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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08/13: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT REMINDER: Chicago Air and Water Show is this weekend. AREA LAKES: More crappie reports than usual this early. Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: ‘‘Bass bite is really going.’’ He suggests throwing Bandit Footloose crankbaits, swim baits and flukes in …

Illiana Tollway threat is back for majestic Midewin

Standing deep in prairie brightly colored by yellow cornflower, sweet black-eyed Susans and Canada tick trefoil, Gary Sullivan pulled up a small mystery, the bluejoint leafhopper. ‘‘No one knows how it turned up here,’’ said Sullivan, senior restoration biologist for The Wetlands Initiative, one group …

IDNR tweaked deer-hunting regulations for the good of the herd

We knew nobody would like the changes to deer-hunting regulations in Illinois — not trophy hunters, not meat hunters, not farmers, not drivers in deer-heavy areas and not biologists who had to sign off on the changes. All the same, changes had to come. Everybody …

  • Tips on earning a free upland-game hunting permit

    I will take any edge I can get when it comes to Illinois’ coolest hunting program, the free upland-game permit program. It’s what I call ‘‘king for a day’’ hunting. Successful applicants may hunt wild birds in restored landscapes for a day with their own …Read More

  • 08/06: Midwest Fishing Report 08/06: Fish of the Week

    Midwest fishing report LAKEFRONT PERCH: Tough going, both from shore and boat, but Phil Schuman of Tackle Haven reports some in 45 to 50 feet off Michigan. AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Smaller bass being caught evenings on crankbaits parallel to …Read More

  • Fishing Chicago River at night a different type of experience

    From people strolling on the riverwalk in downtown Chicago to the decks of party boats on the Chicago River, the questions came: What are you fishing for? Do you eat them? The answers were bass, largemouth and smallmouth.  And we do not eat them; we …Read More

  • Spring Valley hub of fish hubbub

    Illinois Outdoor Hall of Famer Bill Guerrini thinks the Illinois River will be better served if Illinois’ ultimate fishing tournament returns to its roots and the Spring Valley Walleye Club splits with the Masters Walleye Circuit. Town officials want the MWC to stay and have …

  • Midwest Fishing Report: 7/30

    Midwest fishing report LAKEFRONT PERCH: Two major blows within a week have fishermen waiting for Lake Michigan to settle. AREA LAKES: Ken ‘‘Husker’’ O’Malley, Water Werks Fishing Team: Fishing slowed with weather changes. Evenings better. No patterns. CHAIN O’LAKES: Triangle: Catfishing is top bite all …Read More

  • High-profile gig for gar star Solomon David

    I need to get out more. That much is obvious. On Wednesday evening, my wife and I went to see the second Science Pub of the summer during ‘‘Jazzin’ at the Shedd.’’ Solomon David was presenting ‘‘Dinosaur Fishes in the Modern Era.’’ I expected a …

    Drumming up another fishery on Lake Michigan

    David Allevato faced a good problem on the morning of July 11: He battled a fish so big that there was no way to lift it up at 31st Street Harbor. ‘‘Actually, I had to climb down the ladder on the side and reach down …

  • 7/23: Midwest Fishing Report

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Soft shells best. Mike Repa, Park Bait: Some limits Tuesday at Montrose. John Saban: Only boat out Sunday morning. Caught 28 perch 10 inches or longer by the filtration plant. David Allevato: Numbers and size of perch at 31st. …Read More

  • Waterfowl seasons set

    WATERFOWL SEASONS SET The proposed waterfowl seasons for Illinois are out in time for the public blind draws this weekend. No changes are expected from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The blind draws at northern Illinois public sites are Saturday. Most of the draws …

    Windquest beats Il Mostro in Race to Mackinac

    In a battle stretching the north-south length of Lake Michigan, Windquest outdueled Il Mostro for first-to-finish honors in the Chicago Yacht Club Race to ­Mackinac. The Max Z86, owned by Dick and Doug DeVos of Macatawa, Michigan, crossed the finish at Mackinac Island, Michigan, at …

    No alligator gar, but trip certainly not a waste

    CANTON, Ill. — I hollered out to Ben Cantrell, ‘‘How do I get out there?’’ From the camp chair he was sitting on under a canopy on a pile of gravel at a pit at Rice Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, he yelled back, …

  • Mackinac: This year’s problem is cold water will killwinds in the middle

    The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac projects to be uneventful by the weather models up and down Lake Michigan. So it’s probably a good thing that there’s the matter of the America’s Cup being considered briefly for Chicago. The 106th Mac had 333 boats …Read More

  • Here’s a fish story for you

    Doug Busch stands in his Eddie Olczyk Blackhawks cap, holding a big smallmouth bass — the glamor fish on the lakefront — at an iconic Chicago location beside Monroe Harbor south of Buckingham Fountain. But was it the Illinois-record smallmouth? There is no fish to …Read More

  • 07/16: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT PERCH: CHICAGO: Weather slowed bite and fishermen. Should rebound with stable conditions. INDIANA: When boaters can get out, they’re catching good perch at Cal Park. Mik-Lurch guys are doing best with spinners and soft shells. Others are using baby roaches and …