Archive for March 2010

Smelt opens at 7 PM on Chicago's lakefront

April 1 is the big day.  Smelt fishing for 2010 is back at the Chicago Park District access areas and for many Chicagoans, its a tradition that cannot be given up. Why would some consider not going smelting?  Hmmmm…. lack of fish maybe? Smelt fishing has not been the same in many years.   I remember... Read more »

Lake Park High School anglers head south for bass fishing lessons

Guides from Todd Gessner Outdoors took Lake Park High School Bass Team members fishing in southern Illinois so they can learn more about the sport. Ten high school anglers wanting to learn more about catching bass headed to southern Illinois this past Sunday. Upon their arrival at the Rend Lake Resort, it took only minutes... Read more »

Illinois Outdoors TV hosts fishing trip to Southern Illinois

Join us for some excellant crappie and bass fishing in southern Illinois. Illinois Outdoors TV is hosting a Spring Fishing Trip to Southern Illinois May 19 to 23, 2010 This is the second year for this exclusive trip and it includes:– 4 Nights Lodging at the Rend Lake Resort– Wednesday Night Welcome Buffet Dinner w/... Read more »

Berkley's Gulp Alive now has 1-inch leech

Berkley’s new 1-inch Gulp Alive Leech Every once and awhile something in the outdoors industry happens and we find a new bait available.  Berkley’s Gulp Alive just came out with a new 1-inch leech.  I’ve used their 3 and 5 inch leeches and have done very well with them.   With the 1-inch leech now available,... Read more »

Fishing is good on the Kankakee River

I just heard from Ed Mullady who is the Godfather of the Kankakee River. Many know Ed from being the publisher of the Sportsman’s Letter, one of the oldest fishing publications in our area. Ed told me that the Kankakee River and its tributaries are in good fishing condition!  In Indiana, largemouth bass good, espically... Read more »

Illinois River sauger? Check this out...

  The Masters Walleye Circuit was held this past weekend.  There were over  125 teams in the tournament and all but two caught fish. The winning team of Kevin Dahl and Steve Stack of Muskego, Wisconsin are the winners. Dahl and Stack had two day limit totaled 25.55 pounds to beat all the other teams. ... Read more »

BIG bass comes to northern angler in southern Illinois

I’ve been sharing reports from some friends down in Southern Illinois. From up north, my radio show cohost partner Jim DaRosa and mutual friend Rich Partak  went to southern Illinois to try some of that good ole bass fishing on some of the smaller lakes in Williamson County.  In case you want to try fishing... Read more »

Use Caution While Driving This Spring

From Whitetails Unlimited.  Good points have been brought to our attention here.  Check it out… Deer are very active in the spring, creating hazards for motorists. Whitetails Unlimited urges drivers to be safe this spring. Collisions between cars and white-tailed deer are common in the spring, and drivers need to be alert to the danger,... Read more »

Two near misses of state records, now a crappie from Kincaid

I learned from Jeff Lampe, of Prairie State Outdoors that a monster crappie has been caught from Lake Kinkaid. This is amazing.  In one month, Chad Cain catches a big muskie that slipped through the fingers of the State Record book, and now Mike Zimmer experiences the same with a crappie that tipped the scales... Read more »

My tv commercial for the spring trip to southern Illinois

This spring from May 18 to 23 my TV show, Illinois Outdoors is hosting a trip to southern Illinois.  It will be a good time and you can learn more about the trip by visiting my [website]( Check out the TV commercial that I have for the trip. This trip is open to all and... Read more »