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May 2013 Archives

CARLYLE, Ill.--As always, weather played a major role Illinois' state championship for high school bass fishing at Carlyle Lake, but Day 1 of the fifth one had some moments of note.

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CARLYLE, Ill.--The rain drifted off and the sun actually popped out, briefly, after takeoff this morning for Illinois' fifth state championship for high school bass fishing on Carlyle Lake.

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To catch some big fish, you have to go to Towne.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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This has become one of my favorite days, the chance to put together a top-10 list of Chicago-area high schools headed to the state championship for bass fishing at Carlyle Lake.

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Variable water levels and emerging good spring/summer patterns lead this river section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Bedding bass on inland lakes and salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, including some big kings already, lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

John Kidd III of Fishin' Buddies! talks about the upcoming release of a student-led app for a natural area this afternoon on Outside.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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We head to summer conditions on the rivers, though there is enough water in most of them to remember it is still spring for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Hints of shoreline perch, spawning fish all around and the opening of muskie season in northern Wisconsin lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report heading into the holiday weekend.

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turkeybeard.jpgThe cold wet spring

put a downer on Illinois' spring turkey season.

Jim Reed talks paddling in general and about his decades of experiences in providing paddling opportunities for thousands along the mighty Kankakee River this afternoon on Outside.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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College friends Mike Lahey (right) and Kyle Demus (left) hunt turkey each spring in Winnebago County near the state line.

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Foraging is high on my list for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors; that and plans to watch George Desort's ``Fifty Lakes One Island'' on Wednesday.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Dare I suggest we have something approaching normal, even nice, spring conditions for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Coho on southern Lake Michigan (when weather allows), the impacts of the late ice-out in northern Wisconsin and the late arrival of typical spring patterns lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Last month, the return of a duck to Billy Wilson's Joliet townhouse brought a question on whether it is the same bird returning.

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talks ducks, habitat and history on ``Outside'' this afternoon.


stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Luis Vazquez bagged a birthday turkey on April 27 in Adams County.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Coho finally going in southern Lake Michigan and local lakes improving, especially for crappie, headline this lakes report of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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It only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Normalcy returns to all but the Illinois River for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report, and just in time for the prime of spring river fishing, including white bass/walleye combo on the Wolf River.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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We started Turkey of the Week on Sunday in the Sun-Times outdoors.

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As of 1 p.m. this afternoon, all three zones of the Chain O'Lakes went to a no-wake restriction, according to Fox Waterway Agency.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

It's the live half-hour fundraiser edition of ``Outside'' at 4:30 this afternoon on WKCC-FM (91.1).

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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stormtight.jpg Mulling things on my morning ramble

with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

Click here for my Sunday column in the Sun-Times on a tour and fishing trip along the Chicago River, main stem and South Branch; below is a bit of a photo album.

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The rebroadcast of Ducks Unlimited biologist Eric Schenck talking ducks, habitat and the Illinois River Valley should be on ``Outside'' at 8:30 this morning on WKCC-FM (91.1).

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Found my first morel late this afternoon.

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Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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for a rare live half-hour of the ``Outside'' radio show on Monday will be my focus for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors.

Mulling things on my morning ramble with Storm, the family's mixed Lab.

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Time to celebrate an unexpectedly memorable late April for largemouth bass of 20-plus inches from the forest preserve lakes of Cook County.

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Rivers remains high, but fishermen are out fishing many with good ideas for this rivers section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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t only seems apt to run the Stray Cast here.

Perch in Indiana, walleye transitioning on Lake Erie. the late ice-out in northern Wisconsin and the Daley Derby lead this lakes section of the Midwest Fishing Report.

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