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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.

FIELD NOTES

WILD OF THE WEEK

Amy Gorman caught this Cooper’s hawk having dinner on her parents’ back porch in Bridgeport.

Wild of the Week, the celebration of stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, run when warranted on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

BIG NUMBER

21-7.2

Pounds-ounces of the Illinois-record hybrid striped bass, caught June 12, 2017, by Robert Vericella from Lake Bloomington.

DALE’S MAILBAG

Q: ‘‘I was wondering if you could help with some information about when [LaSalle Lake] opens and times.’’ — Andrew Wiegert

A: This year, LaSalle — which reopened Thursday — started off open daily from 6 a.m. to sunset, a smart move by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

LAST WORD

‘‘I was out [on the Illinois River] this past Saturday and Sunday and did very well. The bite will last about four weeks. So if you want to catch some nice sauger and walleye close to home, check out the river. Launch at Starved Rock State Park and start fishing. Vertical jigging and trolling three-way rigs is working very good right now.’’

— Joe Miller, suburban pro fisherman, on his prepping for the Masters Walleye Circuit opener Friday and Saturday at Spring Valley.

WILD TIMES

WORKSHOP

Tuesday: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant’s first Illinois ‘‘Lake Michigan Fisheries Workshop,’’ 6 to 8:30 p.m., Chicago Maritime Museum, facebook.com/ILINseagrant.

FISH GATHERING

Tuesday: Brad Richardson on video and photography techniques, Arlington Anglers, 6 p.m., Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, arlingtonanglers.com.

ILLINOIS SEASONS

Saturday: Spring catch-and-release fly-fishing season opens at nine sites statewide. The closest are Apple River, Apple River State Park, Rock Creek, Kankakee River State Park, Pine Creek and White Pines Forest State Park.

SHOWTIME

(Click here for the complete list of shows for the year)

Saturday: Walleyes Unlimited swap meet, Fox Lake Legion Hall, walleyesunlimitedusa.org

Thursday-next Sunday: Chicago Sports Show, Arlington Park, Arlington Heights

HUNTER SAFETY

(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)

March 24-25: Morris, click here for details

April 14-15: Ingleside, go.fishfry@gmail.com.

April 26 and 28: Chicago Heights, ducks56@comcast.net. . . . Newark, (815) 210-4995.

TREE COURSE

April 7: Deadline for registering for Openlands TreeKeeper certification course, at Washington Park fieldhouse on Thursdays and Sundays from April 8-May 3. Cost is $128. Enroll at www.openlands.org/treekeepers

PHEASANTS FOREVER

(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION

(Click here for general list of banquets and events)

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILLIARY

(Click here for full package of classes in the area)

DUCKS UNLIMITED

(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)