We are now taking reservations for our annual membership outing at the Wa Wa Sum Lodge. The lodge is located on the banks of the Main Stream of the Au Sable’s fabled “holy waters,” just east of Grayling, Michigan.
Arrival is any time after noon on Thursday, June 20 with departure on Sunday, June 23. You may come for one, two or all three nights. This years nightly rate with be $50.00 for one night, $100.00 for two nights and $150.00 for three nights.
Please RSVP with Larry Risbridger by June 15. Larry can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 616.690.0692. Please give your name, which nights we can expect you, along with your phone number and email address. If you are attending for the first time and have any questions about the format of the weekend, please give Larry a call for details.
The annual membership meeting and election of officers and new board members will be held on Saturday morning, June 22 at 10:00 a.m. Non board members are not required to attend.
The Wa Wa Sum Lodge is an historic log building with a great porch over looking the Au Sable River. Sleeping arrangements are dorm style, so bring your own bedding or sleeping bag and towels.
We will be providing cold breakfast foods for Friday and Sunday mornings. Our only organized meal will be a large hot breakfast on Saturday morning. We will have other snacks and lunch items available for you to make meals to take to the stream. Please bring your own beverages. There are many restaurants located nearby in Grayling. There is a grill available for your use.
Mid June is traditionally a great time for some of the best hatches of the season. You can fish right in front of the lodge on the Au Sable or venture to other rivers including the North and South Branches of the Au Sable and the Manistee River. Wakely Lake is nearby for bass and bluegills. And there is a good chance that the famous Hex Hatch will be on.
More information on Wa Wa Sum (courtesy of MSU)
Wa Wa Sum is a Michigan State University research and conference facility located on the Au Sable River six miles east of Grayling.
The name Wa Wa Sum means “Plain View” in the Ojibwa language and was given to the camp in 1905 by Chief David Shoppenagon, an Au Sable guide and woodsman. At that time, because of the extensive logging of the region’s pine forests, the view from the high bank on which the camp is built was unobstructed for miles to the south. Since then, the forests have regenerated, slowly obscuring the view beyond the river.
Chief Shoppenagon built the first building at the camp, now known as the Dining Room, in 1880. In 1897, Rubin Babbit, an Au Sable woodsman who later becam Michigan’s first wildlife officer, built a second structure, now the Administration Building. These first buildings were constructed of red pine and tamarack logs and used as a fishing camp for a group of Toledo businessmen. Other cabins of various sizes were added in later years: the Bullpen (1907); the Big Camp (1921/22); the Barn and the Guide’s Cabin (early 1930s).
The buildings and 251 acres of land were deeded to MSU in 1980 by owners Virginia Secor Stranahan and Frank Bell, descendants of two of the camp’s six original owners. Kevin Gardiner, a descendant of Rubin Babbit, is the camp’s present caretaker. He is the third generation of his family to perform these duties.
On Saturday, May 18th, members of the Oak Brook (Chicago) TU Chapter and the Coldwater River Watershed Council will be doing restoration work on Tyler Creek. The day kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at the Tyler Creek Golf Course (13495 92nd Avenue, Alto, MI) and ends at 2:30 p.m. Bring your waders and gloves; lunch will be provided.
Questions: call Paul Eberhart 616-765-3165.
When: Wednesday June 26th
Where: Kent County Conservation League, 8461 Conservation Rd, Ada, MI 49301
Cost: $65 per person if pre-registered before June 14th
Included: 50 rounds of sporting clays, 25 point casting competition, local micro brew and grilled steak dinner
2:00-3:00 Shooting Warm up
3:00-5:30 Shooting/Casting Competition
5:30- Social Hour, Raffles and Dinner
Please join Schrems West Michigan TU and the Grand Rapids Chapter of Ruffed Grouse Society for our 3rd annual joint shooting and casting competition. This is a fun-filled, no-pressure event that includes a 50-shot round of sporting clays and a 25 point accuracy fly casting course. Prizes will be awarded for top shooter, caster and top overall score. Steak dinner is included and there will be a social/happy hour with a local micro-brew. We will also raffle off a fly rod/reel package, an AR-15 package, a one-year membership to KCCL and more.
Novice shooters and casters are welcome! We will have expert instruction of the fundamentals of each sport. Everyone is welcome and you do not need to be a current member of either organization to attend. Mystic Fly Rods will be available for the casting competition but each shooter will be responsible for his/her own shotgun. Shotgun shells are included in the price. Warm up rounds of skeet, trap or 5-stand are available from 2:00PM -3:00PM for an additional $15.
Registration is $65 per person if you register on or before June 14th. After June 14th registration will be $75 per person. Please register by PayPal below. If you have any questions please contact Skip Knapp at 616-942-5770.
The Department of Natural Resources today reminded anglers that a new fishing license season begins Monday, April 1. All 2012 fishing licenses expire on March 31, 2013.
Anglers have a choice of a variety of licenses and prices are unchanged from 2012. Fishing license options include:
- 24-hour license (good for all species)
- 72-hour license (good for all species)
- Restricted license (good for the entire season for all species except trout, salmon, lake sturgeon, lake herring, amphibians, reptiles or crustaceans)
- All-species license (good for the entire season for all species)
Visit the online version of the 2013 Fishing Guide for license fee details.
Fishing license fees fund a variety of activities, including fish management work on Michigan’s waters, habitat rehabilitation and protection, fish stocking, information distribution, education and outreach efforts to anglers and the public, and much more. Fisheries Division does not receive any general funds and depends on angler fees, through license sales and federal excise tax dollars for fishing tackle, to manage Michigan’s fisheries. The purchase of a fishing license, even for someone who does not plan to fish, can make a big difference to the future health of Michigan’s prized waters and fisheries.
There are three simple ways to purchase a fishing license in Michigan:
1. Visit a local license retailer or DNR Operations Service Center and make a purchase in person.
2. Use the E-License system to buy a license online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Just visit www.mdnr-elicense.com to get started.
3. Visit the Mobile Fish website on your smartphone at www.mi.gov/fish to buy a 24-hour all-species fishing license. All that’s needed is the purchaser’s driver’s license number and a credit or debit card.
You are part of the Rogue River watershed community! The Rogue River is an extremely important coldwater resource in southern Michigan. In angling trips alone the Rogue River brings in $485,000 per year to the local communities.
We need YOUR input to help guide activities to protect and restore this valuable resource. The Rogue River Watershed Council, a group established in 2000 to protect this resource, needs your input on the roles you think the Council should play and the issues the group should tackle.
Please take this short 2-minute on-line survey and help direct activities in the Rogue River watershed:
Thank you for your time!
This is a controversial subject for some anglers, and it’s becoming an issue that may affect the quality of your fishing and the quality of our cold water fish? Basically it means tossing loose salmon eggs in the river to start a steelhead feeding frenzy so an angler improves his chance of catching a salmon.
We recommend you learn about the practice and join in the conversation at https://sites.google.com/site/realsteelheadersdontchum/