Archive for February 2010

Cedar Lake gives up nice early spring bass

Larry Strattman with a 4 pound plus largemouth taken at Cedar Lake today. Larry Strattman and Kevin Hogan from southern Illinois hit Cedar Lake today.  I just got an email from him with the report.   Here’s what he said and a look at Stratt wtih the 4 pound plus largemouth. Kevin and I went to... Read more »

GSPs are really the best

This is Wager, a German Shorthaired Pointer owned by Lisa Dziedzina, took first place in Jumpers today at the International Kennel Club meet at Chicago’s McCormick Place.  This photo was taken during his winning performance.  Can you see winning in his eyes? I’ve had a  previous post where I wrote about my daughters German Shorthaired Pointer Wager. ... Read more »

Turkey Season is coming. What's our favorite call?

Don Dziedzina shows off a 22 1/2 # turkey that had an 11 inch beard. This bird was taken in Whiteside County, Illinois. With the turkey hunting season right around the corner, what’s your favorite type of call? We basically have three, actually four choices. There are box calls, mouth calls, slates ( and I’ll... Read more »
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The fish just did not cooperate

At my TV show website, www.IllinoisOutdoorsTV.com I have a fishing forum where anglers and hunters can post their reports.   It’s a little different from what we have here in a blog. But the other day, a question was put out where a guy was asking how the fishing was on the Illinois River. This was... Read more »

A Southern Illinois report from Little Grassy

Ron DaRosa My radio show cohost partner Jim DaRosa has family in southern Illinois. They often share fishing information.  Jim’s nephew, Ron DaRosa wrote to me about fishing on Sunday.  Here is what he said about fishing Little Grassy.   Well got to the lake this afternoon. Temps were cool in the mid 40′s but the... Read more »

German Shorthaired Pointers, the best dogs on earth

I’ve had German Shorthaired Pointer in my home for years.  To me they’re the best pointing dogs a hunter could have. Right now there are two in my home.  My daugher Lisa owns them.  Gambol is about 14 and he’s retired.  He had some high rankings in the GSP ring.  My daughter had him compete... Read more »
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ICF Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet

Four individuals with decades of dedicated commitment to promoting outdoor recreation and stewardship have been selected for induction into the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame, a program of the Illinois Conservation Foundation. Alfred Hayden, John “Jack” Jadel, Denny Sands, and Mary Jo Trimble have been selected from among dozens of nominees for the Illinois Outdoor... Read more »

Raffle Benefits Illinois Sportsmen and Parks

I have my ticket.  How about you? The Illinois Conservation Foundation and the Friends of Illinois Parks are teaming up to offer the first-ever “Illinois Sportsman’s and Parks Raffle” with a $100,000 first-place prize. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each and are available from both organizations.  The grand prize of $100,000 – along with... Read more »

80 pound braid and muskie fishing

Don Dziedzina with a 38 inch muskie taken using braided line on a baitcasting reel. I was asked a question about the use of 80 pound braid on a muskie reel.  Specifically, the question poses was it alright to use 80 pound mono on a spinning reel made for 40 pound. Wow.  I’m not saying... Read more »
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Are you ready for the Braidwood opening day?

Braidwood Lake opens March 1. Warm water fishing has arrived. Things are looking good for the open water anglers at Braidwood Lake. The lake opens on March first and the fish there have not seen a lure since last October. Because of that, they’re anxious to bite. We’ve all been chomping at the bit to... Read more »