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  • Heat & Humidity Move into West Michigan

    WEST MICHIGAN — It’s been nearly two years since Grand Rapids hit 90 degrees but this weekend that record looks to be broken. Hot and humid air will continue to move into the Great Lakes region allowing temperatures and heat index values to climb to uncomfortable levels. A HEAT ADVISORY has been posted for the areas along and south of I-96 from noon until 9pm Saturday. Temperatures will climb quickly throughout Saturday morning into the 80s and 90s. Hot surface […]

  • Gone Fishing – Fishing on the big lake and the 2015 Photo Contest Winner

    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. – This week in Gone Fishing, we go after the big ones on the big lake. “Salmon fishing is phenomenal in Michigan,” says Scott DeVries of Al & Bob’s Sports. Unfortunately, they taper off during June and July, but lake trout, steelhead and others still make Lake Michigan a world-class fishery. If you go on a charter, Scott has what you need. “You need safe equipment. Be safe out there. This fishery is not made for the […]

  • Gone Fishing – Getting the kids involved

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Many people who like to fish want to get their kids involved in fishing too.  But how do you go about doing that? “Get them the right equipment,” says Scott DeVries of Al & Bob’s Sports. ” You want to get them something that is easy to use, so they don’t get frustrated.  Then, you want to take them to a place with a lot of fish – not big fish – just a lot of […]

  • Gone Fishing – Catching fish in urban lakes

    EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Reeds Lake is an urban oasis, home to a lot of watersports and also, a lot of big bass. Scott DeVries of Al & Bob’s Sports showed us how to go after bass in an inland, urban lake. First, look for “sunken islands.” The fish hang out around them, because that’s where the bait fish are. Second, watch the weather.  Fish like unsettled weather, the times before and right after a front comes through.  They […]

  • Gone Fishing Heads to Millennium Park

    WALKER, Mich. — The second weekend of June marks free fishing weekend in the state of Michigan. It is a weekend aimed at introducing the plentiful lakes and rivers of Michigan to new and experienced fishermen. Scott DeVries, Fishing Manager at Al & Bob’s Sports takes FOX17 to Millennium Park in Walker where the fishing docks are the perfect place for shore fishermen to nab that big catch. This weeks Al & Bob’s Big Bass Photo winner is Kody Kamstra […]

  • Heavy rain, gusty winds to impact West Michigan Thursday and Friday

    WEST MICHIGAN — A strong system will move through the Great Lakes region Thursday and Friday bringing multiple chances for showers and thunderstorms. A few of these storms could be on the strong to severe side as the system moves into West Michigan late Thursday and early Friday. The Storm Prediction Center has placed parts of West Michigan into a slight risk category Thursday afternoon and evening. Areas along and south of the I-94 corridor are included in the slight […]

  • Canadian Wildfire Creates Hazy West Michigan Skies

    WEST MICHIGAN — Skies across West Michigan have been a little hazy Tuesday despite mostly clear skies in the Great Lakes region. The culprit? Canadian wildfires thousands of miles to the northwest. According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, there are just over 2800 fires currently burning in Canada with several very large fires in the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Upper atmospheric winds, are travelling due east along southern Canada and drop southeast into the Great Lakes. […]

  • Strong Cold Front Brings Severe Storm Risk to Great Lakes

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A strong cold front moving across the Northern Plains will move through the Great Lakes Monday bringing the potential for strong to severe storms. In anticipation of active weather the Storm Prediction Center out of Norman, Oklahoma has put part of West Michigan in a slight risk category while Southeast Michigan is under an enhanced risk. Early morning clouds, fog and rain have decreased severe chances for some, however some parts of West Michigan had clearing […]

  • Statewide tornado drill Thursday

    WEST MICHIGAN — This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in West Michigan, a week filled with education and awareness to prepare us as we enter into the severe weather season. In coordination with Severe Weather Awareness Week, the National Weather Service will hold a tornado drill at 2 p.m. Thursday. Shortly after 2 p.m., the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids will issue a practice Tornado Warning. At that time, severe weather sirens will sound across the area. There […]

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