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  • Seven-year-old Preston Buss of North Liberty (son of Andy Buss) shows off his first smallmouth bass catch. It came from Eagle Lake.
  • Aaron Breidert, formerly of Saugany, Ind., and his girlfriend, Mallory Johnson, formerly of Hudson Lake, Ind., show off a some sockeye salmon they captured while working for the Tutka Lagoon Hatchery near Homer, Alaska. Breidert’s dad is Indiana Lake Michigan biologist Brian Breidert.
  • Mike Faulkner caught this 48.5-inch muskie from the Goulais River in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. this month while fishing alone. He caught it on a No. 107 brown/green Oslo spinner made in Michiana.
  • Nine-year-old Gavin Mahlich from Williamston, Mich. shows off a bluegill he caught from Rose Lake in Branch County.
  • Tyler Westenbarger shot this 55-pound coyote while turkey hunting near Traverse City.
  • Tyler Westenbarger caught this 9 pound northern pike while fishing near Traverse City.
  • Eric Corbat killed this tom in St. Clair County. The bird had a 10-inch beard and 1-inch spurs.
  • Mark Zona isn’t the only one who can catch smallmouth. His son, Jakob, caught this dandy off a SW Michigan lake while fishing with his brother, Hunter. Dad was off filming somewhere. How big? He doesn’t know. He released it immediately.
  • Ryan Whitacre of Chicago caught this smallmouth beast while fishing from shore with a green pumpkin tube in Chicago’s Diversey Harbor. It weighed 6.24 pounds – less than 5 pounces shy of Illinois’ 32-year old record.
  • Lindsey and Zack Laden (Edwardsburg) wrestled this 49-inch flathead shot with a bow by Mason Stephenson while bowfishing with Camo Toad Bowfishing Guide.
  • Tom Garries of Granger shot this nice elk while fishing Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming in mid-Sept.
  • Morgan Frank (age 9) caught this 25-pound king near Michigan City while fishing with his dad, Capt. Michael Frank of Dialed-in Charters.
  • Scott Crocker of Niles caught this 46-inch tiger muskie from the Niles stretch of the St. Joseph River on his homemade swim jig.
  • 2-year-old Marissa Weesies caught her first rainbow from Little Manistee River with help from “Papa.”
  • Cousins Cade (Cadillac) and Troy (Frankfort) with a Crystal Lake trout.
  • Cole Fedwa of Portland, Mich. snapped this photo of a doe nursing a fawn in the road near a neighbor’s pond.
  • Jami Young won the Wednesday night, St. Joseph River big bass pot with this 4.47-pound smallmouth.
  • Five-year-old Gabe Lagodney (South Bend) caught this dandy bluegill while fishing with his dad at Pine Lake in LaPorte recently.
  • Rick Kedik of Niles, Mich. shows a 5.13 largemouth caught on Diamond Lake with a jerkbait in mid-March.
  • Here is one of the nicest bass I've caught since ice off. She has been bitten by a Pike recently but appears to be okay and should heal up. She hopefully will survive to get even bigger! She was caught on a jig fished in about 6 feet of water on a local lake.
  • Jeff Kohler caught this brown trout from St. Joe River at Benton Harbor on his own spinner with a KVD Ghost Shad
  • Jeff Kohler caught this smallmouth from Door County, Wi on a Mepps spinner.
  • Notre Dame student Bo Brauer with nice pike taken from Pinhook Lagoon in South Bend.
  • Bryan Hanson of Portage, Ind. caught this 7-3 largemouth from Potato Creek State Park in November on a Strike King Rage Tail Space Monkey. the fish was 22 1/4 inches by 18 inches. He used a 7-foot G Loomis Mossy Back rod and a KVD baitcaster.
  • Leon Bogucki of Rolling Prairie, Ind. shot this big 10-point opening day in LaPorte County with a shotgun. He believes the big buck will score between 160-170. It dressed at 205 pounds.
  • 10-year-old Bryce Dittmar of North Liberty, Ind. shot this 8 pointer with a .50 cal T/C muzzleloader during gun season. The rack had a 20-inch inside spread.
  • Aaron Divine (South Bend) shows a smallmouth he caught near Chicago while fishing with Bobby Bergren (Munster, Ind), Ralph Steiger (Hammond, Ind.) and John Mazurkiewicz (South Bend).
  • Ralp Steiger of Hammond, Ind. holds a 5 pound smallmouth caught with Bobby Bergren (right) near Chicago.
