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  • The time is right for an ice-fishing upgrade Dec 17, 2014 7:13 PM
    I have been vigilant for several decades when it comes to protecting exposed flesh with heavy layers of winter survival gear in order to prepare for comfortable ice fishing expeditions. Naturally, standards and practices have changed over time, and well made portable shelters are among the innovations that are making ice fishing ever more pleasant.

  • For anglers, winter brings choices Dec 11, 2014 6:05 AM
    Outdoors columnist Mike Jackson has his own preferences for what to do when winter takes over, and he prefers going to local outdoors shows or ice fishing to staying home and waiting for spring.

  • Jackson: Light tackle, stealthy approach make for fun season Dec 3, 2014 6:47 PM
    Using light tackle along with a light touch when approaching a fishing spot can make for a great experience, even among some of the less glamorous fishing spots DuPage, Cook and Kane Counties.

  • Find your own outdoors tune, and sing it loud Nov 26, 2014 5:48 PM
    Fishing and hunting can both be central parts of enjoying the great outdoors. Exactly how you go about it is entirely up to you, which is a big part of the fun.

  • Jackson: Heated insoles make winter seem shorter Nov 19, 2014 7:28 PM
    Ice fishing, or just a long winter walk in the woods, just got easier: Remote-controlled heated insoles are bringing comfort to even the coldest of outdoors activities.

  • Finesse never falls out of fashion Nov 12, 2014 9:21 PM
    Trends come and go, along with fishing lures and their devoted practitioners. It pays to keep an eye on the underlying techniques at play, such as presenting a bait or simulation gently to finicky fish.

  • Jackson: A watery day to remember in the woods Nov 5, 2014 11:47 PM
    On a recent October day, the fishing on a small southern Wisconsin stream was just fine, but the real star turned out to be the glorious fall colors.

  • In Illinois, it’s always time to go fishing Oct 29, 2014 7:27 PM
    One advantage to being an angler in a state like Illinois, where there's no close season for most gamefish, is that you can pick any day of the calendar year and designate it for fishing. That turned out well for Mike Jackson recently on a mild, calm afternoon searching for walleye on the upper Fox River.

  • Jackson: Mostly solitary success on a newly discovered stream Oct 22, 2014 8:14 PM
    Fishing alone can be great fun, but there's nothing like bumping into a kindred spirit streamside by sheer happenstance.

  • This fall, one fishing buddy is sorely missed Oct 8, 2014 8:00 PM
    Mike Seeling and Mike Jackson developed a great fishing relationship over the years. Their trips together took them to plenty of exotic angling vacations, but now the loss of Seeling earlier this year is really hitting home.

  • A life outdoors, and many memorable moments Sep 24, 2014 3:03 PM
    A lifetime of wonderful new experiences in the great outdoors needn't be obscured by the very natural inclination to catch the biggest possible fish.

  • For anglers, driving usually beats flying Sep 17, 2014 4:46 PM
    Air travel is a necessity for the truly far-flung angling destinations, but the rigors of flying are making driving trips ever more appealing.

  • It’s never easy to leave Rawah Ranch Sep 17, 2014 10:18 AM
    A trip to Rawah Ranch near Fort Collins, Colo., is great fishing fun. So fun, in fact, that it's not so easy to come home.

  • When it comes to fly fishing, the words just flow Sep 17, 2014 10:16 AM
    In the often colorful world of writing about the great outdoors, Mike Jackson won't apologize for his loving treatment of the gentle art of fly fishing.

  • Adjust and adapt if the summer pattern isn’t working Aug 27, 2014 6:11 PM
    Everyone has a favorite bait or lure, but one key to angling success is to be flexible enough to adapt when none of the usual stuff is working well, as Mike Jackson explains in this week's Outdoors Column, with help from Ned Kehde, the Finesse Fishing guru.

  • Hats off to heavy-fighting Cats Aug 20, 2014 8:57 PM
    Catfish aren't universally loved by anglers, but there's no denying the thrill of battling these big fish in moving waters.

  • Stratton Lock and Dam gets overhaul Aug 20, 2014 8:56 PM
    Construction will begin soon on a $16.7 million improvement project at the Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River in McHenry County. Illinois DNR officials claim the Stratton Lock and Dam Life Extension Project will improve three components of the lock and dam facility.

  • Basore, Potter headed for Hall of Fame Aug 13, 2014 7:25 PM
    Warrenville's Dan Basore is among the inductees to the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame.

  • Fishing’s magic hour well worth waiting for Aug 13, 2014 7:23 PM
    Magic hour in fishing - late in the day, when there's often a flurry of feeding activity - is well worth the wait.

  • Crossing the lake, and crossing off another bucket list item Aug 7, 2014 12:39 PM
    A ferry trip across Lake Michigan led to a terrific experience at the northern end of lower Michigan, where Boyne Outfitters helped provide a great experience in the pursuit of trout.

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