Musky: A Keystone Species

By Kory Boozer, avid angler and member of the Michigan Musky Alliance A musky is a keystone species that helps hold everything together in its environment. Oftentimes, this role is played out by apex predators such as wolves in Yellowstone National Park, sea otters in...
Not His Raft

Not His Raft

Not his raft, but I let him fish in it… By Emily Hansen The transition from fall to winter in Northern Michigan was almost eerie this year, and was not able to get my raft out like I normally would. Drought-like conditions and unusually warm temperatures pushed...
A River Reborn

A River Reborn

Dam removals on the Boardman River improve health of fishery, ecosystem By Nate Winkler, Biologist for Conservation Resource Alliance Cover Photo: Michigan Out-of-Doors Editor Nick Green poses with a 22-plus-inch brown trout caught on the Boardman River below Brown...
After Ice Pike

After Ice Pike

By Blake Sherburne, After Ice Pike Every winter, the same thing happens. My life-long fishing buddy, Kenny, and I spend just about every possible moment on our local rivers chasing steelhead. As all steelheaders know, sometimes the bites are few and far between....
Home Water

Home Water

By Calvin McShane We had no business being on the stream. The water was high — dangerously so. October blended into 31 days of rain; the sandy soil of the Eastern U.P. became a waterlogged sponge. When Jack called and asked about the prospect of his steelhead trip, I...