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WWW Chicago outdoor: Active participation to couch potato

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Take your pick whether you want to do something outside or wander around inside (or lay around inside) for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

BASS MASTER CLASSIC: The Bass Master Classic is today through Sunday on Grand Lake near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

I think the live streaming will be here.

Click here for general updates and leader boards, chat, etc.

SLEDDING: North, south, east, west, we finally have snow. Get the kids out. It's been a rarity this year. Enjoy. I know we are.

MAPLE SYRUP: The sap is flowing. If you're a family guy, I highly recommend finding a program at your forest preserve district or park district. I know we love doing.

BOB CLOUSER: DuPage River Fly Tyers have a special guest on Tuesday in Bob Clouser of Clouser Minnow fame. He will speak on smallmouth in deep cover at 7 p.m. and will be around from 6-9 p.m. at College of DuPage. It's $20 for non-members. Click here for details.

SHOW SEASON: The big show is one of the last great 10-day shows. The Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show continues through Sunday the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Another year I am going to miss it.


The Chicago Maritime Festival is Saturday at the Chicago History Museum. Another show I almost always have conflicts and can't make.


Bob Clouser, Spence Petros and Eric Haataja headline the Great Outdoors Expo at Woodstock North High School. This has grown quickly into a quality show.


The Lake Home & Cabin Show opens today at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

SCREENING: ``Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh,'' will be shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Field Museum. Enter through west doors.

DUCKS UNLIMITED: Tonight the 30th Chain O'Lakes banquet is at Maravela's in Fox Lake. Contact Vicki Mandurano at (847) 553-7565, Bill Beckmeyer at (630) 697-6533 or John Ribardiere at (847) 744-0659

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION: On Saturday, the Kendall County Gobblers chapter holds its banquet at St. Patrick's Parish Center in Yorkville. Contact Tammi Schleining at

PHEASANTS FOREVER: There's two banquets on Saturday. The Grundy County chapter holds its at the Morris Country Club. Contact Mark Mitchell at . . . The Lake County has its at the Antioch Moose Lodge. Contact Jack Fields at

ICE FISHING: Ice fishing has returned, especially north and west. To the south, remains iffier or open and unsafe. Looks like we will have some more ice fishing this winter after all. There's even been some spotty ice fishing in the Chicago harbors. Milwaukee Harbor continues to be one of the best lakefront spots within a passable drive of Chicago.

STEELHEAD IN INDIANA STREAMS: Steelhead remain in the Indiana streams, especially for those willing to do some moving around, said Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez's Bait in Lake Station.

Click here for the Indiana DNR's map of Trail Creek access.

FISHING FOR A CURE: Registration is open for Braidwood Generating Station's 2013 Fishing for a Cure tournament, benefiting the Alzheimer's Association this year. It will be May 18 on Braidwood Lake. Click here for more info and entry forms.

CHICAGO PIER PASSES: Probably a good time to remember that the $6 pier passes for Chicago harbors, except 31st, are available now at Henry's Sports and Bait, 3130 S. Canal.

CONSERVATION CONGRESS: Registration and planning for the 2013 Illinois Conservation Congress is underway. There will also be regional meetings this month and next. To register for the regional meetings (the evenings of March 12-14 in Chicago), click here, then go down to the ``get involved'' section and click on the date you wish to register for.

YOUTH TURKEY PERMITS: Youth (younger than 16 years old before turkey season) may apply now for outdoors access for youth turkey hunting in one of 23 counties. Click here.

POWERTON REMINDER: The lake is closed to all fishing, boat and shore, through April 7 for levee repair.

STURGEON SPEARING: Sturgeon spearing will run through Sunday on Lake Winnebago for a full 16-day season.

ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.

PERSONAL PICKS: Saturday is a family day for skating and sledding. Better get one good one in this winter. I think we are doing Warren Park on Chicago's North Side. . . . Otherwise, I am saving up credits for a long weekend next weekend with Braidwood opening on Friday. . . . Need to pull together another batch of shows for my my Outside radio show on WKCC-FM (91.1). Suggestions are always welcome. The shows force me to look ahead, and I realize spring is near.

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