Chicago outdoors: LVVA Ice Fishing Derby leads the week in Show & Go

The 11th LVVA Ice Fishing Derby leads this week in Show & Go around Chicago outdoors.

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Robert Lauber pf Mundelein lit up the 2019 LVVA Ice Fishing Derby with this big northern pike.


The LVVA Ice Fishing Derby, which drew 446 anglers last year to Bangs Lake in Wauconda, has become the ice fishing event in northern Illinois. It headlines this week in Show & Go around Chicago outdoors.

I had hoped to spend a day at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, one of the last 10-day outdoors shows, this week, but I will not be able to make it happen.


The 11th annual LVVA Ice Fishing Derby, which benefits veterans’ groups, is Saturday, Feb. 22, on Bangs Lake in Wauconda.

DRiFT’s 27th annual Fly Fishing Auction is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Villa Park VFW.

Lake Michigan Angler in Winthrop Harbor continues its seminar schedule on Saturday, Feb. 22, with “Locating and Catching Salmon and Trout” seminars. It’s free. Capt. Al Johnson goes at 9 am., then Capt. Scott Wolfe is up at 10:30 a.m. For more, call (224) 789-7627.

The Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show runs through Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.

Yes, there is an outdoors show in Portage, Ind. again. The Fish-On fishing and outdoors show is this weekend, Feb. 22-23, at Woodland Park in Portage, Ind.

Click herefor the master list of shows, classes and swap meets around Chicago outdoors.

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