Detroit River: Has some ice flow coming down. No boats were out.
Lake St. Clair: Ice on the main lake has been compromised by the run-off and warm conditions. There have been many instances of anglers falling through the ice this week. Even places with relatively thick ice have weak areas and pockets of open water. Anglers should no longer be on the ice.
St. Clair River: Ice flows are occurring periodically. These are difficult to predict and conditions can change rapidly. Some walleye and salmon are starting to be caught by shore anglers in the upper river.
Port Sanilac: Has open water in the marina.
Saginaw Bay: Ice conditions are starting to vary. Anglers are reporting that the top portion of the ice is getting soft and at least two machines have gone through recently. With warmer weather and windy conditions this week, the ice will quickly become questionable. Open water can be seen in area ditches and cuts as well as a few spots on the Quanicassee River. Big yellow perch were caught, but no walleye. Anglers were fishing just north of Pinconning near the Bay/Arenac County line in 6 to 9 feet. The average size was 10-12” and some limits were reported. On the east side, limits of perch were taken at Vanderbilt Park in 4 to 8 feet however ice conditions were rapidly deteriorating. Fishing was better between Sebewaing and Bay Port with some perch caught though anglers were sorting the small fish. Wildfowl Bay had lots of perch, but many were small.
Saginaw River: Catch rates have been poor. Ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly and hardly anyone is fishing upstream of the mouth. A few anglers were spotted at the mouth but ice conditions there are also deteriorating.
Tittabawassee River: The Caldwell launch has started to open-up. A few anglers were out but had no success. Areas downstream were still ice covered however the City of Midland has put up two small signs saying the launch is closed due to upstream work on the dam.
St. Joseph River: The Fish Cam at the Berrien Springs ladder is up and running and can be viewed at: https://paddleandpole.com/berrien-springs-fish-cam/. The fish ladders have been cleaned out and are ready for the spring run. A good number of steelhead were seen moving through the Berrien Springs fish ladder. The fish were a mix of all sizes with the majority darker fish that have been in the river over the winter. Water temperatures reached 40 degrees.
Kalamazoo River: Look for more steelhead to be moving upstream.
Grand Haven: Pier anglers were not able to get out due to ice flow in the area.
Grand River near Grand Rapids: Steelhead were caught at the 6th Street Dam by those using spawn and wax worms. A couple walleye were also caught. Steelhead were caught near the mouth of the Rogue River.
Grand River near Lansing: The Grand Ledge, Portland and Webber Dam fish ladders have been cleaned out and are now back open for the spring steelhead run. A few pike and walleye were caught in Old Town near the Brenke Ladder. Pike were hitting golden shiners and the walleye were hitting swim baits and crank baits.
Muskegon Lake: Ice fishing continues however anglers need to avoid the shipping lane in the center of the lake as it is not possible to go from one end to the other. Anglers should also stay away from the mouth of the river where quite a few anglers have gone through the ice. Perch were caught off the Sand Docks though anglers were sorting through a lot of small ones. The better pike fishing was in the South Bay south of Fisherman’s Landing.
Muskegon River: Steelhead fishing improved with the warmer weather. Anglers are drifting spawn or fly fishing. A couple walleye were also caught.
Rogers City: The marina still had ice but no safe ice.
Alpena: The big lake is open however the Thunder Bay River still had ice.
Higgins Lake: The ice is piled up at the west shore launch and at the North State Park. Perch anglers are using blues instead of perch minnows to avoid the small ones. Fish were caught as deep as 40 to 60 feet or as shallow as 10 to 15 feet when sight fishing. The serious anglers are getting smelt. The rainbow trout action was fair between Big Creek and the Conference Center. The lake trout bite was starting to pick back up and a few more pike were caught.
Houghton Lake: The ice is holding though anglers need to be aware of the large pressure crack off Long Point as well as on the north end off Flint Road where there is open water. The bite has been hit-or-miss. A few nice perch were caught as well as a couple nice walleye that were found at all depths.
Tawas: There is now open water from Tawas Point to the south. A few boats trolling body baits down near Alabaster in 18 to 22 feet caught a couple walleye. Ice fishing was slow with only a couple walleye and lake trout taken out near the artificial reef when using spoons or jigs tipped with minnows in 20 to 22 feet. A few perch were caught in 14 to 16 feet, but most were small.
