Dale Bowman

Outdoors Columnist
Some snapshots from opening day at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo, which runs through Sunday at the Schaumburg Convention Center.
Louis Monetti adds another first, doing a seminar at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo, to a year filled with firsts in college fishing.
Waiting on ice to rebuild or waiting on spring lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; at least perch on southern Lake Michigan continue going.
Tom Jeffries gets Shed of the Week going early with a big find.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Natalie Phelps Finnie, a former Downstate legislator, as the new director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Jingchen Zhu caught his personal-best rainbow trout to earn Fish of the Week honors on the Chicago lakefront.
A second Indiana-record burbot in less than two weeks, a question on woolly bears/worms, some stats on urban fishing and some non-ice fishing suggestions are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.
Bald eagles have made a remarkable recovery from near extinction and it shows around Chicago and Illinois.
Some notable events include Captain Dan Keating salmon schools at Winthrop Harbor, the big muskie show with a swap meet nearby in St. Charles and a Polar Adventure Day at Northerly Island.