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WWW Chicago outdoors: Getting out

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Simply getting out leads this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors. If you don't have any ideas, there will be some in here.

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We have had quite the run for ice fishing. The above scene was shot in December during the first week of ice fishing at Willow Slough. That a site that far south had nearly three months straight of ice fishing, says something.

Farther north, say on the Chain, regular ice fishermen are anticipating that the warm-up may fire up a wonderful weekend for fishing. BTW, the Chain may have at least two more weekends of ice fishing, at least in spots.

WISCONSIN GAMEFISH SEASON:This is the final weekend for gamefish in Wisconsin, and the warm-up is expected to make it a worthy one.

OPEN-WATER RIVER FISHING: That's my big plan for the weekend, hitting the mighty Kankakee for the first time in 2010. Norm Minas reported a steady outing on Wednesday, and gave me a couple suggestions for this afternoon.

MAPLE SYRUP: This is absolutely perfect weather for maple syrup, warm days and frosty nights. If you're a mom or dad looking to connect the kids to the outdoors, I highly recommend finding a maple syrup event at your park or forest preserve district. That is on my agenda this weekend or next.

SWAP MEET: Salmon Unlimited's Spring Swap Meet is at a new location, the Grace Lutheran Church in Bensenville, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Go to salmonunlimitedinc.com/suswap.pdf This is an event that gets people back in the swing of spring.

BRAIDWOOD LAKE: The Will County cooling lake is open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. This is another good kid option, because you can always play with channel catfish, which take about anything.

ISA BRONZEBACK BLOWOUT: IDNR director Marc Miller and Tim Landwehrheadline the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance's Bronzeback Blowout. It's at the Elmhurst American Legion frin 309 p.m. Saturday. Go to illinoissmallmouthalliance.com/html/blowout.php

SHOWTIME: The Lake Home & Cabin Show is at the Schaumburg Convention Center through Sunday. Go to www.lakehomeandcabinshow.com . . . The Rockford Boat Show and companion Fishing & Outdoor Expo is at the Indoor Sports Center in Rockford from Friday through Sunday. Click here for the expo and click here for the boat show. . . And there is a new one Downstate with the Elmwood All Outdoors Show, by the sounds of it. It is at Elmwood High School this weekend. Go to http://www.elmwoodalloutdoors.com/ . . . The Spring Fishing Classic is at the various Bass Pro Shops through next Sunday. Go to basspro.com/classic

HUNTING NOTES: Tuesday is when online applications may begin for deer hunting. . . . Tuesday is also when the random daily draws begin for remaining spring wild turkey permits begin.

PERSONAL PICKS: I plan to at least put in an hour or so on the mighty Kankakee this afternoon. . . . Braidwood is always a possibility for the weekend, my schedule is fairly open. . . . Saturday morning I may see some of you at the graduation for the Fishin' Buddies! CORE folks at Sand Ridge Nature Center. . . . Otherwise, get out. It's been a long haul of a winter.

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This page contains a single entry by Dale Bowman published on March 5, 2010 6:33 AM.

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