Field notes: Cicadas & fishing

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Charles Yates had a good basic question for this time of year: `Is a dead cicada any good on the end of a hook?”

He asked the question on Facebook.

It may me laugh because in the last two weeks my kids have been finding all kinds of dead cicadas and cicada husks, including the one above.

As to the fishing question, I have used live ones as bait, but not dead ones, during the last great year of the cicada. If anybody has an idea on using dead cicadas as bait, I would love to know the answer.

The question was part of Field Notes, a weekly feature on Sundays in the Sun-Times outdoors page.

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