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Goldfinch, mountain lion, Chicago eagles, Crazy Horse: Notes, Chicago outdoors

Goldfinches and eagles around Chicago, another mountain lion in Michigan and a pertinent Crazy Horse quote are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Bees, birds and bison: Meditating on Midewin

Annual summer hike at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and a check-in on the bee survey, one of many ongoing studies there.

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Fried Catfish and Marsala Linguinie: Jack Hennessy’s “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy brings a new touch to a summer catch with Fried Catfish and Marsala Linguini in "Braising the Wild."

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A story that earns Fish of the Week: A smallmouth for a Super Hero

Matthew Hachigian tells the story of his father, Mark, catching a smallmouth bass with his grandsons in St. Germain; the story earned Fish of the Week honors.

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Chase for the biggest Chinook and early kings on Chicago lakefront: The Year of the Salmon Return

More tales of 30-pound Chinook around Chicago fishing come in as well as the first king returning to shore

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Flatheads, kings and other things: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report (2 updates)

Flatheads are one of the top bites inland around Chicago fishing while the annual return of kings to shore begins for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Views of blues: Razor-cut anal fin on blue catfish at Braidwood Lake

BoRabb Williams holds a blue catfish, caught from Braidwood Lake on Sunday, that gives a good view of the sharply straight anal fin.

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Fawn triplets, YOY perch, hummingbirds: Notes, Chicago outdoors

Observations on an unusual number of fawn triplets, a note on young-of-the-year perch and a hummingbird are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Castle Rock Lake, Necedah NWR and Buckhorn State Park: Could be the next big Chicago getaway

The Castle Rock Lake area is developing around it’s natural resources and drawing Chicagoans.

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Grilled Venison and Apple Chutney: Jack Hennessy’s “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy brings Grilled Venison and Apple Chutney to "Braising the Wild"

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‘Pound for pound, one of the best fights’: Flathead for Fish of the Week

Robert Coutinho wrangles in his first flathead and it’s a beaut.

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Of catfish, hybrids and surprises: The surprises of summer, inland and on Lake Michigan

Taking a look at channel catfish, both the possibility of hybrids inland and the occasional catches on Lake Michigan.

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Catfish and dog days, perch, smallmouth, lakers, a few 4-year-old kings: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report

Catfish with dog days and hints of early 4-year-old kings come around Chicago fishing for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Snapper and bass, an imperial moth, enduring perch record, Michigan grayling: Chicago outdoors, notes

Snapper and bass, imperial moth, enduring record perch, Michigan grayling: Notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Northbrook Sports Club hosts the World English Sporting Championship

The Northbrook Sports Club hosts the World English Sporting Championship from Monday through Aug. 11.

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Update on dove site plantings: Illinois hunting

Because of the wet spring/summer and flooding, plantings were delayed, crops switched or not done at Illinois’ public dove-hunting sites, here’s an update from the IDNR.

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Catfish tips and dips: Jack Hennessy’s ‘Braising the Wild’

Jack Hennessy serves up catfish tips with his recipe this week in "Braising the Wild"

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Checking out ‘Woodstock with guns’: Waterfowl blind draw at Rice Lake SFWA

More than 1,000 applicants vied for 30 blinds and threw a hell of a party at the waterfowl blind draw at Rice Lake SFWA.

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Kings, bass, variable heat, catfish: Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report

There aren’t many, but big kings remain the headline-grabber around Chicago fishing for this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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A rare and big walleye on the Chicago lakefront: A bit of perspective

Paul Burriss caught a big walleye at Burnham Harbor, a rare occurrence on the Chicago lakefront.

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Town bucks, golf fishing secret, suburban turkeys, Crab Orchard Wilderness: Notes, Chicago outdoors

Bucks in town, a golf-fishing secret, suburban wild turkeys and Crab Orchard Wilderness are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Teacher, angler, student: The impact of Ron Urick on fishing and teaching

Ron Urick brings together the combination of chemistry teaching and very successful fishing.

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Pineapple Roasted Duck: A reader challenge in Jack Hennessy’s “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy gives a reader challenge this week in "Braising the Wild" with his recipe of Pineapple Roasted Duck.

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Cool down to a personal-best muskie: Fish of the Week

Sean Weinstock found the cooling waters of the Chain O’Lakes right for a personal-best muskie.

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Bears training camp and community holes: If you go

Four community holes to fish (and a couple other suggestions) after attending Bears training camp.

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After the heat, after the blow, the Chicago fishing: Midwest Fishing Report (Update 1, Green Lake area)

Lake Michigan and Chicago-area rivers should settle down after the blows and storms and fishing looks more promising later this week in this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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‘Don’t Be a Jerk,’ special Father’s Day gift, Great Lakes drownings, cicadas: Notes, Chicago outdoors

A well-worth it "Don’t Be a Jerk" campaign, a special Father’s Day gift, Great Lakes drownings and dog-day cicadas are among the notes around Chicago outdoors.

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Could coho records go? We’ll know soon if it’s so

In a turnaround reminiscent of decades past, a few coho in southern Lake Michigan are heavy enough to near Illinois and Indiana records

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“Fried walleye and Colcannon”: Jack Hennessy’s “Braising the Wild”

Jack Hennessy brings "Fried Walleye and Colcannon" to "Braising the Wild" this week.

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Stratton Lock and Dam: End of season adjustments to operating schedule

The operating schedule of the Stratton Lock and Dam changes beginning Aug. 19.

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Doubling down on big Chinook: A pair for Fish of the Week

The return of the big kings keeps going on Lake Michigan as two big Chinook take Fish of the Week honors.

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Pond memories: Into the night, frog-fishing for bass

With the building heat, into-the-night topwater fishing for largemouth bass is a memory-maker