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Ice fishing leads this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.


ICE FISHING: It just goes on. We're at three months straight for ice fishing on the Chain O'Lakes. I had a solid outing for crappie and perch with Capt. Jeff Hahn (above) on the Chain Wednesday evening. It was quite the thing to be out with a 21-year-old who already has his own guide business--Chain O Lakes Fishing Guide Service--and is in his fifth season of guiding.

LIONS DERBY: The Island Lake Lions Club's annual ice fishing derby is 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. It looks like a good time, plus the Lions are one of my favorite charities, so I wish I could make it. The hotline is (847) 604-1709.

GULLING: The ninth annual Illinois Ornithological Society Gull Frolic is Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. at Winthrop Harbor Yacht Club. This is one of those things I wish I could go to, but have not been able to so far. Alvaro Jaramillo will speak on slaty-backed gull identification at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The $10 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, including Sea Gull Stew, vegetarian chili, drinks and more. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate will be available all day. Go to

HERMANN'S ICE FISHING EVENT: On Sunday, Hermann's holds an ice fishing derby on Nielsen's Channel at Port Barrington. Sign-up begins at 6:30 a.m., tournament ends 1 p.m. $5 parking, $5 entry. Biggest perch, crappie, bluegill and striper win. Also optional big fish pot for other legal species. Call (847) 639-9644.

INDIANAPOLIS SHOW: The 56th Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show, biggest of its kind, opens today and runs through Feb. 28 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Ed McCain at Mik-Lurch just raves about this show, calling it the best in the Midwest. I need to see it at least once in my life. Go to

SHOWTIME: Our World-Underwater is at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from today through Sunday. Go to

PERSONAL PICKS: I am covering bowling, the last sectionals for Beat the Champs, this weekend, so my get-outside time will be limited or non-existent. . . . I hope to hit ice fishing the Chicago harbors next week on a week day or try to do some open water stuff with Bill Anderson. . . . I will get in a hike at some point this weekend. . . . Birding over the Great Backyard Bird Count last weekend was sparse for me. I did see a red-bellied woodpecker and some house finches, which added something a bit special. Surprisingly, some Canada geese are hanging around and I don't know of any open water nearby.

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