  • 2-year-old Bryce Weesie of Montague, Mich. with his first fish.
  • Mike Lagodney with a pair of 6s from Torch Lake
  • Darinn Schaap and Kevin and Mike Fletcher with a 23-pound limit from Traverse City lakes.
  • Hayley McDougal of Mishawaka got her first deer, a nice 8 point
  • Larry Thomas of Edwardsburg, Mi. shows off a 6.2-pound smallmouth caught from Traverse City lake.
  • Randy Showalter holds a 51.5 inch muskie he caught from the Barbie Chain, North Webster, Ind.
  • Mike Boisseau caught this bass on a black spinnerbait while fishing Long Lake (Cass county) recently. He estimates the fish close to 6 pounds.
  • Jesse Ray Anderson of Perry, Mich. with a 7 1/2-pound largemouth from Fletcher’s Pond near Alpena July 4.
  • Jason Besinger of Mishawaka shot his first turkey this spring with a 20 gauge shotgun. The bird had a 10-inch beard and weighed 22 pounds.
  • Taylor Lackey, 15, Clarksville, Mich. harvested this nice 25-pound, double-bearded tom on her grandpa's Eaton County farm.
  • Joel Gorenflo of St. Joseph, Mich. caught the 28-inch walleye from Lake Michigan this spring.
  • Mike Boisseau (South Bend) shows off a 9.80-pound walleye he caught from Lake of the Woods near Bremen on a Heddon Sonar in December, 2011.
  • Al Tarchala (Plymouth, IN.) shot this bearded hen with a bow this spring. The hen had a 6-inch beard!
  • Dave Tafelski of Granger shot this 26-pound wild turkey Friday with a 12-gauge shotgun while hunting near Plymouth. The gobbler had an 11-inch beard and 3/4-inch spurs.
  • Dan Linn shot this buck in October, 2012. It dressed at 197 pounds.
  • Dan Linn shot this buck in northern Indiana during November, 2012. It green scored 141 2/8.
  • Clint Marler of Hobart, Ind. caught this 8.16 pounder from Koontz Lake, Ind. on a lipless crankbait during a Fish Lake Bassmasters tourney. He won with 16.50 pounds.
  • Lloyd Brubaker of Elkhart caught this 34-inch pike from the Elkhart river.
  • Texx Holmes of Niles shows off a nice smallmouth caught from a southwest Michigan lake last April.
  • Skip Freeman shot this 9 point during Indiana firearms season on private property in Osceola, Ind. The buck field dressed at 200 pounds.
  • Cyle Milewski of Osceola, Ind. shot this nice 8 point in St. Joseph County on the last day of gun season. The buck dressed out at 163.
  • Tom Garries of Granger, In. shot this 18-point moose with a Savage 300 win mag while hunting in Newfoundland. The brute field dressed at 1,200 pounds.
  • Paul Gleissner caught this 5.1-pound smallmouth on a northern Michigan lake in October on a brown craw tube with a rattling jighead.
  • Jay Meyers with a 5.5-pound smallmouth and a 4.5 largemouth caught from Gull Lake in early winter.
  • Dennis Ignowski shot this 11 pointer Nov. 7 with a bow on public land in SW Michigan. It dressed at 190 pounds.
  • Joe Denardo caught this 6.5-pound bass on a Rat-L Trap from northern Indiana’s Lake Holiday.
  • Parker DeGroot of Gaylord, Mich. shows off his first walleye caught with dad Bill on Burt Lake.
  • Mike Jones caught this monster catfish from the St. Joseph River in Buchanan on cut bait. It wasn’t weighed, as he released it after the photo session.
  • John Warren Jr. (Bay City, Mi.) with first traditional archery kill.
  • Chuck Powell of Osceola caught this big cat on a C-Flash crankbait from Pipestone Lake. The fish was estimated between 8-10 pounds.
  • Steve Lopez with 29.5 inch walleye from Cass Lake, Minn.
  • Reece Frederick with limit of big ‘gills from Cass Lake, Minn.
  • Tom Bell caught these two bass (5.66 and 4.72) from Waldron Lake recently on a Red Eye Shad. He’s posing with Mark Fennell.
  • Thomas Schultheis (Mishawaka) caught this 46 1/2”, 24.14-pound muskie on Webster Lake, Ind. while fishing with guide Bryan Pierkarski.
  • John Leader fished alone and won the River Wednesday season opener with 9 pounds, including big bass that weighed 4.8 pounds.
