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THE NEWS-PALLADIUM TUESDAY, JUNE 20f 1919 Li OFF 1 FISHDI3 w IV TAGE EIGHT "(.3tJ Edited CHESTI7, ST. BAILEY ' wT'NJllg A Gardner's (Largest tackle stock in Southwestern Michigan) RECORD CROWD EXPECTED AT INLAND LAKES Bass And Bluegills Chief Lure For Michigan Army Of Anglers A record crowd of anglers Is expected to be out next Sunday when the lid goes off the 1939 fishing season. Opening of the Inland lake season always is a signal for the fishermen to turn out in force, but a Sunday opening usual doubles the number. Principal quarry will be black bass and bluegills, but other pan fish varieties will not be entirely shunned. Many of the bass fishermen will start to work at the stroke of midnight Saturday, but the army of blue-gill fishermen will await the coming of dawn before going into action. Regulations Unchanged Regulations as to minimum size and maximum catches are the same as last year's. Reports from lakes In southwestern Michigan indicated boats will be premium Sunday. For weeks boat livery operators have been scraping and painting their boats. Many have had them rented weeks in advance. Standard price for a boat on Sunday will be $1, although a few are charging up to $3 for the opening. After Sunday 50 cents- will be standard. Hundreds of fishermen, however, have their own boats, not only those fortunate enough to have a cottage on some one of the Inland lakes, but many who hook a trailer to their car and carry their own. Every conceivable bait .will be In use for the opening. More Fly Fishermen Been Evidence, however, points to an in crease this year In the number of fly fishermen out. The fly fisherman doesn't need to bother with a boat In many of the lakes. He dons bathing suit and wades the shore. Then there's the sporting angle to fir fishing. That game little chap, the bluegill, hasn't much of a chance against cane pole, but on the other end of a light flyrod can really prove how tough he is. Even a mediocre bass can do things on a flyrod to give the angler palpitation of the heart. Crapple fishing with a flyrod will produce sport undreamed of by the stickler for the cane pole. Aside from the sporting angle, however, most bass fishermen will be bait casting with plugs. Some, of course, will bank on natural bait, principally shiners, and a few will try out their luck with crabs, frogs and night-crawlers. Bluegills Prefer Worms The ordinary angleworm Is preferred for bluegills. Later on crickets, white crubs, and even grasshoppers will get a play. For perch and crappies, speckled bass to many fishermen in these parts minnows are most commonly used. Pickerel fishermen, out in fewer numbers here, will vary their baits from plugs and spoons, to creek chubs. The weather will play a deciding part both in the number of fishermen and the total catch for the opening. If it rains, the . weatherman had better lie low because there'll be thousands of disappointed anglers anxious to do mayhem. A cloudy day, but not too cold, would be just made to order, but fair weather will be accepted by the majority without a whimper. Don't Forget License A resident's license for inland lake fishing for all species except trout, costs 50 cents this year, and is required of all persons over 17 years of age. An identification license for the wife Is issued without charge. ' A resident's general fishing license, including trout, costs $1, and the wife must pay for a license, too. Non-residents must pay $2 for a general license, and pay 50 cents ad- j dltional for a wife's license. He can get a 10-day permit for $1. The minimum size for both small and large mouth black bass is 10 Inches, and the maximum number which can be taken legally in any one day is 5. Ther minimum size for 'bluegills, sunfish, yeltew perch, crappies, rock and calico bass Is six inches, the maximum legal catch for a day Is 25 of any one kind or all species combined. For pickerel the minimum length Is 14 inches,' and the maximum's dav's catch is five. The same regulations cover walleyes, pike perch, and great northern pike. It is legal to use two lines under immediate control, having four or less hooks on all lines. Hooks may be single, double or treble. Manufactured baits are considered as one hook. Swan Creek Rates High Swan Creek, seven miles west of AUegan, is regarded as one of the finest trout streams in southern Michigan. Several excellent catches