Au Gres: Lake trout, walleye and whitefish were caught near Pt. Au Gres in 10 to 20 feet on spoons and jigs with minnows. North of the breakwall, lake trout and whitefish were hitting in 8 to 15 feet. There were so many anglers down in the Pine River / Palmer Road area that it is even hard to find a place to park. The perch action was spotty, but a few limit catches were taken from Hale Road south to Sagatoo Road in 8 to 12 feet when using jack hooks and minnows.
Au Gres River: Small walleye and the occasional keeper were caught in 8 to 10 feet when using jigs tipped with minnows.
Petoskey: Had pretty much open water in the harbor and on the big lake.
Charlevoix: The channel leading out to the big lake was pretty much ice free though anglers may encounter occasional floating ice.
Lake Charlevoix: The ice was still holding, and anglers were out targeting Cisco. A warm-up next week will make conditions much more difficult.
Traverse City: Both the East and the West Bay have open water however no boats were out.
Manistee River: Starting to hear of a few more steelhead being caught as the weather warms. A few anglers were seen up near Tippy Dam.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell: Still had some ice fishing though anglers will need to use caution. Look for pike and panfish in the shallows.
Pere Marquette River: Those targeting steelhead are starting to catch a few more fish. Those using spawn or fly fishing found a few fish near the Twin Bridges.
Keweenaw Bay: Anglers caught some whitefish that were on the small side. Lake trout were caught but anglers had to move often to find them. Coho, splake, the occasional Menominee or brown trout were also caught. Those targeting smelt at night saw fish but very few were caught. Burbot were caught during the day and at night.
Marquette: The ice has blown out of both the Upper and Lower Harbors. Both the Carp and the Chocolay Rivers had steelhead anglers on the Type 3 waters.
Little Bay De Noc: Ice conditions were holding though anglers will need to still use caution and avoid any pressure cracks. Most anglers are traveling on snowmobiles and ORV’s when targeting walleye and perch. No word on catch rates.
Munising: The ice in Trout Bay had blown out and the ice beyond Williams Island is breaking up. More anglers were out with the nice weather, but catch rates were poor. The whitefish bite slowed considerably. Only a few coho and splake were caught, but most anglers never got a hit.
Cedarville and Hessel: Anglers off Cedarville were catching 8-11” perch when jigging minnows and wax worms in Musky Bay and Duck Bay. Hessel Bay still had ice with a good deal of slush on top. Catch rates were hit-or-miss. On the good days, 8-10” perch were caught on minnows or wax worms in 15 to 17 feet though anglers were sorting through a lot of fish under 7”.
-courtesy of the MI DNR
LANSING, MICH. To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials today announced the state is expanding vaccination eligibility beginning Monday, March 8. This change follows the announcement by President Joe Biden that ramped-up production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end May.
MDHHS is moving forward with the vaccination of Michiganders age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs. Beginning Monday, March 22, vaccine eligibility will again expand to include all Michiganders 50 and older. To date, more than 40% of Michiganders age 65 and older have been vaccinated.
“The more people we can get the safe and effective vaccine, the faster we can return to a sense of normalcy,” said Governor Whitmer. “I urge all eligible Michiganders to get one of the three COVID-19 vaccines to protect you, your family and your community. We’ve already administered over 2.3 million doses to Michiganders of all races and backgrounds, and yesterday’s announcement that our national supply will be enough to protect all Americans by the end of May is incredible news. And as always: mask up, practice safe social distancing and avoid large indoor gatherings where COVID-19 can easily spread from person to person. We will eliminate this virus together.”
“Over 2.3 million doses of the safe and effective COVID vaccines have been administered in Michigan, and we know more vaccine is coming into the state,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “We are pleased to expand eligibility for more people to get vaccinated as we continue to focus on our most vulnerable and those at highest risk of severe illness due to COVID-19. We are well on our way to vaccinating 70% of Michiganders age 16 and up. With three safe and effective vaccines now authorized for use, people should get the first vaccine available to them. These vaccines are the way we are going to end this pandemic.”
