michigan fishing

Go Back   The Michigan Sportsman Forums > General Discussions > Michigan Non-Game Animals, Plants, and Scenery
Home Forums Classifieds Product Reviews Campfire Calendar Calendar MS Links
Register FAQ Blogs Members List Social Groups Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Michigan Non-Game Animals, Plants, and Scenery Out of the ordinary outdoor sightings, pictures, mushroom gathering, and other miscellaneous activities.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-23-2003, 10:03 AM
el Cazador's Avatar
el Cazador is offline
Tracker
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Saline, MI
Posts: 169
Default otters in michigan?

Remove this ad.....
become a Supporting Member today.
Last month, just as the ice was starting to break up, I noticed an animal out on the ice @ Lake Saint Helen. It was really far off, but from a distance it looked very otter-like. Are there otters in MI or where my eyes playing tricks on me?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-23-2003, 10:08 AM
Gone Fishing's Avatar
Gone Fishing Gone Fishing is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Harrison Twp Mi.
Posts: 9,864
Photos: 160Users Photo Gallery
Default

I'm not sure where Lake Saint Helen is but I've seen quite a few in the U.P. There was a pond behind my treestand with a some in it. I bet a lot of Deer got by me while I was watching them play and feed in the pond. They sure are cool animals!
__________________
Michigan Non-Game Animals, Plants, and Scenery
Reply With Quote
Remove this ad...  
  #3  
Old 04-23-2003, 10:12 AM
Brian S's Avatar
Brian S Brian S is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: SE Mich
Posts: 1,797
Photos: 14Users Photo Gallery
Default

Yes, there are. A couple years ago, while jump-shooting ducks, I saw a couple otters in a beaver pond in Gladwin Co. Thats the only time I've ever seen any.
__________________
Michigan Trappers and Predator Callers Association
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-23-2003, 10:24 AM
Gillslayer Gillslayer is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Elmira
Posts: 204
Photos: 28Users Photo Gallery
Default

Yes,
In fact, I had one wandering around across the river from me last week.
In northern lower
__________________
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-23-2003, 11:35 AM
Walligator's Avatar
Walligator Walligator is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Sterling, MI
Posts: 346
Photos: 3Users Photo Gallery
Send a message via AIM to Walligator Send a message via Yahoo to Walligator
Default

Yes, they are in MI. I have seen an otter twice before on the Rifle River here in Arenac Co. There's even a trapping season for them, (Nov.1-April 13, Zone 2), but the limit is one.
They are unusual to see though, my son was w/ me the one time and he thought that was the greatest thing!
__________________
Gone fishin' be back for deer season
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-23-2003, 08:08 PM
rabbit whacker's Avatar
rabbit whacker rabbit whacker is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: GR
Posts: 1,816
Photos: 15Users Photo Gallery
Default

Yes on the otters. I have a coworker that has them on his property in northern Kent County.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-23-2003, 08:10 PM
ESOX's Avatar
ESOX ESOX is offline
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Squalor, MI
Posts: 26,196
Photos: 157Users Photo Gallery
Send a message via AIM to ESOX Send a message via Yahoo to ESOX
Default

Just last fall I watched an Otter on the Flint River, right below Halloway Dam. I am SURE it was an otter, at one point it was 15 feet away.
__________________
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." Mark Twain

Hell is something you make of your life by choice, not somewhere you go.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-23-2003, 09:36 PM
Drake's Avatar
Drake Drake is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Hastings,Mi.
Posts: 898
Photos: 6Users Photo Gallery
Default

We have Otter in Barry Co. behind my property and my neighbor is not happy because he traps Muskrats and he tells me that Otter eat Muskrats along with fish and other things.
Dave
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-23-2003, 09:49 PM
Lunker's Avatar
Lunker Lunker is offline
Michiganiac
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: West Toledo
Posts: 3,011
Photos: 22Users Photo Gallery
Default

Ive seen one on the Raisen sliding across the ice.
__________________
Lunk

Save Produce , Eat a Vegan
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-25-2003, 09:39 PM
patcheroo's Avatar
patcheroo patcheroo is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: owosso
Posts: 1,139
Photos: 20Users Photo Gallery
Default

We always used to see a family of otters on Fletchers Pond. While we were making the drive up every year the first thing out of the kids's mouths would be " I hope we see the otters and the Bald Eagles this year ". We always did! Great memories!....Patch
__________________
Life is a journey of experiences and companions..........ENJOY YOURS!!
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 04-26-2003, 12:58 AM
steve ypsi's Avatar
steve ypsi steve ypsi is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Ypsilanti Mi
Posts: 1,579
Photos: 2Users Photo Gallery
Default

seen them almost every day in the ausable below the five channel dam for years
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-03-2003, 08:05 AM
reddog719 reddog719 is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Ashley,mi.
Posts: 661
Photos: 7Users Photo Gallery
Default otters

when I was a kid there use to be a family of otters at three bridges between Bellevue and Olivet. Don't know if they are still there.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-03-2003, 04:50 PM
outsider outsider is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Farwell MI just down the road from JAYS
Posts: 638
Photos: 1Users Photo Gallery
Default It's Been A Few Years

But I've seen otter in the tobacco river near Farwell.
And I've heard the oldtimers complaining about them eating the trout out of the river as fast as they where planted.
Maybe thats why you dont see them around here any more!
__________________
If its true that we are here to help others
Then what exactly are the others here for.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-03-2003, 08:06 PM
Huntin Horseman's Avatar
Huntin Horseman Huntin Horseman is offline
Charter Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Sterling Heights
Posts: 2,968
Photos: 52Users Photo Gallery
Send a message via AIM to Huntin Horseman
Default

I've seen otter in the St. Clair it'd be nice if they would become as common as rats,Shane
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-03-2003, 08:54 PM
Ricky Missum Ricky Missum is offline
Guide
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Westland,Mi
Posts: 755
Photos: 4Users Photo Gallery
Big Smile

Use to see them in the Huron River, right near A2! It's been many moons ago, and haven't fished the almighty Huron like I use to, but I"m sure the otters are still there!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:13 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2000-2011 Michigan-Sportsman.com flagship of the iGreatLakes.com network