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April 2010 Archives

I'm gone fishin', but there's a wide variety once again on another Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

The Martinez family from Homer Glen--Beto left, and sons Cristopher and Andres--put a face to the continued near-record pace of turkey hunting in Illinois this spring.

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Waukegan: Perch window

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There was a weather window Wednesday morning, and I am glad I joined Capt. Bob Jenkins in perch fishing out of Waukegan.

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The Wisconsin regular season opener and the Daley Derby lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

Tim Williams nominated the crappie he and his daughter Sydney caught on Saturday for Fish of the Week.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

The bungling around the spread of Asian carp just goes on. The latest folly? A $4,546,422, 13-mile construction job to put concrete and wire mesh barriers between the Sanitary and Ship Canal and the Des Plaines River/I&M Canal.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Maybe it is just my stage in life, but I am ready to try doing something with dandelions.

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In a dramatic move to help stop the spread of white-nose syndrome in bats, the Illinois DNR closed all state-owned and managed caves that support bats today.

A record 22 muskies were caught during the Spring Challunge on the Chain O'Lakes.

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Showing restraint I did not expect, the Supreme Court decided yet again not to enter the debate over shutting the Chicago-area locks to prevent the spread of Asian carp.

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The Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail is adding a youth trail for 2010 with the first event on Lake Shelbyville on May 22.

Chris Young in the State Journal-Register reported yesterday that the IDNR may close state-owned caves as soon as Monday, in response to the rapid spread of white-nose syndrome.

Funny what happens after a nice 1/2-inch rain.

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Thought about saving this for Fish of the Week, but let's get Evan Chambers' 5.75-pound largemouth bass out there as big bass from the Chicago-area IHSA bass-fishing sectionals on Friday.

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Some days, life is charmed. Just ask Brian Markham.

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Mark Gervais is a Hall of Fame wrestling coach who has been around Illinois prep sports for decades, and the experience showed as Marist hosted an outstanding first bass-fishing sectional at Wolf Lake on Friday.

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Illinois turkey hunters are on a record pace in both the north and south zones.

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The second year is underway for sectionals in Illinois' statewide bass fishing tournament.

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Variety--a decoy show, lakefront fishing, flapjacks for fish, and picking morels--packs this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.

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I'm not sure what to make of this video of a kayak fisherman towed 11 miles by a blue marlin.

Lakefront perch and smallmouth lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Morels: Plating success

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The morning search produced more morels than I expected.

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An exclamation point largemouth bass caught in northern Lake County by Brett Hively in mid-April earns Fish of the Week honors.

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The hot bite for perch has moved north to Waukegan/North Point, as in I need to update my record of 2-pound perch around Chicago outdoors.

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Showtime: Decoy Show

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The official part of the 45th National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show is Friday and Saturday at Pheasant Run in St. Charles.

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Thanks to the inspiration of George Benda, I found my first morels of the season this evening.

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It's about time, and years late, but the Chicago Park District apparently has scheduled the parking lot by the ramps at 95th Street to be patched by mid-June.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Illinois hunters are on a record pace after two full spring turkey seasons in the south zone, and the first spring season in the north zone also opened very strong.

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Claude Walker deserved better.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab

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This is one of those Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors where you have to pick and choose from a wildly varied lot: climbing legend Sonnie Trotter's appearance at Patagonia Chicago, fishing lakefront smallmouth, stateline perch or the walleye open at Shabbona; the first Paddle & Peddle on the North Branch; an odd outdoors-related play (below), kayak classes and an outdoor challenge.

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The news about morels in southern Illinois was not encouragaing. All the same, the time is near around Chicago outdoors for finding morels, so I will start running Morel of the Week again.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Heidecke: Why?

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Here's why.

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If you're not looking to sneak in some fishing today or tomorrow, something's the matter. The weather looks just beautiful to kick in fishing for this Midwest Fishing Report.

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INick Pezdek nominated his friend John Rumoro for Fish of the Week for this 52-inch, 40-pound-plus flathead caught on the Mississippi River.

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Once again, Abraham Hunter, a home-schooler from Vienna, won ``Best of Show'' during the Illinois segment of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum hosts a screening of Lords of Nature, a film on how predators fit into our ecosystems, and a panel discussion Wednesday [correction] evening.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

The Wisconsin DNR said the lake sturgeon spawn is on along the Wolf River and, with the weather forecast, this week should see most of the spawning activity.

The first spring season in Illinois's south zone was good.
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The Diana Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America in Shelby, Ind. has contracted with For Goodness Sake Productions, LLC of Valparaiso, to raise funds and produce a film on the natural and cultural history of the Kankakee River.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

I have a certain amount of admiration for cleverness, especially if there is some substance behind it and ``The Scoop on Poop--in the Palm of Your Hand!'' was clever enough to make me read.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab, albeit posting late.

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As if covering the high-school bass fishing tournament wasn't good enough, I ended a gorgeous Saturday by fishing the Chicago River.

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I'm an old preps writer.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It's a decent-looking weekend in April with a multitude of opportunities for this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.

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A 40-pound muskie was netted at Evergreen today. Netting_Survey_April_8-index

Chicago-area fishermen are doing well after the opening day of tthe FLW Walleye Tour Eastern Division tournament on the Detroit River.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

I sometimes forget the joy that the catchable trout seasons in Illinois bring.

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Smallmouth are just starting to turn on along the southern Lake Michigan lakefront, even in downtown Chicago.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Brad Wooten of Broadview sent this Fish of the Week nomination for his 9-year-old son Elijah Wooten.

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In a bit of surprise, Illinois youth hunters in both the north and south zones improved on the reported harvest from 2009.

Bicycling magazine placed Chicago No. 10 for city biking and credits Mayor Daley.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Over the years, the well-experienced of Chicago outdoors (Chuck Roberts comes to mind) have done well at the Field & Stream Total Outdoorsman Challenge.

Even without my usual morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab, I mull things.

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Had not expected to have this computer access this limited, but all is well.

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