• Dale Bowman

WWW Chicago outdoors: Spring break to shows to ice fishing

We are in that delightful time when it really matters where you live or recreate outdoors.

To the north and west of Chicago, ice fishing, while sloppy, should hold through the weekend, but to the south and east ice fishing fades toward history or is already there.

We are in that dividing time and line between seasons for this Wild Weekend Wandering around Chicago outdoors. I am planning to post this every Thursday morning so there is a place to collect contact info and web sites from things mentioned Wednesdays when ``Stray Casts Outdoor Cartoon Television'' airs 7-9 p.m.

For me the weekend is going to be largely non-outdoors. I am covering sectional bowling events for Beat the Champs, both Saturday and Sunday.

I am still debating whether or not I will try to wander the lakefront on Friday to see who is trying for coho. With temperatures near 60, I suspect that some boaters will be out trying Gary Light and the Shipping Channel for coho and browns.

With the warmth Friday and Saturday, there will be people antsy to try.

For boaters, I do not know what to say about Chicago. Wednesday morning, the launch at Cal Park was still iced in, but I suspect that could change quickly.

Steelhead have picked up on the Indiana streams, according to Rich Sleziak at Slez's Bait, and on the St. Joseph system, according to the Michigan DNR.

There are a couple club events, both on Saturday.

DRiFT's 23rd annual auction is at Villa Park VFW.

Midwest Musky Club's winter swap meet is at the Village Sportsmen's Club in Alsip.

There are a number of shows going, too.

One of the last 10-day outdoors shows--the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show--opens Friday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Great American Fly Fishing Expo is also there Friday through Sunday.

The Rockford Boat, Vacation & Fishing Show is at the Indoor Sports Center Friday through Sunday.

The Bass Pro Shops Spring Fishing Classic runs through Sunday.

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