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Dale Bowman biography

Outdoors columnist Dale Bowman began his reporting career as a correspondent covering state government for WTAJ-TV in 1982. While in graduate school in 1984, he …

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  • Sam Becker, 13, keeps the muskies coming

    For those unacquainted with muskie fishing, casting a Medusa swimbait is like heaving a small cement block into the water and reeling it in all day. Keep that in mind in this story about 13-year-old Sam Becker, who started his first year at Lincoln-Way Central …Read More

  • Chicago Marathon: 2013 race generated more than quarter-billion dollars

    Beth Bracco remembers the early days, some 18 years ago, of Blue Plate Catering’s connection with the Chicago Marathon. ‘‘That first year, it was coffee out of paper boxes,’’ said Bracco, vice president of business development. ‘‘As the marathon has grown, our company has grown. …

    Clancy family ready for Chicago Triathlon

    Jack Clancy laughs when he is asked if he enjoyed college life at Wisconsin a little too much. Let’s just say Madison is a good place to be in your late teens and early 20s. A change came when he  returned to Chicago this summer. …

    Going frog wild on nighttime hunting trip

    Pairs of eyes popped, shiny bright, as Jeff Norris scanned the duckweed-clotted golf-course pond Monday night with his headlamp. “There’s a good one,’’ he said. With that, frogging was on in the western suburbs. Think ‘‘Caddyshack’’ with bullfrogs in place of gophers. I had not …

    Midwest Fishing Report: 8/20

    Midwest fishing report LAKEFRONT KINGS: CHICAGO: Henry’s reported salmon being seen in the harbors, one caught around 31st-39th, another at Jackson Park. WAUKEGAN: Waiting. INDIANA: Mik-Lurch reported at least one caught in the streams; otherwise some kings being seen at the Hole-in-the-Wall. SOUTHEAST WIS.: Faithful …

  • Wait is on for Chinook salmon

    As August came in during a summer that never really was, North Side pastor Mark Jones and Stacey Greene at Park Bait had the same question I was wondering about: Would salmon come in early on southern Lake Michigan? Lake Michigan program head Vic Santucci …Read More

  • 08/13: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT REMINDER: Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend. AREA LAKES: More crappie reports than usual this early. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: ‘‘Bass bite is really going.’’ He suggests throwing Bandit Footloose crankbaits, swim baits and flukes in …Read More

  • Illiana Tollway threat is back for majestic Midewin

    Standing deep in prairie brightly colored by yellow cornflower, sweet black-eyed Susans and Canada tick trefoil, Gary Sullivan pulled up a small mystery, the bluejoint leafhopper. ‘‘No one knows how it turned up here,’’ said Sullivan, senior restoration biologist for The Wetlands Initiative, one group …Read More

  • IDNR tweaked deer-hunting regulations for the good of the herd

    We knew nobody would like the changes to deer-hunting regulations in Illinois — not trophy hunters, not meat hunters, not farmers, not drivers in deer-heavy areas and not biologists who had to sign off on the changes. All the same, changes had to come. Everybody …

  • Tips on earning a free upland-game hunting permit

    I will take any edge I can get when it comes to Illinois’ coolest hunting program, the free upland-game permit program. It’s what I call ‘‘king for a day’’ hunting. Successful applicants may hunt wild birds in restored landscapes for a day with their own …Read More

  • 08/06: Midwest Fishing Report

    08/06: Fish of the Week

    Midwest fishing report LAKEFRONT PERCH: Tough going, both from shore and boat, but Phil Schuman of Tackle Haven reports some in 45 to 50 feet off Michigan. AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Smaller bass being caught evenings on crankbaits parallel to …

    Fishing Chicago River at night a different type of experience

    From people strolling on the riverwalk in downtown Chicago to the decks of party boats on the Chicago River, the questions came: What are you fishing for? Do you eat them? The answers were bass, largemouth and smallmouth.  And we do not eat them; we …

  • Spring Valley hub of fish hubbub

    Illinois Outdoor Hall of Famer Bill Guerrini thinks the Illinois River will be better served if Illinois’ ultimate fishing tournament returns to its roots and the Spring Valley Walleye Club splits with the Masters Walleye Circuit. Town officials want the MWC to stay and have …Read More

  • Midwest Fishing Report: 7/30

    Midwest fishing report LAKEFRONT PERCH: Two major blows within a week have fishermen waiting for Lake Michigan to settle. AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Fishing slowed with weather changes. Evenings better. No patterns. CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle: Catfishing is top bite all …

    High-profile gig for gar star Solomon David

    I need to get out more. That much is obvious. On Wednesday evening, my wife and I went to see the second Science Pub of the summer during ‘‘Jazzin’ at the Shedd.’’ Solomon David was presenting ‘‘Dinosaur Fishes in the Modern Era.’’ I expected a …

    Drumming up another fishery on Lake Michigan

    David Allevato faced a good problem on the morning of July 11: He battled a fish so big that there was no way to lift it up at 31st Street Harbor. ‘‘Actually, I had to climb down the ladder on the side and reach down …

  • 7/23: Midwest Fishing Report

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Soft shells best. Mike Repa, Park Bait: Some limits Tuesday at Montrose. John Saban: Only boat out Sunday morning. Caught 28 perch 10 inches or longer by the filtration plant. David Allevato: Numbers and size of perch at 31st. …Read More