All vaccine providers may begin vaccinating the two new priority groups of 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs by Monday. Those eligible to receive a vaccine should:
It is important to note that, while supplies are increasing, there remains a limited amount of vaccine available, so there may be a waitlist for available appointments. As more vaccine becomes available, the state will continue to move more quickly through the priority groups.
Last weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for adults ages 18 and older. The vaccine is deemed 85% effective in preventing severe disease. Michigan will receive 82,700 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.
All three vaccines in circulation demonstrate high efficacy against COVID-19, particularly with preventing hospitalizations, severe illness and deaths. The vaccines have comparable safety profiles, with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine having the benefit of a single dose.
MDHHS is accelerating vaccination of these individuals due to concern around disparity in life expectancy and in an effort to remove barriers to vaccine access. The state recently launched a COVID-19 vaccination strategy guided by the following guiding principles:
MDHHS follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. CDC recommendations are based on input from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the federal advisory committee made up of medical and public health experts who develop recommendations on the use of vaccines in the United States.
The most recent vaccine prioritization guidance can be found on Michigan’s COVID-19 website.
LANSING, MICH. Today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated two of its epidemic orders, allowing for increased capacity limits at various venues, larger residential and nonresidential gatherings and expanded visitation opportunities at residential care facilities. Changes are designed to balance reopening while controlling the spread of COVID-19 and save Michiganders’ lives. Although progress has been made in reduction of hospitalizations, it is crucial that Michiganders continue to mask up and socially distance as we reopen.
“As we continue our vaccine rollout and make steady progress against the virus, we are taking additional incremental steps to re-engage to ensure we are protecting our families and frontline workers and saving lives,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Michigan is a national leader in the fight against COVID-19, and our fact-based, data-driven approach will help our state rebuild our economy and resume normal day-to-day activities. As always, mask up, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands. We all have a personal responsibility to slow the spread of the virus so we can end this pandemic together. One of the most important things Michiganders can do is make a plan to get the safe and effective vaccine when it’s available to you.”
“More than 2 million doses of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine have been administered and a third vaccine will soon be arriving here in Michigan to help us end the pandemic in our state,” said Elizabeth Hertel, MDHHS director. “We continue to monitor the data closely, and based on current trends we are taking another step toward normalcy. We urge Michiganders to continue doing what works and wearing a mask, washing their hands and avoiding crowds.”
MDHHS had been closely monitoring three metrics for stabilization or declines over the past several weeks. As with other states, Michigan’s metrics are mixed. The presence of more infectious variants, such as the B 1.1.7 variant, threatens our progress in control of the epidemic and MDHHS will be monitoring data closely. In recent days:
With all residents at skilled nursing homes having been offered their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and a vast majority having had their second dose, the Residential Care Facilities Order goes into effect immediately. The order encourages communal dining and group activities for residents and allows indoor and outdoor visitation in all counties regardless of county risk level. Visitation is allowed as long as the facility has not had a new COVID-19 case in the last 14 days and all indoor visitors ages 13 and older are subject to rapid antigen testing. Testing will help keep residents, staff and families safe while allowing for visitation and an increased quality of life for residents. Adult foster care homes licensed for 12 or fewer residents, hospice facilities, substance use disorder residential facilities and assisted-living facilities are encouraged to implement visitor and staff testing protocols.
Visitors will be required to wear face masks or other personal protective equipment when required by the facility at all times. In general, visitors will need to maintain six feet from residents.
“While we continue to have virus very present across the entire state, our improvements in case numbers, test positivity, and vaccinations mean we can move forward with reopening in an incremental way,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “I am glad we continue to make progress, but that progress is fragile. Everyone should continue to do important things like wearing a mask, washing hands, avoiding large gatherings and getting one of the three safe and effective vaccines when it becomes available to you.”
Changes to the Gatherings and Mask Order go into effect Friday, March 5, and remain in effect through Monday, April 19.
Capacity changes include:
Indoor residential gatherings are now limited to 15 people from three households, while outdoor residential gatherings can include up to 50 people.
