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WWW Chicago outdoors: Heidecke, smelt and openers all over

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If I had my Monday planned perfectly, I would fish Heidecke Lake in the morning for the opener, then hit the White Sox in the afternoon and finish on the Chicago lakefront for the opening night of smelt netting.


Now that would be a Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors, well on a Monday.

I am going to continue to use this more personal style for WWW Chicago outdoors on Fridays.

On Monday, I am hitting Heidecke Lake for the opener. Haven't decided whether from shore or boat. Boaters are going to take awhile because it will be one temporary launch. The photo above is of Bill Anderson from opening day a few years ago.

If I have the juice, I may circulate Monday night for the opening of smelt netting on the Chicago lakefront. That might be an exercise in futility, so I may reconsider.

Ed Mullady makes his final Big Outdoors Report this weekend on WKAN-AM (1320). Click here for the WKAN site, then hit the listen live button if you don't live south of the city. Faithful readers, that's nearly half a century.

I had planned to fish LaSalle Lake yesterday, but as I was leaving Mike Lynch texted that it was a tough day. So that was put off until another day.

I still need to be my application in for deer season. The first lottery period is up and going this week for Illinois residents for firearm and muzzleloader-only deer seasons. Click here or go to the Online Services tab at

In a few minutes, I am hitting over to the WKCC-FM (91.1) studios to record several shows for my my Outside radio show. This time of the year, I am reminded as I record shows on ahead that spring is coming. At least I think so.

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