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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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  • Midwest Fishing Report: 10/01

    Midwest fishing report FLY FISHING TROUT: Illinois’ first catch-and-release, fly-fishing season opens Saturday, two weeks before regular fall trout fishing, at Pine Creek at White Pines State Park; Apple River at Apple River SP; the IDOT Lake in Springfield; Horton Lake at Navoo SP; Gridley …Read More

  • Maywood Dusters do Chicago area proud in trapshooting event

    For Kyle Mantsch, the sheer expanse of the World Shooting Complex near Sparta in far southwestern Illinois catches him. ‘‘I would have to say the size of it,’’ he said. ‘‘When you get to the main building, you can see rows and rows of trap …Read More

  • NCAA champion Lisa Uhl going the distance in Chicago Marathon

    Paula Radcliffe. Joan Benoit Samuelson. Rita Jeptoo. The printed names and memorabilia of fabled women’s champions in the Chicago Marathon are posted along the rafters of Nike Running Bucktown. Lisa Uhl does not back away from thinking that big. It will not happen this year …Read More

  • Kyle Svachula, 12, catches 53-inch muskie, then celebrates artistically

    Catching that lifetime muskie (Kyle Svachula did it as a 12-year-old) is hard enough; properly commemorating the catch is another matter. Take Svachula and his 53-inch muskie. Svachula and his dad, Pete, were on a father-son trip to Temple Bay Lodge on Eagle Lake in …Read More

  • 9/24: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT SHORELINE SALMON/TROUT: Few female Chinook so far. CHICAGO: Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: Different batches come and go, best harbor varies daily; work spoons to cover deeper water and crankbaits for higher; low light is best. Park Bait: Best at mouth of Montrose on …Read More

  • Chicago Marathon: Pain, soreness are different

    “No pain, no gain” ran its course. “In the past, that is what we all grew up with,” Dr. Carrie Jaworski said. She isn’t dismissing the toll of training. She’s distinguishing between “muscle soreness that comes with new exercises” and exercising to the point that …

    Family documents step-by-step development of monarch butterfly

    It’s one thing to read about the progression of a monarch from a caterpillar to a newly dry butterfly in science class. It’s quite another to watch it in your own home, as Paul Bleers and his kids did in the southwest suburbs. And they …

    Willie Young’s sack celebrations reel in responses

    In his second sack dance Sunday, it looked as though Bears defensive end Willie Young was working a Culprit Worm or wacky-rigged Senko on an inside weed line for largemouth bass or jigging an Erie Darter through rock crevices on the Chicago lakefront for smallmouth …

    09/17: Midwest Fishing Report

    09/17: Fish of the Week

    Midwest fishing report SHORELINE SALMON: CHICAGO: As Fish of the Week shows, some clean kings being caught, especially at harbor mouths (Montrose) and on South Side. WAUKEGAN: As Salmon Unlimted derby showed, some kings on shore. Salmon Stop: Some browns and steelhead, too. INDIANA: Fisheries …

  • NASCAR at Chicagoland: Risky pass nets big reward for Brad Keselowski

    The cars in front of him were two-wide — very wide. Wide enough, anyway, to leave open a spot in the middle. Brad Keselowski had to make a decision. The lure? The biggest was to win, and automatically get in to the next round of …Read More

  • Tony Stewart stays under the radar in Joliet

    He came quietly. He left quietly. During the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Tony Stewart was as inconspicuous on track as off, gaining little and losing little in starting 22nd and finishing 18th. The race was expected to be the last for Stewart …Read More

  • Kayak fishing is where it’s heading

    The Chinook that sticks with Nick Doumel was the third one he landed last Saturday kayak fishing at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. ‘‘It went ballistic,’’ Doumel said. ‘‘Teddy Wozny hit me on the radio and asked if I had a tarpon on. It was two minutes of …Read More

  • ‘Character’ track in Joliet opens NASCAR’s Chase

    The track is another year older, the format brand new. To hear Matt Kenseth tell it, if you never have bought a ticket to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup cars run at Chicagoland Speedway, this would be a great time to give it a try. “Honestly, …

  • Joel Slabe aiming for Bassmaster tourneys

    It’s no surprise that Joel Slabe caught one of the early shoreline Chinook on Sunday night at Burnham Harbor. Or that he caught one of the biggest largemouth bass from the Chicago lakefront this summer when he biked on a Friday night to Burnham in …Read More

  • 9/10: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT SALMON: CHICAGO: Stacey Greene, Park Bait: Good run Monday and Tuesday, best mouth of Montrose. Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: “Good fish, nice and silvery.’’ It’s mostly spoons, mouth of most harbors. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Good bite started Friday; mostly on …

    Keith Bechtol, Kristen Heckert race to victories in Chicago Half Marathon

    You didn’t have to be an ­astrophysicist to tell conditions were nearly perfect Sunday morning for the start of the 18th Chicago Half Marathon on the South Side. But apparently it helped, at least for Keith Bechtol. The astrophysicist at the University of Chicago won …

  • Illinois wildland crew will go far for a fire

    My concern with wildland fires would be, well, the fire. ‘‘There are 100 ways to hurt yourself in a fire, but burning is not one of them,’’ regional forester Tom Gargrave said. ‘‘It’s falling down the hill or cracking an ankle, things like that. The …Read More