Illinois Outdoor News

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Nov. 16, 2018

Season Dates Nov. 16: First firearms deer season opens (tentative) Nov. 18: First firearms deer season closes (tentative). Nov. 29: Second firearms deer season opens (tentative) Dec. 3: Second firearms deer season closes (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers Jan. 19, 2019: Illinois Wabash Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Stoney Ridge Event Center, Robinson. For more info call Kyle Bailey, 618-562-0407. Feb. 2, 2019:…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 16, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The bass will begin to feed with the dropping water temps. The fish are relating to the green weeds, and search baits like spinnerbaits and swim jigs are doing quite well at finding the aggressive fish. Also pitch the weeds with…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 16, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis An Andover man, who used his wife’s landowner deer permits to fulfill the deer he killed, appeared in court and pled guilty to the unlawful taking of a deer. The falsification of DNR records charge was dismissed. He was fined a total of $359. While conducting surveillance on an unlawful trap line, CPO Palumbo…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 2, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides, and fishing guides. North Chain: The walleye action is hot with the cooler weather. Reports show good catches in the river channels and mouths of the creeks throughout the day. Live bait is proving to be best. The bass bite is slowing down. Live bait rigged…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Nov. 2, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In JoDaviess County, CPO Jones cited a Lake in the Hills man and an Elgin man for hunting squirrels with unplugged shotguns. One was issued a written warning for no habitat stamp, and both were given verbal warnings for no windshield cards. CPO Jones cited an Arizona man and a Joliet man for not wearing…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Nov. 2, 2018

Season Dates Nov. 3: Rabbit, pheasant & quail hunting seasons open. Nov. 16: First firearms deer season opens (tentative) Nov. 18: First firearms deer season closes (tentative). Nov. 29: Second firearms deer season opens (tentative) Dec. 3: Second firearms deer season closes (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers Oct. 20: Southern Illinois Rack Attack WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., St. John’s Catholic Church, Red Bud….

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 19, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: The bass will begin to feed with the dropping water temps. The fish are relating to the green weeds, and search baits like spinnerbaits and swim jigs are doing quite well at finding the aggressive fish. Also pitch the weeds with…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 19, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Lee County, CPOs Francisko and Posateri, along with Sgt. Petreikis, conducted snowmobile enforcement. The detail resulted in the issuance of numerous citations and written warnings. The following violations were detected: failure to transfer snowmobile registration to new owner within 15 days of purchase; operation of snowmobile without Illinois snowmobile registration; operation of snowmobile without…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Oct. 19, 2018

Season Dates Nov. 3: Rabbit, pheasant & quail hunting seasons open. Nov. 16: First firearms deer season opens (tentative) Nov. 18: First firearms deer season closes (tentative). Nov. 29: Second firearms deer season opens (tentative) Dec. 3: Second firearms deer season closes (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers Oct. 20: Southern Illinois Rack Attack WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., St. John’s Catholic Church, Red Bud….

Traditional angler wonders: Is lead on the way out?

For the author, his homemade jigs offer the perfect profile topped off with a heavy wire Gamakatsu jig hook to keep those hard-mouthed bronzebacks hooked up.Every year I fish Lake Erie in search of monster-sized golden walleye. This trip is always topped off with some great smallmouth fishing action in the afternoons. These bronzebacks are starting to move up onto the shallow…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Oct. 5, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Mercer County, CPO Francisko brought an extensive hunting investigative case involving an Iowa resident to a close. The man was buying Illinois resident permits and licenses when he should have been buying nonresident permits and licenses. The man was charged with multiple counts of fraudulently obtaining licenses, permits, or tags and multiple counts…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Oct. 5, 2018

Season Dates Nov. 3: Rabbit, pheasant & quail hunting seasons open. Nov. 16: First firearms deer season opens (tentative) Nov. 18: First firearms deer season closes (tentative). Nov. 29: Second firearms deer season opens (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers Oct. 6: Alexander County WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Alexander, Pulaski Sportsmans Club, Miller City. For more info call Susan Bigham, 618-776-5882. Oct. 11: Muddy…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 5, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: Walleyes are good in current areas such as bottlenecks of the bridges, most being caught on fatheads or nightcrawlers. White bass good at Marie and Bluff on small spinners. Muskies are consistent on bucktails or jerkbaits around main lake points. Crappies…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Sept. 21, 2018

Season Dates Oct. 1: Archery deer season opens. Oct. 1: Archery turkey season opens. Nov. 3: Rabbit, pheasant & quail hunting seasons open. Nov. 16: First firearms deer season opens (tentative) Nov. 18: First firearms deer season closes (tentative). Nov. 29: Second firearms deer season opens (tentative) Banquets/Fundraisers Sept. 22: Loud Thunder WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Camden Centre, Milan. For…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 21, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. Editor’s note: Heavy rains – as much as 6 or 7 inches – across Illinois the first week of September hit after many of these reports were filed. Anglers are cautioned to check conditions at lakes and rivers before launching fishing boats. Fishing…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 21, 2018

Northwest Zone– Captain Laura Petreikis In Carroll County, while on a boat patrol on Pool 13 of the Mississippi River, CPO Palumbo issued a Downers Grove man a citation and multiple written warnings for not having a sufficient number of wearable PFDs of appropriate size, no type IV onboard, and for being in possession of several live threeridge mussels in…

DNR promotes McClelland to lead Division of Fisheries

It appears the Illinois DNR has a new chief of the department that manages the state’s fish. Dan Stephenson, who retired from the position this summer, announced via email Monday that Mike McClelland has accepted the role of leading the Division of Fisheries. McClelland spent 14 years with the Illinois Natural History Survey, mostly as the Long Term Illinois River Fish…

Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 7, 2018

The fishing and hunting report is compiled using reports from conservation officers, hunting guides and fishing guides. North Chain: White and yellow bass are hitting Mepps spinners, pinkie jigs or live bait. Pike are being caught around creek mouths. Muskies and walleyes are fair. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers. Bluegills and crappies good, falling into deeper waters (8 to 15…

Illinois Outdoor News Calendar – Sept. 7, 2018

Season Dates Oct. 1: Archery deer season opens. Oct. 1: Archery turkey season opens. Banquets/Fundraisers Sept. 13: Bureau County PF Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Bureau County Metro Center, Princeton. For more info call Rick Rokosz, 815-646-4800. Sept. 15: Illinois River Bottom WTU Banquet, 4 p.m., The Forman Center, Manito. For more info call Matt Davis, 309-221-9935. Sept. 20: Rockford WTU Banquet,…

Illinois Outdoor News Cuffs & Collars – Sept. 7, 2018

Northwest Zone – Captain Laura Petreikis In Stephenson County, CPO Beltran responded to a complaint that a Freeport resident had a raccoon taken from the wild and was keeping it as a pet. Upon arrival, the raccoon was found to be domesticated and begging for food. CPO Beltran transported the animal to a licensed animal rehabilitator, and the woman was…