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  • 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.

  • 5 things to do this weekend in the suburbs Nov 7, 2014 2:14 PM
    Kick of the holiday season in Crystal Lake, escape into an underwater world in Schaumburg or set off on the road to Oz in Lincolnshire. These are just a few of the options for this weekend in the suburbs.

  • 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.

  • Wallenda supported, Spider-Dan nearly killed Nov 4, 2014 10:19 AM
    Daredevil Nik Wallenda has an excellent support crew, the resources of the Discovery Channel and the blessing from city officials as he walks on a tightrope high above Chicago. In 1981, Dan Goodwin had a Spider-Man suit and the attention of news crews as the city tried to knock him off the Hancock Center.

  • 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.

  • Oakton’s Des Plaines campus a certified wildlife habitat Oct 17, 2014 2:08 PM
    Oakton Community College’s Des Plaines campus is now a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Careful planning, support of natural ecosystems, restoration of prairie spaces and use of native species in landscaping has helped the school achieve the certification through the National Wildlife Federation.

  • Wisconsin DNR board to ponder new shooting range Oct 15, 2014 6:39 AM
    The state Department of Natural Resources’ board is set to consider starting the process to establish a new public shooting range in Columbia County.

  • Trout season in Cook County Forest Preserves begins Saturday Oct 14, 2014 1:32 PM
    The Forest Preserves of Cook County’s 2014 fall inland trout fishing season will start at dawn on Saturday, Oct. 18. Catchable-sized rainbow trout (1/2 to 3/4 pounds average) will be stocked into Busse Reservoir — North Pool, Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Horsetail Lake and, new for the fall season, Green Lake.

  • 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.

  • Wisconsin pheasant season opens this month Oct 8, 2014 6:08 AM
    The season opens statewide at noon on Oct. 18. State Department of Natural Resources officials say hunters should look for birds in areas that contain adequate winter cover such as cattail marshes and dense brush intermixed with cropland, hay and grasslands.

  • Nighttime nature hikes explore the nocturnal world Oct 3, 2014 1:56 PM
    Ever wonder what goes on at night in nature? The Forest Preserve District of Kane County is offering special night hikes this month to explore the nocturnal world. The guided walks will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 and 18, in St. Charles and Elgin.

  • Outdoors notes and fishing update Sep 24, 2014 2:19 PM
    Daily Herald outdoors writer Mike Jackson offers his weekly fishing update for the Chicago and suburban region.

  • 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.

  • Head out to a fall festival this Saturday Sep 15, 2014 1:19 PM
    Several fall festivals set for this weekend in the Fox Valley offer a variety of ways to welcome the new season. Each festival has a different focus — history, healthy lifestyles, or family activities.

  • 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.

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