A home engagement of the Chicago Carp Classic leads this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, but there's plenty of other options from wading/fishing to squirrel hunting to hearing about zander in Russia.
In its glory days on the Chicago River in the 1990s, such as the scene on YouTube video from 1999, the CCC was one of my favorite events of the year. Then it drifted around the country.
From today through Sunday, the CCC is home, but this year on the Chicago lakefront from Montrose south to Diversey. I can't wait to see the looks of people jogging or biking when they see the European-style carping gear unfurled.
The one thing I wonder about is the way the northeast winds have pounded the lakefront since Sunday. The lakefront is roiled.
Well, it will be an international event of note. At least I hope.
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SHORELINE SALMON: I kept expecting the days of northeast winds to completely knock out the shoreline salmon bite, but it hasn't. Mike Repa at Park reported kings still being caught Thursday morning at Montrose with some coho mixed in. . . . Salmon are beginning to enter Indiana streams, according to Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert.
GREAT RUSSIAN TALK: On Wednesday, Mike Pehanich will speak on catching pike and zander in Russia at the Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies, Inc. at the Schaumburg Golf Club. It begins at 7 p.m., frvmuskie.com A friend attended when Pehanich spoke to Chicagoland Muskie Hunters and highly recommends attending.
WADING/FLOATING FOR SMALLMOUTH: Most of our rivers are as low as they have been in 2011. Some are even headed toward extremely low, or at least fall low. I've had outstanding reports this week from Ken Gortowski, blogger for ChicagoNow, on the Fox River and from Norm Minas on the Kankakee. I will be giving the Kankakee a good test on a float/wade this morning.
I don't think the passing showers will be much more than a minor annoyance.
DOVE HUNTING:I gave it a shot again yesterday and saw doves, but did not shoot any. I suspect it is mainly being the second week or maybe the weather, but dove hunting has slowed significantly.
EARLY CANADA GOOSE HUNTING: Best I have heard is from those hunting over water, particularly rivers like the Kankakee. At least in our end of the state, virtually no fields are harvested. Season ends Thursday.
TEAL HUNTING: Only heard a few reports.
ARCHERY: On Sunday, there will be at a 900 round tournament at the Lincoln Park Archery Club, Click here. . . . Also on Sunday there will be a free archery clinic at the Lincoln Park Archery Range from 2-4 p.m. It's free and walk-ins are welcome, Click here. . . . Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.
DALEY DERBY: Carp and kings are the species for September in the Richard J. Daley Sportfishing Derby. Last I checked a 14-pounder was leading, but I doubt if that will last the month. Register fish at Henry's Sports & Bait, Park Bait or Vet's Bait. Go to henryssports.com or call (312) 225-8538.
SQUIRREL HUNTING: Silver Springs, Kankakee River SP and Iroquois SWA are open in September. At least the weather is more passable for squirrel hunting.
ILLINOIS PERMITS: Online applications for the second 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. . . . Also on Tuesday, random daily draws for firearm/muzzleloader deer permits begin.
PERSONAL PICKS: This morning I plan to do a float/wade on the Kankakee with a guy with some ideas. I am really looking forward to it. . . . I will attend at least some of the Chicago Carp Classic doings, most likely on Saturday. . . . Sunday I have to cover the Chicago Half Marathon for the Sun-Times, but I may do something later. . . . Well, I gave dove hunting another go this week, but won't this weekend. . . . On Monday, I am taking a naturalist I really respect squirrel hunting. . . . 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).