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Kids and ice fishing: Some advice from parents with experience around the Chicago area

Parents share what has worked for them in getting kids out for ice fishing around the Chicago area and, more importantly, enjoying it.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Deepening ice, snow, cold and, of course, ice fishing

Ice fishing, of course, leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Big on open water: Big northern pike from the Des Plaines River shows there is more than ice fishing

Dan Kiska earns Fish of the Week for an open-water northern pike.

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Chicago outdoors: Hawks & little dogs, cool tight-photo hawk, Urban Rivers dollars, advantage at ice’s edge

A question on a small dog and neighborhood hawks, a tight hawk shot with new technology, a love of living at ice’s edge, and money for Urban Rivers are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors, and beyond.

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Tony Fitzpatrick and birds: Visiting his avian-themed exhibition at Cleve Carney Museum of Art

A look at Tony Fitzpatrick and his birds in his "Jesus of Western Avenue" exhibition running through Jan. 31 at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the College of DuPage.

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An appreciation for the Izaak Walton League: Founded in Chicago, the IWLA turned 100 last week

An appreciation for the Izaak Walton League of America, founded in Chicago, which turned 100 last week.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Ice fishing nearly everywhere; smattering of perch fishing

Ice fishing, no surprise, is nearly everywhere in the Chicago area and leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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Big flatheads on little tungsten jigs: A flurry of big flatheads on the ice at the Chain O’Lakes

Brian Marcinkiewicz earned Fish of the Week honors for a big flathead catfish caught ice fishing on the Chain O’Lakes.

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Chicago outdoors: Black fox, William Faulkner & hunting, long-staying white pelican, long-tailed weasel

A question on a suburban black fox, William Faulkner and hunting, long-tailed weasels and a long-staying American white pelican are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Anna Simpson and her world of fishing: The Cicero woman keeps going fishing all over the place

Anna Simpson has had quite the life, including fishing around the world, and she is going strong nearing her 79th birthday.

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Ice fishing the Chain O’Lakes: Many access options and parking details for the egalitarian pursuit

Some details on parking and where to access the Chain O’Lakes for ice fishing.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Ice fishing locks in; open-water perch fishing locked out

Ice fishing builds to nearly universal coverage around the Chicago area and leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; the ice is limiting open-water efforts by perch anglers on the Chicago lakefront.

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Holiday fish: Fishes of the Week come from ones caught on holidays with their own special joy

Fishes of the Week go to the joy of celebrating holidays.

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Chicago outdoors: Really late night crawlers, kayak sailfish, suburban buck, recapping IDNR 2021 classes

Really late night crawlers on New Year’s Eve, a first sailfish from a kayak, a photogenic suburban buck and recapping the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ safety classes in 2021 are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Family-affair shovelnose sturgeon: Nephew & uncle catch pending Illinois records on Rock, some perspectives

Troy Gustafson and his uncle Marty Gustafson caught pending Illinois-record shovelnose sturgeon from the Rock River weeks apart this fall; here’s some perspective on the catch and the place of shovelnose in Illinois.

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Breadth of perch fishing in Chicago: From water to the table, time by the water to time by the stove

Sampling the full experience of perch fishing in the Chicago winter, from getting to the water to finishing on the table.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Ice fishing arrives; otherwise, it’s lake trout and perch

Ice fishing, which arrived around the Chicago area and will lock up more waters later this week, leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; plus the perch and lake trout bite continues on the Chicago lakefront.

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The surprise hits keep coming: More on lake trout caught by perch anglers on the Chicago lakefront

Jayson Hernandez earned Fish of the Week honors for yet another big lake trout caught while perch fishing.

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Ice fishing: Updating ice-fishing regulations for the public sites around the Chicago area

It’s time to update regulations on ice fishing at public sites around the Chicago area; there are just a few updates.

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Chicago outdoors: Elegant perch fishing description, winter redpoll, Mel Johnson’s buck, suburban eagle

A vivid description of perch fishing at 87th, Mel Johnson’s world-record buck, a suburban bald eagle and a winter redpoll are among the notes from around Chicago and beyond.

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Rich Komar’s last Tinley Park Fishing Show: He reflects on his years as manager, earns high praise

Rich Komar and his team built the Tinley Park Fishing Show, as a fundraiser, into a powerhouse among Chicago-area outdoors shows. Now he is done, and it’s time for his memories and his due.

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Fish of the Year: Saga of record bighead carp bests other worthy candidates around Chicago fishing

The long journey into the night for Jarrett Knize and his Illinois-record bighead carp, caught from the Humboldt Park Lagoon, earned Fish of the Year honors.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Perch, lake trout, ice fishing up north while waiting here

Fishing for perch on the South Side of Chicago, with some lake trout mixed in, leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; there’s ice to the north while we are waiting on it here.

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Surprise while perch fishing the South Side slips: First lake trout earns cheers and FOTW honors

Chris Horvath’s first lake trout came while perch fishing and earned him Fish of the Week.

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Chicago outdoors: Sandhills hanging out, ice and ‘hinder,’ late Chicago snow, controlled pheasant hunting

Sandhill cranes hanging out in Lake Forest, ice conditions in the Northwoods and "hinder," the latest snow in Chicago and a note on controlled pheasant hunting are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Another weird year in Illinois: Record fish, improved FOID processing, bowhunters’ record deer harvest

2020 wobbled into 2021, a year with its own weirdness in Illinois from record fish to improved processing time for FOID to a record deer harvest by bowhunters.

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A pair of late big fish on local rivers: A big walleye from the Kankakee and a muskie from the Fox

Bob Johnson caught and released a big walleye from the Kankakee River, and Patrick Zolfo did the same with a good muskie from the Fox River. They share Fish of the Week honors.

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Show time, slow time: For some of us, time to reconsider going to outdoors shows for now; plus Stray Cast

Considering the quick spread of the latest COVID variant, I am putting the brakes on attending outdoors shows for now; plus Stray Cast.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Perch (longer to walk in than limit), lakers, ice fishing depends

Perch and lake trout on southern Lake Michigan lead this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report; plus ice-fishing updates to the north.

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Chicago outdoors: Crane haiku, late sandhill cranes, an evening buck, Christmas Bird Count

A crane haiku, historical perspective on the lateness of migrating sandhill cranes, an evening buck and the Christmas Bird Count are among the notes from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.

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Embarras River Bottoms: Savoring a ‘hunt unit’ and a different spot in southern Illinois, bonus whoopers

Embarras River Bottoms in southern Illinois offers waterfowlers a chance to hunt a unit rather than from a blind and, in our case, an unexpected chance to see wild whooping cranes.

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Family time for a big lake trout: Anna Simpson, 78, earns Fish of the Week honors

Anna Simpson earned Fish of the Week honors for the big lake trout caught on a family outing on Thanksgiving weekend.