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  • Quinn to sign boating safety legislation Jun 3, 2014 5:37 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn plans to sign a trio of boating safety proposals this summer, maybe closing for now a suburban lawmaker’s efforts on the issue two years after her nephew, Tony Borcia of Libertyville, was hit and killed by a boat.

     
  • Tim Schneider fishing derby is June 8 Jun 1, 2014 4:23 PM
    Cook County Commissioner Timothy O. Schneider will host his annual fishing derby from 9 a.m.-noon June 8 at Busse Woods Grove 25, in Elk Grove Village. Open to both adults and children the event is free, but bring your own fishing gear.

     
  • Mountain biking might expand in Raceway Woods May 29, 2014 4:39 PM
    The relationship between the Kane County Forest Preserve District and a group of local mountain biking enthusiasts is so successful commissioners may give the group another 1.3 miles and 10 years to tool around in the Raceway Woods Forest Preserve near Carpentersville.

     
  • Bring your own boat to canoe and kayak race May 28, 2014 3:01 AM
    You can still sign up for the 53rd annual Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race, which takes place Sunday, June 1, from either St. Charles for the 10-mile course or from Batavia for 6 miles.

     
  • Limited no-wake conditions on Fox Chain May 28, 2014 4:26 PM
    The Fox Waterway Agency has issued a no-wake ruling for Zone A (from the Algonquin spillway to the Stratton lock and dam) and Zone B (from the Stratton lock and dam north to the mouth of Pistakee Lake). But as of this writing, the Fox Chain at large has not been placed under a no-wake ruling.

     
  • Angling’s steady pull, in the generational sense May 28, 2014 4:26 PM
    The tug of a fish on the line is universal, as are the connections we make with our families, across generations.

     
  • Officials: Leave state’s wildlife alone May 23, 2014 6:17 PM
    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking hikers, picnickers and others enjoying the warm weather to stay away from any baby birds and wild animals they come across.

     
  • Wisconsin raises walleye bag limits on 450 lakes May 22, 2014 5:12 PM
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is increasing walleye bag limits on nearly 450 lakes in time for the holiday weekend in response to lower than average tribal harvests this spring.

     
  • Great angling rewards await the patient wader May 21, 2014 6:22 PM
    Fishing alone in small streams is a blast, be beware some of the dangers - such as the occasional patch of boot-sucking mire.

     
  • Take a walk, run though downtown Elgin Saturday May 21, 2014 9:03 AM
    The 37th annual Elgin Fox Trot steps off from downtown Elgin with the first of two races and a 2-mile walk at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The courses all begin in the Center City area and take runners through historic neighborhoods as well as the winding hills and ravines of Lords Park.

     
  • 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.

     
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