There are plenty of in-state travel deals for Alaskans put off by rising airfares

Are you ready to travel this spring? Lots of folks in the travel industry are betting that you’ll pack your bags and go somewhere.

Ready or not, airlines are having a tough time keeping up with increasing demand. Look no farther than Alaska Airlines’ decision to cancel its popular Anchorage-Honolulu nonstop flights. Slashing this route is part of a broader initiative to better align the schedule with available flight crews, avoiding further cancellations and delays this summer.

Even if you want to fly to Hawaii this summer via Seattle, the price shoots up from $377 round-trip — nonstop — in mid-May to more than $1,000 round-trip starting June 1.

Perhaps that’s your clue to check out some of the early-season specials available around Alaska. May is a great month to see the best of Alaska, if you can look beyond the random patches of snow and the brown lawns.

Stan Stephens Cruises in Valdez offers two glacier cruises each day. The most popular cruise leaves at 10:30 a.m. from the small boat harbor for Columbia Glacier. You’ll spend six hours on the water. In addition to seeing the glacier, there’s plenty of wildlife along the way: whales, otters and eagles, among others. The regular price for the cruise is $145 per adult. But if you live in Alaska, you can save 30% off the cost if you sail between May 15 and June 15. That brings the price down to $106.50 — there’s a $5 fuel surcharge. Use the coupon code “ak30.″

The coupon code also works on the longer Mears Glacier cruise. This tour can take as long as eight hours. According to the tour description, the captain “has the time to go where we typically spot sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, humpback or orca whales, porpoise, eagles, puffins, cormorants and more.”

The Mears Glacier cruise doesn’t start until June 1, so there’s a two-week window until June 15 to get the discount.

Up in Fairbanks, the Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8 are offering a 40% discount for Alaska residents. (The Binkley family, which owns and operates the Riverboat Discovery and Gold Dredge 8, also owns the Anchorage Daily News.) As long as you purchase your tickets by May 6, you can visit anytime this summer, between May 11 and Sept. 17.

The Binkley family has operated sternwheeler riverboats in Alaska for more than 100 years. Today, though, the main focus is taking visitors on a three-hour tour down the Chena River in Fairbanks. The cruise includes a visit to the “Chena Indian Village Living Museum” and a stop at the home and kennel of the late Iditarod champion Susan Butcher. The kennel now is operated by her husband Dave Monson and their daughters. There’s also a touch-and-go bush pilot demonstration where the plane lands right next to the riverboat. The regular rate for the cruise is $75.95, but Alaska residents can sail for $45.57 per adult.

Gold Dredge 8 is a great place to catch “gold fever.” The giant dredge operated in the Goldstream Valley between 1928 and 1959. Your visit to the dredge includes a tour through the superstructure and a lesson on how the gold was extracted from the massive amounts of “paydirt” extracted by the dredge’s giant buckets. Then you’ll get a chance to pan for some gold — which is a very different process from the giant dredge. The regular price for the tour is $45.95, discounted for Alaskans to $27.57 each.

For the first time since 2019, Princess Tours will offer its rail/hotel packages between Anchorage and Fairbanks. The packages include rail transport between Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali and Fairbanks, plus accommodations along the way at the Mt. McKinley Princess and hotels near the entrance to Denali National Park.

Using Princess’s online booking engine, you can choose from 15 itineraries between one and four nights that offer 2-for-1 deals.

For example, tour “72E” includes rail transportation in Princess’s private rail cars between the Anchorage train station and Talkeetna. From there, ride Princess’s bus to the Mt. McKinley Princess for a two-night stay. Then, take the train back to Anchorage. Usually, the cost is $549 per person. With the 2-for-1 offer, it’s $274 per person, plus tax.

Ride all the way to Denali and back on tour “72A” which features two nights accommodations near the park. Because Princess works with two hotels near the park entrance, they don’t specify whether you’ll stay at the Denali Princess or the McKinley Chalet Resort; it’s right next door. The regular cost for the tour is $849 per person, reduced to $424.50 per person.

