It’s one of those Wild Weekend Wanderings around Chicago outdoors where there is a truly wild and varied mix going on: salmon finally arriving on shore to kids stuff to a noted estate sale to a TreeKeepers course.
Indiana’s Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert sent this video of staff collecting steelhead on Trail Creek, but notice the influx of coho, too. He sent a follow-up that they were also started seeing kings come in.
And kings were caught along the Chicago lakefront from Montrose to the South Side. It’s that time. Not sure what the weekend weather will do, but we’ve lived through that before.
ESTATE SALE: A very interesting note was posted on Stray Casts last night about the late “Coho Harry.” Just wish I had seen it sooner. That is quite the collection of stuff. The sale is just south of Fort Wayne. Here’s the comment on Stray Casts:
There will be a HUGE Estate Auction of Coho Harry’s Estate. It will take place on Saturday, September 15th, starting at 9 AM in Decatur, Indiana. If anyone is interested, the full details can be found here. http://www.wiegmannauctioneers.com/HUGE-ESTATE-AUCTION-2000-NEW-FISHING-TACKLE-1 00-RODS-AND-REELS-FISHING-ACCESSORIES-BOATS-BOAT-MOTORS-HUNTING-AND-POCKET-KNIVE S-40-VINTAGE-COLEMAN-AND-ALADDIN-LANTERNS/auction-293/-auction-individual.html FB Event Page found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/443164615721699/
FISHIN’ BUDDIES! YOUTH DERBY: Fishin’ Buddies! & FPDCC’s annual youth fishing derby is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Wampum Lake in Lansing. Click here.
SALMON UNLIMITED KIDS DERBY: Salmon Unlimited holds its Kid’s Derby 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at Waukegan Harbor. Click here.
DOVE HUNTING: Dove hunting in Illinois enters its third week tomorrow. Public sites are tough. Some private areas, especially around recently harvested fields have been good.
WADING: Waders will be out this weekend. Ken Gortowski was talking about the Fox River, but it applies generally, when I was talking with him yesterday about the weather change. “The fish will turn on,” he said. “It is going to happen. Scale down. It will be a dink fest.”
INDIANA STREAMS: As the video above showed, there is some steelhead coming in, but of more interest are the coho and kings arriving this week.
Click here for the Indiana DNR’s map of Trail Creek access.
ILLINOIS PERMITS: Random daily draws for fall shotgun turkey permit begin Monday.
SQUIRREL HUNTING: Most nearby public sites are open for the rest of September for squirrel hunting. Cooler weather will help with hunter effort, too. One of the naturalists I talk with occasionally mentioned he got a limit at a public site earlier this week.
KANKAKEE CLEANUP: Click here for the 30th Kankakee Iroquois River Clean Up, the granddaddy of them all, on Saturday.
TREEKEEPERS: Here is the announcement for an interesting course I wish I could take from Openlands:
Openlands announces its fall 2012 TreeKeepers certification course. TreeKeepers are volunteers who are certified to give trees proper care and maintenance to they can thrive in the urban forest. Classes begin on September 15 and last seven weeks. The cost for the course is $120. To register or get more information, visitOpenlands.org. WHO: TreeKeepers learn how to help keep Chicagoland’s trees green and growing. They study which insects and diseases threaten the health of trees, how to take precautions against dangers, and what to do when trees are in trouble. WHAT: Openlands’ fall TreeKeepers course WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 9:30am-12:30pm, continuing weekly until October 27. WHERE: Gompers Park Fieldhouse,4222 W. Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 Founded in 1963,Openlandsis one of the nation’s oldest and most successful metropolitan conservation organizations, having helped secure, protect, and provide public access to more than 55,000 acres of land for parks, forest preserves, land and water greenway corridors, and urban gardens. For more information, visitwww.openlands.org.
