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May 2012 Archives

Click here for FOTW, Scott Mascio's Chinook.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Lakefront salmon, Shabbona walleye and free fishing weekends lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Low water and wading time for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report; oh, and some post Memorial Day weekend thoughts, especially the ones by Norm Minas.

Steve Linneman talks bikes, biking and lifestyle on "Outside" on WKCC-FM (91.1).

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Mike Jackson invited me to join him at 6:05 Sunday morning on his radio show.

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For a change, the Memorial Day weekend will feel like a summer one and options for it lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

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Some FOTW deserve more than the quick treatment, such as Joe Collette's 47-incher.

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Trying to put a fix on the weekend outlook for this lakes sections of the Midwest Fishing Report.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Try to put a handle on what to expect for the holiday weekend in this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

Here is the wrap of spring turkey hunting in Illinois, complete with a TOTW, a first by 60-year-old Bob Molzahn.

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Add a second photo this month of a snake eating a fish.

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It's public radio and fundraising time, so here comes the best of show this afternoon on "Outside" on WKCC-FM (91.1).

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Click here for this TOTW, which illustrates a larger issue of trying to squeeze time into our busy schedules to hunt.

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Summer and the NATO Summit appear to arrive on the same Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

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Spring patterns settle in, once we get past today's little cold snap, for this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Receding waters and a good spring bite lead this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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Last week, Pat Fosnacht emailed me about this moth.

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Holly Froning talks master gardening, our weird spring and coming attractions this afternoon on "Outside."

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Ron Siwinski and Brad Lachow said this was a copperhead snake pulling a spawning crappie out of shallow water.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Spring signs, surer than the false ones in March, lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

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Click here for the extended tale of TOTW, a double by Tony Farinella fand his son Andrew with an interesting hook (spur?).

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Spring signs--Mazonia panfish, North Point salmon, Wisconsin's opening weekend report--and even a mention of shellcrackers lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Dealing with the impact of the heavy weekend rains leads this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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The IHSA bass fishing tournament gives us two FOTW from Carlyle Lake, caught Chicago area high schoolers during prefishing.

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are proposing a "Fish Management Fund," a simple but significant and novel idea.

Rick McCarty discusses high school bass fishing and his own Bassmaster Classic experience this afternoon on "Outside."

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CARLYLE, Ill.--Morning storms Saturday delayed the start of Day 2 of the IHSA state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake.

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Alex Davis led Fenwick into the lead after Day 1 of the IHSA state championship for bass fishing Friday on Carlyle Lake.

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CARLYLE, Ill.--The boats for opening day of the IHSA bass fishing state championship started promptly on Carlyle Lake, then an outflow storm line forced postponement almost immediately.

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The start of the Daley Derby, downtown smallmouth and the start of inland fishing opener up north lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

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Click here for the tale of Jake Pals first tom.

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As I type this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report, most of our rivers are in good shape with better flows from recent rains; the trick will be areas with locally heavier rains.

Click here for FOTW, a big brown caught at Navy Pier by Chris Ranney.

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The Wisconsin inland opener and the Daley Derby opening lead this Midwest Fishing Report.

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One of my favorite weeks of the year, combining my love of outdoors and prep sports, is this one with the rankings of Chicago-area high schools in bass fishing.

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