were reported h:re opening day. A Strange ; i .7 lsXi t ' 1 4$ ' 1 ADVERSITY sometimes brings about strange companionships When a cat killed a mother fox squirrel, another cat, just deprived of her kittens, adopted the two orphan squirrels, and successfully mothered them. (News-Palladium Photo) If You. Fail To Catch 'Em Don't Put Blame On State Berrien, Van Bur en And Cass Lakes Stocked With 4K Million Fish Fishermen really can't blame the State Department of Conservation If they come back empty handed from southwestern Michigan's lakes. The department put more than 4Vi million fish into the Berrien, Van Buren and Cass lakes last fall, department records show. The annual plant In former years has been on a comparable basis. Catching 'Em, Angler's Game Now the department Is willing to throw out a few hints, now and then, based on its research work, but the angler must develop his own system of making 'em bite. Included in th: annual plant last year were 3,698,000 bluegills. 80.850 large mouth black bass, and 487,000 perch. ' Add those to the natural increase and the lakes should be prettv well stocked for the season. Not all those planted ever reach legal size, but they're 31? months old when released which gives them a running start on the native-born progeny. The distribution is based on three points: First the size of the lake, sec ond, available food, and third, the intensity with which It is fished. Too many fish would ruin the soort for the angler Just as much as too few fish. If more fish were planted than th water could support, they never vould grow to a proper size, and there's nothing more Irritating than to catch nothing but little ones. Because of those reasons Van Bu ren county lakes are the most heav ily stocked of the three counties Berrien ranking third, got 413.000 bluegills, 8,500 large mouth bass, and Fish Contest Berrien County Sportsmen's Club 1939 Fishing Contest. I hereby swear that the following statements are the troth: Kind of fish Weight Length When caught Where caught Are yon a member in good standing? Witnessed and verified by: Send affidavit to Dick Gardner, CEoDunng EFfisDnnimg? imnnv'G boat livery New Easy Rowing Boats Live Bait of AH Kinds Fishing Tackle for Rent or Sale EEnilEY'S RESORT, Paw Paw Lake, Coloma Side MEMBEB BEKHIEN COUNTY SPORTSMAN'S CLt B Problem In Conservation STATE WILL TAKE CREEL CENSUS AT BIG PAW PAW LAKE The Stale Department of Conservation will take a creel census at big Paw Paw lake this season. Six men will be employed from the season's opening on June 25 until probably around November 1. A similar count was taken on ice fishing at the same lake last winter. The June 25 to November 1 dates will take in the major catch at (he lake. The census will give the department an accurate check on the number of fish taken during the season and also on the number of fishermen using the lake. 60,000 perch. Big Paw Paw Leads Big Paw Paw lake, largest of the county's inland lakes, and probably the most heavilv fished, received 200,-000 bluegills. The balance were dis tributed in lots of from 5,000 to 20,000 in the smaller lakss. Lakes in Van Buren county were stocked with 1.690,000 bluegills, 268,-000 perch, and 48,350 bass. Cass county lakes received 1,595,000 bluegills, 213,000 perch, and 44,000 black bass. That makes a grand total of 4,275.- 850 fish for the thre; counties. The best tip the department has to offer on catching them is fish 'em early or fish 'em late. The fellow who sits out in a boiling hot sun during the middle of the day probably will coma back with a beau- tiful sunburn and a headache from eye strain, but few fish. Entry Blank Girth Signature Address .. 99 W. Main St., Benton Harbor. HARRY LEMKE Cat Adopts Two Orphan Squirrels COVERT, June 20 Here is a rea. problem in conservation. Now house cats are generally regarded as public enemy No. 1 of wildlife. In fact cats annually kill thousands of gama birds and animals, and many more thousands of song birds. Just to show how wrong people sometimes can be, this tabby, owned by little Jane Murphy, of Covert, mothered these two baby fox squirrels after their mother had been killed by another cat. But it so happens that fox squirrels in the Covert area are in bad repute with the state conservation department, due to an abnormal appetite for the bark of hard maples which ruined hundreds of shade tre:s in the Paliiades park district last winter. In fact, the