You also can ride on the Princess cars all the way to Fairbanks, stopping off in Denali for two nights along the way. Choose tour “72B.” The sale rate is $399.50 per person.

The Princess rail tours start May 17, running through Sept. 11.

If you’ve ever wanted to sail through Alaska’s Inside Passage on a smaller, luxury ship, check out Alaskan Dream Cruises’ sale for May and early June.

You can review the itineraries online for the “Last Frontier Adventure” and the “Glacier Bay and Island Adventure.” But you won’t find the best prices listed on the web page.

There are special unpublished Alaska resident discounts available.

There are two ships operating the “Last Frontier” itinerary, the 54-passenger Admiralty Dream and the 76-passenger Chichagof Dream. Usually, the all-inclusive cruises start at $3,795 per person for the 8-day/7-night itinerary. That includes accommodations, meals and all activities such as kayaking, guided hikes and expeditions away from the ship in skiffs. Alaskans can sail for as little as $1,500 per person. The sale rate applies for departures on May 13, 14, 20 and June 3.

The 40-passenger Alaskan Dream will sail from Sitka on June 5 on the 8-day/7-night “Glacier Bay and Island Adventure.” The cruise includes port calls in the remote communities of Pelican and Kake, in addition to sailing deep in to Glacier Bay. This itinerary also features a cruise through the scenic Wrangell Narrows between Wrangell and Petersburg. Usually, the cruise rates start at $5,195 per person. Alaskans can sail for as little as $1,995 per person.

To get the Alaska discount, residents have to call the reservations line directly: 855-747-8100.

If you’re not ready to devote a week to sail the seas, consider the four-hour Resurrection Bay cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours. The cruises operate Thursdays-Sundays between now and May 16. Usually, the rate is $89 per adult. Book online and bring it down to $80 per adult. Plus, adults can bring one or two kids aged 2-11 free.

The cruise is booked as a “gray whale watch” cruise. You might see some gray whales. You might see some orcas, too. You’ll likely see some otters, an eagle or two, some porpoises and a bunch of glaciers.

Major Marine Tours in Seward invites you to bring your mom for free on Mother’s Day, May 8. At least one other person has to pay, though — you can’t just drop Mom off at the dock. This special offer is available either on the Spring Wildlife Tour or the six-hour Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise.

Clearly, there are plenty of incredible adventures here in Alaska to keep you busy until Alaska’s direct service to Hawaii returns on Nov. 11.

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You’ll find good eats and plenty of hiking options on a weekend getaway to Ellensburg

Looking for a picturesque day trip? Nestled in the scenic Kittitas Valley, Ellensburg is about an hour and 45 minutes from the Seattle area by car. Located just east of the Cascade Range near the junction of Interstate 90 and I-82, this endearing area boasts a beautiful downtown full of historical, elegant 19th-century buildings, colorful art and quirky events (ever heard of Junk-tiquen?). From the mighty Columbia River to the massive Cascade mountains, Ellensburg offers impressive views with a mix of small-town charm.  

Whether you’re sipping away at the Ellensburg Canyon Winery or scoping out unique treats at the local Big Apple Country & Gift store (Cougar Gold cheese, anyone?), there’s plenty to explore in Ellensburg. 

Now pack some snacks, grab your hiking gear and hit the road. Here’s a list of things to do if you head out to Ellensburg this fall. 

Unwind at Ellensburg Canyon Winery

There’s nothing better than getting cozy at a winery on vacation. At the Ellensburg Canyon Winery, you can grab a seat outdoors as you sip on award-winning wines while taking in views of their on-site vineyard, the Yakima Canyon and the Yakima River. 

Be sure to try the tasting flight, which includes estate-grown riesling, rosé, cabernet franc du blanc, cab franc and malbec port-style wines. The flight comes in the cutest small tasting bottles that are labeled with numbers to guide you as to which selections to try in order. The tasting flight is $10, or free with the purchase of a bottle of wine.

