Once again this weekend, the lakefront downtown will have something other than fishing as its focus, namely the Life Time Chicago Triathlon, but there are plenty of options for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.
BOAT SHOW: The 32nd annual Michigan City In-Water Boat Show at Washington Park in Michigan City, Ind. through Sunday. I stopped by Thursday for the opening. It is a remarkable year for big boats. Not sure what that says about life in America.
WADING: There are multiple options for wading local rivers this weekend. This may be the ultimate weekend for wading, just about across the board on local rivers. Norm Minas sent several outstanding reports this week.
Ken Gortowski, blogger for ChicagoNow, sent this note Thursday evening,
Sunset fishing on the Fox is nothing short of amazing.
Out tonight. 29 smallies and 2 largemouth caught. Largemouth were sitting right with the smallies.
27 fish missed.
WAITING ON SALMON: It's about time for kings to start showing up on shore. Mik-Lurch reported one caught at 39th earlier this week. Talmadge Hargraves III at the Salmon Stop reported sporadic catches over the past couple weeks in the dark at Waukegan.
PADDLING/BIKING: Chicago River Canoe and Kayak holds a Pedal & Paddle, a paddle of about 4 miles and a ride of 4.5 on the North Side, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday. Register at (773) 704-2663 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: Squirrel hunting is open, but the real focus is prepping for the dove opener on Thursday. Which reminds me I need to buy a few boxes of shells.
ILLINOIS PERMITS: Online applications for the first lottery for the Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program run through Tuesday. Go to dnr.illinois.gov/duck or dnr.illinois.gov/goose. . . . Applications for free upland game continue until Wednesday. . . . Youth deer permits go to only over the counter on Thursday.
PERSONAL PICKS: Today will be spend at Children's Hospital for another round of testing on one of our kids. . . . I still need to get in my morning of squirrel hunting and apply for a duck permit. . . . We will do some family hike Saturday. . . . Sunday I am covering the Triathlon for the Sun-Times. . . . Unfortunately, this would have been the perfect weekend for wading. . . . 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).