state went so far as to put a price on their heads, so to speak, and issued spscial licenses to have them shot on sight. Here is how all this came about. The cats' name is Peggy, a striped tabby four years old. Peggy was in mourning. Her kittens had vanished as kittens sometimes do. One afternoon Jan?, Loraine and Mildred Murphy came upon one of three other cats owned by the family eating a fox squirrel it just had killed. Nearby were two baby fox squirrels, petrified witnesses to their mother's tragic end. The children, granddaughters of Mrs. "Minnie Tallman with whom they reside, picked up the baby squirrels and put them in a box in the barn. Jane, remembering hsr sorrowing Peggy, brought the cat to the barn, and Peggy immediately adopted the orphans. The squirrels accepted their foster mother without question. For a time Peggy was quite happy with her unusual offspring. But as time went on they showed signs of becoming problem children. Peggy never did have a family that acted like these. To be sure they played with each other much as other kittens should. But the way they raced about in trees was a caution. And their choice of food was shocking. If she brought them a mouse, they would have none of it, Landing Nets Tackle Boxes Minnow Buckets ... SPORTSMENS CLUB PONDERS BUYING HOME Berrien Organization Seeks Place For Meetings And Activities The Berrien County Sportsmen's club Is casting about for a permanent home. Since its organization the club has alternated its meetings each month between the Benton Harbor and the St. Joseph Elks temples. But during that time the membership has grown from some 35 to more than 1,500. Halls Too Small Frequently the temple halls have proved too small for the crowds attending the meetings, with dozens standing up when the supply ol chairs ran out.- The Benton Harbor Elks now have withdrawn their offer of free usa of their building, and the meeting held there last month was the last the club will hold there. If the St. Joseph Elks follow suit, the club will be without a meeting place. Want Recreation Center The club for some time has been contemplating buying or leasing property for its use, not only for meeting purposes, but with sufficient grounds to carry on Its many activities. The idea was brought up at last Wednesday's meeting by Dr. J. E. Bacheller, president, who pointed to the need for a rifle range, trap shooting facilities, and in fact make it a recreational center for the club members. Several pieces of property already are under consideration. Some Indiana clubs, it was pointed out. have secured new buildings through WPA projects, with the federal government paying part of the costs, and the balance financed by the clubs. Committee To Study Plan This possibility will be studied by the Berrien club. A special committee will handle the details. . Last Wednesday's meeting was the final one ol the present year, and something will be done along that line before another season rolls around. The next session of the club will be the sportsmen's picnic, to be held this year on July 23, at Grand View park in St. Joseph. DON'T FORGET TO ENTER YOUR FISH IN CLUB CONTEST Don't forget the Berrien County Sportsmen's club fish contest. That big bass, bluegill, pickerel, or perch you land on the opening day may win you a prize. There's plenty of chance for the trout fisherman to get himself a prize yet, too. Use the blank which appears on this page and get your entries in. but a nut or an acorn, now, that was something. Frankly, Peggy was puzzled and worried. If this kept up she'd bid fair to be the talk of the neighborhood. The baby squirrels spend less and less of their time with their foster mother now, returning only at meal time. But Peggy bears her cross with maternal fortitude. She scrubs them up and talks to them quietly, trying to show them the error of their ways as they nurse at her breast. But imp-like, they climb on her back, and shell out a nut and eat it right before her very eyes, and scamper to the top of the highest tree. And so, If this is a problem (or the conservation men; it's nothing to the problem that confronts Peggy. Season Opens June 25th Shakespeare Wonder Reel $3.95 SI to $2.95 69c to S5.50 $1.19 to $3.75 Casting Rods ..50c to $16 50 Heddon - Creek Club - Shakespeare Plug Baits Flies Leaders Casting Lines - CUTLER & DOWNING CO. Hardware Sporting Goods A Guest From Canada , i e' to z 2 .... .. ... S BEAR