Weekly Outdoor Tip: Remain calm when injured or lost outdoors.
Staying calm when you get hurt or lost in the outdoors can save your life. As reported on grindtv.com, Chad Cross was turkey hunting in Alabama when he was struck on the left calf by a rattlesnake. Nervous and scared, the Montgomery resident realized that staying calm would help keep his heart rate low, possibly preventing the lethal spread of deadly venom through his body. Chad then did something that probably saved his life. He pulled out his $10 snake-bite kit, which he had carried for years but never used. His quick thinking and action saved his life.
As a flyfisherman, I spend hours tying flies, rigging leaders, getting everything ready for a day or two on the water. Rarely, if ever, do I think about safety (other than making sure my first aid kit is in my vest). I’ve been lucky to avoid injury and getting lost in the woods, but cases like the one above, in the news, are a reminder that accidents can happen to anyone.
A broken limb, twisted ankle or snakebite can quickly put a person at the mercy of the elements. While Michigan has a large variety of snake species, only one is venomous (Mississauga rattlesnake). You’re probably more likely to be struck by lightning than bitten by a Mississauga rattler, but it can’t hurt to think about what you would do if this happened. Likewise, thinking about how you might immobilize a broken wrist or leg in order to get back to your car or truck will not make the actual task easier. It can, however, make you feel more prepared and less likely to panic if this situation arises.
A first aid kit can help for certain things like wounds (bandages), bee stings (benadryl), aches and pains (ibuprofen) and snakebite kit. Toss in a lighter and some easy to use firestarter. Keeping your cellphone on you and making sure someone always knows where you are planning on going can help a search effort get started if you turn up missing. Finally, never take any risks that you wouldn’t take in your backyard. Remember that you’re just after fish here – nothing that’s worth losing life or limb over.
SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN FISHING REPORT
Lake Erie: Most boats are jigging or trolling in shallow waters from Brest Bay to Turtle Island for walleye. Catch rates were slow for most however those fishing the cleaner water on the north side of Brest Bay found fish in 12 to 14 feet. Green and white were good colors. The
water is still cold enough so once the lake cleans up, the jig bite should be back on. The catch and release bass opener was good for those casting crank baits along the canals and rock walls in Brest Bay.
Detroit River: Has very good walleye fishing in the lower and mid-river areas. Anglers are jigging with Wyandotte worms. Chartreuse was a hot color. Limit catches were reported. Silver bass are also starting to show up. Suckers and other assorted turd-feeder species were in a constant feeding frenzy near the mouth of the Rouge River.
Lake St. Clair: The smallmouth bass opener was good from Metro Beach south to Nine Mile Road and off Selfridge. Some pike were also caught.
Clinton River: Is producing a good number of rock bass.
St. Clair River: Had good walleye fishing in the lower river especially near Algonac.
Lexington: Those trolling caught a lot of coho and a surprising number of chinook that averaged 10 to 15 pounds. Steelhead, brown trout and lake trout were caught. All the trout and salmon were full of smelt. Body baits, spoons, and cut bait were all producing fish. This is the
typical southern Lake Huron early spring fishing pattern, but it developed later this year because of the late spring. Eventually the fish will move north along the coast to Harbor Beach and Port Hope before they disperse for the summer.
Port Sanilac: Salmon trollers between here and Lakeport caught a mixed bag of chinook, coho, steelhead and lake trout. The fish were full of smelt.
Harbor Beach: Some boats were getting coho in 20 to 30 feet of water. Saginaw Bay: The inner bay is still pretty muddy and success was limited to the west side. Walleye fishing was very good around Spoils Island for those vertical jigging or trolling. Vertical jigging was more effective than trolling near the rocks. No reports from Linwood but chances are fish are being caught there as well. The east side is still very muddy so not much going on from Quanicassee to Caseville. Boat anglers will need to be careful throughout the area when launching because of shallow water at the ramps. Dredging will take place shortly at Bayshore Marina near Bay Port and at Caseville. Be sure to watch your depth gauge because not all the channel marker buoys were in place yet.
Kawkawlin River: Small boats trolling body baits down from the Euclid Avenue Bridge did very well for walleye. Rapalas and shad-raps were also good baits.
Saginaw River: Had very good walleye fishing during the opener.
Tittabawassee River: Fishing on the river was actually quite good as a lot of walleye stayed in the river after the floods. The launch ramps at Imerman Park, Center Road, and Rust Avenue were closed due to high water levels but they should all be open sometime this week as levels recede. The better fishing was about a mile downstream of Freeland. Anglers were trolling rapalas, shad-raps, walley divers or Hot-n-Tots. Fishing should be good for another two weeks or so.