Pro tip: Have a picnic! There are plenty of scenic spots at the Ellensburg Canyon Winery where you can sit down and enjoy your own picnic basket. Their picnic areas are dog-friendly, too, so bring the pups! Complimentary water and treats are available for doggies who are on their best behavior. If picnics aren’t your jam, grab a quick bite from the gourmet shop.

Before leaving, you must buy a bag of Harvey’s Specialty Popcorn. There are a variety of quirky flavors, such as truffle and sea salt and “The Big Cheese,” but the real winner is the buffalo and blue cheese popcorn. The buffalo flavor is subtle enough for even the faintest of hearts, and the blue cheese taste adds a soothing finish to the buffalo seasoning. 

Grab a bite at Canyon River Grill

The crispy Alaskan ling cod fish and chips and the grilled S.F.R. American wagyu beef burger at the Canyon River Grill in Ellensburg, Washington, are winners. (Jazmin Tolliver / The Seattle Times)

After sipping on an array of Washington wines, it’s time to fuel up. Situated on the river in the heart of the Yakima River Canyon, Canyon River Grill will make you feel like you’ve been transported to a magical place as you take in the views of the glistening ancestral river while dining on fresh local ingredients. 

Pro tip: I recommend making a reservation online or calling ahead to ensure you snag a seat outside where you can see sensational views of the canyon. 

Start with the pan-seared Dungeness crab cake. The mild, flaky crab is a perfect match for its sidekick, a bright and tangy cabbage salad. And if you’re a sauce enthusiast like me, don’t forget to ask for extra sauce louis — think remoulade without the spicy kick. 

For an entree, I ordered the crispy Alaskan ling cod and chips. It’s important to note that not all fish and chips are created equal. Since moving to Seattle earlier this year, I’ve been sampling fish and chips from a slew of eateries — and so far, Canyon River Grill has the best that I’ve tried. 

I remember grinning in anticipation of diving into the heaping mound of golden-brown fish in front of me. With the perfect batter-to-fish ratio and a gratifying crunch that doesn’t disappoint, their fish and chips are a perfect 10/10. Served up with equally crispy fries and a contrasting, cool and refreshing housemade tartar sauce, this meal will make you not want to leave Ellensburg. 

I finished off my meal with a sweet slice of chocolate pecan pie topped with Chantilly and caramel. If you’re on the go and would rather eat and dash, consider checking out the breakfast bar for specialty coffee and “Kevin’s famous breakfast sandwiches.” Kevin Davis, the owner of Canyon River Grill, is often seen chatting it up with customers and dishing out ideas for fun things to do in Ellensburg. Or grab a to-go lunch from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., complete with a fresh deli sandwich, pasta salad, Tim’s Cascade Chips, Davis’ river cookie and a bottle of water.

Before leaving, walk off your meal by taking a leisurely stroll around the 35-acre property. The Canyon River Grill is a part of the Canyon River Ranch, a resort development featuring a 10-unit lodge, 20 cabin sites and Red’s Fly Shop. The area is known for breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife and a variety of recreation options, including fly-fishing, hiking, bird-watching, rafting and hunting.

Go hiking

If you really want to burn off extra calories after a delicious meal, head to one of the many hiking trails in the Ellensburg area. From Rattlesnake Dance Ridge Trail to Robinson Canyon Loop, there are tons of trails to embark on. 

My favorite pick? Umtanum Creek Falls Trail. Rated “easy” for difficulty level by All Trails, this short (only 1.9 miles out and back) hike is family-friendly — and furry friends are welcome, too! The trail takes you through aspen, birch and pine groves until it reaches a small basalt column cirque with a peaceful waterfall. Umtanum Creek Falls Trail is best in spring, but doable in all seasons except the dead of winter.

