Archive for October 2014

“The Road Less Traveled”

The ChicagoNow Blogger Life Theme for this week is “The Road Less Traveled”.  When I saw that, I thought, “This will be easy.” I often take roads less traveled.  I’m taking this blogging challenge  literally.  My guess is that it will be much different than that of my fellow bloggers at ChicagoNow. If you follow... Read more »

Fishing and Hunting Reports and News

Fishing and Hunting Reports and News
  Mississippi River Pool 13 Fishing Report by Mike Grell Great weather this last weekend. Eagles are moving in at Cordova. I seen 1 there Saturday and 1 when I put in Sunday at Fulton. Docks a little rough at Cordova compared to Fulton.  Cordova water was 56 degrees windy but not enough for whitecaps... Read more »

Noarthwoods News

Noarthwoods News
On the day that I posted this Northwoods news from the Forest Lake Country Store, I was able to look out my office window and see big snowflakes falling to the ground.  There was no accumulation, but still, it was a sign that winter is coming.  Getting this newsletter now is most appreciated in that... Read more »
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Got out hunting my my daughter

Got out hunting my my daughter
It’s always a good day to be on the water or in the field with my daughter Lisa. Yesterday she and I along with our two German Shorthaired Pointers, Wager and Profit went hunting at the Rooster Heaven Hunt Club in Forrest, Illinois. We had a great time and what made it even better, manager... Read more »

Great News for the upcoming "Schaumburg Show" Chicagolands hottest outdoor show

Gerald Swindle speaks on Opening Day
Everything is falling into place.  There’s a lot going on with the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo that’s coming to Schaumburg for the 3rd year this January. First of all, Jim DaRosa and I will be doing a live broadcast of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show on opening night, January 29th.   We’ll have... Read more »

Outdoor reports and news - Update

Outdoor reports and news - Update
Here’s the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor news report.   If you have report, news and photos, send them to iloutdoors@comcast.net. Illinois River Report by Mike Grell Sunday – Oct 19 – Great day to be outside. Fall colors are in full swing at Starved Rock Park. I seen an eagle along with the park full... Read more »
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10 great reasons to vacation in northern Wisconsin

10 great reasons to vacation in northern Wisconsin
When I’m on the road getting footage for Illinois Outdoors TV, one of the pleasures is to enjoy some great dining. I get up to the Boulder Junction area of Wisconsin about 3 or 4 times a year.  I love it up there.   And with good reason.   The fishing is fantastic, it’s beautiful country, and... Read more »

A fantastic day for Father/Daughter fishing

A fantastic day for Father/Daughter fishing
What a great day we had and what better way is there to end our Father/Daughter fishing trip in Boulder Junction? Started out with a fantastic breakfast.  Linda France of the Wildcat Lodge made her famous chocolate chip pancakes for my daughter Lisa and me.   They were FanTazTic!!! Because of that, we began our day... Read more »

Fishing is getting better for the Father/Daughter team

Fishing is getting better for the Father/Daughter team
The weather is improving and the fishing is getting better for the Father/Daughter team.   Although it’s quite cold in the morning, as the sun gets higher in the sky the air is warming up some.  The mild breeze is helping too. I’m a big believer that at this time of year whether you’re up north... Read more »
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Father/Daughter trip continues

Father/Daughter trip continues
Lisa and I started our day with breakfast at the Grannery in Boulder Junction.   Later that morning we hit Wildcat, Big and Little Kitten Lakes.   Fishing was slow but we managed to catch some crappie and largemouth bass right out in front of the Wildcat Lodge where we’re staying.  The water surface temperature was warmer... Read more »