The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe hosts a book party for Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois & Surrounding States on Saturday. That's where I should be, but I can't make it.
Details on that and other weekend wanderings I think worth noting are below.
MUSHROOM BOOK PARTY: I don't do a lot of book reviews, but Edible Wild Mushrooms of Illinois & Surrounding States by Joe McFarland and Gregory Mueller will get one, and deserve it. If you don't have a copy, I would urge you to buy one.
SLIM PICKINGS: Not sure about actual pickings of morels. At least in our end of the state, I think the peak may be past. But maybe I should only speak for myself.
LAKEFRONT PERCH: The perch should be coming in soon. Some have already been in, but let's hope the big push finally comes.
Early this morning, Mike Repa at Park Bait said, ``Good no, but they were getting some good keepers on the horseshoe yesterday. The afternoon bite lately has been better.''
LAKEFRONT SMALLMOUTH: I intend to put in at least a little time this holiday weekend chasing lakefront smallmouth. They've been up and back, up and back, maybe this weekend they finally are up and in to stay.
WOLF RIVER WHITE BASS: Memorial Day must be the new Mother's Day. The white bass are finally going on the Wolf River by Fremont.
NORTHERN WISCONSIN MUSKIE OPENER: The north zone opens Saturday for muskie. One year, I need to make it north for the muskie opener. It just tends to be a weekend where it is nearly impossible for me to get away as long as we have kids at home.
MAZONIA: The water temperature and general timing should be perfect. And the site goes to an 8:30 p.m. close, beginning Sunday. Ed McCain had planned to take some friends over there. If so, I may add a report from him the Mazonia lakes.
HEIDECKE: Ditto to Mazonia. But then I thought the same last weekend and scuffled the Saturday evening I had a chance to play on Heidecke.
NORTH POINT TROLLERS: Capt. Bob Poteshman of Confusion Charters says, ``This is the time'' for trollers out of North Point to take a nice mix of coho with some big kings, lakers and steelhead mixed in on just about every sort of presentation. I won't hit North Point this weekend, but that should be coming in the next week or so.
WADING THE KANKAKEE? Not sure if the levels will actually be where I will feel comfortable wading the Kankakee or not. If they are, I will put in for my first wading of the year. That's a sad comment in itself, that it is the end of May and I have not yet waded the Kankakee.
WILD ASPARAGUS: Last Sunday, I went picking wild asparagus in southern Illinois for the first time.
As i mentioned in Wednesday's column about it, I want to see if I can transfer ``my eyes'' to northern Illinois. So far, the answer is no. But that may be that people are more obsessive about mowing ditches up here than they are in Franklin County. But I will try again over the next few days.
PERSONAL PICKS: My No. 1 goal for the holiday weekend will be putting in some time for lakefront smallies. No. 2 will be at least one morning or evening wandering around the Mazonia lakes. No. 3 will be finding some wild asparagus. No. 4 will likely have to wait a bit, but if the Kankakee comes down enough I will get at least an hour or so of wading in.