Since the world is ending tomorrow, I debated not doing a Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, but there is so much to do as usual on this May weekend, literally about anything, that I decided to defy the end times and post some times for things.
The New Belgium Urban Assault Ride (above) is something I keep meaning to at least watch, but never have. It begins at Murphy's Bleachers at 9 a.m. Sunday. Click here.
CRAPPIE OPEN: Shabbona Lake holds its crappie open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. The heaviest stringer of 10 crappie wins $100. Shabbona has produced Illinois-record hybrid crappie. The overall lake record for crappie is 2.8 pounds. Lakeside will give an additional $100 if somebody tops the lake record. Click here for details or call (815) 824-2581.
WHITE BASS OPEN: The Fox Valley Area Anglers hold their rescheduled White Bass Open on the Illinois River on Sunday. Click here for info.
WILD ASPARAGUS: The plants are up. I have been finding them all week, but mostly larger woody plants.
MAZONIA FISHING: This should be the best weekend at Mazonia lakes for just about any species.
LAKEFRONT SMALLMOUTH: Has to happen soon, if the water ever clears.
EMIQUON LARGEMOUTH: The spring bite is on for largemouth. This is a boaters-only spot and no gas-powered motors. Emiquon Preserve near Lewistown is open to fishing. Interested parties may request a permit (remember you need the new one for 2011) and list of rules between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown. There is no fee. No gas powered motors are permitted, and bank fishing is not allowed. For more, call (309) 547-2730.
PADDLING: The 54th Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon is Sunday.
BRAIDWOOD's FISHING FOR A CURE: The annual charity bass fishing event is tomorrow. There's usually some surprisingly nice bass caught. Click here.
ILLINOIS PERMITS: Residents may apply for fall shotgun turkey permits through July 12. Click here.
WORLD-WIDE LIVING: The Nature Conservancy's Design for a Living World Exhibition is at The Field Museum through November 13. Click here for details.
LIVING WORLD PHOTO ESSAY: TNC also said we ``enjoy the complementary Design for a Living World Photo Essay at the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park now through November 13.'' It showcases various TNC project from around the world, including in Illinois. Click here for details.
MORELS: The season is winding down south of the city, though I found some this week and peaked north of the city last weekend. But there's morels to be found.
DALEY DERBY: The Richard J. Daley Sportfishing Derby is open. In May, the species are coho and perch. Register fish at Henry's Sports & Bait, Park Bait or Vet's Bait. Go to henryssports.com or call (312) 225-8538.
FISH HOTEL: The Fish Hotel, a floating aquatic habitat, is back on the Chicago Riverwalk at Dearborn.
ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.
PERSONAL PICKS: Considering I found more morels this week, I will probably keep looking. . . . But I am on a good roll with finding wild asparagus plants. Finding eatable stalks is tougher, so to speak. . . . Today and Saturday is the town yard sale and I will sit and do computer work, and a Sox game tonight, so Sunday looks like my good day. . . . I have to hit both the Chicago lakefront and the Kankakee River for smallmouth in the next week. . . . As always, a fair amount of my spare time is spent working on ``Outside,'' the radio show Joel Greenberg and I are doing at 4:30 p.m. Mondays on WKCC-FM (91.1).