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July 2010 Archives

Because of the storms this morning on top of everything else, the Fox River downstream from the Stratton Lock and Dam closed to boating at noon Saturday, while the Chain O'Lakes and Fox from the dam upstream to the Wisconsin line remains at no-wake.

As first reported in the Sun-Times on Jan. 13, there's a hard push for a fourth waterfowl zone, a push that picks up Mo with the formal request from Gov. Quinn.


Call it a packed Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors with everything from perch reopening to squirrel hunting beginning to an auction and more.


Rob Baas earns Fish of the Week honors for this fine flathead from the Fox River.


The Wisconsin DNR has announced that Roger Hellen's 41.5-pound brown trout is now the Wisconsin record. No word yet from the International Game Fish Association on world record status.


Catfishing is going strong, as it should be in the heart of summer; perch fishing for all reopens on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan on Sunday; and the historic weekend storm split conditions around Chicago fishing when it comes to rivers, all in the Midwest Fishing Report.


it only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Chain O'Lakes: No-wake

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The entire Chain O'Lakes and portions of the Fox River from the Algonquin dam to the Wisconsin line are under no-wake restrictions as of Monday morning.

Jerry Collins of Forest Park submitted this velvet buck for Buck of the Week: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live, big bucks around Chicago outdoors.


Every dog has his day. Mine was Saturday


This may be stating the obvious, but better add this update for the Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors: Think south if wading, forget north and west.

Just in time for the public draws this weekend, here are the proposed waterfowl seasons for Illinois.

It's a good to be wet for this Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.


This is not a good story, yet bizarre: Clay A. Reeves was indicted today for reportedly running over several deer with an all-terrain vehicle in DeWitt County in February.

Three young raccoons loped across a side street and into a neighbor's yard near sunset earlier this week.


Draws for public blinds in Illinois are this weekend, with the local ones on Saturday.


Tied up most of yesterday, I am a day behind noting another possible world record, this time for blue catfish.


Summer catfish, river fishing and near-shore salmon and trout lead this Midwest Fishing Report.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Amanda Grzybowski's Fish of the Week symbolizes what is happening around the shoreline on our side of Lake Michigan during the extended heat wave.


Now, I don't know if the two youngest and I were finding Wabash pigtoes or muckets (Actinonaias ligamentina) while wading the Kankakee River Thursday. (See post by Kevin Cummings at end.)


storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Bob Coine of Heartland Studios near Oregon sent this Buck of the Week: Unplugged.


Here is another view of a potential world record brown trout caught by Roger Hellen off Racine, Wis. Friday morning.

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I am beginning to think Roger Hellen has more of a chance of a world record brown trout than the pictures give it after I talked to a butcher who helped weigh it.


Click here for the update on Roger Hellen's potential world-record brown trout.

Congrats to Katheryn E. Billing, Alexandria Clark, Michael Frank and Tea Sefer.

storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Thursday lunch, I took the two youngest wading in the Kankakee River out to an island, mainly to beat the heat.


Looks like a some perfect summer days for Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors with good options for adults, kids or families.


Larry Green is starting the Humboldt Park Fishing Society.


More to come later, but here is the waterfowling recommendations from IDNR director Marc Miller, who stuck with staff suggestions for season starts.

Summer heat is building (many lakes and waters have or are warming into the 80s), summer patterns take the lead for the Midwest Fishing Report. That includes a focus on river fishing.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Zack Wallin earns Fish of the Week honors for the fish of his life.


The Morton Arboretum is hosting the 34th annual International Tree Climbing Championship July 24-25 in a stand of its majestic oaks in Lisle.

2009 Men's Champ Jared Abrojena #2 LOW REZ - courtesy The Davey Tree Expert Co.

Donnarose Gilcrease put together a video, which gives me the willies, of photos taken by her husband Roy Gilcrease of the fish kill/bighead scene at Garfield Park late last week.


On Monday, 30 regal fritillary butterflies were released in a nature preserve just south of Chicago.


Marc Miller's decision on season dates for waterfowl hunting in Illinois is expected to be announced today.

Rick Remington sent a neat collection of photos for Buck of the Week: Unplugged, and they're from a place not heard from before in this feature, Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary.


The weird story on bighead carp from Garfield Park just keeps going.


The fish kill and Asian carp story at Garfield Park just keeps getting weirder, now treading into record territory.


There's another good mix--rivers to ranges--for Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors.

Something weird is going on with bighead carp in Chicago.


There's a substantial fish kill at Garfield Park.

The Nature Conservancy has started a neat site for a natural events calendar.


Indiana hunters bagged a record number of turkeys during the spring season.

It seems like months, and in some cases it has been months, but finally the rivers are settling down enough to give them real importance in this Midwest Fishing Report.

Terry McPolin keeps a ''cheapo Zebco 33 reel and telescoping rod'' in his golf bag.


Stray Cast: Crowing

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

There's been a bonus from all the rain in June around Chicago outdoors: Chanterelles.

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In response to the entry about John Farmer not marking any fish on the Little Cal, Chris McCloud sent this note about relocating fish.

John Farmer said he did not mark a single fish on Friday in the kill zone on the Little Calumet.


MADISON, Wis.--Took my daughter Sara bluegill fishing and she caught this.


storm3x Mulling things on my morning ramble
with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Frank ``Oakie'' Okoniewski died late Friday.


This buck in velvet at Hegewisch Marsh, in a wonderful shot taken by Bill Peak, will likely be seen again this year for Buck of the Week: Unplugged.

I debated adding my two cents to this entry, then decided to let the message of IDNR director Marc Miller on the July closure for perch fishing on Lake Michigan in Illinois waters stand in its entirity.


Here are the river adds for the Midwest Fishing Report. It's a mixed bag.

Perching options during the July closure in Illinois lead this holiday edition of Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

It's odd the things that ignite a person to action.


By now, if you haven't figured it out, it's probably too late, but mixing booze and boating makes for a tricky package.


John ``Bud'' Yancey, one of the founders of the Carp Anglers Group and its first president, died on Wednesday.


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