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Polyphemus moth, big coho, carp bias, Lake Michigan high water: Notes, Chicago outdoors

Polyphemus moth a big coho, carp bias and Lake Michigan high waters are in the notes from Chicago outdoors.

Polyphemus moth found in Blue Island this week.
Dale Bowman/Sun-Times

FIELD NOTES
WILD OF THE WEEK

Kim Glenn photographed the Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) above on her porch in Blue Island. Thanks to Mike Lynch for the ID.

WILD TIMES
ILLINOIS PERMITS/SEASONS

Through June 30: Online applications, residents, first lottery, free dove hunting permits, select state sites. Go to https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/dove/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx. . . . Deadline, second lottery, firearm deer permits. Go to https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Pages/DeerHunting.aspx.

Saturday, June 15: Frog season opens

Sunday, June 16: Perch fishing reopens on Lake Michigan

FISH GATHERINGS

Tuesday: Capt. Ralph Steiger, Salmon Unlimited, Elk Grove Village VFW,, 7 p.m., salmonunlimitedinc.com

Wednesday: Rick Fry on tournament bass techniques, Lake Geneva Fishing Club, Poplar Creek Bowl, Hoffman Estates, 6 p.m., lakegenevafishingclub.com

Thursday: Dan Carney, Riverside Fishing Club, LaGrange American Legion, 6:30 p.m., RiversideFishingClub.com

HUNTER SAFETY

July 9, 11, 16, 18: Downers Grove, (630) 963-1300 Class 371006-01

FREE FISHING DAYS

Friday-June 17: Free fishing days in Illinois, no license or stamps needed, other regulations apply

U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY

Saturday, June 15: About Boating Safely, Fox Lake, Winston Tumaneng, winstoncgaux@gmail.com

WINGSHOOTING CLINICS

June 22-23: Youth/women, Elburn, (847) 309-1093 or scscwingshooting@gmail.com

DALE’S MAILBAG

“The higher water in past years has taken courts away from the volleyball areas at North Avenue Beach and the courts north of the footbridge across Lake Shore Drive that are known as the Fullerton courts in the volleyball community. But now the problem seemingly has become more acute at North. After days when the wind is blowing from off the lake, the volleyball area at North becomes a big puddle,’ Larry Hamel, Sun-Timesman and volleyball guy

A: There will be more impacts as Lake Michigan rises.

BIG NUMBER

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Tom Zurek (right) caught a big early coho on the Confusion this week.
Dale Bowman

17: Pounds of a coho caught Wednesday by Tom Zurek (right in photo) of Orland Hills out of North Point on Confusion. The Illinois record is 20 pounds, 9 ounces, caught May 24, 1972 by Carry VandeVusse.

LAST WORD

“There is a lot of inexplicable anti-carp bias in the U.S., but it is fading as people become educated. There are reasons why it is the number 1 sport fish in the world. And the most important farmed food fish.’’ - Paul Pezalla, retired founder of Wacker Bait and Tackle