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WWW Chicago outdoors: Blowing here and there

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It's kind of an odd Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, there's some endings and one big beginning in the opening of bowhunting on Saturday.

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And the wind or gales have yucked up Lake Michigan and thrown things around on land, too. That's just a nice fall addition.

BOWHUNTING BEGINNING: The big beginning is the opening of bowhunting for deer and turkey in Illinois (and Indiana) on Saturday. I think the winds are supposed to die down enough to make for better and safer hunting by tomorrow, definitely by Sunday.

LAKE ENDINGS: Some lakes begin closing next week in advance of the opening of waterfowl seasons. I usually try to get out to Heidecke, which closes Tuesday, before the final day. Not sure I will this year. . . . Braidwood/Mazonia also close Tuesday, except Monster Lake at Mazonia South remains open year round for fishing. . . . And boat fishing ends Thursday at Willow Slough in Indiana. I did get out there a week ago for a final outing until ice comes.

DUCKS UNLIMITED BANQUET: The Orland Park 2D is at the Orland Chateau tonight. Contact Bob Benson at (312) 351-4610 or Jon Ellis at (312) 656-8170.

SHORELINE AND STREAMS SALMON:The great salmon run may be mainly restricted to the streams and harbors until the big lake settles. But it has been a great fall so far. In Chicago, the best reports come from Montrose and Jackson Park/Casino Pier. But McCormick Place/Northerly Island, Diversey, Belmont and 39th are also producing fish. Steve Palmisano of Henry's reminded that we are that stretch where it is good add a rod with lighter line and a float with spawn to catch trout and smaller coho while casting with spoons or crankbaits for kings. . . . In Indiana, the streams are loaded with salmon and steelhead. And the rains kicked up the flow. . . . Also in Indiana and Michigan, the St. Joe is seeing a mixed bag of coho, kings and steelhead. Even a couple browns have made it to South Bend.

WADING/FLOATING FOR SMALLMOUTH: Rains only kicked the rivers enough that I suspect it will improve fishing in most areas. I think most of the local rivers remain very wadeable. And the weekend looks good for waders.

DALEY DERBY: Today is the last day for the year. Carp and kings are the species for September in the Richard J. Daley Sportfishing Derby. As might be expected in a good fall salmon run, a monster 26-3 king leads. Register fish at Henry's Sports & Bait, Park Bait or Vet's Bait. Go to henryssports.com or call (312) 225-8538.

ILLINOIS PERMITS: Random daily draws for firearm/muzzleloader deer permits run through Monday. . . . Youth waterfowl hunt application period runs through Saturday. Click here. . . Snowmobile permits expire today.

HUNTING: Squirrel hunting in general remains open until February, but around northeast Illinois, the three public spots--Silver Springs SFWA, Kankakee River SP and Iroquois SWA--close to squirrel hunting at the end of today. . . . Dove hunting continues. I actually saw more the last couple days. . . .Woodchuck trapping ends today.

SALMON SNAGGING: On Saturday, snagging for chinook and coho opens on the Illinois lakefront at four locations only: Lincoln Park Lagoon south of Fullerton Avenue, Waukegan Harbor (North Harbor Basin only); Winnetka Power Plant discharge area and Jackson Park Harbor (inner and outer harbors). No snagging is allowed at any time within 200 feet of a moored watercraft or as posted. I suspect the snagging will be outstanding. There are a lot of fish in the harbors, and the water in there should be better shape than on the main lake.

ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.

PERSONAL PICKS:I will at least check the lakefront today when I pick up my oldest boy. . . . I hope to sneak in some time at Heidecke before the end on Tuesday. Just not sure when. . . . 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).


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