Archive for May 2013

Shelbyville fishing is back

A fishing report from Steve Welch The water temps are running about 64 and everything is in the flooded willows because the spawn is on. I am catching 200 crappie a day mostly pitch black males and now male bass and walleye have moved into them as well. We even caught a muskie in them... Read more »

Free fishing for kids of all ages

Free fishing for kids of all ages
Free Fishing Days are for the whole family.  All too often the assumption is that they are for kids.  But, those kids can also include grandpa and grandma.  All too often older citizens are forgotten when it comes to planning for Free Fishing Days.  They too like to fish and often do not out of... Read more »

Good day fishing

Roger Wright, pro staff member of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show and I took a ride to Cranberry Lake in Mill Creek, Indiana for a day of bass fishing.  We had a blast. Cranberry Lake is a 140 acre private lake.  I have a membership there and plan to enjoy more days like we... Read more »

Outdoor News to share

News from the Quad County Hawg Hunters – Muskies Inc.   Quad County Hawg Hunters, MUSKIES, INC. – CHAPTER 17 will have their next meeting May 9 at 7:30 P.M. at the Plano American Legion The main event will be an auction on either a 1200 yard spool valued at $110 retail or 600 yard... Read more »

Baked Cheese-garlic Morels

Don’t get me wrong, morels cooked in butter are tough to beat. But this one might do it.  Battered and baked in garlic butter, this morel dish is an excellent side for  a nice juicy ribeye, served with some wild asparagus. Don’t forget to sautée a few of the morels in butter to top the... Read more »

Morels are Poppin

Spring time means crappie, and MORELS!
There’s only one thing I love more than than putting some crappie in the frying pan— that’s putting fresh morels in another frying pan. And now is the time to do it here in Northern Illinois. The little grey morels started popping last week with the warm spell. The wet spring has been great to... Read more »

Update on conditions at Starved Rock

Starved Rock IDNR crews have reopened a portion of the Starved Rock Trail System. Trails are now open east of the Visitor Center and Lodge to Wildcat Canyon. Illinois Canyon and Lone Point Shelter are also open Starved Rock Campground, Visitor Center and Lodge are open. All trails east of Wildcat Canyon and Ottawa Canyon... Read more »

Fishing Reports with Pics

Crappies are biting in southern Illinois.  I just returned from fishing with Todd Gessner of Todd Gessner Outdoors.  We fished Lake of Egypt and caught a mess of crappies.    We were using minnows on a TruTurn hook with a split shot about a foot up the line.  We were fishing logs and brush piles in... Read more »

Outdoor News from the IL DNR with Smallmouth Bass Video

It’s Invasive Species Awareness Month:  May 2013 is Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM) in Illinois. Events and programs are being held across the state and everyone is encouraged to attend and learn more about invasive species. During May, you’ll be able to volunteer to help remove invasive species, join a nature hike to see invasive... Read more »