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About John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

Lake County anglers having success

BALDWIN — The inland lakes are providing some good fishing opportunities, the Department of Natural Resources reports, and can be a great alternative to those are not able to get out on the Great Lakes because of windy conditions. Action has been picking up in Lake County. “Trout have been on live bait, flies and […]

Local archery event hits the mark

Local archery event hits the mark

BARRYTON — People across the state take their archery serious. That was never more obvious than last weekend when the Barryton Conservation Club conducted its sixth annual Stick Bow Shoot. The event at the club grounds, southwest of Barryton, featured unlimited shooting of the club’s outdoor 3-D course and indoor range. There was also a […]

Bulldogs tie for first at MCBC event

Bulldogs tie for first at MCBC event

HASLETT – The Ferris State Fishing Club team of Dan Konkle and Jacobitz Huested took a very close second in the biggest Michigan College Bass Circuit (MCBC) of the tour.  The pair was just .3 pounds behind Kalamazoo College with a smallest fish of 2.5 pounds. Ferris State’s Fishing Club surged to the top of […]

Area anglers experiencing mixed results

Area anglers experiencing mixed results

BIG RAPIDS  —  Anglers have had to contend with a wild week of weather, the DNR notes. Winds have come from just about every direction, adding that fishing conditions could change quickly because of the cool weather, strong north winds and a warm-up by the weekend. “It’s been kind of slow,” Ron Denslow of Central […]

Sochocki keeps busy with fishing tournaments

Tournament Trail Tour helps Big Rapids Housing Commission director enjoy the outdoors BIG RAPIDS — Mark Sochocki always hopes the fish are biting. But the Evart resident and director of the Big Rapids Housing Commission is hoping the fish are especially biting this weekend. An active outdoorsman, Sochocki and friends are competing in the Tournament […]