Archive for December 2015

Latest Reports and News as of December 30, 2015

Brian Bertzer 28" walleye caught on Vilas Co. Lake  Photo courtesy Janie Harpster
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Northwoods on Ice

Northwoods on Ice
Ice is something we have not yet seen here in Chicagoland in 2015.  However that doesn’t keep me from reflecting on past winters. It’s not hard for me to admit that I was a late starter when it comes to ice fishing.  I’ve done it a few times over many years but never really got... Read more »

Roger Wright Gets a Nice Bass

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Roger Wright who helps me a lot with the Illinois Outdoors TV show fished alone side me last fall.   With Roger was Dennis Weidmann.  In my boat was my daughter Lisa Dziedzina. Roger caught a nice bass, showed if off to the viewing audience, then released the fish.   This short video shows what... Read more »
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Illinois Outdoors Episode 269 Lake Michigan Perching with Don Dziedzina

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This is the newest Illinois Outdoors TV Show where I fished Lake Michigan two weeks before Christmas for perch.  Joining me are Roger Wright and Ryan Walzenbach.   We caught many perch right off the mouth of the Calumet River using minnows.   A lot of boats were out there.  How long will this continue... Read more »

HOOSIER MUSKIE HUNTERS CLASSIC SET FOR MAY 13 WEEKEND

HOOSIER MUSKIE HUNTERS CLASSIC SET FOR MAY 13 WEEKEND
I’ve fished northern Indiana for muskies on several occasions.  On top of that, I”ve done a few Illinois Outdoors TV Shows on the great muskie fishing they have to offer.  Indiana muskie fishing has come a long way and Chicagoans enjoy the opportunity to cross the border to find that Great Muskie fishing is not... Read more »

Latest News and Reports - December 19, 2015

Latest News and Reports - December 19, 2015
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Trusting your dog

Trusting your dog
We have some time left here in northern Illinois for hunting pheasant and quail.  In the southern half of the state there’s even more.   It seems like we waited so long for the hunting season, then it passes so quickly. This year’s opening weeks in November were a bit warm and mild.  December was okay. ... Read more »

Hunting fields may be lost to progress, but the memories linger on

This was one of our favorite fields for goose hunting
Jim DaRosa and I use to hunt geese in a field that was literally only 5 minutes from our homes.   I could get a call from Jim and be hunting along with him in less than 15 minutes.    What’s really nice about having a close-to-home hunting spot is the short drive home when you have... Read more »

LATEST PHOTOS, REPORTS AND NEWS - December 2, 2015

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First Musky after 30 Years of Waiting

First Musky after 30 Years of Waiting
This is a story about a battle that was 30 years in the waiting.  It’s about musky fishing and one man’s desire to get his first. This is about a musky that took the bait 20 yards from the boat, not while making a “figure 8” at the end of a retrieve which happens oh... Read more »