There aren’t many brands of fishing available in winter, but seeking steelhead ranks high.
They’re big, 8 to 12 pounds usually, extremely hard fighting, and if you decide to take one home, not bad eating, especially smoked.
Veteran steelhead hunters from the Ohio River to Lake Erie and from the Indiana border to the Pennsylvania border know just how to catch them. Even amateurs and part-timers usually know enough to bag one now and then.
With winter here to stay and ice formation forecasted across the Great Lakes system, the 9th Coast Guard District reminds people to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on or around cold water and frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes.
Rescuers from 9th District and its search-and-rescue partners rescued 53 people last winter from either cold water or ice conditions.
The 9th District has 39 stations, two air stations, and eight cutters designated, trained and equipped for ice rescue operations.
A new proposal to regulate Lake Ontario's water levels is long overdue and desperately needed, according to environmentalists, outdoor sportsmen and other supporters.
The proposal, Plan 2014, is currently before the International Joint Commission, a panel of U.S. and Canadian officials, and it would change the way the lake's water levels have been regulated since the late 1950s.
The lake's current levels have made the lake's 63,000 acres of surrounding wetlands unhealthy; wildlife, native plants and fish are suffering, supporters of the plan said.
Jim Howe, executive director of the Central and Western Chapters of the Nature Conservancy, stressed that wetlands act as a nature filter for great stretches of the lake's watershed and have other positive impacts on the lake.
The Hooked on Fishing Recipe Contest, hosted by Northland’s NewsCenter and the University of Minnesota Sea Grant College Program, has named its winner. Brenda Washnock, a Michigan native who lives on Michigan’s Lake Superior shore, nabbed the top foodie’s prize package, which includes a $100 Visa gift card and the opportunity to cook on the Northland NewsCenter’s Today Show. Her winning dish, “Chipotle Grilled Fish Tacos with Cilantro Slaw,” earned praise for its use of Great Lakes salmon and its distinctive and refined flavors.
Division of Wildlife
The Lake Erie Fish Ohio Report
Regulation to Remember: The daily bag limit for walleye on Ohio waters of Lake Erie is six fish per angler; minimum size limit is 15 inches. … The daily bag limit for yellow perch is 30 fish per angler on all Ohio waters of Lake Erie. … The trout and salmon daily bag limit is 2 fish; minimum size limit is 12 inches. … The black bass (largemouth and smallmouth bass) daily bag limit is five fish per angler with a 14-inch minimum size limit.
TRAVERSE CITY (AP) - Abundant rain and snowfall have given the Great Lakes a boost this year, but it's too early to declare an end to slumping water levels that have plagued the inland seas since the late 1990s and made life miserable for cargo shippers and marina operators, federal scientists said Wednesday.
All five of the lakes were significantly higher when measured at the end of October than a year earlier, when much of the nation was mired in drought. Even Lakes Huron and Michigan, which have fared worst during the low-water period and in January hit their lowest level since record keeping began in 1918, have risen nearly a foot since October 2012.
Beyond the mist of Lower Falls, at the base of the Genesee River gorge, Ryan Lawrence casts his line into the swift-flowing waters from the edge of the rocky shore.
The late fall morning has drawn a dozen other fisherman. Some push closer to the thundering waterfall, and venture into the eddy, while others stake out locations downstream. There, the river is so calm and shallow it is possible to wade well into the channel.
On either side, the wooded ravine is a spray of bright fall colors that reflects in the Genesee. The picturesque fishing hole is framed beneath arched supports of the Driving Park bridge some 200 feet above.
Visitors to Indiana's latest nature preserve will have to work a little harder than most sight-seers to take in the attraction.
Last fall, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources dedicated the J.D. Marshall Preserve, a Lake Michigan shipwreck site due north of the pavilion at the Indiana Dunes State Park beach in Chesterton.
Under state law, nature preserves may also be created to preserve cultural history.
"Not only is it a piece of history, but it is a piece of our cultural history," Mike Molnar, director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Lake Michigan Coastal Program, said.
Breaking weeks of silence amid a flurry of action by state and federal officials, Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Monday to crack down on air pollution from dusty piles of refinery waste on the Southeast Side.
The mayor's office announced in an email that Emanuel is ordering the Department of Public Health to adopt "strict regulations on the maintenance and storage" of petroleum coke stored in massive uncovered piles along the Calumet River just south of the Chicago Skyway bridge.
Get a piece of summer to hang on your wall year-round with the River Street Marina Boys of Summer calendar.
The calendar, which is $15, features the staff of the marina donning brightly colored shorts, sunglasses, bow ties and suit coats. Money from the calendar sales will be donated to the Blue Water River Walk.
“It’s fun. It’s something we get to do to give back a little bit,” said Harbormaster Mike Davenport. “It’s something different.”
The idea started after one of the staff members saw a friend post a photo wearing a similar outfit. He thought it would be funny for the marina staff to do the same, Davenport said.
A pair of Lake Superior shipwreck hunters got slightly lost earlier this year while out on the water. But, oh, what they found.
David Shepherd and Rob Valley, who live in Thunder Bay,
Ontario, say they made an unplanned discovery of a sunken vessel that all evidence suggests is a tugboat called the Mary Ann, scuttled more than 75 years ago. It’s a boat perhaps somewhat unremarkable if not for the fact that in 1867 it became the first vessel registered in the then-new Dominion of Canada.
Organizers are still raising money for what's expected to be an almost $13 million project and they're in the process of putting the final touches on all the exhibits at the museum.
Once the The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio opens you'll be able to learn about how booze was transported across the waterways from Canada into the United States during Prohibition. Along with lots of other cool things about the Great Lakes.