Archive for April 2013

High School Fishing Clubs Win Big!

For the second year, the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show presented the Plano and Frabill’s Illinois High Schools Fish Here awards to a Team of the Year and Honorable Mention Team of the Year. The radio show hosted by Jim DaRosa (founder) and Don Dziedzina who while in a goose pit on a cold wintry... Read more »

Northwoods News

Northwoods News
I’m heading south tomorrow just so I can get into the mood for spring fishing.  Weather here in Chicagoland has be crazy and one can only wonder if spring will come.   Yes this will be a mild week but my try south will be good practice for my trip to the Northwoods next month. As... Read more »

Crappies soon to come at Shelbyville

Crappies soon to come at Shelbyville
We have experienced a ton of water and the lake has finally crested at 609 and some change. That is nearly up to the high water ramps or nine feet over summer pool.. The north end is still very muddy on the main lake but coves with no feeder creeks are starting to become fishable.... Read more »
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Tough Times at Lake Shelbyville

Last Monday Lake Shelbyville was the host of IHSA Bass Fishing Sectional.  Unfortunatley, not one fish was caught. The following statement was made by the tournament site manager Barry Featheringill. There were 22 teams with a total of 151 students who struggled all day to try to find fish. Not a single team brought a... Read more »

Turkeys and Tornadoes

Matt Hayden celebrates his first wild turkey with his cousin Kyle Stefanich.
I guess I should have interpreted the semi-trailer flipped over on Interstate 57 as a sign, but I kept on driving south. With some good friends, my son Kyle and nephew Matt, I was heading to Southern Illinois in pursuit of the grand slam of the spring — wild turkey, crappie, wild asparagus and morels.... Read more »

Walleye Open under ice - Update

Walleye Open under ice - Update
I recent made a post Will Wisconsin and Minnesota’s Walleye Open Be Under Ice?  This afternoon, I received a phone call from Tim France, owner of the Wildcat Lodge in Boulder Jct., Wisconsin.  The thought of a walleye open under ice can be a reality for northern Wisconsin. “We can’t believe this.” France said.   “We... Read more »
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Will Wisconsin and Minnesota's Walleye Open be under ice?

Will Wisconsin and Minnesota's Walleye Open be under ice?
I’ve had conversations with a number of people in the past week regarding the weather and ice conditions in northern Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Sources from Mille Lacs Minnesota and Land O Lakes, Boulder Junction, Sheboygan, Mercer and Spooner, Wisconsin all seem to agree on one thing; this has been one weird spring season. Ice up... Read more »

Big Muskies captured at Shabbona Lake

Photo courtesy Duane Landmeier
Shabbona Lake is coined the Muskie Capital of Illinois.  Having several state record muskies caught there over the years, the lake still produces big fish. Photos taken by Duane Landmeier, President of the Quad Counties Chapter of Muskies Inc.  show just that. Landmeier was at Shabbona on Wednesday, April 17 while the IL DNR fisheries... Read more »

Poachers plea guilty

I enjoy being in the outdoors and being given the privilege to fish and hunt.  I must say though that I have a problem with those who step outside of the law and feel it’s their right to fish or hunt where they’re not supposed to, take over the limits, or take game illegally or... Read more »
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Gear for Gobblers

A turkey vest with Mossy Oak Obsession is number one on my list of "must-haves".
Killing a wild turkey is tough. I mean it takes more than savvy, preparation and experience, it takes good gear. Here’s my top five list of must-have pieces of turkey hunting equipment that will greatly improve your chance of putting a thunder chicken on the ground this season. 1. Turkey Vest Hunter Specialties makes a... Read more »