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  • 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.

  • Industrious anglers will find fly rod rewards Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Using a fly rod to pursue bluegills in retention ponds can be a delightful angle on suburban fishing, as Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

  • Mayfly madness on the upper Mississippi Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Midsummer mayfly emergences caused their usual mayhem along many areas in the upper and lower Midwest, and particularly along the upper Mississippi River drainage recently. Mike Jackson has more in this week's outdoors notes, which includes a local fishing update.

  • Summer fishing means battling the weeds Jul 24, 2014 9:43 PM
    Some of the area ponds and even lakes have been suffering from an overgrowth of algae and heavy weeds. But some anglers have been able to score when working the open pockets, especially for big bluegills and largemouth bass.

  • This walleye technique is just plane effective Jul 24, 2014 9:40 PM
    Using planer boards has helped pro walleye angler Tommy Skarlis make a name for himself, and it's a tactic that can help anyone in pursuit of this species.

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