2012-12-06 / Outdoors

Fish Report

Well, I guess I might as well just give up and go with the flow as far as wondering what our weather is going to do. It turns cold so you get your long handles out only to have all the snow melt and things warm up. So about the time you dress to go out in the warmer weather guess what? The wind picks up and that white stuff starts falling from the sky.

In fact it was so nice I was teasing one couple that usually goes to Florida for the winter that they sure goofed up this year seeing winter was here and left. I guess they just figure old man winter may come back because they are leaving the end of the week.

For a lot of hunters their hunting for the year is over with the close of the regular firearm deer season. For a good number of others they are getting ready for the upcoming muzzle loading season. There were a lot of happy hunters this year, but one has to wonder just how good it may have been if only the weather had been more conducive to deer hunting.

I was talking to another hunter this week and we got talking about the lost art of rabbit hunting. It used to be during Christmas vacation time there would be quite a few crews out with their beagles doing some rabbit hunting. Of course getting rabbits was usually not one of the results of rabbit hunting but the crews always had fun getting together.

I came across another article about an old time game warden. There was also an article that shows everything conservation officers can be involved in this time of year.

The Department of Natural Resources recently remembered Michigan conservation officer Theron A. Craw on the 84th anniversary of his death in the line of duty.

On Oct. 31, 1928, Craw and his partner were working along Acme Creek in Grand Traverse County. The two officers were assigned to work trappers and protect recently stocked fish from merganser ducks.

During the course of their duties, Craw was accidently shot by his partner and sustained a shotgun wound to his back and injuries to his internal organs. The officer succumbed to these injuries on Nov. 5, 1928.

Theron was the son of Michigan conservation officer and district law supervisor Mark A. Craw and his wife, Clara. After serving as an infantryman in WWI, Theron Craw was hired as a Michigan conservation officer on Jan. 2, 1928.

“Conservation officer Theron Craw died protecting the natural resources of this state,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “His service in the infantry in World War I would have placed him in harm’s way. Danger is inherent in conservation law enforcement, also. This hero’s life cut short reflects that danger. We will always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”

In another article, the cooperative effort between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Clay Township Police Department resulted in the citation of Wadhah Noori Jabro, of Sterling Heights, for taking sturgeon during the closed season in St. Clair County.

DNR conservation officers Todd Szyska and Kris Kiel were on patrol, looking for illegal shining activity in Macomb County, when they received a call from the DNR Report All Poaching (RAP) line attendant that an anonymous citizen had reported the illegal activity. The citizen supplied a description of the suspect’s vehicle and license plate number.

The DNR conservation officers, who were 40 minutes away from the scene, called the Clay Township Police for assistance. Clay Township officers located the suspect and held him for the conservation officers.

The officers found Mr. Jabro in possession of a 61-inch sturgeon. He was fishing without a proper license, without a mandatory sturgeon tag and was taking a sturgeon during the closed season (an offense punishable by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, restitution of $1,500 and a loss of fishing license for three years).

Mr. Jabro was arraigned on Nov. 13, in the 72nd District Court in Marine City. The magistrate reviewed the misdemeanor charges and determined the case was sufficient to be heard by a district court judge.

“Based on the tackle he was using, the suspect was obviously fishing for sturgeon,” said Szyska. “We wouldn’t have had this case at all if it weren’t for the RAP line and an alert citizen who called it in.”

Sturgeon are relatively rare in the Great Lakes.

“The lake sturgeon population in the St. Clair system is a unique and valuable resource,” said DNR fisheries biologist Mike Thomas. “Fishing regulations have been designed to protect that resource. Poaching is a direct threat to the viability of the sturgeon population.”

Anglers, in possession of an allspecies fishing license, are allowed to harvest one sturgeon per year, which must be tagged immediately. Sturgeon season on the St. Clair River closes Sept. 30.

In closing this week I would like to mention something you can do at this time of year to help out someone else. A lot of you that know me know I have a brother that went up to Bay Cliff Camp for years. I also have a younger sister that worked there. So this place is special to me.

Each year if we should get some deer after I skin them out I later take the hides out to Les Henry’s place on Old State Road. I give them the hides and always tell them to put what I would get for them in with what he usually gives towards Bay Cliff.

Les and his wife always help out some good causes. So if you have some deer hides donate them to a good cause by dropping them off and telling Les to give what you would get to Bay Cliff.

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