Pro tip: A high-clearance vehicle with sturdy tires is recommended for driving to this hike. If you visit during wet conditions, four-wheel drive is advisable. 

Find special gifts on your way home

Located only 10 minutes from the Ellensburg Canyon Winery, you won’t want to miss grabbing a sweet treat or souvenir from Big Apple Country & Gift before heading home. 

The gift shop was established in 1974 and is a local favorite. They offer gifts such as fun signs, Cougar Gold cheese and a plethora of sweet treats to snack on as you travel back home. Big Apple Country & Gift is even home to the largest basket collection in Central Washington.  

The shop is currently not shipping during the pandemic, so if you find a gift you like, be sure to snag it before it’s gone!

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Coho fishing picks up in southern Lake Michigan (more lakers in Chicago), plenty of ice fishing remains despite the warmth and river fishing begins as the ice leaves to lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Coho action building in spurts in southern Lake Michigan (more lakers on the Chicago lakefront), plenty of ice fishing remaining, even with the warmup, and rivers opening up lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

Charlie Gimmler messaged the photo of a 15-inch crappie at the top and this:

Caught on a fathead in 8’ of water Friday morning in Lake County, with still 8-10 inches of ice.


The cooling lake in southwestern Will County opened as usual on March 1, Monday.

Largemouth bass on opening day at Braidwood Lake. Provided by Pete Banach

Largemouth bass on opening day at Braidwood Lake.
Provided by Pete Banach

Pete Banach posted the photo above and this:

We did really well out there today. Over 100 fish. LOTS of little ones but 16 keepers. Best 5lbs. 1 at 41/4 handful of 3 1/2s and. Few 2s. Great day.

Amy Russell-Ellison posted the photo below about her husband and son and this:

Jimmy and Chaser . They caught at least 50+.

Chaser and Jimmy Ellison with good largemouth bass on opening day at Braidwood Lake. Provided photo

Chaser and Jimmy Ellison with good largemouth bass on opening day at Braidwood Lake .

I love that Chaser added this note to his mom’s:

Amy Russell-Ellison We got 80 if we count the little 12 inchers

Rob Abouchar emailed the photo and report below on shore angling:

Hi Dale

I made it to the Braidwood opener on Monday morning and there was no line when I arrived at the West ramp at around 6:30. The trailers were being parked in the extra lot as the shore anglers were out in numbers. The shoreline anglers were plentiful and scattered all the way to the fence on the West side. The conditions were classic Braidwood with windy clear and cold conditions. I saw a large water spout pop up mid morning and watched it travel across the lake; very weird. The time on the water seemed surreal after the long deep freeze. Upon releasing the first bass of the season the water was very warm to the touch possibly high 60’s. I was able to land a few bass and lost a few other fish that hit. The size was down compared to last year and the shad that were plentiful last year seemed gone where I was fishing. All but one of the fish seemed to stockers from the last couple years. I may buy into the fish kill that occured last summer. But More trips to Braidwood will help determine that. My fish were caught on Squarebill cranks in Shad and Purple Craw near rocks and a few feet out from the rocks. Also a purple Max Scent General got some bites. Another boat suggested switching colors to purple and as soon a I switched I connected. Nice to see anglers on the water willing to share tips these days.

Tight Lines and Good Health


One of the better largemouth from shore on opening day at Braidwood. Provided by Rob Abouchar

One of the better largemouth from shore on opening day at Braidwood.
Provided by Rob Abouchar

Braidwood is open daily 6 a.m. to sunset.


The Chicago Park District’s parking passes for the wo small fisherman’s parking lots on the Chicago lakefront (DuSable and Burnham) are ready to go as soon as official clearance comes. Details to come when that happens.

Readers suggest SpotHero app downtown. Otherwise, here are some basics: Foster (free street parking or pay lot); Montrose (free street parking); Belmont (pay lots on north and south sides); Diversey (pay lot or street parking); DuSable Harbor (pay lot); Northerly Island/Burnham Harbor (meters); 31st/Burnham (meter parking between McCormick Place and 31st Street Harbor); 43rd (limited meters); 63rd Street/Casino Pier (pay lot); Steelworkers Park (free street parking at east end of 87th); Cal Park (free parking).


