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Chicago Wild Weekend Wanderings: bullfrogs and walleye

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Bullfrog season opening Monday in Illinois and walleye headline Weekend Wanderings.

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HEIDECKE LAKE: The big walleye above was caught by Jim Lukancic of Channahon on Wednesday while he and Mike Lynch were fishing Lindy rigs with worms on the south side of Heidecke. I thought Lynch's report worth noting:

The day started slow due to someone forgetting the depth finder . We were fishing from his boat pulling lindy rigs on the south side when a very slow day started picking up when he land this just under 28inch pig. Fishing was slow but there were definite feeding windows where the walleye were available. After debating getting his largest Heidecke walleye mounted it was released to fight another day.

GONE FISHIN': Heidecke would be one of my destinations this weekend, except that I am gone fishin'. OK that's only marginally true. I'm mainly watching a niece get married and sharing some family time. But I slipped a rod in and plan to get a couple hours in each morning.

BULLFROG SEASON: Bullfrog season opens Monday: I haven't been bullfrogging since I was a kid. Back then, we waded the creeks and tried to outquick them. And actually used to catch enough that our mom would let my younger brother and I fry up the legs in butter. This is a long way of getting to a request: If you don't mind some company, I would like to go bullfrogging with somebody. If interested, contact me outdoordb@sbcglobal.net.

Here's the details from the IDNR regs:

A sport fishing license is required to take bullfrogs. Bullfrogs may be taken by hand, pole and line fishing methods, pitchfork, landing net, bow and arrow or bow and arrow device, spear or gig. Firearms, air guns, gas guns or commercial fishing devices such as dip nets, hoop nets, traps or seines are not allowed in the taking of bullfrogs. Bullfrogs may be taken from June 15 to August 31 (both days inclusive). The daily limit is 8 bullfrogs with 16 bullfrogs being the possession limit.

LAKEFRONT PERCH: They will be in to stay eventually. The bite is switching to soft shells. Tom Harris, a young guy, has an interesting set of postings on perching the past couple weeks at http://greatlakesangler.blogspot.com/.

MAZONIA LAKES: If I was around, this would be one of options for the weekend. In part, because I like to disappear while fishing.

MIDEWIN BIKE RIDE: There's a twilight bike ride at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Wilmington, beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Call (815) 423-6370 or go to www.fs.fed.us/mntp.

PERSONAL PICKS: As I said above, I'm gone for a long weekend. On return, priorities will be lakefront perch and bullfrogs. Bullfrogs are my next chase. I ended my wild asparagus chase when I finally found some on Sunday.

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