SHABBONA LAKE MUSKIE OPEN: Muskie Open is Saturday. Here’s the info:
Saturday, September 15th will be the date of the Annual Shabbona Lake Muskie Open. The hours will be 6 AM – 7 PM. The winner will be determined by the longest Muskie caught on September 15th at Shabbona Lake. Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental will have a chase boat on the water to respond to every reported Muskie Catch. Please call 815-824-2581 to report catches. Do not bring Muskie catches into Lakeside, we will come to you. Muskie Catches may be called in any time prior to 7 PM. Prizes will be for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, $100, $50 & $25 respectfully. 2012 has been a very good year for Muskie at Shabbona Lake. With the improved spillway barrier system, many Muskie have been saved and returned to Shabbona Lake, increasing the Muskie population to the best ever. Cabela’s will be offering a $100. gift card for the longest Muskie caught on September 15th at Shabbona Lake. We will have a Walleye stocking donation jar, set up at Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental, for the event. If you donate $5.00 or more to the Walleye Fund, and you place 1st in the Muskie event, Cabela’s will double your prize to $200 Cabela’s Gift Card. You Must Sign Up and Donate $5. Prior To Your Muskie Catch To Win $200. Lakeside is now taking reservations for Bass Boat, Pontoon, Gary Special, Motor Boat or Row Boat!!! Go tohttp://www.shabbonalake.com/online.htmlor call 815-824-2581. $5.00 off on all day boat reservation at Lakeside, if made in advance 24+ hours. The Opens are open to everyone. The Opens are meant for everyday fisherpersons who are there to enjoy and respect Shabbona Lake. Shabbona Lake, located in Southern DeKalb County, 30 miles west of Aurora, Illinois, has a fishery with State Record potential Walleye, Hybrid Crappie and Muskie. 4 State Of Illinois Record Muskie and 2 State Of Illinois Record Hybrid Crappie already adorn Shabbona’s legacy. Help us top off a great 2012 fishing season at Shabbona Lake with a new State Of Illinois Record Muskie. It would be Shabbona Lake’s 5th State Record Muskie. The last State Record was caught on April 1st, 1997, by Chris Kim, 37 pounds, 13 ounces, 49 1/8 inches, caught on a 4″ sucker minnow on a snelled #4 hook under a bobber!!!
PADDLING: Should be another decent weekend with some rain to help flows.
Chicago River Canoe and Kayak holds many trips and outings, especially on the Chicago River. Click here or call (773) 704-2663. Right now, they are running a good deal at Skokie Lagoons, where it is $10 per hour rental after 5 p.m. Week days. Click here.
Reed’s Canoe Trips offers rentals for the Kankakee River. I take them about once a year. I still need to do it this year. Click here.
On the lower Fox, Geneva Kayak Center’s Yorkville Outdoor Center has many options, including whitewater ones, but also simple tube rentals. Click here.
DUCKS UNLIMITED: Tonight the Orland Park chapter holds its banquet at Orland Chateau. Contact Bob Benson at (312) 351-4610; or Jon Ellis, (312) 656-8170.
HUNTING BITS: Teal season runs through Sept. 23. It is very variable. . . . Rail (Sora and Virginia only) season is open. I don’t know anybody who hunts them. . . . Early Canada goose season ends Saturday.
DALEY DERBY: In September, the species are Chinook and perch for the Richard J. Daley Memorial Sport Fishing Derby. Check fish in at Henry’s Sports & Bait. It runs through September with cash prizes for the heaviest three fish from selected species caught around Chicago fishing each month.
ARCHERY: Archery Bow Range Chicago offers instruction.
WISCONSIN FALL COLOR: Click here for the fall color report for Wisconsin. Obviously, it is early and the peak is several weeks away, but it is beginning.
PERSONAL PICKS: Fall salmon on the lakefront will call me some time in the next few days. . . . Saturday is helping with the Kankaee/Iroquois river cleanup by NIAA. . . . I do not know what the family hike will be, but I have some ideas. . . . Still pending on the very exciting change in my work life about which you may hear more very shortly. Heck, I want to know. . . . I am lining up some good shows for my my Outside radio show on WKCC-FM (91.1). I am enjoying pulling shows together. Doing another batch of recordings Monday morning. . . . Work nears the end on a writing project. Been saying that for too long without crossing the finish line.