South, fishable ice is nearing the end, but many northern areas should hold fishable ice into at least the weekend.

Frankie Paull with a nice crappie from Aurora. Provided photo

Frankie Paull with a nice crappie from Aurora.

Frankie Paull emailed the photo above and this:


Got both these out at prairie road lake in aurora. Fish have moved from being suspended over basins to shallow and aggressive both these were caught in less that 10ft of water on a hair jig and minnow both bought over at Dickies Bait in Montgomery.

Bass Wishes,

Frankie Paull

Late-season largemouth bass. Provided by Ken “Husker” O’Malley.

Late-season largemouth bass.
Provided by Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Ken “Husker” O’Malley emailed the photos above and below and this:

Hey Dale,

Here is a recap of this past weeks fishing.

Area lakes- Ice conditions are fading fast. There is six inches of frozen slush on top of a base layer of 3-4 inches of clear ice. There is a pocket of water between the two layers. By the time I came off the ice after a morning of fishing, I busted through the top layer of slush a few times and the shorelines were getting soft. With the weeks forecast, the season will be coming to an end.

Bass have been very good during early morning hours on Northland buck shot rattle spoons. Flats with remaining green weeds adjacent to deep water have produced the best bite.

Bluegill have been decent on Vexan tungsten jigs tipped with multiple spikes. Weed flats have been good during early morning hours and work out along the outside weed lines as the morning goes on to keep up with the active biters.

Here is the nature pic of the week. Waiting for a flag on the last day of the season.


Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Husker Outdoors
Waterwerks fishing team

A late season flag. Provided by Ken “Husker” O’Malley.

A late season flag.
Provided by Ken “Husker” O’Malley

The tip-up photo seems emblematic of the week.


Still plenty of ice, Channel continues to draw the most effort in a remarkable run of ice fishing. Arden Katz reported still 13-14 inches of ice on Channel over the weekend, decent crappie and bluegill (wax worms best), as he hole hopped constantly.

Proprietor Greg Dickson at Triangle Sports and Marine in Antioch said, “Looking into the weekend, I think we will be fine. Thank God, we are not getting a quick transition. The ice is going to hold and the sportsman will be able to get out.”


POWERTON: Shore and boat fishing is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SPRING: Open for fishing.

EMIQUON: Basically, go to the launch. General information at Fishing is allowed sunrise to sunset even during waterfowl season this year because The Nature Conservancy has suspended their public waterfowl hunting program this year due to COVID-related issues. TNC hopes to resume the public waterfowl hunting program next year.

HENNEPIN-HOPPER: Closed for the year.

SHELBYVILLE: Check with Ken Wilson of Lithia Guide Service. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Check with Jason Johns of Boneyard Fishing.


We welcome a new contributor, which opened on Labor Day.

Dicky’s Bait Shop in Montgomery—(630) 675-4371—reported the ice is going out around the Montgomery dam and people are bank fishing. As of Monday, some were till ice fishing on the side channel.


Guide Mike Norris emailed:

Fishing Report 3/1/2021

Mike Norris

Big Green Lake – Finding safe ice up here in south-central Wisconsin is not a problem after the 17-day Freeze-A-Thon we had in the first three weeks of February. Most, but not all, areas of Big Green Lake have 12 inches or more of ice and anglers are out in droves and doing well catching lake trout in depths anywhere from 80 to 120 feet. Northland Rattle Jig, VMC spoons, and white tube jigs are working well for the lake trout. Try the Shale Bar and the deep water adjacent to Sandstone Bluff.