  • Don Kryder caught this 25-8 chinook in St. Joe, Mich. in July, 2013.
  • Tim Cira (Granger) caught this 32”, 13.9-pound walleye on a Swedish Pimple through the Lake Erie ice.
  • Darin Diller, Bristol, with 15 pound pike from Lake Wawasee
  • Marshall Olsen, Plymouth, with 39.5-inch pike from Plymouth area lake.
  • Indiana District biologist Neil Ledet caught this 13 pound walleye while fishing through the ice on Lake Erie, where his crew caught several others between 6-7 pounds.
  • Mark Bisig caught this 20-inch smallmouth from the St. Joe River near Logan Street in Mishawaka last summer.
  • John Mazurkiewcz and JVD pose with big bass caught in 20-degree weather from an Alabama lake. JVD’s fish was a 9+!
  • Jonathon VanDam caught this 9 pounder with a drop-shot rig on a private lake in southern Alabama during a Shimano reel writer event. He was fishing with a new IMX802JWR Loomis rod and Stradic CI4 spinning reel.
  • Scott Soderberg of Granger shot this nice buck on private land near Winamac, Ind. on opening day with a muzzleloader. The 8 pointer dressed over 200 pounds.
  • Bill Toth of Granger shot this 11-pointer on opening day in St. Joseph County, Ind. It field dressed at 179 pounds.
  • Sy Ignowski took this hefty buck with a crossbow near Niles. The 6-pointer field dressed at 240 pounds!
  • Tanner Hursh of Edwardsburg bagged this eight point on his 10th birthday in early November.
  • Dawood Yasin of California shot this 15-point buck with a bow in LaPorte County, Ind.
  • Northridge High Jr. Kira Stout shot this 8 pointer in Miami County with a .44 Mag Rifle last season.
  • Chuck Powell of Osceola with trapped coyote.
  • Tanner Magyar (Elkhart) shot his first buck, an 8 pointer, recently while hunting in Cass County, Mich.
  • Matt Beebe shot this 11 pointer near South Bend and 100 yards from where his son took a 9 pointer two weeks ago.
  • Eric Neuhauser of Kokomo with a 21-inch smallie caught from the St. Joe at 6 Span.
  • Scott Carpenter of Kokomo with a nice smallmouth caught from the St. Joe at 6 Span.
  • Rick Pounder of Michigan City caught this 9 pound walleye on a Max Jig from Lake Holiday.
  • 12-year-old Jacob Beebe (LaSalle Academy) dropped this 9-point, 250 pounder while hunting south of South Bend, In. on opening youth day with a .410.
  • Jeremy Bunnell of Mishawaka with a pair of northern smallies taken on drop shot rigs.
  • Jeremy Bunnell of Mishawaka with a northern Michigan smallmouth beauty.
  • Jeremy Bunnell (Mishawaka) and Al Tucker (Zionsville, Ind.) with a couple of northern Michigan dandies taken in the fall.
  • Scott Stopher of Kalamazoo with two 5-pound-plus smallies from Lake Charlevoix.
  • Casey Binder (Mishawaka, In.) nailed this 5.80 bass from Juno Chain on a Pop R.
  • Erik Horner (Lakeville, In.), caught this giant king near the St. Joseph, Mi. pier. It was filleted – not weighed – but estimated at 25 pounds.
  • Jeff Neff of Valparaiso, Ind. caught this 7.38 bass on a Max Jig from potato creek state park during a tournament.
  • Mike Oldenburg (Burr Oak, Mich.) with catfish he caught on a drop-shot rig and 8-pound line at Portage Lake.
  • Three-year-old Payge Stroble (Homer, Mich.) landed this nice bass from a pond with the help of her friend Carter Hill (center). Payge’s dad Corey holds the fish. The fish was released.
  • Faron Lubbers caught this 5.20 lb. bass from Juno on a Zoom Fluke in early July.
  • Seven-year-old Reece Frederick shows off a 7 pound, 10 ounce walleye he caught while fishing with his grandfather, Jim Lopez, in Minnesota.
  • Jeremy Bunnell of Mishawaka displays a 5-15 smallie caught on Little Traverse Bay on a tube in 15 feet of water.
  • Chris Crumley shows off a 5-3 smallie he caught during a tournament on the St. Joseph River at Benton Harbor.
  • Royce Cage of Kokomo, In. shows off nice southern Michigan bass caught on a football jig and a Money Mouth Fish Bones stick worm.
