections

by Yfat Yossifor,

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, MI — U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Hannah Amos was in for a battle on the Saginaw River Wednesday.

Her opponent: a 4,000-pound anchor holding down Buoy 6, located near the mouth to Saginaw Bay in Bay County’s Hampton Township.

New Michigan fishing regs allow year round catch and release of bass

by Logan Clark, Great Lakes Echo

As the weather warms up, anglers are returning to the water to try to catch their first fish of the year.

But they may not have caught are the changes to Michigan’s fishing regulations for the 2015-2016 season. That first catch, may well be a bass because of them.

Minnesota Governor Proclaims: Clean.Drain.Dry. Day

Brooklyn Center, MN – Launching the 2015 Fishing Opener, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Saturday, May 9th, as Clean Drain Dry Day in the great state of Minnesota.  With over 1.6 million anglers, Saturday is the perfect opportunity to educate anglers and boaters across the state on the importance of stopping invasive species and to Clean, Drain, Dry all boats, trailers and equipment.

Underwater Time Capsules

Tamara Thomsen, Wisconsin State Historical Society

Tamara Thomsen, Wisconsin State Historical Society

by Jackson Parr, Peninsula Pulse

Two shipwrecks off the shores of Door County are nominated for state and national historic preservation. The nomination will be considered at the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting on May 8 in Janesville.

White bass run is a local tradition

Whitebass_march2010_01by Kristina Samith, Port Clinton News Herald

Each spring since he was a child, Corey Ebeling has taken his fishing gear to the Sandusky River and reeled in some feisty white bass during their annual run.

The white bass run, where the fish swim from Lake Erie into the river to spawn, is a tradition for Ebeling, 25, of Clyde.