Coho on southern Lake Michigan continue to lead the sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report, but fishing really gets going Saturday around the Chicago area with opening days at Heidecke Lake, the statewide inland trout season and smelt netting on the Chicago lakefront (well, opening night for that).
Jesus Arellano, who has a cool net, caught a coho, brown trout and lake trout from shore on the same day on the Chicago lakefront.
A buck holding antlers in late March, goldfinch in spring and winter colors, the highlighted hiking at Turkey Run State Park in Indiana and American white pelicans on the Kankakee River are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
A review and overview of wild turkeys in Illinois — Ben Franklin to “increasing reproduction metrics” — going into the opening of the spring turkey hunting seasons.
Snippets come with the background for the coming season.
Coho continuing to be the most consistent fishing around Chicago and the reopening of LaSalle Lake lead this sprawling, raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.
Jack Stevens caught a surprise big sauger while targeting other species on the Des Plaines River.
A ring-billed gull and the green Chicago River, a question on live bait and Braidwood Lake, football genius Jimmy Johnson and fishing and a carbon-neutral Bassmaster Classic are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Eileen Rice uses fishing as a unit to educate first graders and the culminating day of fishing is an event that changes lives. She will be inducted into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame on April 6.
For this Go & Show, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources is holding an informational meeting on the Lake Michigan fisheries tonight in Des Plaines and the Illinois Taxidermist Association convention has public portions Friday through Sunday in Springfield.
Kyle Tepper caught a freak crappie in the Chain O’Lakes area that looks like something from far southern Illinois or Mississippi. The catch gives the chance to splash around the oddities of crappies in Illinois.
Coho continue good on southern Lake Michigan when weather allows access and lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; plus there’s a return to more wintry conditions.
Shedding of antlers by white-tailed deer in Illinois peaks in mid-February, but the bell curve showed up plainly this year from January to now.
A herd of look-alike deer in Crete, what do to about a nuisance bobcat, Illinois’ last wild elk and no-ice impacts on Put-in-Bay island on Lake Erie are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
A bear encountered leads a remembrance of the impact that hiking the Appalachian Trail had on my life, thinking and outdoor experiences.
Go & Show this week includes the Fish & Hook Show in Lockport, DRiFT’s fly-fishing auction in Villa Park, the Journal Sentinel Sports Show in Wisconsin and Canoecopia in Madison, Wisconsin.
A sense of one of the most paced opening days at Braidwood in many years as viewed through various snapshots from shore and boat.
A packed opener at Braidwood Lake, ongoing coho around Chicago fishing and prospects for the LaSalle Lake opener lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.
David Li caught a surprise big northern pike while jigging for perch and lake trout at the North Slip.
An explanation of winter vs nesting robins locally, winter aconite in snow, hiking the Appalachian Trail, and ice shacks being down on Lake Winnebago are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Manny Martinez had the surprise of swimming with orcas while diving in Mexico around holidays at the turn of the year.
The Indoor Fishing Flea Market at Rolling Meadows High School, the Northern Illinois Boat Show in Grayslake, the Northwest Indiana Fishing & Outdoor Expo in Highland, Indiana, and ISA’s Bronzeback Blowout in Elmhurst are in Go & Show for this week.