May 25, 2015

Well, ain't I the stats wonk this morning?


I answered the age-old question of how long is the length of a mother's love.


As Lady and I rambled up to the town pond, a duck with about eight ducklings began doing a wild circle in the north old clay pit and gradually worke...

May 16, 2015

CARLYLE, Ill.--Two guys crappie fishing next to me began arguing about whether a scar on a crappie's side came from her knocking against rocks to knock out her eggs.


That's the kind of idiotic guy argument I like to chime in on. But since southern Illinois is not reall...

May 14, 2015

When I moved to Chicago, 30 years ago to the week, one of the things I brought with me were old fishing rods, including an old Zebco 202 spincast reel. As a fishing tool, it was a piece of crap, but it came with many youthful memories.


My other rods were pieces of...

May 13, 2015

STRAY CAST: Baseball season is like night fishing for flatheads: you're never quite sure if the line twitch is current of a flathead picking up the bluegill (60-102- or 90-72).

If you're wondering that is me with a rainy night flathead from the Fox River while out with ...

May 12, 2015

Illinois is again doing its five-year evaluation and consideration of waterfowl seasons and other ideas related to ducks and geese around the state.


The meeting for northeast Illinois, for Chicago-area hunters, is tonight from 5-8 at Des Plaines State Fish and Wildlife...

May 9, 2015

Something bolted toward the train track as we came out of the wilds around the town pond and toward the edge of town.


Lady lunged toward it as it sought safety against a rail on the side rail separating town from the wildness of the town pond.


At first I thought it was...

May 8, 2015

At least five families of goslings are hatched out around the town pond, but there will be more coming if the extra adults swimming and standing guard mean anything.


In the photo at least four other adults were swimming protection around two familes on the north old cl...

May 7, 2015

This is a first for me. I will be talking about whitefish at 6 tonight (Thursday, May 7) to Friends of Fishing at the public library in Valparaiso, Ind.


That is a different topic for me to address.


I will have some samples to taste and hopefully some pointers and gener...

May 6, 2015

I thought I was reading this wrong, but indeed the pro winners --Dave Baker on Flat Out--of the Hoosier Coho Classic did make the run from Michigan City, Ind. to Navy Pier off downtown Chicago.


Here is the word from Mike McKee:


A little untimely on this, but Classic Pr...

May 6, 2015

STRAY CAST: With a royal blue Lund Tyee with red and white trim powering north to Belmont Harbor, it is time to call the mouthy guy who once dreamed of a 62-foot boat and ask him to dock it at 31st Street Harbor; I'm tired of bailing water with a Hills Bros. can and pl...

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