A couple of lakefront fishing events, one in Chicago and a new one in Waukegan, along with Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days make this a packed time for Wild Weekend Wanderings in Chicago outdoors.
This is one of my favorite photos of Northerly Island taken, I think, at the second Salmon Classic five years ago of lakefront regular Bob Mlinarcik casting as the sun set.
SALMON CLASSIC: Even in down years, the Salmon Classic at Northerly Island is a fun event, even if it is just to watch the sun set over Chicago with a couple hundred other fishermen and friends or see some of the big carp or other fish caught.
The sixth annual Classic is at Northerly Island from 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Registration begins at 5:30. There's free parking, prizes and medals. Call Henry's at (312) 225-8538 or go to henryssports.com.
SU'S ON-SHORE EVENT: Salmon Unlimited of Illinois is holding a unique shore fishing tournament and kid's fishing derby on Saturday at Waukegan harbor.
They are just giving this a try, but it looks like it could be the real deal and a nice addition to the fall set of events on the lakefront. A bunch of the high school fishing teams are expected.
Applications may be downloaded at salmonunlimitedinc.com
HUNTING & FISHING DAYS: At least for my kids, the voyageur canoe rides on the lake are the favorites at Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days. Though none of my kids were riding last year when this photo was taken.
Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days are at Silver Springs State Park outside of Yorkville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Other kid favorites include the fishing pond, bowfishing tries and the shooting ranges.
There's constant seminars and events, such as Bill Balt on field dressing deer, Chuck Roberts on paddling the Fox, many hawg trough sessions, many dog events and varied calling/hunting instruction.
There's no entrance fee and parking is free. For information, go to huntingandfishingdays.org
BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER Quad County Hawg Hunters have made this a regular thing the same weekend as NIHFD. Their third annual fall breakfast is at the Plano American Legion from 7-11 a.m. Sunday. It is an old-fashioned breakfast feed.
RIVER RAMBLINGS: Very few are out, but the rivers remain in good shape for fall wading, boat fishing or shore rambles. The rain this week only helped to add some color and to kick up the flow a bit.
PERSONAL PICKS: I would really like to go SU's event at Waukegan. It sounds like it has real potential. But Daddy soccer duties and related responsibilities shoot my weekend, though there is an outside chance I slip up Sunday night for the Salmon Classic on Northerly Island.
Yesterday, I slipped in a few hours on Heidecke and shared some time with Jim Giglio. Notice I said shared time, not caught fish. If you're planning fishing, I would stick with the rivers or local ponds, which have been giving up some nice fall fish. Might even take my own advice on that this afternoon.