2012-10-25 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, if you have been across the Manistique River Bridge you are well aware of the number of fishermen down at the river. They have been doing real well down near and below the Black Bass Hole. Fishing is nothing like it used to be when I first came to town but there is still some good action to be had.

Speaking of fall fishing, there was some bad news on what happened at a DNR hatchery.

Security has been increased at a hatchery in Michigan’s northwestern Lower Peninsula after the deaths of about 5,700 Coho salmon being blamed on vandalism, state officials said Monday.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking tips from the public in finding out who is behind the vandalism at Platte River State Fish Hatchery in Beulah, about 25 miles southwest of Traverse City. Coho are released in the Platte River near the hatchery, and stocking sustains the fish population.

“This is the first time in 45 years where we have had this type of incident at this facility,” Gary Whelan, DNR fish production manager, said in a statement. “It could have put our entire Coho salmon program in serious jeopardy. … We were exceptionally fortunate to have an above average Coho salmon spawning run this year.”

The DNR said hatchery staff arrived at work on Oct. 5 to find the fish dead. An investigation found that the previous night the fish were apparently crowded into a small area. That blocked water flow and created conditions in which dissolved oxygen levels became lethal for the fish, the DNR said.

Salmon carcasses were salvaged for use in the fish meal industry.

It always has amazed me how someone could enjoy doing something like this.

A history lesson about Michigan that will age you.

In 1936, Escanaba, Mich., harvested and processed 100,000 sq. ft. of birds eye maple to be used in the English Luxury Liner, the Queen Mary.

When the territory of Michigan was created on Jan. 11, 1805, Detroit was chosen as its capital.

Bagley’s Corner was the original name of Bloomfield Hills.

The world’s only marble lighthouse is located on Belle Isle.

Hog’s Hollow was the original name of Utica, Mich.

There are over 11,500 lakes in Michigan.

The home offices of Life Savers Candy, Beech-Nut Gum, and Squirt soft drinks are in Holland, Mich.

In 1870, Detroit became the nation’s first telephone customers to have phone numbers assigned to them.

Charles A. Lindbergh was born in Detroit on Feb. 4, 1902.

The Stars and Stripes first flew over Michigan soil on July 11, 1796.

In September 1908, William C. Durant organized several independent automobile plants into what was to become General Motors.

Michigan began charging an annual license fee of 50 cents in 1915 for autos.

Michigan’s first police woman began walking the beat in Detroit in 1893.

In 1942, the Davison Freeway in Detroit was completed and became the world’s first urban freeway.

The first soft drink, (Vernor’s Ginger Ale) was introduced by a Detroit Pharmacist, James A. Vernor, in 1866. Note: There were several ‘elixirs’ on the market at that time, including what would later be called Coca Cola. These contained alcohol, whereas Vernor’s didn’t. Thus the name ‘soft’ drink.

The intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand Avenue in Detroit proudly displayed the world’s first traffic light in 1915, leaders of 19 countries and 26 states came to check it out in the first six months.

In 1688, Father Jacques Marquette founded the first permanent settlement in what would later become Michigan.

The world’s first shopping mall (Northland Mall), opened in the

® ® ® Detroit suburb of Southfield in 1954. Newspapers from overseas as well as this country wrote that it would never catch on......Duh?

The world’s first painted highway center lines were featured in Trenton, Mich., in 1911. They were used in other towns and that was how Center Line, Mich., got its name.

Michigan ranks Number 1 nationally in the production of dog sleds.

The nation’s largest indoor/outdoor museum complex is Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

Opened in 1904, the nation’s oldest freshwater aquarium (was) the Belle Isle Aquarium.

The onion is Michigan’s largest fresh-market vegetable crop.

You’re an old Michigan resident if you remember:

• You remember a Winkleman’s, Sanders and Federal store in your neighborhood.

• You remember the ‘Big Snow’, Buffalo Bob, Howdy Doody, Clarabelle, Phineas T. Bluster, Princess Summer-Fall-Winter-Spring.

• You remember dairy delivered milk and juice to the chute on the side of your house and Milky the Clown performed magic with the magic words ‘Twin Pines.’

• You remember the Good Humor man in a white uniform, ringing the bells as he drove down your street.

• You remember Olympia Stadium.

• You remember when Vernors was made on Woodward Ave., and a bearded troll was on the bottle.

• Your mom got groceries at Great Scott, Food Fair, Wrigley’s or Chatham, C. F. Smith was even earlier.

• Your mom saved Holden Red Stamps, S&H Green stamps, or Gold Bell Gift stamps, and you licked them into those little books.

• Kresge’s and Woolworth’s were ‘Dime Stores.’

• You saw the Detroit Lions play football in Tiger Stadium.

• You remember Black Bart and the Faygo song. Or how about ‘Which way did he go? He went for Faygo, old fashion root beer.’

• You remember Jack LeGoff and Van Patrick and Wolf-Man Jack.

• You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery and got to take home a mini loaf of bread.

• You remember a laundry chute and a milk chute and a coal chute.

• You remember going to Detroit Edison with your mom to exchange burned out light bulbs for new ones.

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