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WWW Chicago outdoors: Berries, perch & beyond

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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.

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Some fresh caught bluegill, deep fried, would have been the only way to improve on mulberries and ice cream.

You mean perch, I hope.

Those mulberries are GREAT! Nice little energy boost while walking around Lemont quarries today...they were everywhere! Raspberries are almost there...give them a few more days.

Have fun on Webster, Dale!

Well, I prefer bluegill but perch are excellent as well.

Just came back from perch fishing at Diversey and Burnham Harbors Saturday morning. Got totally skunked. I saw 30-40 fishermen come and go without catching a single fish. Terrible.

Gotta love summertime in Chicago. So excited to see more local excitement!

Thanks for the tip Dale. Yesterday, me and my kids collected 2 cups of mulberries from our backyard tree, washed 'em up and tossed them in our yogurt for breakfast. Good eating!

Sounds healthier than ice cream. But maybe even tastier.

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