Fox Lake – There is 12 to 18 inches of ice and the bluegills and crappies are cooperating in 4 to 5 feet of water on small tungsten jig tipped with plastic in an area on Fox Lake known as “The Jug”. Move around and when you find them, they will bite like crazy. The warmer weather we have experienced last week has melted the snow cover and smoothed out the surface of the ice, but the landings are getting sloppy though. With warm weather this week it might come down to where you will need to walk out.


There’s been good whitefish on Sturgeon Bay. Provided by Jeremy Jakiel

There’s been good whitefish on Sturgeon Bay.
Provided by Jeremy Jakiel

As the Fish of the Week showed, whitefish continue good around Sturgeon Bay.

Click here for the Wisconsin DNR weekly report.


Closed for the season.


Rod Thorson tweeted:

Walleye fishermen are starting to catch near starved rock.

Time seems right.


Stopped by to grab some bait from Nick Carr at Kankakee River Trading Post in Altorf Monday. The ice went out relatively quickly on the river, now it is high, fast and dirty, but soon enough.


Click here for the Ohio DNR Report.


With the Chicago lakefront open, some of the casters and powerliners are out trying for early coho, but lakers are more often caught.

Steve Palmisano at Henry’s Sports and Bait texted:

We still have plenty of ice around the Chicago area . The edges are getting a little soft but still a good base. I’m not sure about the city harbors tho.

The coho anglers are beginning. No reports yet. That’s about it. Gearing up for spring/summer with lots of new tackle coming in daily ! Take care

Stacey Greene at Park Bait at Montrose Harbor texted:

Supposed to get the water on today. Hoping to fill up the tank and that everything is okey dokey and the plan is to open Saturday at 5 a.m.


Reopens to fishing on March 15.


Click here for the update from D&S Bait.


Both units are open for open-water fishing or ice fishing. The ice fishing is near the end.


Mille Lacs perch. Provided by McQuoid’s

Mille Lacs perch.
Provided by McQuoid’s

Justin Lederer emailed the photo above and this from McQuoids Inn in Isle, Minn.:

Justin Lederer checking in from McQuoids Inn Lake Mille Lacs. The walleye season is over till spring time to target big perch and pike. The perch are hitting small crappie minnows and fathead heads use small tungsten jigs and smaller versions of buckshots and 360’s. Wax worms are also producing smaller ones. Work 20-35 feet of water around rock structures. Pike are back in the bays work the outside of the weed lines target 4-12 feet of water. Hang 6-9 inch suckers on tip ups, rattle reels or dead sticks. We have warmer weather coming in this week so it should be turning the fish on. We still have two feet of ice on the lake so if you want to extend your ice fishing season head up.


Gamefish season ends Sunday, March 7.

Classic scene, including the full moon, while ice fishing around Hayward, Wis. Provided by Kyle Lamm

Classic scene, including the full moon, while ice fishing around Hayward, Wis.
Provided by Kyle Lamm

From Hayward, Kyle Lamm tweeted the photos above and below and this:

Fishing up near Hayward was on fire this weekend. We limited out on crappie multiple days on multiple lakes. Tried tip ups one day as we jigged crappie. Nice Northern

Ice fishing for crappie has been good around Hayward, Wis. Provided by Kyle Lamm

Ice fishing for crappie has been good around Hayward, Wis.
Provided by Kyle Lamm

Kurt Justice at Kurt’s Island Sport Shop in Minocqua emailed:

Warm temperatures, followed by 6 inches of wet, heavy snow that fell Sunday morning has made travel a bit difficult as of late. Warmer temperatures this week will contribute to even more slush on top of the ice. Still, there is well over 2 feet of ice beneath the slush. Stick to main paths or venture out on foot to avoid spending all day digging your vehicle out. With that being said, fishing is improving as we move into late ice season.

Northern Pike: Good-Very Good – As the days warm up the fishing keeps getting better. Large golden shiners and large suckers are both still producing fish under tip-ups.

Walleye: Good – Anglers are reporting good action in the low light hours of the day. The jigging bite has been heating up. Jigging Raps, Tikka Minos, and slender spoons all taking fish.

