Marion outdoor observer impressed with hunting and fishing progress

MARION — Scott Bear and his wife are among the owners of the Trading Post in Marion and have been keeping a keen eye on fishing and hunting activities in the northeastern part of the Osceola County.

"They're doing really good on trout and stuff," Bear said. "The guys are doing good down here by the dam on spinners and worms, I know that. There's been a couple of 20-inchers and 16-inchers. Other than that it's pretty much the norm.

"The guys are staying busy on the river, trying to catch some fish. They're just doing too bad."

Turkey hunting was also been favorable on the east side of Osceola this season. The first two seasons were in the last two weeks of April. The third and final season ended on May 31.

"Turkey hunting was real good this year. Turkey hunting was a blast," Bear said. "My son, he got his bird this year. I got my bird this year. A buddy of my got his bird. No huge ones, but it was definitely great. We hunted the third season. There's still a little bit of time left.

"That's been about it. A couple of weeks ago we were up at Tippy Dam and sturgeon were running. I bet you that's over by now. It's been pretty good, about normal."

Free fishing day

The DNR points out two weekends, twice a year, families and friends can enjoy Michigan fishing for free.

The 2017 summer Free Fishing Weekend is June 10-11. It was Feb. 18-19 during the winter.

All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors can fish on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.