The epidemic order continues to temporarily pause other venues and activities where participants have close physical contacts and are not consistently masked, like water parks. As before, employees who work in jobs that cannot be performed from home can continue to go to work, while employees who can work from home should continue to do so.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus. To learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.
(Lansing, MI) – Internationally acclaimed visual artist, and the first artist in REACH Studio Art Center’s new Arts Residency Program, Lansing’s own Mila Lynn is presenting her newest artistic endeavor entitled the ‘Black is King’ Project throughout the month of February. The collection of 8 impactful figures of the Black community will be on display at REACH Studio Art Center, as well as in multiple Black owned businesses in Michigan’s major cities including Lansing, Grand Rapids, & Detroit. For more information on the project visit www.mindofmila.com.
The project is a continuation of an idea Mila had to increase Black Representation as Royalty shortly after her godson was born. “I want him to grow up in a world where he feels he belongs, and can see himself playing a meaningful role,” Lynn said. Mila wants to normalize society seeing her godson, and other Black members of the community as something other than villains & victims. The project is set to educate and uplift the Black community, by celebrating various figures including Michelle & Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, Kobe Bryant, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Rosa Parks, and Malcolm X. Throughout the month, Mila will paint new Black Kings and Queens, and there will be a different theme for each such as the King & Queen of Diamonds, of Hearts, of Clubs, and of Spades. The pieces that aren’t featured in her studio, will be featured in an affluent Black Business in Lansing, Detroit, or Grand Rapids, and the originals will eventually go on sale. There will also be prints made of each piece that will be available for purchase.
In addition to presenting the ‘Black is King’ Project, Mila Lynn has been named the first ‘Artist in Residence’ in REACH’s newly launched Arts Residency Program. As a child, Mila was one of the first students to enroll at REACH in Lansing, where she was introduced to, and developed her love of art through youth classes. It means a lot to Mila that it has come full circle. The moment was not lost on Alice Brinkman, Executive Director of REACH either. “I’m excited to have Mila Lynn call Reach Studio Art Center “home” for her artistic practice.” To promote the ‘Black is King’ project, Mila has planned multiple evening shows throughout the month of February in her studio at REACH which will feature Michigan based musician of Black Descent. The shows will be Thursdays at 7pm via Facebook and IG LIVE. These will be used to bring awareness to the Book Drive that Mila will be co-hosting February 28th. More details will be released later this month.
About The Artists:
Mila Lynn is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who specializes in collage, painting, and caricature art. Growing up, and currently residing in Lansing, MI, Mila has studied & presented art both nationally & abroad, including at Wimbledon Art Studio in London, England. Mila also commissioned, and presented her first solo exhibit, the Repurpose Project at Factory 114 in Tampa, FL in the summer of 2019. Her father taught her how to draw when she was a child, and she began studying other forms of visual art in middle school and at REACH Studio Art Center. When she picked up a paint brush again as an adult, she wasn’t expecting it to take her as far as it has. She is extremely grateful that she has been able to turn a childhood activity into a blossoming professional career. Mila has a passion & love of creation on every level, and one of her greatest gifts is her ability to visualize something and bring it to life through her art.
For more information on Mila Lynn & the ‘Black is King’ Project visit:
For more information on Mila Lynn & the ‘Black is King’ Project visit: www.mindofmila.com
LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts have signed the Player Development License (PDL) to become the new High-A Central League affiliate for the Oakland Athletics, with the 10-year agreement going into effect as of Wednesday, February 10th.
“We are proud to make this official: We are partnering with the Oakland Athletics’ organization, we are moving up a level in Minor League Baseball, and we are one of the select 120 licensed affiliated Minor League Baseball teams moving forward,” said Lansing Lugnuts owner Tom Dickson. “In doing so, we have ensured that Lansing is the home of affiliated Minor League Baseball for many seasons to come while also hosting the highest standard of baseball Lugnuts fans have ever seen.”
The Oakland Athletics, winners of nine World Series championships and 17 division titles, including the 2020 American League West title, become the fourth affiliate in Lugnuts history, following the Kansas City Royals (1996-1998), Chicago Cubs (1999-2004) and Toronto Blue Jays (2005-2020). Those previous three organizations produced over 150 Major Leaguers, nearly 1700 victories and two Midwest League championships in Lansing.
