Archive for May 2013

Cream Cheese and Crab Stuffed Morels

Since we found so many morels this year, I couldn’t resist sharing another recipe. This one is a little more work, but trust me it’s worth it! Ingredients: - 10-12 large morels or ones with thick stalks - 24 ounces of cream cheese - 12 ounces of minced crab meat - 6 small green onions... Read more »

Outdoor Woman's Workshop

Photo by Kathy Casstevens
Just over a week ago I participated in the Outdoor Woman’s Workshop as an instructor.   The event was held at the Starved Rock Lodge in the Starved Rock State Park near Utica.  It was a fun event to be involved with. There were quite a few ladies there wanting to learn about some outdoor activities... Read more »

It's catfishing time in Southern Illinois

It's catfishing time in Southern Illinois
Don Gasaway sent over this story to share.   We in the Chicagoland area love to go catfishing.  Southern Illinois is the place to go. It is catfish time as other fishing begins to slow.  Following the prime spring spawning seasons and increasing summer temperatures the catfish action is prime.  It is a time when a... Read more »
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Chicagoland Muskie Hunters June Meeting info - Meet on Channel Lake

No Park Ridge VFW meeting in June. The on-the- water meeting listed below is on a Sunday. June 2- Launch at your choice and time-meet 11:30 am at the Thirsty Turtle. SW corner of Channel Lake . Info: jpavilonis@emt.com Join the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc.  They meet the second Tues. of the... Read more »

IDNR to Host Series of Open Houses Deer Management Program

IDNR to Host Series of Open Houses Deer Management Program
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) has scheduled a series of open houses for the public to ask questions and receive information about Illinois’ deer herd this June. IDNR Division of Wildlife Resources staff will be on hand at each meeting to discuss the deer management program, hunting regulations, and surveillance/management of chronic wasting... Read more »

News from the Northwoods

News from the Northwoods
Summer is finally here.  Ice has been gone from the Chicago area for a while and now it’s gone from the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  With that comes bright green leaves, flowers and great fishing. I’m about 4 weeks out from heading to the Land O Lakes area for fishing and taping TV shows.  What helps... Read more »
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Ponds, Creeks and Lakes... fishing reports and pics

Ponds, Creeks and Lakes...  fishing reports and pics
From Ken HUSKER O’Malley on ponds, Hickory Creek and Heidecke Lake. The ponds by us are real starting to turn on with this nice weather. Bass have finished spawning. 6 plus bass an hour has been a welcome sight. During the evening, a lipless crankbait has worked best. Mostly male bass. During the day, larger... Read more »

Bow Fishermen cited near the Midewin Tall Grass Prairie

As the president of the Bowfishing Association of Illinois, Ed DeVries has asked to share some information regarding fishing and bowfishing near the Midewin property outside of Wilmington. I am somewhat familiar with situations where the legal question came about regarding fishing from a boat in areas where it may be posted for No Trespassing.  ... Read more »

Still time for morels

Kyle Stefanich holds the grand-daddy yellow morel!
This spring is definitely one for the books — record high and low temps as well as record rainfalls. With spring coming late, all plants were about 2 weeks late to bloom, including the morels. We found a good bunch in Southern Illinois during the third week of turkey season, right around April 20th. The... Read more »
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Shabbona Muskie Rescue

Shabbona Muskie Rescue
The Shabbona Lake Muskie Rescue in Indian Creek was done May 8. There were 92 muskies ranging in size from 16- 44.50 inches captured in the creek as well as 22 walleyes up to 22 inches.  All fish were released back into Shabbona Lake. There were only 17 of those muskies past the barrier fence in... Read more »