By Dale Bowman
It's another one of those packed weekends if you are looking for inside stuff to do before open-water returns.
The big return of open-water fishing begins with the reopening of Braidwood Lake to fishing on Sunday.
My plans are to walk the shoreline on the south side of Braidwood at opening 6 a.m. Sunday, then head north to cover the men's finals of Beat the Champions for the Sun-Times at Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb.
However, all those plans may be thrown for a loop if we get a significant snow or storm.
Storm or no storm, I expect to make my first open-water casts of 2015 on Sunday at Braidwood.
Braidwood, in southwest Will County, opens at 6 a.m. and closes at sunset. Click here for site info. If launching a boat, have something along for traction as the launch.
My Wednesday column for the Sun-Times was on prospects for Braidwood. Blue catfish and largemouth bass look the most promising.
But there are other things going, too this week.
For years, I have meant to make Our World-Underwater, which runs through Sunday at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. I don't think I am making it this year either. But it always looks like a very cool show.
The Northern Illinois Boat Show runs through Sunday at the Lake County Fair Grounds in Grayslake. You can take public, as in Metra.
There will be free salmon and trout seminars at Lake Michigan Angler in Winthrop Harbor on Saturday. Doors open at 8 a.m. and seminars begin at 9 a.m. Call (224) 789-7627.
The 22nd annual auction for DRiFT (DuPage River Fly Tyers) is Saturday. The preview is at 11 a.m.; auction at noon.
The Dick Cole Memorial Breakfast is Sunday at the Plano American Legion. It is the big fundraiser for Quad County Hawg Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc. If my timing works, I may take the back way to DeKalb and do the breakfast.
And remember, one of the last 10-days outdoors shows--the Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show--runs through Sunday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.