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Visitors to the Silver Lake State Park ORV Area in Oceana County can tentatively plan for an opening date of Wednesday, June 3. That decision is in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s extension, through May 15, of her “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (announced last Friday) and the ope…

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I grew up watching fishing shows on TV – Roland Martin, Bill Dance, the Lindner brothers on “In-Fishermen” and Flip Pallot on “The Walker’s Cay Chronicles.”

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Many of you are gearing up for spring turkey season, which begins Saturday, April 18. The hunt is still on, and we hope you’ll get the opportunity to harvest a gobbler this year!

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Local runners are not allowing social distancing and quarantining prevent them from raising money for a good cause. The Five Mile Hill Challenge is still on and runners are running for 45 minutes and for each lap they run, they make money based on the amount of people they got to pledge beforehand.

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds anglers that changing ice conditions could require removal of fishing shanties before required removal dates. This is a possibility every year, as all shanties must be removed once ice can no longer safely support them.

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For nearly a century, George Madl has been spending his time fishing on local bayous.

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LANSING (AP) — As promised, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation Thursday that would have ended Michigan's ban on using bait to hunt deer or elk, saying the restriction is needed to curb the spread of animal diseases such as chronic wasting disease.

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The West Michigan Coyotes mountain biking team was formed three years ago when Spring Lake middle school teacher Aaron Zuelke was approached by a local adult biking group about starting a youth team.

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Some of the biggest salmon ever are being caught in Lake Michigan this summer, and charter fishing captain Brian Butts said it’s due to a more balanced predator and prey relationship in the big lake.

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The topwater plug splashed across the surface of the water, when suddenly, the water around the bait exploded in a flurry of action.

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GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A new challenge awaits local shooting sports enthusiasts — a sporting clays course was unveiled at the North Ottawa Rod and Gun Club last week.

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More than a dozen fishermen lined Smith’s Bridge on Sunday as the sun rose on another mild early January day, and they were rewarded for their efforts as the perch were eagerly biting. 

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Hunting, and to a lesser extent fishing, are on the decline in Michigan — with a particularly alarming drop in hunting that's only going to get steeper, as the baby boomers who have driven the sport for decades age and drop away.

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Here is your weekly fishing report brought to you by the Grand Haven Steelheaders.

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State health experts have released a guide to help you decide if your catch of the day is something you can eat, or something to toss back into the water.

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Don Paulus was already dressed in several warm layers, but as he boarded his small Alumicraft fishing boat at Grand Haven’s municipal boat launch Wednesday afternoon, he pulled on yet more warm clothes. 

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Michigan anglers can fish without purchasing a license today and Sunday as part of the state’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend. 

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If there’s safe ice across West Michigan, you can bet local anglers will find it. 

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Sometimes in life, we need to take a break from burning the candle at both ends, take a deep breath and get off the grid that we oftentimes find ourselves attached to.

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Editor’s Note: Jimmy Gretzinger is the owner and producer of Michigan Out of Doors TV, a weekly show highlighting the state’s outdoors. He and his family live in Grand Haven. With the firearms deer season about to begin Tuesday, Gretzinger shares the story of what made last year’s hunt so me…

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It’s not revered in the same way as firearm deer season, but legions of hunters were expected to go afield Thursday for the opener of Michigan’s small game season — albeit in fewer numbers.

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Grand Haven’s Hunter Scharphorn and his teammate, Jake Dorony, sit in 12th place after the opening day of action in the FLW College National Bass Fishing Championships on Lake Keowee, South Carolina.

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Last year, ice fishermen across West Michigan were perched on their pails catching limits of panfish shortly after Thanksgiving. 

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Several area fishermen took advantage of the break from the past week’s wind and snow to go surf fishing at the Grand Haven City Beach on Tuesday morning. 

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The rain did help move some steelhead into the harbors and up into the rivers. As the days grow shorter so does the fishing report. Updates are harder to come-by as fewer anglers are out. Most of the DNR Creel Clerks are done for the season. Some will return in January but most will not retu…