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DALE’S MAILBAG

The Johnson Silver Minnow was produced in the 1920s at 40 N. Wells, Chicago, and is still in production by Pure Fishing.

—Dan Basore, fishing historian from the western suburbs

That was Basore’s explanation Thursday after winning the fishing tournament at the Old Reel Collectors Association meet in Waupaca, Wis. He used an old Johnson Silver Minnow lure with an old white pork-rind-strip trailer to catch four bass and one
northern pike. His closest competitor caught one fish.

Updated: November 16, 2011 1:23AM



BUCK OF WEEK: UNPLUGGED

‘‘Attached you will find [a photo] of a 3-year-old buck from a local herd and his sibling, I believe,’’ Suzanne Oliver of Crete e-mailed. I would have guessed a 2-year-old buck, but it’s neat whichever way. Send nominations for BOTW: Unplugged, the weekly celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

WILD TIMES

FISH GATHERING

Tuesday: Mike Pehanich, Chicago-area outdoors writer, on his fishing for pike and zander (walleye) in Russia, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc., 7:30 p.m., Park Ridge VFW. Contact Dean Rosset at (847) 677-0017 or at dlrosset@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesday: Denny Sands on Shabbona Lake muskies, Fox River Valley chapter of Muskies Inc., 7 p.m., Schaumburg Golf Club
Room A, frvmuskie.com.

Thursday: Riverside Fishing Club’s swap meet, 6:45 p.m., $5 admittance, $10 tables for non-members. To reserve a table, e-mail BusterA69@sbcglobal.net.

NATIONAL WILD TURKEY FEDERATION

Wednesday: Southwest Suburban Strutters banquet, Crystal Sky Banquet Hall, McCook. Contact Walter Dudek at wdudek11852@comcast.net.

Friday: Windy City Longbeards banquet, Erie Street Cafe, Chicago. Contact Matthew Dunn at (773) 294-6851.

DUCKS UNLIMITED

Thursday: 30th annual downtown Chicago dinner banquet, Union League Club, Chicago. Contact John Schreiner at john.schreiner@klgates.com or Conor Mullady at conor.mullady@am.jll.com.

BIG NUMBER: $100,000

First prize in the 2011 Illinois Conservation Foundation Sportsman’s Raffle. Tickets are $100 each. Go to ilcf.org.

THE LAST WORD

‘‘Cormorants are getting ready to set up at Navy Pier.’’ ~ Mike Starcevich, on the number of yellow perch being caught last week in the weed beds off Navy Pier



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