The Michigan DNR recently confirmed a new state-record fish for bigmouth buffalo. This marks the first state-record fish caught in 2017 and it was caught by an angler who held the previous state record for bigmouth buffalo from 2008.
Spring means many things to many people - morel mushrooms, trout fishing, turkey hunting or viewing migrating birds overhead. The American woodcock is one of those migrating, part-time Michigan residents that split time between the southeastern United States and Michigan.
Al Gearhart has learned a few things about big smallmouth in his annual spring trips to Lake Charlevoix.
His credentials speak for themselves. He's caught four smallmouth bass over 7 pounds from the lake and numerous 5s and 6s. And yes, he releases all of the big bass he catches.