The Chicago Air & Water Show dominates and impacts just about everything around the Chicago lakefront this weekend, but there are other options for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.
As long as you manage the parking and getting around on Lake Shore Drive, the Air & Water Show can add another element to fishing on the Chicago lakefront.
The problem is perch fishing in particular has been on the tough side.
WAITING ON SALMON: It's about time for kings to start showing up on shore. They're arriving already in places in Michigan and there have been a few at Waukegan. Any day now.
CATFISH OPEN: Timing seems good for the Catfish Open on Saturday at Shabbona Lake. The heaviest stringer of six is tops in this family event. Go to shabbonalake.com or call (815) 824-2581.
WADING: There are multiple options for wading local rivers this weekend. The question is how much rain falls tonight and tomorrow.
HUNTING CLASSIC: Bass Pro Shops hold their 2011 Fall Hunting Classic through Sunday.
PADDLING: Chicago River Canoe and Kayak holds another one of its very popular Skyscraper Canyon paddles at 6;30 p.m. Sunday. It leaves from Lawrence's Fisheries. Register at (773) 704-2663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONSERVATION WORLD: Conservation World (fishing, archery, BB gun ranges, food) is open daily at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and runs through Sunday. It is a must stop for our family in the years that we make the fair. It won't happen this year.
DALEY DERBY: Add perch to the eligible species for August in the Richard J. Daley Sportfishing Derby. The other species are carp, catfish, panfish, steelhead and chinook. There has been some big kings already registered. Register fish at Henry's Sports & Bait, Park Bait or Vet's Bait. Go to henryssports.com or call (312) 225-8538.
ILLINOIS HUNTING: The big thing is squirrel hunting. Once the latest heat breaks, I would expect more hunters out.
ILLINOIS PERMITS: Online applications for the first lottery for the Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program run through Aug. 30. Go to dnr.illinois.gov/duck or dnr.illinois.gov/goose. . . . Applications for free upland game continue until Aug. 31.
ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.
PERSONAL PICKS: This morning, I plan to watch one of the more interesting youth fishing programs in Chicago. . . . I still need to get in my morning of squirrel hunting, but at least I took the time to apply for a free upland game permit this week. Now I need to put in for a duck permit. . . . We are doing one last water fling this afternoon with the kids. . . . I am not sure what the family hike will be tomorrow. Somewhere. . . . Sunday is shot with family stuff. . . . Work continues on an ongoing writing project. . . . 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).