A deep-water perch seminar, complete with way points, hummingbirds, and Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.
I don't remember a fall where we had so many ruby-throated hummingbirds visit us. Yesterday afternoon, as I filled the regular bird feeder, a hummingbird whirled inches from my ear. That's quite the distinctive sound.
We have had as many as three holding territorial battles around our feeder and my wife's hanging baskets. My youngest can watch their battling for long stretches of time.
As adults, we could learn something from him, and take the time to savor the whirl of the hummingbird, a few minutes from the whirl of life.
FISHING SEMINARS: Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet in Hammond--(219)989-0575--holds a series of seminars Saturday. At 1 p.m., Mike Starcevich talks on deep-water perch, including way points, at 1 p.m. That is no small thing, those way points that he and Ed McCain are giving out. . . . At 3 p.m., Capt. Ralph Steiger talks on Lake Michigan smallmouth. . . . . Tom "Fryer Tommy'' Zeman gives cooking lessons.
HUNTING AND FISHING DAYS: Northern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days is at Silver Springs State Fish and Wildlife Area in Yorkville on Saturday and Sunday, as usual. Geocaching was added to the usual range of outdoor activities.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY: It's Saturday. There's a host of events in the area. One event is at Barren Access near Mokena/New Lenox, beginning at 8 a.m. Call (815) 263-7900. For other sites, click here.
SHORELINE AND STREAMS SALMON: This remains the big story around Chicago fishing and southern Lake Michigan. Best reports come from Montrose and Jackson Park/Casino Pier. But McCormick Place/Northerly Island, Diversey, Belmont and 39th are the other good spots. . . . In Indiana, the streams are loaded with salmon and steelhead. The problem is that the water is getting very low. That is one bite that some rain would really help.
WADING/FLOATING FOR SMALLMOUTH: I don't think this will change with the spotty rain forecast. Rivers remains nearly as low or as low as they have been in 2011. If you are a wading person, get to it. I had less than an hour Monday while the kids did something event, and I put it to good use wading one spot on the Kankakee.
HUNTING: I have seen more guys out checking on their stands or just scouting than I have actually seen people hunting. Bowhunting is near (Oct. 1). . . . But squirrel hunting remains open. Around northeast Illinois, the three public spots in September are Silver Springs SFWA, Kankakee River SP and Iroquois SWA. . . . Dove hunting continues, but I haven't heard much this week, nor have I seen many.
PADDLING/BIKING: At 10 a.m. Saturday, Chicago River Canoe and Kayak holds its monthly Pedal & Paddle, a 4-mile paddle and a 4.5-mile ride on the North Side. Register at (773) 704-2663 or email@example.com
DALEY DERBY: 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, some big kings are rolling in. 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 drawings for fall shotgun turkey permits run through Monday. . . . Random daily draws for firearm/muzzleloader deer permits run through Oct. 3. . . . The third lottery deadline for the Illinois 2011 Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permit program runs through Tuesday. All initial applications must be made online at www.dnr.illinois.gov/duck or www.dnr.illinois.gov/goose. . . . Youth waterfowl hunt application period runs through Oct. 1. Click here.
PERSONAL PICKS: A weekend primarily for other work or family stuff. Tonight, I cover a football game for the Sun-Times. . . I hope to sneak in a quick whirl through Hunting and Fishing Days Saturday morning. Otherwise, the weekend is tied down 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).