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Chicago man finds his niche with tackle shop

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Tim Dawidiuk moved his family to Door County from Chicago for the lifestyle and the fishing nine years ago, and hasn’t looked back.

“This is probably the best place to raise a family,” said Dawidiuk, a charter captain and tackle manufacturer in Sturgeon Bay.

Since July 1, Dawidiuk and wife, Erin, have operated Howie’s Tackle, a retail shop at 223 Green Bay Road, behind Country Kitchen in Bay Plaza on Sturgeon Bay’s west side.

There you can find tackle to tempt trophy salmon, trout and smallmouth bass.

After arriving here in 1995, Dawidiuk teamed up with an Illinois partner to market the Howie Fly, a once-secret salmon producer that has been around since 1970.   more...

 



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No dancing around the wolves, their numbers are growing

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A gray wolf howls at a full moon in a stark winter landscape. That image, that idea, is the most powerful romantic notion in the American outdoors.

It draws on my imagination. I long for the day wolves howl in Illinois. Report by report, we crawl toward that.

But God is there hell to pay when science and romantic notions collide. Especially with a creature as entrenched in our subconscious as wolves.

On July 16, Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced proposals to remove gray or timber wolves (Canis lupus) in the eastern United States from the list of threatened and endangered species.

Wolves in the Eastern Population Segment, located in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, had met the criteria, set as the wolves were re-established, for recovery. Those states readied management plans for the species.   more...

 



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Hook, skyline, sinker good for kids

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The Sagittarius rocked gently as we stepped off the dock at Diversey Harbor, a reminder that we were separating from land.

We did the usual jostling of men settling into an outing, giving each other the business.

"I don't know if the coolers are big enough,'' contractor Tom Kalter cracked to Capt. Mike Okoniewski.

The banter separated us from the mundane, the everyday world.

Okoniewski had put together a fine bunch for the Diversey Harbor Challenge on July 19. Kalter; Jerry Pabst, the semiretired former head of the charter captain's association; Nick Prevas, the owner of Superior Sports; and I completed a boat that included three generations of Okoniewskis: Frank "Oakie,'' 82, Mike, 46, and Justin, 11.

The Okoniewskis are an exception to the rule. For them, fishing is cross-generational. Last week, I started the first of two parts on how to take your kid fishing around Chicago.   more...

 



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Michigan Fishing Report

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The Associated Press

The recent cold front shut fishing down in many areas of the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources said in its weekly fishing report. Warm temperatures forecast for the end of the week should help improve conditions around the state.

SOUTHEASTERN LOWER PENINSULA

Recent high winds and cold temperatures did slow fishing in Lake Erie during the last week, the DNR said in its report. Most anglers only could stay out for a short time due to wave conditions. A few fish were caught in 16 to 17 feet of water in Brest Bay and around the Raisin River Buoys.

One boat reported catching perch around the Sputnik and in 23 feet of water off Stony Point. Most anglers have been drifting with crawler harnesses due to weedy conditions caused by high wave activity. 

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Venetian festival goes to Grosse Pointe

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For this year only, the Venetian Festival that was cancelled for the Nautical Mile this year has been rescheduled for the same day, joining the Grosse Pointe Summer Fest Art and Craft Show, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be located on Kercheval between Lakepointe and Wayburn Streets.

There will be many bargains and entertainment here too, and you will see many of the nautical artists and craft people that attended last years Venetian Festival.

The Nautical Mile Merchant's Association is continuing with their annual "Onshore Golf Classic" on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Cracklewood Golf Club which is nicknamed "The Anne Miller Thriller" and any of you who know Anne and the Nautical Mile gang know they, and you, are in for a great time.

The festivities will include dinner and a $10,000 hole-in-one opportunity sponsored by the Fritsch-Kinney Yacht Insurance Agency. Eric K. said is always very nervous during the competition!

For additional information call Ron Brooks at (586) 776-2448 or Connie Pallante (586) 772-0650.

 



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Pre-raft party always a crowd pleaser

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This Saturday, from noon to midnight, there will be a pre-raft party, rain or shine, at the newly renovated Gino's Surf Banquet Center, located at 37400 E. Jefferson in Harrison Township. Proceeds going to the Michigan Special Olympics and SOS Channel Lights.

It will also be a good opportunity to get details on the record raft attempt and to get to know those you might like to raft up with.

These folks know how to throw a party. The entertainment includes para sailing, bungee jumping, live bands, D.J.s, beer, food tents and all for a $10 entry ticket price.  more...

 



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The fourth annual Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Fall Fishing Classic

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The fourth annual Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Fall Fishing Classic hosted by Gilbert's Sportsmen's Club will be Sept. 10-11. To register, call Stan Bydlos at (586) 716-7741, Jerry Fox (586) 463-8032 or Bo Soulliere (586) 773-3811.  more...
 


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Bass season changes?

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State fisheries officials announced 24 public meetings throughout the state in August to gather input on proposed bass season changes.

The DNR finalized a report this year called "Black Bass Fishing Seasons in Michigan," which identifies ways to provide additional recreational fishing opportunities without putting bass populations at risk.

