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.
Just get outside.
Considering the unbelievable weather, there are lots of good options, and I am not even mentioning fishing rivers.
Enjoy, I intend, too.
COHO: The great spring tradition of Chicago fishing is underway, big time. This warm weather has coho going at an unbelievable clip. It's so good it has people going back to the 1980s or even the 1970s to remember a weekend like last weekend. With the weather forecast, I would expect lots of fishermen to be out again, even if the coho don't cooperate as much as they did last weekend.
I would love to tell you some super secret method, but let's face it night crawlers are best. And frankly, about anything is working
LaSALLE LAKE: The cooling lake just south of Seneca is open Wednesday through Sunday in March, 6 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This rivals coho as what I would consider a prime fishing pursuit this weekend.
I was out opening day Thursday. Bass fishing was OK. Best was hybrid striped bass, particularly with chicken liver from the south bank. Bluegills are also very good on the east bank.
BRAIDWOOD LAKE: The cooling lake in the southwest corner of Will County is open for shore and boat fishing, and reports have been good, especially for bass by boaters. It is open until 7 p.m. now.
BIRDING: On Saturday, the Chicago Audubon Society holds Birding America IX at North Park University. Keynote speaker is Erik Johnson, Audubon's Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway conservation biologist. Closing speaker is Greg Miller, one of those featured in The Big Year. Go to chicagoaudubon.org to register ($50 for non-CAS members). For questions, call (773) 539-6793.
SHED HUNTING: Considering at least some bucks are still holding antlers, this is probably another good weekend to get out and look. I know I enjoyed my looking last Friday with Jeff Norris.
SHOWTIME: The Lake Home & Cabin Show is Friday through Sunday at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
The Blue Island Firefighters Club's 46th annual Sport Show is Sunday at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. For tickets, call (708) 396-7072 or stop by Blue Island Fire Station No. 1.
MAPLE SYRUP: Check your local park districts and forest preserves as many hold maple syrup events this month. Unless of course the hot weather, and I say hot, has made that passé.
ILLINOIS HUNTING PERMITS: Random daily drawings for spring turkey permits in Illinois is underway. Click here . . . Resident Illinois deer hunters may apply online for firearm and muzzleloader permits. Click the ``Online Services'' tab at dnr.illinois.gov.
ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.
PERSONAL PICKS: I am hanging around St. Joe, don't know specifically what I will do, St. Joe or Berrien Springs. . . . I am hitting the Illinois River for sauger/walleye with Roy Vivian on Monday at Spring Valley. . . . I am back into the swing of my Outside radio show on WKCC-FM (91.1). I am enjoying pulling shows together. Some good ones are coming up. . . . Work grinds on on a writing project.