Largemouth Bass: Good – Jigging the shallow weed breaks or tip-ups have been putting fish top side.

Bluegills: Good-Very Good – Tungsten jigs tipped with waxies, spikes or mousees are all working.

Crappies: Good-Very Good – Tip-down actions is getting better by the day. We are also getting fish jigging with Swedish Pimples, VMC Flash Champs, and tungsten jigs tipped with wedges.

Yellow Perch: Good – Mud flats are still the hot bite. Hali jigs, Kastmasters, and small jigs tipped with red spikes or wigglers are working best.

Just a reminder, game fish season is open thru Sunday, March 7th so get out there for the last week of it. Weather looks beautiful, just remember to bring rubber boots to avoid wet feet.

Kurt Justice

Kurt’s Island Sport Shop
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Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station texted:

Since last report and up till Saturday morning coho action at portage river walk and Michigan city was good for most fishing skein on the bottom or squid under slip bobber Since Saturday late morning and now water high and dirty from snow melt run off

Boats going to Gary light have steady action fishing top 10ft of water using brads thin fish jointed rapalas and a variety of small crankbaits

So everybody knows plenty of fresh skein and squid strips in stock over here along with every color they have in the brads thin fish for the trollers

Christina Petrites at Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond emailed this important follow-up:

Hi, again. If it’s not too late, the Harbormaster just sent this information:

Hammond Marina has had little fishing activity lately aside from the sporadic salmon, due to the snow & ice. There is still ice in the marina, so boats can’t launch yet. Anglers have not been open water shore fishing this season, as the ice on the lake just cleared out last Thursday. Boats should be able to launch in a few days though, with the consistently warmer temperatures.

For information like that, it is not too late.

She originally emailed:

Hey, Dale; hope all is well.

Here’s what’s going on this week:~Coho fishing has really picked up out of in the Marinas, Burns Ditch, & Saint Joseph; there are lots of limit catches & some very nice-sized fish.

~Ice fishing is coming to a close with the recent rise in daily average temperatures, as well as the upcoming even warmer days; it has all but about come to an end. To the anglers still frequenting the local ponds, creeks, & streams-exercise EXTREME caution. The regular fishing season will be an early one this year.

~Anglers are catching walleye & steelhead at Wolf Lake & the St. Joseph dam.

~New 2021 fishing licenses & stamps are now on sale in Indiana, Illinois, & Michigan; current, valid 2020-2021 Indiana fishing licenses & stamps are good until March 31st, 2021.


Click here for the Wisconsin DNR’s report, usually on Tuesday or Wednesday.


Staff at Tackle Haven in Benton Harbor said they catching coho off the pier for the last couple days; a few steelhead by Berrien Springs.


Site hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Click here for the southern Lake Michigan reports from the Wisconsin DNR.


Sturgeon spearing season ran the full 16 days through Sunday on Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin while the Upriver Lakes season closed early on Feb. 20.

Lana Freiberg speared this 157.8-pound (78.3 inches) F4 female lake sturgeon on day eight of the 2021 spearing season. / Photo credit: Wisconsin DNR

Lana Freiberg speared this 157.8-pound (78.3 inches) F4 female lake sturgeon on day eight of the 2021 spearing season.
Wisconsin DNR

On Friday, Lana Freiberg speared the largest fish, an F4 female 157.8 pounds, 78.3 inches, on Lake Winnebago.


Christina Petrites at Stan’s Bait & Tackle Center in Hammond emailed:

. . . Anglers are catching walleye

. . .

New 2021 fishing licenses & stamps are now on sale in Indiana, Illinois, & Michigan; current, valid 2020-2021 Indiana fishing licenses & stamps are good until March 31st, 2021.


Guide Bill Stoeger in Fremont texted:

Perch, bluegill, and some crappie have been getting more active in the past week. The water is starting to come up with the warmer weather, but it’ll be a good

two weeks before the boat gets wet

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