Illinois

Deep-water crappies in the fall

By Angling Buzz Cooling water temperatures create chaos in the shallower water of lakes and reservoirs. Frigid rains and howling winds mix the surface layers, with the turbulence eventually reaching down to and disrupting the summer thermocline. Surface water temperatures plummeting from 65 F down to about 55 F indicate that the disruptive fall turnover process is in progress. During…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 23, 2022

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Bureau County, CPO Wagner assisted Bureau County SD with a call at Lock 3, Hennepin Canal, of two highly intoxicated adults not properly supervising multiple children. The adults were located as well as the children. Both adults were incapable of properly supervising the children and arrangements were made for them to be safely…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – September 23, 2022

BANQUET/FUNDRAISER SEPT. 24: Whitetails Unlimited Illinois South Deer Camp, 5 p.m., the Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion. Call 309-369-8265. SEPT. 24: Whitetails Unlimited Des Plaines River Valley Chapter Banquet, 4 p.m., St. George Social Center, 310 Stryker Avenue, Joliet. Call 815-405-7904. SEPT. 29: Whitetails Unlimited Rockford Area Chapter Banquet, 5:30 p.m., 5611 East State Street, Rockford. Call 815-670-0912. OCT. 1:…

Getting set for trapping season

(Photo by Kent Weil)Trapping season will be here before you know it. It’s time to go through what needs to be done before you are ready to lay some steel. First off, are you ready to go with all the legal requirements to set traps or hunt furbearers? No? Well, get ‘er done as soon as possible because some things…

Jumbo perch: Why wait for ice-up to catch them?

(Photo by Tom Pink) Jumbo perch are popular ice-fishing targets in the winter, but anglers can have great success targeting these perch during fall. And the key to catching jumbo perch, rather than small perch, is … Tags: Angling Buzz, Perch, Yellow perch

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – September 9, 2022

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Bureau County, CPO Scott Wagner while conducting boat safety inspections at the Barto Landing boat ramp in Spring Valley found a boater had purchased a boat and failed to register the boat in his name. The boater was cited for a registration violation and warnings for other minor boat infractions. In LaSalle County,…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – September 9, 2022

BANQUET/FUNDRAISER SEPT. 9: Whitetails Unlimited Central Illinois Chapter Banquet, 5 p.m., Effingham Event Center, 11501 W. Fayette, Effingham. Call 217-821-8801. SEPT. 24: Whitetails Unlimited Illinois South Deer Camp, 5 p.m., the Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive, Marion. Call 309-369-8265. SEPT. 24: Whitetails Unlimited Des Plaines River Valley Chapter Banquet, 4 p.m., St. George Social Center, 310 Stryker Avenue, Joliet. Call 815-405-7904….

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 26, 2022

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Bureau County, CPO Wagner, while checking fisherman along Hennepin Canal, found an individual to be in possession of short largemouth bass. Upon further investigation, the individual was found to have no fishing license and wanted on warrant out of Marshall County. Subject was taken into custody and transported to Bureau County Jail. Individual…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – August 26, 2022

BANQUET/FUNDRAISER AUG. 26: Whitetails Unlimited Central Illinois Ridge Runners Banquet, 5 p.m., Round House Center, 905 Bay Street, Beardstown. Call 309-333-2644. AUG. 27: Whitetails Unlimited Banquet, 5 p.m., Effingham VFW, 916015 E 700th Ave., Watson. Call 217-821-6033. SEPT. 9: Whitetails Unlimited Central Illinois Chapter Banquet, 5 p.m., Effingham Event Center, 11501 W. Fayette, Effingham. Call 217-821-8801. SEPT. 10: Edwardsville/Glen Carbon…

Catnip: Top catfish-producing baits

Angling Buzz Catfish are one of the most popular fish species in the U.S. and can be found in many rivers, lakes, and reservoirs across the country. They fight hard, grow to large sizes, and are a great table fare. Channel cats, flatheads, and blue cats can be caught using a variety of different baits. Click here for a list…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – August 12, 2022

BANQUET/FUNDRAISER AUG. 26: Whitetails Unlimited Central Illinois Ridge Runners Banquet, 5 p.m., Round House Center, 905 Bay Street, Beardstown. Call 309-333-2644. AUG. 27: National Wild Turkey Federation Hunting Heritage Banquet, 5 p.m., Effingham VFW, 916015 E 700th Ave., Watson. Call 217-821-6033. SEPT. 9: Whitetails Unlimited Central Illinois Chapter Banquet, 5 p.m., Effingham Event Center, 11501 W. Fayette, Effingham. Call 217-821-8801….

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – August 12, 2022

Northwest Zone – Capt. Laura Petreikis In Bureau County, CPO Wagner, while checking fishermen along the Illinois River near Route 89 bridge in Spring Valley, found a fisherman without a fishing license. The fisherman was cited for the violation. In Bureau County, CPO Wagner, after a short investigation, arrested two men for falsification to obtain landowner permits. Both men had…

Pritzker: $17.5 million in funding to renovate Rend Lake Resort

Gov. JB Pritzker announced today that a long-awaited renovation of the popular Rend Lake Resort in Southern Illinois will get underway in 2023 with an investment of more than $17.5 million. The funding will renovate the conference center, restaurant, cabins, pool, and boatel, collectively enabling the resort to host lodging guests, conferences, and other visitors and events. “Rend Lake has…

Crappie craziness – in mid-summer?

In the Midwest, crappies are the king of the spring. But mid-summer crappies can be a lot more rewarding than one might think: Productive days during the summer months can often yield much higher catch rates than those in the spring. How so? For more, click here.   Categories: Feature Tags: Angling Buzz, Crappies, Fishing

Black Pepper Goose and Asparagus Stir Fry

A recipe featured in the Outdoor News Taste of the Wild

This stir fry is the perfect answer to a busy weeknight when you want healthy wild game on the table fast. Made with Canada goose breast, but you could use any goose or duck breast, or even thinly sliced venison loin, rump, or round. The vegetables in this dish remain tender-crisp, while the meat remains moist and succulent due to the marinade.