The Lugnuts will be joined in the High-A Central League’s Eastern Division by the Dayton Dragons, Fort Wayne TinCaps, Great Lakes Loons, Lake County Captains and West Michigan Whitecaps. The Western Division will comprise the Beloit Snappers, Cedar Rapids Kernels, Peoria Chiefs, Quad Cities River Bandits, South Bend Cubs and Wisconsin Timber Ratttlers.;
“We are excited to unveil this new model, which not only provides a pipeline to the Majors, but continues the Minor Leagues’ tradition of entertaining millions of families in hundreds of communities,” said Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “In modernizing our Minor League system, we prioritized the qualities that make the Minor Leagues such an integral part of our game while strengthening how we develop professional athletes on and off the field. We look forward to demonstrating the best of our game throughout local communities, supporting all those who are working hard to grow the sport, and sharing unrivaled technology and resources with minor league teams and players.”
In moving up from the Low-A to the High-A classification, the Lugnuts will have only the Athletics’ Double-A and Triple-A affiliates separating them and Oakland, speeding up the timeline for Nuts players to ascend from Lansing to the Major Leagues.
The Lugnuts’ coaching staff, as announced by Oakland, will feature manager Scott Steinmann, who directed the A’s Double-A affiliate the last two seasons and has 596 career victories as a Minor League manager, joined by pitching coach Don Schulze, hitting coach Javier Godard, assistant hitting coach Anthony Phillips, head athletic trainer Brian “Doc” Thorson and sport performance coach Connor Hughes.
“We cannot wait to welcome Lugnuts fans back to Jackson® Field™ and show our newest players and coaches how special it is to play baseball in Lansing,” said Dickson. “The 2021 season cannot come soon enough.”
The 2020-2021 High School bowling season is starting and as part of our season previews we talked to Lansing bowling coaches Brandon Volker on what to expect.
On the Team: "We are a combined team with all three high schools, with kids from Eastern, Everett and Sexton Bowling. Right now about 11 kids - enough for one full team and hopefully they'll get one more to have a consistent year. That's what I'm looking forward to and trying to go out and get some wins for the school district.
The team bowls at Spare Time in Frandor and has three seniors one from Eastern, two from Everett. They are also co-ed and feature three girls this year.
For those considering joining the high school bowling team: "Especially in high school bowling it's really a team sport. This year, instead of previous years, we've bowled two regular games of bowling and two baker games - which is a team game where there are five people on a team and each person bowls two games. This year we are doing one singles game and then four baker games. It's definitely going to be more of a team game this year. Bowling is one of those sports where even if you've never done it before It's easy to pick up and its pretty easy to learn."
The 2020-2021 High School swimming season is also starting and as part of our season previews we talked to Lansing Swimming coach Samantha Zill on what to expect.
On the team: "The team has been incredibly excited this week, more so than I've ever seen at the beginning of a season before. That's certainly encouraging. We've got - right now about 24 kids on the team and we are continuing to grow since I've taken over about four years ago. We have a number of kids who aren't able to compete with us due to covid issues but they are going to be competing virtually.
We are growing and are excited. We've got some awesome senior leadership this year…kids that have been on the team since freshman year who have really helped establish what this team is becoming and creating a competitive swim culture for the district. It'll be interesting to see what the times look like once we can have meets. I think we are going to have some really competitive kids on the team this year.
Our kids have been training on their own - we haven't had anybody on the team that has had an actual in the pool practice since we ended last season. It'll be interesting but it'll be exciting and I think that's good.
On the team strengths: "Some of our faster swimmers are our up and coming swimmers who are still trying to find their events. I think in our 50 and 100 we can start doing pretty well in those events. In our backstroke and distance events we can excel as well."
The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association recently recognized outstanding area players for post season awards. Here are your honorees:
QB Joey Baker
DL Bronson Abbott
DB Jake Maloney
Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association recently named their All State Team. Here are Lansing's Honorees:
Hailey Bres - Lansing Catholic
Melissa Meachnau - Lansing Catholic
Ashley Nordmann - Lansing Christian
Annaliese Rottman - Lansing Christian
Congratulations to all!
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