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Wolf River: White bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, well, you name it, in a flow of wonderful conversation

Fishing started slow, but turned great with multiple species during a day on the Wolf River with Bruce Zolna and guide Bill Stoeger

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Trout, crappie, lake trout, bass, white bass and fall feeding

The opening of Illinois’ fall inland trout season, crappie fishing building inland and big lake trout on Lake Michigan lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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The anomalies of Illinois’ inland trout: A big trout comes to Jesus Arellano on opening weekend

Jesus Arellano (Jesus312Fishing) caught a notably big trout from Axehead Lake on the opening weekend of Illinois’ fall inland trout season.

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Christian Howe’s annual fall-color report: From southern Cook County to Iron County, Michigan

As has become a tradition, Christian Howe gives a report on fall color and other parts of the wild world from southern Cook County north into Iron County, Michigan.

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Stocking/studying muskies: Chicagoland Muskie Hunters stocking tests Leech Lake strain on Geneva Lake

The ongoing stocking project of Leech Lake strain muskies into Geneva Lake, by the Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies, Inc., was back on track Thursday; the component of a genetic study, by the Wisconsin DNR, should happen soon.

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Chicago outdoors: Backyard coyote giving hell to raccoon, red/gray fox question, trout, William Faulkner

A backyard trail cam catching a coyote giving a raccoon hell, a question about red and gray foxes, the number of trout stocked seasonally inland in Illinois and William Faulkner from his great novella, "The Bear," are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Go & Show: Urban Stream Research Center, backwards river, mushrooms, trout, bowhunting

A rare chance for the public to tour the Urban Stream Research Center leads this Go & Show; plus a weekend gathering on the backwards river, along with several activities of the season.

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Thrill and Dale: Hunting for dreaded carp with legendary outdoors writer Dale Bowman

This is the outdoors. This is his living room. There aren’t many newspaper writers like Dale left these days.

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One-legged Quinn and the King: A tale of good karma coming around for Chinook fishing in Chicago

Maybe it was good karma that brought this tale of the search for shoreline Chinook in Chicago from Quinn Wunar.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Shoreline salmon, nice blues, waiting on fall feed, trout opener

Shoreline Chinook again lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report, though that will change soon, but there’s also a couple of nice blue catfish, the waiting on the fall feeding frenzy to truly kick in and Illinois’ fall trout season opening Saturday.

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Mushrooms and family restart MOTW: It’s more than pheasant backs, honeys and chicken-of-the-woods

Mushroom of the Week restarts with a family outing, pheasant backs, honeys, chicken-of-the-woods and other mushrooms.

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Redhorse, drum and father-son time: Young angler, out with his dad, makes notable catches around Chicago

Jack Caunter caught notable freshwater drum and shorthead redhorse this fall to earn Fish of the Week honors with a delightful side note on father-son time.

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Chicago outdoors: Deciphering a woolly bear, an Indiana pelican, culture and nature, Wisconsin wolves

Deciphering the first of the fall woolly bear photos a reader sent, an unusual sighting in Indiana of a pelican, discerning the connection between culture and nature and the season cap on the harvest of wolves in Wisconsin are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Bowhunting deer in Illinois: As season opened, a COVID-19 question, the usual updates and a historical note

Coming off a season with a record harvest, Illinois bowhunters are back with a question about COVID-19 and deer, and the more usual questions and updates on deer season; plus a delightful historical note.

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Oil spill closes Lake Michigan beaches; 2nd discharge in 2 weeks by U.S. Steel in Indiana

The oil leaked from the same plant that let out a large amount of iron — causing a plume of rust-colored liquid in the lake — in late September.

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Go & Show: Fall mushrooms (go with someone in the know or go to someone in the know) and other stuff

Fall mushrooms lead this week’s Go & Show with the advice to seek the wisdom of those who know their fall mushrooms, plus some other options and notes.

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An alligator gar caught in the DuPage River: The hows, whys and where-froms; plus Stray Cast

Jon Reith caught an alligator gar from the DuPage River, and it appears to be a pet-trade fish; plus there’s the Stray Cast.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Chinook lead, snagging began, inland fall feed builds some

Chinook lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; plus, snagging on the lakefront is underway and the fall feeding frenzy gives hints of arriving on inland waters.

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Sizing up muskies of Illinois: A pair of them share Fish of the Week honors

Pat Karpinski and Frank Strand share Fish of the Week honors for big muskie caught in Illinois.

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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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White and yellow bass on the Chain O’Lakes, other species, too, with memories from Phil Piscitello

White and yellow bass were good on an outing with Phil Piscitello and Mike Jackson on the Chain O’Lakes; and biologist Frank Jakubicek provided a broader perspective on the Chain.

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Go & Show: An eclectic mix — early trout, bowhunting, snagging, lecture, bridge lifts — around Illinois

There’s an eclectic mix — early catch-and-release trout, bowhunting, snagging, a lecture and Chicago bridge lifts — around Illinois for this Go & Show.

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Indiana Dunes beaches reopen after U.S. Steel spills iron into Lake Michigan

Indiana, federal environmental officials declare the water is safe for humans after high levels of iron flowed into the lake.

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Does a beer sip in the woods? It does as a great fun-raiser if it’s Beer in the Woods; plus Stray Cast

Beer in the Woods exploded this year for Friends of the Forest Preserves and had a perfect Saturday to hold it; plus the Stray Cast.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Lakefront Chinook, closing dates, snagging to open, C&R trout

Recent weather making fishing for lakefront Chinook more variable, snagging for Chinook and coho opening Friday at select spots on the Illinois lakefront, closing dates for cooling lakes, and early catch-and-release trout opening Saturday are in this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Joining the club for 30-pound Chinook: Doing it the challenging way from a kayak

Gerard Urbanozo joined the 30-pound club with bonus points for doing it from a kayak to earn Fish of the Week.

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Lake Michigan beaches closed, water plant shuttered after U.S. Steel spill in Northwest Indiana

The source of the rust-colored liquid is unknown but all Indiana Dunes National Park beaches are closed until further notice.

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Holding advance of invasive carp: A ride-along seeing contract netters manning the front lines

A ride-along with Illinois assistant fisheries chief Kevin Irons and Aquatic Nuisance Species program manager Brian Schoenung to watch contract netters of invasive carp gave much to consider.

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Blue-winged teal moving on, some pintails: Latest aerial teal flight by INHS and some habitat notes

The latest aerial teal flight, including the PDF files, by the Illinois Natural History Survey shows blue-winged teal moving on, but more northern pintails showing up; and Joshua Osborn does a quick breakdown of habitat conditions.

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Beer in the Woods, naturally, leads Go & Show: Plus Beaver Lake, a fishing derby & a lunchtime lecture

Friends of the Forest Preserves’ fifth year of Beer in the Woods mixes craft beer and nature at LaBagh Woods, of course that leads this Go & Show; plus there is a presentation on Beaver Lake, a fishing derby and a lunchtime lecture on Illinois water issues.

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Adopt-a-Beach: The meaning of the annual cleanups via a visit to South Shore Beach, plus Stray Cast

The 30th year of the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach events matter more than just making the shores of the Great Lakes pretty, as observed up close at South Shore Beach; plus the Stray Cast.

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Archery, duck calls, shotguns, fishing, turkey mounts: Loving incongruity of Chicago Family Outdoor Day

Chicago Family Outdoor Day brought the incongruity of archery, duck calls, shotguns, fishing and turkey mounts to Chicago’s Southeast Side on Saturday at William W. Powers State Recreation Area.