Archive for May 2012

Exelon's Fishing for a Cure Breaks Record

Four food panties in Braidwood, Wilmington, Gardner and Coal City will be able to provide nearly 280,000 meals combined to area families thanks to proceeds received from Exelon Nuclear Braidwood Generating Station’s “Fishing for a Cure” charity tournament held Saturday, May 19. Exelon Nuclear’s 11th annual fishing tournament raised more than $46,000 that will be... Read more »

Wild Turkey Harvest Up From Last Year

Wild Turkey Harvest Up From Last Year
Hunters in Illinois took almost 16,000 wild turkeys this season. The preliminary total of 15,941 is up slightly from 2011 (15,121). Biologists and DNR representatives attribute great weather as a primary success factor. “Excellent hunting weather made for a strong start to the 2012 season, with a preliminary record of 1,300 wild turkeys harvested during... Read more »

Fishing Reports...

First one here is from Ken “HUSKER” O’Malley. Clinton Lake and South Suburban Ponds Hey Don,  TJP and I spent the weekend down at Clinton Lake with Arlington Anglers. Fishing was tough as both the bass and crappie were post spawn. Water temps were 83 on the hot side and 73 to 78 on the... Read more »
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Youth/Women’s Wingshooting Clinic

Youth/Women’s Wingshooting Clinic
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), is sponsoring a wingshooting clinic for youth and women on June 10th, 2012 at the Des Plaines State Fish & Wildlife Area in Wilmington, IL. The clinic will provide an opportunity to learn to safely and properly shoot a shotgun. The clinic is designed to teach participants the... Read more »

Brent Manning to retire from Dupage County FPD

Today the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County announced the June 15 retirement of Brent Manning, its executive director. According to Forest Preserve District President D. “Dewey” Pierotti Jr., “Hiring him in 2003 was the single most important decision I made after we split from the county board in 2002. He was instrumental in guiding... Read more »

Western New York is a Sportsman’s Paradise

“Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today. I want to be a part of it New York, New York!” Okay, I realize that Frank Sinatra probably didn’t have wild turkey, steelhead, and smallmouth bass in mind when he sang that. But nevertheless, that song was in my head as I left Chicago towards Western New York... Read more »
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IL DNR Fisheries Stock Walleyes in the Fox River

While other species of river fish in Illinois do quite well on their own, walleye sometimes need a little help. Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Fisheries biologists this week stocked 50,000 two-inch walleye fingerlings into the Fox River to supplement natural reproduction. The stocking effort is similar to those on the Kankakee, Rock, Des... Read more »

Boulder Junction Guides Offer Free Fishing Seminars

Boulder Junction Guides Offer Free Fishing Seminars
I just heard from the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce.  They have their new Summer of 2012 seminar schedule for free fishing seminars. I know many people visit the Boulder Junction area for their summer vacation.  It’s an easy and affordable drive from Chicago.  And what could be better for a family fishing vacation then... Read more »

Forest Lake Country Store June News

Forest Lake Country Store June News
I’m counting the days.  Mid June I’m  heading north and I cannot wait.  Reading the Monthly newsletter that comes from the Forest Lake Country Store give me my short fix for the Northwoods.  I have to tell you though, there’s nothing better than stopping in for a #16, some hot coffee and maybe one of... Read more »
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Fishing the lower Niagara River

Fishing the lower Niagara River
A sunny afternoon of fishing can be fun no matter where you go.   But I’ve been in Lewiston, New York, staying at the Barton Hill Hotel which offers a beautiful view of the Lower Niagara River.  And the fishing here… it’s fantastic. I’m only about a 10  minute ride from the Niagara Falls which makes... Read more »