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March 2012 Archives

There's a good mix--morel hunting, smelt opener, Heidecke opener and a bike exhibit--for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.


Services for Harold ``Coho Harry'' Holubes are tomorrow morning.


This is one of the odder, but best, lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report I have ever done.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

I think river fishing draws a different personality, just one of those things that struck me as I pulled together the rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report this week.


Dan Sims talks about the hows and whys of fishing the Des Plaines River this afternoon on "Outside."


SPRING VALLEY, Ill.--You would think with water temperatures in the upper 60s on the Illinois River that sauger and walleye would be well past the spawn.


PEORIA, Ill.--There weren't as many bucks as some years Field & Stream Deer & Turkey Expo in Peoria this weekend, but there were a couple world-class ones at the Peoria Civic Center.


moreltight.jpg No, this is not a find this month,

it is a tight shot from a nice collection my kids and I found last year in early May.

stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

OK, from 110 degrees above normal to a mere 10 or 15, there is a lot of unexpected options to go with the planned ones in this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

Click here for the FOTW, a largemouth bass caught by Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass from the Chicago River on St. Patrick's Day.


A very weird time sets up with this extended warmth, and that results of that heat is the main theme in this Midwest Fishing Report.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

As we move into spring, the Midwest Fishing Report begins its summer split into rivers and lakes section; this is the rivers section with some odd notes off this wild warmth.


Click here for Wild of the Week, an interesting crayfish found by Alan Anderson, and other field notes.


The 23-year-old George Watford talks about his beloved Chicago River and more this afternoon on "Outside."


A throw-back run of shoreline coho reenergized fishermen like something prehistoric last weekend; that leads is Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, but there is also fishing the cooling lakes and a big birding event at North Park University.


Earlier this week, John Vukmirovich favored me with one of his accounts, this about watching cranes come over Chicago.

Click here for FOTW, an early Lake Michigan smallmouth bass caught by Tom O'Malley.


It seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

lakefront09-13-10hancock.jpg Last weekend was a historic one for coho fishing

around Chicago; that and the arrival of record summer-like temperatures leads this Midwest Fishing Report.

It seems just rewards for a river rat like Jim Zimmerman to catch the Illinois-record walleye, the state's first 15-pounder.


Click here for the first draft story of the possible walleye record.

It looks like Illinois will have another state record walleye.

So Norm Minas, half seriously, asks if he can come to the studio in his waders after a morning of fishing the Kankakee River for his second appearance this afternoon on "Outside."


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Shed hunting: A tease

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Well, I had a wonderful afternoon yesterday shed hunting with Jeff Norris on the edge of the western suburbs.


Click here for the FOTW, a big pike caught from Delavan by Salvatore Cimino.


Sheds: Finally

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Found my first shed antlers this afternoon and Jeff Norris found the biggest one of his life.

My highlight for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors will be hunting for shed antlers, but there's plenty of other options, inside and out.

Though the end of outdoors show season around Chicago nears, there is a nicely varied collection this week.

Good coho fishing on the southern Lake Michigan lakefront, walleye in the rivers and transitioning from ice lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

John Rogner talks about the IDNR budget and staffing issues this afternoon on "Outside."


One major note of fishing this mild winter has been good walleye catches from area rivers, typified by the 10.5-pound walleye Dan Davis caught from the Kankakee River.


LaSalle Lake, the cooling lake south of Seneca, will open as usual on March 15; but with similar reduced hours in the early weeks as last year.

We've got options--coho, Braidwood Lake, Babe Winkelman--for the Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago Outdoors.


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