Football Focus 2014

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  • Be prepared for your spring fishing opportunity May 21, 2014 6:24 PM
    Typically volatile spring weather patterns make it important to keep tabs in order to make the most of your opportunities.

  • Boat rental areas open in DuPage May 16, 2014 10:20 AM
    DuPage County Forest Preserve's two boat rental areas are open for the season.

  • Cold-front setbacks not stopping top guides May 14, 2014 7:47 PM
    A steady cycle of cold fronts has made for some tough fishing, but guides Spence Petros and Chris Taurisiano are still out there getting results.

  • A sunny twist on conventional spring bassing wisdom May 14, 2014 7:39 PM
    Don't be afraid to try out-of-season techniques on bass which are just beginning to spawn. The main idea still is to know where the fish are, and carefully present an offering to them.

  • Wauconda officials oppose no wake zone on Bangs Lake May 14, 2014 12:08 PM
    Wauconda officials said Tuesday that making the bay portion of Bangs Lake a no wake zone would be a last resort to address any perceived safety issues. “This is an enforcement and education issue,” said Trustee John Barbini after about a dozen people in a full village board room made their cases against a proposal to limit all boats in the bay area of the lake to a no-wake speed of less than 5 miles per hour.

  • 16 lives lost, but Everest still calls May 13, 2014 11:17 AM
    The avalanche of massive ice blocks crushed 16 sherpas a short walk from his tent, and mountain climber Joel Schauer of Hawthorn Woods says he's still working through the emotions of that morning.

  • To effect change on the Chain, you’ve got to make waves May 7, 2014 10:24 PM
    The conflict between jet ski operators and anglers on the Fox Chain is ongoing. Unless authorities somehow get access to better resources, it's difficult to see how enforcement and behavior will improve.

  • Bartlett cops hold family fishing derby May 4, 2014 4:43 PM
    Bartlett anglers are encouraged to test the waters at Beaver Pond when the police deparment hosts its annual catch-and-release fishing derby May 17. Organizers will provide the bait and prizes duing the free event from 9 to 11 a.m.

  • Drowning brings back Batavia dam questions May 2, 2014 5:36 AM
    Batavia is wading again into the debate over what to do about the crumbling, 103-year-old dam north north of the Riverwalk. "I certainly want to be on the side of safety and enhanced recreational uses," says Mayor Jeff Schielke. "... I'm going to be on the side of saying that dam should come out."

  • Confessions of a fly-tying addict Apr 30, 2014 5:08 PM
    Fly-tying can be a most absorbing passion, and in the most extreme cases becomes something very much like an addiction.

  • Downstate men charged with poaching ducks Apr 30, 2014 5:08 PM
    Despite all the talk about the Illinois Department of Natural Resources enforcement staff being shackled by tough budgetary goings-on, officers were able to make three arrests on duck poaching charges.

  • New boathouse opens near Busse Reservoir Apr 26, 2014 8:00 AM
    A new 2,050-square-foot boathouse has opened along the banks of the Busse Reservoir, a centralized location within the Ned Brown Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village where outdoor enthusiasts can buy bait and tackle, rent a boat or grab a snack. The building replaces temporary trailers that have been in place for the last 12 years and previous trailers that were there since the reservoir opened to the public in 1980.

  • Kane County forest commissioners might expand deer hunting Apr 25, 2014 5:30 AM
    Deer hunters wrapped up their first full season of archery in two Kane County Forest Preserves by bagging 25 deer. Two of those tested positive for chronic wasting disease, enough for commissioners to deem the program a success worth expanding. The district's deer experts say the local herd is in need of thinning, but deer fans have traditionally disputed that notion.

  • Wisconsin DNR stocking 316,000 trout statewide Apr 16, 2014 7:01 AM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is working to stock 316,000 trout across the state ahead of inland fishing season opener next month. More than 100,000 trout will be stocked in urban fishing waters, small lakes and ponds. The rest will go into waters where the habitat is marginal and there’s no natural reproduction. DNR officials say lingering ice cover on lakes is delaying some of the stocking, but they still expect to get all the fish in the water by the May 3 season opener. A complete list of water bodies in line for fish is available on the DNR’s website.

  • A sudden chill in the hot spring fishing Apr 16, 2014 11:21 PM
    The spring fishing warm-up took a few steps back with the chilly wintry conditions early this week.

  • Guides can be great, but not all are created equal Apr 16, 2014 11:21 PM
    Guides can be a great way to help you learn a new body of water and refine and improve your fishing techniques. But not all guides, as experience has shown, are created equal.

  • So, here’s the story: Every fishing trip is an adventure Apr 9, 2014 7:33 PM
    Fishing is fun, but the best part just may be the stories that come from it, and Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

  • Some early surprises from the Chicago River Apr 3, 2014 12:39 AM
    In his weekly outdoors column, Mike Jackson uncovers some surprising results while fishing the Chicago River.

  • Trout fishing opens Saturday in Cook County Apr 1, 2014 1:27 PM
    The trout fishing season in the Forest Preserves of Cook County starts at dawn Saturday, April 5. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are being stocked this week into Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Horsetail Lake and, new this year, Green Lake.

  • Montrose harbors some good early spring fishing Mar 26, 2014 7:44 PM
    Hang in there — our time is just about here for soft-water angling.

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