Chicago outdoors: Eating invasive carp, William Least Heat-Moon, coho tragedy recalled, hummingbird

Thoughts on eating invasive carp, William Least Heat-Moon on ivory-billed woodpeckers and Cajun cooks, a scary time for coho anglers on Lake Michigan and a hummingbird image captured are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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A late-season hummingbird. Credit: Ken “Husker” O’Malley

A late-season hummingbird.

Ken “Husker” O’Malley

Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


Ken “Husker” O’Malley caught this hummingbird “fueling up for the long road trip ahead.”

WOTW, the celebration of wild stories and photos around Chicago outdoors, runs most weeks in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).



Thursday, Oct. 7: DuPage County dinner, Abbington Distinctive Banquets, Glen Ellyn, Contact Jake Bartels, or (312) 771-7283.


Oct. 30-31: Elgin, . . Morris, click


Monday, October 4 : Rachel Havrelock, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago who directs the Freshwater Lab, an environmental humanities initiative focused on the North American Great Lakes and environmental justice., Bridgehouse Museum on Chicago Riverwalk, free, noon-12:45 p.m.,


Saturday-next Sunday, Oct. 9-10: Elburn, click here to register , info at or (847)309-1093


Today, Oct. 2: Early catch-and-release trout season opens at a few select sites, closest is Rock Creek at Kankakee River State Park


“Why on earth are these not eaten? I’m told its a firm, white meat. Chefs of the Food Channel showed how well it turns out.” Thomas Maru on the column last week about netting invasive carp

A: There have been attempts to create markets for years, without much success. That is one reason they are rebranding invasive carp in an effort to increase the market.


1,000: Estimate of small boats fishing for coho on Sept. 23, 1967, when a squall brought 25-foot waves and beached or capsized hundreds in the Frankfort River Platte area of northern Lake Michigan, via U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes Facebook page.


“Somewhere lives a bad Cajun cook, just as somewhere must live one last ivory-billed woodpecker. For me, I don’t expect ever to encounter either one.”

William Least Heat-Moon, while driving through Louisiana in “Blue Highways: A Journey into America.” (Ivory-billed woodpeckers were one of 23 species declared extinct Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

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