A life spent in the outdoors (or at least as much of your life as you can) gives you an opportunity to notice numerous little things, each of which on their own seems insignificant. Cumulatively however, they paint a picture in full, much as an impressionist uses small points of color to develop a whole image. Taking the time to appreciate the small moments, like those that follow here, is what a love of the outdoors is all about.
Sitting in a ground blind on a late October afternoon, with the intent to just observe the movements of the deer herd that frequents my property, the sun fell low in the sky to the west. It reflected off the water of the lake just 100 yards to my south and illuminated the remaining leaves on the maples along the eastern shore. What had been darkening woods were suddenly filled with a golden glow that seemed to come from everywhere at once. Anything that happened after that would just be icing on the cake, and the mature doe that wandered in from an adjacent meadow was a bonus.
White Lake – Anglers that have been braving the conditions continued to do well on perch off Blueberry Ridge, Long Point, and the old post office on minnows, wigglers, and spikes. For the latest info on White Lake call Johnson’s Great Outdoors at 231-893-6688.
Muskegon – No reports, but watch this space for information on Snug Harbor Outfitters, opening in January...stay tuned.
Muskegon River – Steelhead reported as good earlier in the week. Wait for levels to come back down after Christmas.
Grand Haven – Steelhead were being taken before the storm, along with some brown trout. Surf fishermen were successful using spawn bags.
Hamlin Lake – No reports yet, but this will be the first place for getting to some panfish once the ice becomes safe. For up to date Hamlin information call Hamlin Grocery at 231-843-2058.
Pere Marquette River – River will likely be high and discolored by the weekend with rain/snow from the storm system. Watch for improved fishing when it falls to more normal levels.
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