Perching options during the July closure in Illinois lead this holiday edition of Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.
I will update river conditions in the Midwest Fishing Report later today.
KIDS PERCH FISHING: Perch fishing has been spotty, but good when you hit it right on the Chicago lakefront. And weather conditions (hot and southwest winds) would suggest a good holiday weekend for perching on our side of the lake. Yes, kids 15 and younger may perch fish during the July closure in Illinois on Lake Michigan.
INDIANA PERCH FISHING: Those with Indiana licenses may fish the reciprocal waters for perch during the July closure in Illinois on Lake Michigan. It's been variable in Cal Park. Don't know what else to say about that.
SHABBONA FIREWORKS: Shabbona lake will have fireworks over the lake Sunday night. Some year, I would like to see that. Not sure if and when, but it is one of those things i would like to do.
KANKAKEE RIVER VALLEY FISHING DERBY: The 28th annual derby runs through Sunday. Through Thursday evening, the glamour fish were a 7-4 walleye (Justin Sims of Bradley), a 15-12 rough fish (Kevin Ballard of Kankakee), a 9-0 northern pike (George Gibson of Crete) and a 14-0 catfish (Darrel Powers of Bradley). It's $20 per family, Click here for info
PADDLING: Today is the First Friday Kayak Races at Chicago River Canoe and Kayak. It's $5 with own boat or $15 to rent. Reservations are required at (773) 704-2663 or firstname.lastname@example.org. . . . On Saturday, CRiCK also offers the Chicago River Canoe and Kayak Dinner Cruise. It's $45 and reservations required at (773) 704-2663 or email@example.com
FROGGING: I would love to do this. And this is the summer I will, either by myself or with somebody smarter than me at it. Bullfrog season in Illinois runs through Aug. 31. 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. Daily bag is eight.
BERRY PICKING: I think we are near the end, though a few mulberries and raspberries hang on. However, this should be prime blueberry picking, but I don't know of any spots.
PERMIT REMINDER: Tuesday is the last day residents may apply for fall shotgun turkey permits, first lottery.
PERSONAL PICKS: I plan to take my daughter bluegill fishing with today on the Madison Chain in Wisconsin with guide Gene Dellinger. We'll see how that goes. I suspect the trip will be as important as the fishing. . . . I have an intriguing invite to fish a small river in the Chicago area on Saturday. That's a maybe. . . . Sunday I think is kick back and celebrate the Fourth. . . . I will get in some hiking with the family this weekend. Actually, probably a couple days. . . . Otherwise, it is working on the perch issue and trying to catch up. If I do any play fishing, it will be on the town pond with scum frogs for largemouth.