Archive for January 2010

I'll give America's Outdoor Show 3 out of 4 Stars

The show had a slow start. I was not there Wed or Thurs but give you this with info from friends who had a couple booths there. I spend the day at their booths on Fri and Sat. Friday was not a banner crowd but a good one. Saturday was very good up to about... Read more »

Spring Fishing Trip to Southern Illinois with Illinois Outdoors TV

The Illinois Outdoors Television Show will be hosting a Spring Fishing Trip at the Rend Lake Resort in southern Illinois.  This will be a great trip with a fun group of guys and gals enjoying the fishing on Rend Lake or one of the many other nearby lakes.   Dates: •May 18 to 22, 2011 Trip Includes:... Read more »

Great weekend for ice fishing

All of the reports that I’ve received recently are that the ice conditions are good all over the Chicagoland area.  This will be a great weekend to walk on hard water and get some fish through the ice. Send me you ice fishing photos at and I’ll do my best to put them here... Read more »

The Rosemont Show

The Rosemont Show opened on Wednesday.  A lot of positive comments have been made about the new layout.   Many are glad to see that a lot of the junk dealers are gone.  It looks like the Fishing Show has returned. The new owners gave the show a new name too, America’s Outdoor Show and so... Read more »

Open water angling in southern Illinois

More photos have come in.  Ron DaRosa sent these to share. and al ong with them, this is what Ron had to say. “Well it is here, … jerkbait season ! Fished with Cole Moss and we went down to DK to catch the elusive rainbow trout, largemouth bass or what ever would tug on... Read more »

Last call for goose hunting

Take a look at this photo.  This is the image I’m seeing of myself on Wednesay.  It may just be my last call for goose hunting.  The goose hunting in the central and southern zones close on January 31 and with some meetings and outdoor shows coming up, I don’t know if I’ll have any more... Read more »

Super bluegills... and more!

Nate Hermna sent me a series of photos from a recent ice fishing trip.  This is what Nate said. “Took Jonn and Co fishing yesterday for some big bulls and we had to work for them, but ended up with several 20-24 ouncers! At this lake we release all bluegill 10? and bigger (we released... Read more »

Nice crappie

Michael Smith with a 15 inch crappie taken through the ice from a private pond. A reader sent me a photo of a nice crappie that was caught  by a friend at her pond.  Private ponds are fantastic for catching nice sized fish. Michael Smith from Mendota is holding up a 15 inch crappie.  This beauty... Read more »

There's a lot of water on top of the ice

We had a lot of rain over the last few days and that left a lot of water on top of the ice. Some lakes and ponds still have safe ice.. as far as thickness goes.  But with all this water, you better be wearing ice cleats.  The ice under these conditions is very slippery. ... Read more »

SHOT Show was gigantic

The SHOT Show has to be the largest outdoor show I have ever attended. This is a trade show for manufacturers and buyers.   Media is allowed to attend and view all of the new items coming out for the 2010/2011 hunting seasons. Guns, guns, and more guns.  Firearms took the lead with most floor space. ... Read more »