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DNR: Warm weather helps steelhead runs

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AP) — The steelhead runs are at their peak in a lot of areas around Michigan due to recent warm temperatures, the state Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday in its weekly Recreational Fishing Report.

Some smelt activity has been reported this week as water temperatures have warmed slightly. Ideal water temperatures for smelt are 42 to 44 degrees. Most water temperatures are hanging right around the 40 degree mark, the DNR said.   more...

 



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Indiana's Cohos & Kings

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Now's the time when Lake Michigan angling comes on strong for cohos, as well as the occasional chinook salmon. Read on for the latest news about these exciting fisheries. (April 2006)

Remember the old psychological test used to determine if a person is an optimist or a pessimist? Set a glass, half filled with water in front of a person and have them indicate how much water is in the glass. A pessimist would say the glass is half empty, while an optimistic person would say the glass is half full. There's a sizeable contingent of Lake Michigan anglers these days who are seeing the prospects for the 2006 season on the big lake as a glass half empty. There is another group who are much more optimistic.   more...

 



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Crews clean 76 miles of waterways

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BY JOHN P. KELLY
STAFF WRITER

Most people don't ask where the water goes; it just swirls down the drain or trickles through a rusty grate on the side of the road.

Out of sight, out of mind.

But with spring here -- ice melted and seasonal storms looming -- Cook County residents may wonder at the answer. Especially as crews of workers paid to know about the other side of the drain pipe become increasingly visible around their neighborhoods.   more...

 



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Homeowners suing over polluted wells

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BY LORI RACKL Health Reporter

The Cannata family uses bottled water to brush their teeth. They take quick showers -- no baths. And the three children aren't likely to get much use out of the backyard pool this summer.

That's because cancer-causing vinyl chloride has turned up in the Cannatas' well in unincorporated DuPage County near Carol Stream. More than 30 private wells in this part of Wayne Township have tested positive for unsafe levels of vinyl chloride and a related chemical.   more...

 



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Egg hunt reaches new depths

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By Carol South
Herald contributing writer

Brothers Daniel, 18, and Joseph, 15, Morrison are too old for a traditional Easter egg hunt. But throw in scuba gear and plastic eggs hidden near a timber spill at the base of West Grand Traverse Bay and you have interested teens eager for adventure.

Besides the Morrison brothers, 20 other divers participated in the first annual Underwater Easter Egg Hunt, held Saturday at the Clinch Park Marina. The treasures were colored plastic eggs, though instead of candy each contained a golf ball that had been drilled so it would sink. The golf balls were numbered and corresponded with a prize back on shore. Prizes ranged from T-shirts and dive flags to a tool set and golf package.    more...

 



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Lake Express ferry to hit town this week

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The Lake Express high-speed ferry will make two preseason visits this week to Muskegon in preparation for the opening of the ferry service's third season April 29.

The 192-foot catamaran ferry will be in Muskegon during the week for captain and crew training, according to Marketing Director Kay Collins. The ship will return Saturday for a first-time public open house in Muskegon.  more...

 



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It's last call for Great Lakes relic

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BY NAOMI R. PATTON
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

 

Hailing back to a different era in maritime history, the 61-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw is a floating relic. To set foot aboard the Old Mac is to go back in time.

And you can see it for yourself.

The cutter, on its final runs through the Great Lakes, is making a stop in Detroit tonight and will be open for tours before departing Friday. It will be mothballed in June.   more...

 



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Five things about an extremely old fish

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BY EMILIANA SANDOVAL/FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Look out for spawning sturgeon in Michigan.

FASCINATING FACTS

The species is very, very, very, very old. Like 136 million years old, meaning sturgeon were around when dinosaurs walked the Earth, says the Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Web site.

Though they're called lake sturgeon, the fish also inhabit rivers such as the Detroit River. An average adult is around 5 feet long and 200 pounds. Sturgeon are the largest indigenous freshwater fish in the Great Lakes and surrounding rivers.   more...

 



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Matter of inches

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BY PETER PASSI
NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

Every inch of draft is precious to those moving freight on the Great Lakes.

Just ask Fred Shusterich, president of Midwest Energy Resources Co. in Superior. He'll tell you that for every inch of reduced draft, a 1,000-foot laker must shed about 267 tons of cargo.

That's why he is frustrated that the government has failed to address choke points in the St. Marys River. Lakers use this river to travel from Lake Superior to the lower lakes. Along it, they have encountered channels as much as 18 inches shallower than they ideally should be.  more...

 



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Barque PICTON CASTLE to Head for Great Lakes This Summer

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LUNENBURG, NOVA SCOTIA—The 180-foot sailing ship Barque PICTON CASTLE, just returned from her fourth epic voyage around the world, will visit the Great Lakes in July and August. Sailing from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in late June 2006, the Picton Castle will take part in the American Sail Training Association's 2006 Tall Ship Challenge, Great Lakes Series. This grand voyage to the heartland of North America takes her up the St. Lawrence River and Seaway and through Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, and Michigan. She will return via Prince Edward Island by mid-September.

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Walleye quite the April catch

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photoA four-inch piece of brown plastic called the "Wyandotte worm" probably has accounted for the demise of more walleyes in the past three weeks than all of the restaurants in metro Detroit.

"It works," said Nick Homayed, an angler and charter captain from Dearborn Heights, as he and a couple of fishing buddies came off the lower Detroit River with three limits of walleyes. "You don't need minnows or anything else. I've been fishing it on a bare lead jig head, and it doesn't seem to make a difference.  more...

 



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Mild weather jump starts trout season

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GRAYLING -- They tell us the early bird catches the worm. Given the mild weather we've experienced this month, there's a good chance he could catch a lot of trout, too.

While the regular inland trout season doesn't open until April 29, the fly hatches have been numerous and varied for the past few days on sections of the streams open to catch-and-release angling.

Last April, many of the northern parts of the state where the best trout streams flow were getting buried under snow right up through the opening weekend.   more...

 



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Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006

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Around 250 of the world’s best young sailors from a record 62 nations will flock to Great Britain this July for the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2006. Home of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Competition, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy will host the 36th and biggest ISAF Youth Worlds from 12-21 July.  more...

 



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Just the beginning for the Optimists

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Picture / Paul EstcourtMaking it across the startline in one piece is half the battle for the 235 young yachties competing in the national Optimist championships at Torbay.   more...

 



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Early Season E-Scow Testing – April 9th, 2006

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The ice is off the Wisconsin lakes, so Bill Allen came down from the still ice covered Minneapolis region to test the new 2006 E-Scow mainsail and jib designs. With help from John Gluek at Dimension-Polyant Sailcloth, some new jib materials have been developed. These new sails were tested in some light to medium conditions with Bill, Jim Gluek and Eric Wilson. The brand new 2006 E-Scow of Ted Rolfs was used for the testing and also put through the first paces of its life. The team is excited to get into some real racing with their new boat.  more...

 



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