Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report

Fishing in Illinois can be very diverse. Whether you’re chasing Coho on Lake Michigan, casting for Bass on a lake downstate, or catching walleye or cats on one of the state’s many rivers, getting the insider’s edge on where they’re biting and what is working is invaluable. Scroll down to get the edge you need to catch your limit in the Land of Lincoln.

Everything You Need to Know About Walleye Fishing in Oconto County

A longtime tradition in Wisconsin, the Friday Night Fish Fry kicks off the weekend all over the state with friends, family — and plenty of fish, of course. Fresh walleye is one of the most beloved Friday Night Fish Fry dishes. When the fish is dipped in a light beer batter and deep‐fried to a golden crispness, it’s just about perfect.

Bacon and Brown Ale Stew - With Venison

Start with a slow cooker, add a good dose of bacon, a bottle of brown ale or two, mingled together with hearty venison and potatoes, and you have the perfect combination to warm you up on a chilly day with this recipe from Eileen Clarke's latest cookbook: The Wild Bowl.

Potato-Crusted Fish

A versatile recipe for transforming your freshwater fish using instant mashed potato flakes as a crispy coating. Try them in fish tacos, or with roasted potatoes and a side salad as Chef Jeff Benda did in this presentation.

Korean Venison Bowls

When you grind most of your venison into ground burger meat, there are endless possibilities of meals to make. This easy go-to recipe for a savory rice bowl was share by Wisconsin hunter, Sarah Kozlowski.

Hand-Held Venison Quesadilla

Chef and author of several wild game cookbooks, Eileen Clarke, shares her thoughts on this "convenience food" option for wild game enthusiasts. I love quesadillas, but they’re hard to eat in a blind—or pickup. So, as soon as I saw this folded version, I jumped on it. One, it’s easier to handle: instead of being 10 inches around—and needing both open hands to hold it—it fits easily in one hand. Plus, it’s easier both to get in and out of the pan, and to flip it.  Each folded tortilla can be totally different, to suit everyone’s individual tastes.

Smoked Venison Meatloaf

When it comes to options for smoking meat, author of several wild game cookbooks - Eileen Clarke, shares that the good old water smoker is still one of her favorite cooking devices. In this recipe, she shares tips on preparing a smoked venison meatloaf that pairs well with potato salad.

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