  • Randy Ramsey with 50 inch muskie caught from St. Clair.
  • Ronda Ramsey of Battle Creek with 5 1/2 pound smallie from St. Clair.
  • Derek King of Battle Creek with 5 foot sturgeon caught from St. Clair.
  • This bruiser topped a limit of bass weighing close to 15 pounds caught and released this week by South Bend’s Jeremy Bunnell while fishing a Luck “E” strike RC STX jerkbait. He was fishing shallow weeds of a southern Michigan lake.
  • Hoosier Joe DeNardo caught this 9.5 lunker on a swimbait while fishing with a guide on Lake El Capitan in California.
  • Trent Moskwinski of South Bend caught this 50 1/2-inch muskie this spring from Lake Webster on a swimbait.
  • Hans Scott with a 5 pound Koi caught out of the St. Joseph River.
  • 5 year old Landon Allen with a 4 1/2 pounder caught from a Michiana pond on a Rat L Trap with his new Christmas fishin’ pole.
  • Rob Walker of South Bend caught this 6 pounder in late March from St. Joseph County on an orange/black Rapala.
  • Casey Ickes (Walkerton, Ind.)shows 8 pointer he killed with a crossbow in St. Joe County Jan. 4 after setting for 5 1/2 hours in 17 degree temperatures. The deer had a 20” rack.
  • Caylee Gee, age 11, shot this 13 pointer with a 44 Rifle from 85 yards away on Dec. 1 while hunting with her dad in Marshall County.
  • Indiana biologist Neil Ledet got in some winter trolling action on Lake Erie with some buddies recently. They all caught a limit of fish between 4 and 9 pounds.
  • Annalie and Abella Powell pose with their dad’s (Chuck) recent catch (a coyote, two beaver, a pair of raccoons and several muskrats) taken from St. Joseph County while trapping over Thanksgiving. Powell, one of Michiana’s leading trapping experts, says it’s been a good fall for trapping.
  • Craig DeVliegher of South Bend shot this monster 14-point, non-typical buck on private land near Lakeville with a shotgun.
  • Robert Aloi of Koontz Lake, Ind. shot this 11-point, 4 1/2-year-old trophy with a shotgun in Starke County.
  • Joey Howe, age 14, shot this 13 pointer while hunting with his dad in Marshall County during the Indiana Youth Season. He shot it with a 20 gauge shotgun and it was his first buck ever.
  • Robin Cox of Granger with 9 point, 2 1/2 year old buck killed in the Upper Peninsula.
  • Rick Hess of Middlebury, Ind. with 8-point, 2 1/2 year-old buck taken from near his home.
  • John Glenn High School sophomore Sydney Carson killed this 200-pound, 10-pointer with a muzzleloader. It was her first deer and green scored at 154 1/8 net.
  • Cristy Kaniewski of South Bend shot this 211-pound 8-point with a 20-gauge in northwestern St. Joseph County.
  • Leon Bogucki’s 12-pointer shot in LaPorte County. The deer was aged at 5 1/2 years.
  • Jason Castello shot this 200-pound, 14 pointer with a bow in Indiana’s St. Joseph County.
  • Pat Dowling of Niles shot this 10 pointer with a bow.
  • Larry Fielstra of Nappanee, Ind. shot this nice 8 point buck in St. Joseph County last week with a crossbow. The three-year-old deer dressed out at 180 pounds.
  • Miles Hanley of Kalamazoo shows off a 9 pound, 5 ounce male steelhead he caught below the Allegan dam on the Kalamazoo River during the 25th annual Ham-Kazoo Classic. He won big fish and first place in the contest. Hanley says the river is in good shape and loaded with fish.
  • Brian Lambert of Mill Creek, Ind. shot this 208-pound, 10-point during the pre-rut on 11-1-2012.
  • Ledger Parker shows of a pair of 6-pound-plus steelhead he caught on WW spinners while fishing near the Main Street Bridge in Mishawaka.
  • David Kantz and Jonathan Bailey of Goshen shot a mixed bag of ducks on opening day.
  • Cyrus Behrend of South Bend bagged this 12-point while hunting with his dad in Illinois on the first day of that state’s youth season.
  • Bill Sheeley caught this 38-inch slamon on the Muskegon River near Hardy/Croton dam on a small egg pattern fly and a 9 weight fly rod.
  • Tom Garries of Granger, Ind. killed this antelope earlier this season while hunting in Douglas, Wyoming.