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updated: 7/5/2012 2:14 PM

Outdoors notes and area fishing updates

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I'm wondering what the thermometer read as the arguments unfolded in Utah.

Following a 1-hour, closed-door session between legislative leaders and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert this week, it was agreed that a special legislative session was not necessary to address a potential ban on recreational shooting in the wake of wildfires across the state.

"We're not interested in blanket bans. We're not interested in any way in limiting people's 2nd Amendment right to carry firearms in their own interest," said House Speaker Becky Lockhart (R-Provo).

Fishing update:

On the Chain: Excellent bluegill angling on Petite and Channel lakes. Muskies are cooperating on Lake Catherine, but there aren't many fishermen on the water to locate the fish.

Fox River: Water levels considerably down. Some wading anglers search out whatever deeper holes they can find and locate channel catfish and smallmouth in the Batavia area.

Lake Michigan: Salmon fishing is great, says David S., who launches out of Highland Park. Much of the better angling is close to the Wisconsin state line.

• Mike Jackson can be reached via email at: Mike's radio program is heard from 6-7 a.m. Sundays on WSBC, AM-1240.

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