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Weekend wanderings: crappie, carp and talk (BIG 'eye added)

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My hopes of sneaking in the first few hours of wading the Kankakee this weekend are gone, long gone. Even before the latest round of rain arrives the river was near flood stage.

May be able to go to plan B at Heidecke or Mazonia lakes for at least a couple hours Saturday afternoon.


This is a prime time to try for walleye at Heidecke. This one my buddy Pete popped opening day two years ago. There's plenty others like it and bigger in Heidecke.



If fact, Pete offered this walleye from last year as a better example of Heidecke walleye.

Then it's down to Rend Lake on Sunday, mainly for an outdoor conference, but I will get in some fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing around the gossiping.

Otherwise, I will talk with Steve Sarley about Illinois' first high school bass fishing championship on his ``The Outdoor Experience'' on WIND (560-AM) 8-9 a.m. Saturday.

With that, I'm bringing back a look at weekend options.

CHICAGO CARPING: Henry's Sports, Bait & Marine hosts Hank's Carp Classic on the Chicago River east of Columbus from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. It's free with medals and prizes. There's generally some quality fish caught in that area. Call (312) 225-8538 or go to


And it is a neat setting. This is just west of the fishing area.

WOLF RIVER (WIS.) WHITE BASS: On Friday, Fremont guide Bill Stoeger said water is still cool with not a lot of spawners in yet, and they are mainly catching males. He is using mostly flies on river rigs, fished just off shallow areas. But other methods are working too. He said to keep moving until you find them. There's probably another couple weeks of the run, considering the spawners aren't in yet.

MORELS: We're near the end of the peak for picking morels, but this weather could make it a prime weekend.


CRAPPIE OPEN AT SHABBONA LAKE: Saturday is the crappie open (heaviest individual stringer) from 6 a.m.- 7 p.m. It had been shaping up for a perfect weekend, not sure what the rains will do though. Go to

CHAIN TOURNAMENT: holds it's second tournament out of Baja Benny's from 6 a.m.- 1 p.m. Sunday.

RIVER CLEANUPS: Fox Rescue River Clean-Ups are 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. There's a couple. In Carpentersville, one meets at Fox River Shores Forest Preserve. In Elgin, another's at Voyager Landing Forest Preserve. Go to Go to

YOUTH BOWFISHING: The first annual Bowfishing Association of Illinois Youth Bowfishing Championship is from 6 a.m.-noon Saturday. There's two ages (younger than 13 and 13-17). It's at Three Rivers Marina in Wilmington. Contact Ed Devries at (708) 257-5700.

LAKEFRONT: Waiting on the shoreline perch. For some reason, most likely the yucked up water, the smallmouth aren't in as heavy as expected for shore fishermen. Both of those should change here shortly.

PERSONAL PICKS: I think Heidecke will be the top pick, although it will likely be impossible for most boats to get under the bridge. But I love shore fishing there, so you may see me Saturday afternoon on the north side.

If the weather doesn't get too goofy, Mazonia lakes would be my other pick. Some lakes there are more impacted by high water and rain than others.

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on May 15, 2009 6:20 AM.

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