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Free Fishing Weekend is June 9-10

Andrew Norton

Hey everybody! The weekend weather looks great for most of Michigan and thanks to the DNR and other official offices you will be able to fish June 9-10 without having to purchase a license. Of course, all other fishing regulations apply so please abide by them. This is a great program and a great way to introduce kids (and even adults) to the joys of fishing. It sure beats having the kids in front of the big black dummy box (that's the tv, folks).

Fishing always reminds me of this song -

Elizabeth Mitchell “Crawdad”
You get a line I'll get a pole, honey You get a line I'll get a pole, babe You get a line I'll get a pole And we'll go down to that crawdad hole Honey, oh baby mine.

Get up now you slept to late, honey Get up now you slept to late, babe Get up now you slept to late The crawdad man done past your gate Honey, oh baby mine

What you gonna do when the lake runs dry, honey What you gonna do when the lake runs dry, babe What you gonna do when the lake run dry Sit and watch those crawdads fly Honey, baby mine.

You get a line I'll get a pole, honey You get a line I'll get a pole, babe You get a line I'll get a pole And we'll go down to that crawdad hole Honey, oh baby mine Honey, oh baby mine Honey, oh baby mine Honey, oh baby mine

There really are venomous snakes in Michigan that are not politicians

Andrew Norton

The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake makes one of its homes in southeastern Michigan. The snake is endanger of extinction everywhere but Michigan. Scientists have not figured that one out yet.

Massasauga Rattlesnake
Photo courtesy of Michigan DNR

The Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake is Michigan's only venomous snake and it makes its home in wetland areas. Mice and voles are the main diet for the Massasauga and if you ever happen along one it is best to just leave it alone. They avoid human contact, but will strike if threatened so you really should just let them be.

Massasauga rattlesnakes are on Michigan's Species of Special Concern list due to loss of wetlands areas here in Michigan. All other states where the Massasauga is found list the rattlesnake as "endangered". It is a misdemeanor to kill one in Michigan and can result in a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.

For more information about the Massasauga rattlesnake in Michigan visit: Detroit Free Press article on the Massasauga population in Michigan Michigan DNR Massasauga rattlesnake information

Cougars in Michigan? Check out this video evidence

Andrew Norton

WWMT has an interesting video on the question of whether or not there is a breeding population of cougars here in Michigan. The video shows some clips from amateurs of cougars in fields and other locales. A group is looking for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to recognize that there is a breeding population of cougars. The group, Michigan Citizens for Cougar Recognition, is trying to get the cougar population recognized in order to put the liability for property damage (death of farm animals, etc.) on either the county (if it is a pack of dogs for instance) or the DNR (if it is indeed cougars or coyotes).

Until the cougar is recognized by the DNR the various counties in Michigan are stuck with the bill for property damage. So, like most things in life, this is pretty much about MONEY. Go figure.

There was a blurb at the end about how the main thing that everyone wants is public safety and protection of the cougars. While I am sure that is true it seems the thing that is really driving this is money. The counties don't want to foot the bill and the DNR doesn't want to foot the bill in addition to having another animal population to manage.

Watch the video at the WWMT website. It is about 2.5 minutes long. Seeing images of cougars out in the wild here in Michigan is quite interesting.

Free Fishing Weekend June 10-11

Andrew Norton

Michigan is showing off its wonderful fishing opportunities this weekend with the annual Free Fishing Weekend. June 10 & 11 are the two days that fishing license fees will be waived. What a great way to introduce your kids to fishing. You shouldn't have far to drive for a fishing spot and if you borrow fishing gear from someone you won't even be out much money. The time invested with your kids is priceless. Remember, give a kid a fish and he will probably chase his sister with it for a day. Teach a kid to fish and he will enjoy a summer of chasing his sister with a dead fish.

Check it out at the Michigan DNR's website.

Video of DNR Planting Fish

Andrew Norton

WWMT Channel 3 out of Kalamazoo has a neat video (about 1.5 minutes long) showing fish being loaded into a tanker truck at Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery near Mattawan. The fish were chinook salmon and they were headed for various streams and rivers to be "planted." It is a nice little video that provides a quick glimpse of the great work our Michigan DNR does to keep fishermen happy. You should plan a visit to the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery. Nature trails surround ponds of various sizes and the hatchery is one of the premiere spots in the state for birdwatching. Catch and release fishing is available every Saturday from June through August for kids ages 5-16. Call ahead to reserve your spot as they tend to fill up rather quickly.

The hours for the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery for June through August are - Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday, noon - 5 p.m., closed Mondays.

They are closed from November to February and the hours for March - May and Sept. - Oct. are - Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, noon - 4 p.m., closed Mondays.

Head on over to the Michigan DNR website for links to information about all six of our Michigan fish hatcheries.