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Outdoors with Jim Kirby: From fishing to mushroom picking — read it here

PAge 2 JIM KIRBY MUG

Howdy!

By way of introduction, I’m an outdoors writer and have been for the past 32 years, writing for several publications.

The subjects covered range from fishing, hunting boating, camping, bird watching, mushroom picking… you get the idea! I’m a longtime resident of Palos Park and subscriber to The Regional News.

From time to time, my outdoors column will appear in this publication.

Let’s get rolling:

OUTDOOR CALENDAR

 Currently through April 30: Smelt season opens.

Thursday: Spring turkey permits, fourth lottery are available.

Sunday: Daylight Savings Time begins.

Wednesday: Last day to call wild turkey while in the field until the day before turkey season, south zone and LaSalle  cooling lake opens to fishing.

March 18: Spring trout fly fishing opens (catch and release only).

FISHING REPORT

The south end of Lake Michigan is shallow and warms up early, generally bringing in a run of spring Coho salmon.

We had a break in the weather last week with southwest winds and waves one foot or less, so Al Sorenson of Palos Park and I teamed up with Jon Mineiko of Homer Glen to try for salmon.

We launched out of Hammond on Mineiko’s 19-foot Lund boat. As soon as we cleared the harbor we set the lines on down-riggers, Dipsey Divers, flat lines and yellow birds, with a smorgasbord of dodgers and flies, spoons, rattle-traps and other body baits.

 It was a great day to be on the water, but after six hours trolling the Inland shipping canal and the Inland wall we landed only two salmon. The reason was because the water temperature was only 38 degrees. The expected big run did not occur because we need the water temp to be near 40 degrees.

 Maybe next week…

Crappies are hitting on most of the Cook County Forest Preserve Lakes, particularly, Maple, Tampier and Saganashkee. Light tackle is needed in the shallows around brush piles and stumps.

HARVEST NUMBERS DOWN

Hunters in Illinois harvested 144,150 deer during the 2016-17 season.

The total deer harvest for all season compares with a total harvest of all seasons of 155,229 deer in 2015-16. During this year’s deer season, hunters took 44 percent does and 56 percent males.

BEWARE OF STARRY STONEWORT

An aquatic weed is creeping across the Great Lakes region that grows really fast and is very hard to kill. Starry stonewort, which forms dense surface mats in lakes, first turned up in North America in 1978 in the St. Lawrence River in New York. Researchers think it probably arrived in ballast water from ships entering the Great Lakes.

It wasn’t a big concern for about 30 years, but then it took off. Now it’s widespread on Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, where it has infected more than 200 inland lakes. It was found in Wisconsin, Minnesota and has also reached some lakes in Indiana. It’s difficult to kill with herbicides because it doesn’t have a vascular system that could carry the poison to the entire plant, according to the Great Lakes Basin Report.

SCOUTS SHARP ABOUT KNIFE SAFETY

I had the pleasure of talking to St. Alexander Cub Scout Den No. 5 and parents about knives, including history of knives, safety, a few personal incidents, sharpening and the many types and uses. At the completion of my talk, the scouts did some soap carvings using knives with their names engraved on the blades, given to each member of the den by Scout Master George Maderas. It was a nice touch, George.

SPRING TROUT FISHING OPENS APRIL 1

The 2017 Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season opens on April 1 at 52 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. A new location for spring trout fishing this year is Horsetail Lake in Palos Park, a part of the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the spring season, and an additional 80,000 trout for the fall trout season.

All anglers must have a fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or if they are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the armed forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

 THINK ABOUT IT

It’s a crime to catch fish in some lakes and a miracle in some others.

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