At a meeting of the External Coldwater Regulations Committee -- a group made up of the Michigan United Conservations Clubs, Michigan BASS Federation, Michigan Musky Alliance, Michigan Darkhouse Angling Association, Pikemasters, and Michigan State University and University of Michigan fisheries professors -- the report was unanimously moved forward to the public review process. The forums are intended to provide background information on the proposed season changes, answer questions about the report, and take public input on the proposals.

Local meetings will be held at 7 p.m., Aug. 18, at Chesterfield Township Offices, located at 47275 Sugarbush Road, and Aug. 19, 7 p.m., at Van Buren Township Hall, located at 46425 Tyler Road in Belleville. For more information, call up the DNR website at www.michigan.gov/dnr.



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Trout Unlimited event

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The Paul H. Young Chapter of Trout Unlimited is hosting a "First Cast" program for boys and girls ages 8-14 on Aug. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will feature volunteers and experts helping those interested in fly fishing, stream ecology and fishing equipment for "First Cast" anglers.

Cost is $5 and includes food and other materials. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the City of Southfield Library Meeting Room located at 26300 Evergreen near 10 Mile Road.

Trout Unlimited "First Cast" program is designed to introduce youth to coldwater conservation through fly fishing. Participants will learn about: basic flying fishing; basic casting; basic knots and equipment; and stream side education and conservation ethics.

For more information on this worthwhile event, call Dave Oakley at (313) 386-2141 or (313) 248-8519.



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Hunters oppose Bush environmental policies

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The National Wildlife Federation said this week a majority of hunters and anglers who responded to a nationwide survey say the Bush administration's priorities are wrong on major conservation policies.

Larry Schweiger, president of the NWF, said while sportsmen and women praised specific funding initiatives of the Bush administration, those surveyed also indicated Bush is "listening to the wrong people."   more...

 

 

 



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Ontario's West Coast offers charm, views

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SARNIA, Ontario -- The beginning and the end are two of the most scenic spots on the Great Lakes.

So it stands to reason that a trip along Ontario's Lake Huron shore most anywhere between Sarnia and Tobermory is likely to be spectacular.

This part of Canada is closer to Michigan than much of Michigan.

The Blue Water Bridge, which links Sarnia with Port Huron, Mich., rises high above the St. Clair River at the foot of Lake Huron.

Look north from the center of the bridge, and the blue-teal water of the big lake -- always dotted with sailboats -- extends far beyond the limits of your vision.

To the south, the river carries boats large and small down a channel between two nations.

Once across, you can stay in Sarnia and mingle with the Canadians enjoying the waterfront. Or, you can head north for an hour, a day, a week.    more...

 



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Pigeon Lake access site closing

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photo: localSaturday will be the last day this season anglers can cast their lines into Pigeon Lake or Lake Michigan near the Campbell power plant.

The angler access site on the north side of the lake will close for the season Sunday.

The access site is closing earlier -- it is normally open until Oct. 15 -- so Consumers Energy can bring in equipment to upgrade the Campbell plant, said Dennis McKee, public affairs manager at the plant.  more...

 



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Utilities ordered to kill fewer fish

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PhotoTo the naked eye, it looks like an ecological disaster: Thousands of dead fish near the shoreline of Lake Erie's Maumee Bay east of Toledo.

Much to the chagrin of commercial fisherman Frank Reynolds, though, it's a sight that occurs far too often - almost daily, he says, near the intake of FirstEnergy Corp.'s coal-fired Bay Shore power plant in Oregon.

Sadly, Bay Shore is not alone.   more...

 



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2004 Soling World Masters Championship

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Light Winds, Tight Race and Corner Recoveries In another astonishing day of sun and a breeze from the Southeast at 6 to 8 knots on Lake Michigan competitors sailed a two hour race in flat water where the “Masters” sailed beautifully.

CAN1 Bill ABBOTT, Joanne and Paul DAVIS drove smoothly into another first place in the only race on Wednesday.

Two local sailors fought hard to finish second, but USA818 John KENNEDY, Niels HEEMSKERK and Sal AQUINAGA just got the win over USA845 Jorgen JOHNSSON, his son Martin, and David SNODGRASS who finished third.

In another close finish farther back, five boats came all together at the finish and this day not the day for the legendary Stu WALKER and his crew Doug LOUP, Andrew DIZER who were knocked into a sixth place by USA807 with Joe HOEKSEMA, his wife Rose and Matias COLLINS who finished fifth after a over early start. They made a good recovery from the bottom. USA832 Charlie KAMPS, John WALTON, and Vitas KASIUNAS hit the perfect right corner on the last beat going from seventh to fourth place at the finish.   more...

 



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Study will prepare everybody for the day when dams are done

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To de-dam or not - it's a question many years from an answer for Consumers Energy Co.

The company is conducting a study to see what it would cost to remove 11 of its 13 hydroelectric dams on Michigan rivers.

The study is required as part of a deal relicensing the dams with the federal government for the next 30 years.

So it may be at least that long before Consumers Energy considers removing its six dams on the Au Sable River, three on the Muskegon River and two on the Manistee River.

It's worth a look now at the future of the dams.   more...

 



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