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August 2012 Archives

williegreenefishing.JPG The memorial for

Willie Greene, the long-time owner of Park Bait at Montrose Harbor and one of the legends of Chicago fishing, has been set.

As befits a Labor Day weekend, there's good variety of options for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

Click here for the a preview of surprisingly good sunflowers and hopes for a good dove opener on Saturday to lead the first Illinois Hunting Report of the fall.


Many of us wondered if the favorable south and southwest winds last week would be enough to peel off the hot water piled on the Chicago shoreline and spark the fall return of salmon.


Late yesterday, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources sent this rather odd or interesting update on the definition of baiting in these drought conditions for waterfowliers.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

The brief spurt of shoreline salmon last week on southern Lake Michigan seems past, so inland lakes will probably be the best option for this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.


The big question for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing is whether or not the remnants of Hurricane Isaac will impact the weekend or not.

Click here for my Sun-Times obit on Willie Greene, the long-time owner of Park Bait at Montrose Harbor.


Don Dubin, the Hall of Fame fisherman from Lincolnwood, photographed these two geese walking up to his front door.

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As expected, there will be a significant reduction in Chinook salmon stockings in Lake Michigan.


I love the way Shabbona Lake and the concessionaire Lakeside continue to be the innovators in use of public space in Illinois outdoors.


Anybody who lives or drives around parts of Chicago's Northwest Side knows there are many, maybe too many, big bucks and deer in genera; and here is another for BOTW: Unplugged.


Jerry Adelmann and Lenore Beyer-Clow, both from Openlands, discuss the authorization of the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge this afternoon on ``Outside.''

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Click here for today's column about the FlyBoard, which I watched in operation, at the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show, and found out had just opened operations on the Chicago lakefront as Jet Surf Chicago.


Capt. John Mannerino sent an urgent plea for boaters to help with Vet's Fishing Day on Sept. 15.

With the winds blowing south and southwest for days, shoreline fishermen have hopeful hints of the salmon return; that might as well lead this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.


In a good summer for largemouth bass fishing, Kevin Kukowski and daughter Rayanne doubled up for a family FOTW on a retention pond near their Manhattan home.


Wednesday's column was suggesting college and high school fishing may be one of the reasons for the 11-percent increase in fishermen in the last five years.


Hopes of some early shoreline salmon lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Cooler water has more people trying for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report, the best news remains the Indiana streams.

The idea of expanded camping options in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County is moving forward.

Joseph Meyer, the great teacher of fly casting for Chicago fishermen, is offering one-hour lessons on-water this weekend.; and I highly recommend it.


Diana Fure-Micek of Chicago spotted this fine buck near sunset.


Mark Spreyer talks the big picture in the outdoors, a perspective that puts invasives and other matters in the perspective of centuries, this afternoon on ``Outside.''


How many times in a writing life do I get a chance to pull together Mark Zona, the first camouflage White Sox cap night, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation, the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, the Millennium Reserve, Northerly Island and some sideswipe Cubs hate.


It's one of those weekends where I am making radio appearances again, but this is a first with appearances on Saturday and Sunday to discuss things in the news of the outdoors.


'm not sure how we can go from historic heat only six weeks ago to talking about fall patterns for Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, but we are.


Big plans were announced today for the Calumet area and Northerly Island; we shall see, it could certainly be something wild in what is now something not so wild.


Trinity Bulow showed the full potential of the Kankakee River when the 11-year-old fished with her father and mother on Aug. 5 at the Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area near Wilmington.


Click here for my Wednesday column on a family trip to the Illinois State Fair.


The Chicago area will get its first National Wildlife Refuge.

I had been expecting to hear this, because of some numbers in Illinois and nearby states, but today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced that, in the last five years surveyed, hunters increased by nine percent and fishermen by 11 percent.


It is waiting time for the fall run of salmon and a dramatic coming switch toward fall like weather for this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

With the Indiana streams as the prime example, patterns have definitely shifted for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

The IDNR came out with its proposed waterfowl seasons today.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Charles Yates had a good basic question for this time of year: `Is a dead cicada any good on the end of a hook?''


Tom Micetich talks drought, squirrels, mast, EHD and deer this afternoon on ``Outside.''


Tom Michel photographed this ``beautiful buck on Cuba Road in Deer Park'' at the end of July.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Click here for my weekend Sun-Times outdoors column about Indiana drawing nearer to taking action on the exploding colony of cormorants at East Chicago.


Some time during the night, the raccoons came through and neatly stripped down my daughter's couple stalks with viable sweet corn.


From the Illinois State Fair to camo Sox hat night, there's options for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.


Click here for Aimee Heinrich's FOTW.


Click here for today's column about fly fishing the Kankakee River for smallmouth bass with Matt Mullady.


Summer settled in with its patterns, and that leads this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report; incoming kings cannot be far away (though I wonder with 81-degree water on shore in Chicago).


t only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

As my column shows today, there is some good smallmouth action going for the rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report; catfish would be the other top bite.


By the looks of submissions, we are in full mode for running BOTW: Unplugged for the next several months, probably into February.


This afternoon on "Outside" it is a rebroadcast of the Jan. 30 show with wildlife biologist Bob Bluett talking the resurgence of river otters and bobcats in Illinois.

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Click here for today's column about Lake Calumet, set off by an experience by Jim "Da Old Fart" Wiercioch.


This is a good Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors to talk about a couple options for side trips if running down for Bears training camp in Bourbonnais.


Summer vacation was good to former high school bass fishermen from Chicago, good enough for a double FOTW.

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Click here formy column for today: discussion on hickory nuts, acorns, oaks and the drought as a lead-in to squirrel hunting opening today in Illinois.


Some sense of normal summer conditions return for this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.


It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Rivers return to some sense of low, but more normal, summer conditions for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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