Picking berries and catching perch lead Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.
MULBERRIES: They're ripe all over the area. My kids and I picked the batch above Wednesday at the town pond, and they ate just as many as they picked. Considering the amount they were eating, I dropped the phrase, ``The trots'' on them, then had to explain it. We bought plain vanilla ice cream to go with it. The outdoors should be fun.
LAKEFRONT PERCH: With our hot weather and south/southwest winds, this should be the weekend for perch fishing on the Chicago lakefront. The guys at Park Bait said people were still lined up this morning. Both minnows and soft shells have been working.
RASPBERRIES: Earlier this week, we picked our first raspberries off the plants I grow in the backyard in memory of Grandma Bowman. On Wednesday, we found just a couple ripe enough to pick around the town pond. But this weekend and next week should be prime around Chicago for picking raspberries.
FREE FISHING DAYS: Through Monday, anyone in Illinois may fish without the need to have a sport fishing license, inland trout stamp or salmon stamp. There's lots of events around the area associated with free fishing days.
FROGGING: On Tuesday, bullfrog season opens. A sport fishing license is required. Bullfrogs may be taken by hand, pole and line fishing methods, pitchfork, landing net, bow and arrow or bow and arrow device, spear or gig. Firearms, air guns, gas guns or commercial fishing devices such as dip nets, hoop nets, traps or seines are not allowed in the taking of bullfrogs. Daily bag is eight.
PADDLING: The Paddlesports Festival is at Phillips Park in Aurora this weekend. Click here.
ARCHERY TOURNAMENT: The Ray Glover Memorial Shoot 900 round by the Chicago Archery Club is at Washington Park on Sunday. Click here.
PERSONAL PICKS: I hope to get a hike in with the kids today. . . . Otherwise, my plans are set for the weekend: muskie fishing on Indiana's fabled Webster Lake with North Sider Cary Gelfond and gude Chae Dolsen of Webster Lake Guide Service, with whom I enjoy fishing very much.