Big morel, smallmouth bass, IHSA bass fishing: Notes, Chicago outdoors
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Notes from around Chicago outdoors.
MOREL OF THE WEEK
Greg Starrett found a large morel mushroom (5¼ inches, 4 ounces) on Monday — late for this year — in Hanover, Illinois.
We are near the end, but Morel of the Week, a celebration of morel mushrooms around Chicago outdoors in the spring, runs on Sundays on the Sun-Times outdoors page as warranted. Send nominations by Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Q: ‘‘It’s that time to chase that [6-pound, 7-ounce] record. Just put bicycle in back of pickup, driving to Burnham and riding to Monroe. No parking anywhere there.’’
— Nick Leno, midday Wednesday
A: Wednesday night was full moon. If Mark Samp’s Illinois record for smallmouth bass (6-7 on March 26, 1985, from a Fulton County strip pit) is to fall, this is the time.
Consecutive years fishing license sales have increased in the United States, as reported by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the Outdoor Foundation.
‘‘This is a unique tournament with unique obstacles. Carlyle Lake has begun to release water to lower its levels, so we think we will have a new date scheduled soon. We have navigated similar situations in the past and managed to conduct great state final tournaments. I have no doubt that will happen again in the coming weeks.’’
— Kurt Gibson, IHSA associate executive director and bass-fishing administrator, on the postponement of the state finals for bass fishing, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday
(Click here for full package of northeast Illinois hunter safety classes)
May 18 and 20: Newark, (815) 210-4995
May 30-31: Chicago, carryinillinois.com/hunter-safety-course.html
Tuesday: Bob Bobic, Arlington Anglers, 6 p.m., Cabela’s, Hoffman Estates, arlingtonanglers.com.
Thursday: Bob Babbich, Fish Tales Fishing Club, 7 p.m., Oak Forest Community Center, fishtalesfishingclub.com.
Through June 30: Applications may be made for second lottery, firearm and muzzleloader-only deer permits. Click here for details
May 20-21: Des Plaines Conservation Area; Saturday is youth (10-18); Sunday, girls or women, 10 and older; (217) 785-8129;
(Click here for the general list of Illinois DU events)
NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION
(Click here for general list of banquets and events)
(Click here for general list of Illinois PF events)