Variety--a decoy show, lakefront fishing, flapjacks for fish, and picking morels--packs this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.
Trying to rush around here to get out the door for the high school bass fishing.
DECOY SHOW: The National Antique Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show is today and tomorrow--2-8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday--at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. The feature this year is southern decoys. The second part of the Guyette & Schmidt Auction begins at 10 a.m. this morning. Click here for info or call (312) 337-7957
FLAPJACKS FOR FISHERIES: The Flapjacks for Fisheries charity event, sponsored by the Gary Borger chapter of Trout Unlimited, is 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Breakfast only goes to 10 a.m. It's at the Sheridan Shore Yacht Club in Wilmette. Tickets are $10 ($7 for 11 and younger). Contact Glenn Davis at email@example.com or (847) 772-9014.
LAKEFRONT SMALLMOUTH: The stories just keep piling up of big smallmouth. My favorite so far is of one ``bigger than a sink'' caught on the South Side, according to Mac at Mac's Bait. I have not seen the photos yet. Hope to.
MORELS: They're up. The rain should really help. Three days this week I picked morels. I am nearly to 20. I am really hope the rains makes them go nuts.
LAKE MICHIGAN PERCH: There's been shoreline action at Montrose, but the big story is up at Waukegan for boaters, where Hans Johannsen weighed the second 2-pound perch of his life on Tuesday. There's more hunting, but plenty of jumbos too, off Gary Light.
BOAT INSPECTION: Fish Tales Fishing Club and the United States Power Squadron are sponsoring a free boat inspection at Dicks Sporting Goods in Orland Park from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
TURKEY HUNTING: Illinois turkey hunting is near a record pace. The third season in the north and the fourth in the south run through Wednesday. I am curious whether the record pace continues with the weather forecast. At least I drew a fifth season permit a week or so ago.
ASPARAGUS: They're up. George Benda said he found some in an area roughly in the south suburbs last weekend. I have not found any yet.
HIGH SCHOOL BASS FISHING: The sectionals for high school bass fishing are today. Weather looks a little dicey, but I think they will get them in.
ARCHERY: Chicago Bowhunters in Bolingbrook has a 3D shoot this weekend. Click here.
GREEN FAIR: The Green & Growing Fair is at Garfield Park Conservatory from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Click here or call (773) 638-1766.
PERSONAL PICKS: I'm covering high school bass fishing today. If everything goes right, I would like to play with lakefront smallmouth in between. . . . On Monday, I hope to get my time in for the monster perch at Waukegan. . . . I need to fit in the decoy show, but not sure how. Maybe Saturday. . . . Otherwise, I will continue the quest for more morels and my first asparagus spears.