Archive for January 2014

Don't do it!

Don't do it!
I’m down in Captiva Island Florida.  As a member of the Executive Board for the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, we were fortuate enough to enjoy the warm weather and fishing that this Captiva – Sanibel area has to offer while we are here for our winter board meeting. There are many marinas on... Read more »

Lakewide Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Summit Announced

I’ve fished Lake Michigan many times for perch.  Actually, my very first Illinois Outdoors TV show was taped on perch fishing in the Big Drink 18 years ago.  When the perch fishing is on, I would be among hundreds of perchers fishing off 95th Street in Illinois or Indiana waters. I was going to post... Read more »

Fishing Reports and News

Fishing Reports and News
The Flats off Captiva Island Fishing Report by Don Dziedzina Right now I’m on Captiva Island, outside of Ft. Myers Florida.  Beautiful weather, great food and just a fun destination to be at when Chicago is struggling to dig out of the snow and keep warm. I went fishing today with Jim DaRosa, my Fishing... Read more »
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I'm missing Chicago's snow while in Captiva Island Florida

I'm missing Chicago's snow while in Captiva Island Florida
Yesterday Jim DaRosa and I arrived at Captiva Island in Florida.  It’s located just outside of Ft. Myers.   Our brides joined us for this trip that  was planned with some good, no, great timing. We’re missing the Chicago snow with some fantastic weather.   It hit 78 degrees today while Chicago struggled with snow, wind, and... Read more »

Fishing by the Numbers

Fishing by the Numbers
There’s no doubt that the fishing industry is one of the largest in the country. Here are some interesting facts from the Americal Sportfishing Association. There are approximately 60 million anglers in the U.S. of which 46 million are estimated to fish in a given year. One of every four anglers fishes in saltwater. No... Read more »

Outdoors News, Reports, and Photos

Outdoors News, Reports, and Photos
If you have outdoor news, fishing reports, or photos you’d like to share, send to iloutdoors@comcast.net. Ice Fishing Derby at Nielsen’s Channel by Marcy P. Save the date!  We’ve scheduled our famous Hermann’s Ice Fishing Derby for Sunday, February 9th, 2014 on Nielson’s Channels in Port Barrington, IL at Hermann’s Rest-A-While (300 Center Street). Sign... Read more »
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SHOT Show Opens.. It's the Largest Gun Show in the World

SHOT Show Opens..  It's the Largest Gun Show in the World
I have my credentials.  The Shooting, Hunting Outdoor Trade Show AKA the SHOT Show opened today.  It’s the largest gun show in the world.  It’s so big, that in the four day’s that it’s open, no one can wall all the aisles and see all the guns, ammo, hunting gear, camo clothing and tactical gear... Read more »

Where have the deer gone?

Reduced deer harvest reports throughout the Midwest have sent a shockwave of concern through the deer hunting community. With our firearm harvest down roughly 20,000 from last year, Illinois is not alone. Our neighboring states are also reporting decreased harvest totals.  Missouri hunters took 157,273 deer — down 23% from last year. Wisconsin hunters took... Read more »

Frozen Tozen is coming

Frozen Tozen is coming
In about a month, I’ll be heading north to Boulder Junction Wisconsin.  For the second time, I’ll be attending their winter fest known as Frozen Tozen.  Last year was my first time to enjoy all of the outdoor activities and since, I’ve been long waiting for it to happen again. The 6th Annual Boulder Junction... Read more »
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2014 Pheasant Fest to be held in Milwaukee

2014 Pheasant Fest to be held in Milwaukee
The 2014 Pheasant Fest to be held in Milwaukee February 14 to 16 and arrangements have been made where the drive up is easier than you think. On February 15th Friends of Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife Area will be sponsoring bus trips to and from the Fest leaving from three locations. For $50... Read more »