Archive for April 2013

Fishing Reports

Lake Shelbyville report from Steve Welsh The Corp pulled a fast one on me this week and dropped the lake two-feet then we got three-inches of rain and it came right back up. Those fluctuations don’t do the fishing any good. I was on a good shallow bite once sun got on these spots and... Read more »

News from the IL DNR

I just received the latest update on news from the IL DNR.  Lots going on.  Check it out. ICF Raffle: Get your tickets now for the 2013 Illinois Conservation Foundation Raffle and help support ‘kids never pay’ youth programs at the Torstenson Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, IL. Raffle tickets are $100 each or... Read more »

Our Radio Show from Wednesday is online now

Every Wednesday, Jim DaRosa and I do a live radio show called the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show. The show is heard simulcast on six stations throughout Chicagoland. The show airs on WCSJ AM 1550, WCSJ FM 103.1, WSPY FM 107.1, WSPY AM 1480, WSQR FM 93.5 and WSQR AM 1180 live every Wednesday from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.  ... Read more »
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Northwoods News

Northwoods News
I can’t believe that it was almost 2 months ago that I was enjoying some coffee and a #16 at the Forest Lake Country Store with my wife Judy.  I was up north for some ice fishing and had a great time.  We got to spend some time with the Gostisha’s. Mark and Kris.  It’s... Read more »

Outdoor Women's Workshop coming to Starved Rock

On May 17, 18, and 18, the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica will be offering an Outdoor Woman Workshop.   Ladies, this will be the perfect time to trade in your to-do list for a weekend for yourself and your friends. Have you ever wanted to pull back a bow and shoot an arrow?  How about... Read more »

Big Bass Small Ponds

I receive many photos from readers but these two that I got from Jimmy O’Neil show that you can get big bass from small ponds.  These fish caught by Jimmy and his buddy were taken from a pond in Lemont. Local lakes are great to fish.  Fish during your lunch hour, stop by one on... Read more »
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Crappies are the best bet at Shelbyville - fishing report

Crappies are the best bet at Shelbyville - fishing report
I just heard from Steve Welsh about the crappie fishing on Lake Shelbyville.   It looks like things are picking up…  SPRING IS HERE! Water temps have really went up this week with a weeks worth of full sun. One the north end the morning temps are running 46 and warming to 56 during the day.... Read more »

Some advice on catching bluegills

Some advice on catching bluegills
Don Gasaway shared some advice on catching bluegills.  Don’s from southern Illinois which is a destination here in Illinois that ranks high for having good bluegill populations, not to mention big fish.  Biologists tell us that bluegill prefer water that is deep and clean with a pH of 7.2.  Most of the waters in southern... Read more »

DNR News for April

2013 Illinois Licenses:  2013 Illinois hunting, fishing and sportsman’s combination licenses are required as of April 1.  The 2013 licenses are available from DNR Direct license and permit vendors, online through the IDNR website www.dnr.illinois.gov/online/Pages/default.aspx or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648). The 2013 licenses are valid through Mar. 31, 2014 unless otherwise noted. Apply Now for... Read more »
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Photos from Illinois Outdoors TV

Photos from Illinois Outdoors TV
It was at this time last year I was preparing for a trip to Mille Lacs Minnesota to fish with Fishing And Outdoor Radio Show partner Jim DaRosa. We were going to tape a TV show on catching smallmouth bass and do some prep work for the Radio Show’s Fall Fishing Trip.  Every year during... Read more »