CUB AT WATERWORKS PARK A guest frcm Canada is Teddy, a black bear cub, the newest addition to the Waterworks park zoo. The cub was presented to the park by John H. Soper, general superintendent of the Benton Harbor Malleable Industries. "Bring 'em Back Alive" Soper, more popularly known as Jack, went a hunting and fishing with five friends from Kalamazoo and Detroit three weeks ago up in Matagame, Ontario. They hired three Indian guides. Fishing, Jack reported, was excellent, but the hunting not so good. The only "big game" they saw was this 6-months-old bear cub. The party with the aid of the guides captured young bruin. Then came the question of what to do with it. Soper, remembering the growing zoo at the Waterworks park, decided to bring it home. The trip from Matagame to Sudbury, was made by train, and from Sudbury on home by auto. The cub, Soper reported, was as tame as a kitten part of the time, and part of the time he wasn't. But he's a grsat favorite at the park, although a bit rough at times. (News-Palladium Photo) Young Skunks Use Hartford Library Lawn As Playground HARTFORD, June 30 Four young skunks are attracting no little attention as they play about the lawn around the public library building on Franklin street here. Their antics are not unlike other kittens with less streamlined black and white markings. They show no fear of their watchers. Neighborhood residents, however, while they enjoy watching them at a distance, would just as soon they : would move to a more rural area. But so far no one has volunteered to Impart that information to the skunk family. MALLARD AND BROOD ATTRACT TOURISTS PAW PAW, June 20 Travelers and local residents have been stopping at the West Michigan avenue bridge on US-12 the past two days to watch a Get Tour Fishing RODS Steel Rods ..$2.49 to $3.98 Split-Bamboo Rods . . . $4.95 to $10.95 Fly Rods . . $4.75 to $19.95 Light Weight Jointed Rods 69c to 89c go wm "'BAITS -' A complete line of Trolling and Casting Baits Fly Rod Lures and Flys of all types. LINES 50 Yard Silk Casting Lines 89c to $2.50 Fly Lines ...$1.00 to $8.00 RED CROSS 111-115 W. MAIN '1 v - ufcrM sS5 J TT " it- EARLY FISHERMAN CATCHES A FINE PAW PAW, June 20 Reuben Wiesse, 39, of Cleveland, was given a fine of $10 and costs of $6.85 when arraigned before Justice L. H. Davis on a charge of fishing out of season. He was arrested by Conservation Ofticer Edward Clock while Ashing at Poppendik lake, Paw Paw township. Mother Mallard with 11 baby mallards and eight other full grown mallards. This flock of 20 ducks was placed in the cove by Harry Sage, village councilman, and Amo Scotese, proprietor of La Cantina. It Is hoped within a short time to' add a pair of swans and geese to the flock. License At Red Cross m is. f - V V j; C' t . v -.. y A.;:'. INLAND LAKE SEASON OPENS MIDNIGHT SATURDAY REELS Level Wind Reels 89c to $25 Trout Reels ...97c to $5.00 Automatic Reels ....$2.89 to $8.50 Winona Reels .$7.50 GADGETS Tackle Boxes $1.50 to $5.50 Fly Boxes 50c up Seines, Dip Nets, Minnow Buckets ... 89c up Stringers, Bobbers. All Sizes 10c up DRUG CO. BENTON HARBOR LET'S GO FISH ING CASTING REEL .... 89 Regular $1.50 value. (Bronson. Levjl Wind). CASTING $ REEL i .98 Regular $2.50 and $3.00 values. Also full line of Pfluger, Shakespeare and So. Bend Reels. CASTING SI .98 RODS JL Regular $2.50 value. Offset handle, agate guidss, good tip action). SO. BEND $0.49 CASTING RODS Regular $3.50 value. Also full Une of True Temper So. Bend St Heddon Rods at saving prices. CASTING LINE .... 49 Regular 75c value. (18 lb. waterprocf silk). Also complete line of Jones, Newton A Gladdlngs Lines. CASTING OECU BAITS 3 K Regular 50c value "Dare Devils" CASTING BAITS . . . 87 Regular $1.00 values. Creek Chub Plunkers, Pike Minnows, River Runts, Heddon Pumpkin Seed, Shannons, etc. FLY ROD 50.75 Regular $12.00 value. "So. Bend" FLY ROD $1.95 . Regular $355 value. 9 ft. with extra tip. Full line of Heddon & So. Bend Fly Rods. FLY CftC LINES OU Values to $1.00. Complete stock of Gladdings, Newtohs & Cadillac Lines. Complete assortment of Bass Bugs & Flys. Flys (hand tied) $1.25 Doz. 79 BOXES Cantlever action tray. Other Boxes up to $12.00. LllLlklAlll 69' BUCKETS . . . . Complete Line of Johnson Fishing Motors Light Singles Alternate Firing Twins - To help make that fishing trip a real pleasure Gardner's 99 W. MAIN ST. Benton Harbor

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