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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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  • 9/24: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT SHORELINE SALMON/TROUT: Few female Chinook so far. CHICAGO: Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: Different batches come and go, best harbor varies daily; work spoons to cover deeper water and crankbaits for higher; low light is best. Park Bait: Best at mouth of Montrose on …Read More

  • Chicago Marathon: Pain, soreness are different

    “No pain, no gain” ran its course. “In the past, that is what we all grew up with,” Dr. Carrie Jaworski said. She isn’t dismissing the toll of training. She’s distinguishing between “muscle soreness that comes with new exercises” and exercising to the point that …Read More

  • Family documents step-by-step development of monarch butterfly

    It’s one thing to read about the progression of a monarch from a caterpillar to a newly dry butterfly in science class. It’s quite another to watch it in your own home, as Paul Bleers and his kids did in the southwest suburbs. And they …Read More

  • Willie Young’s sack celebrations reel in responses

    In his second sack dance Sunday, it looked as though Bears defensive end Willie Young was working a Culprit Worm or wacky-rigged Senko on an inside weed line for largemouth bass or jigging an Erie Darter through rock crevices on the Chicago lakefront for smallmouth …Read More

  • 09/17: Midwest Fishing Report 09/17: Fish of the Week

    Midwest fishing report SHORELINE SALMON: CHICAGO: As Fish of the Week shows, some clean kings being caught, especially at harbor mouths (Montrose) and on South Side. WAUKEGAN: As Salmon Unlimted derby showed, some kings on shore. Salmon Stop: Some browns and steelhead, too. INDIANA: Fisheries …Read More

  • NASCAR at Chicagoland: Risky pass nets big reward for Brad Keselowski

    The cars in front of him were two-wide — very wide. Wide enough, anyway, to leave open a spot in the middle. Brad Keselowski had to make a decision. The lure? The biggest was to win, and automatically get in to the next round of …

    Tony Stewart stays under the radar in Joliet

    He came quietly. He left quietly. During the MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Tony Stewart was as inconspicuous on track as off, gaining little and losing little in starting 22nd and finishing 18th. The race was expected to be the last for Stewart …

    Kayak fishing is where it’s heading

    The Chinook that sticks with Nick Doumel was the third one he landed last Saturday kayak fishing at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. ‘‘It went ballistic,’’ Doumel said. ‘‘Teddy Wozny hit me on the radio and asked if I had a tarpon on. It was two minutes of …

    ‘Character’ track in Joliet opens NASCAR’s Chase

    The track is another year older, the format brand new. To hear Matt Kenseth tell it, if you never have bought a ticket to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup cars run at Chicagoland Speedway, this would be a great time to give it a try. “Honestly, …

  • Joel Slabe aiming for Bassmaster tourneys

    It’s no surprise that Joel Slabe caught one of the early shoreline Chinook on Sunday night at Burnham Harbor. Or that he caught one of the biggest largemouth bass from the Chicago lakefront this summer when he biked on a Friday night to Burnham in …Read More

  • 9/10: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT SALMON: CHICAGO: Stacey Greene, Park Bait: Good run Monday and Tuesday, best mouth of Montrose. Steve Palmisano, Henry’s: “Good fish, nice and silvery.’’ It’s mostly spoons, mouth of most harbors. WAUKEGAN: Lori Ralph, Salmon Stop: Good bite started Friday; mostly on …Read More

  • Keith Bechtol, Kristen Heckert race to victories in Chicago Half Marathon

    You didn’t have to be an ­astrophysicist to tell conditions were nearly perfect Sunday morning for the start of the 18th Chicago Half Marathon on the South Side. But apparently it helped, at least for Keith Bechtol. The astrophysicist at the University of Chicago won …Read More

  • Illinois wildland crew will go far for a fire

    My concern with wildland fires would be, well, the fire. ‘‘There are 100 ways to hurt yourself in a fire, but burning is not one of them,’’ regional forester Tom Gargrave said. ‘‘It’s falling down the hill or cracking an ankle, things like that. The …

  • Opening day of dove-hunting season also commemorates death of last passenger pigeon

    Two dozen mourning doves erupted from the stubble of a recently disced vegetable field as we stepped off Monday for the opening day of dove hunting. My neighbor Norm Koster and I just laughed. Such are the vagaries of hunting. It was a typical Sept. …Read More

  • 9/3: Midwest Fishing Report & Fish of the Week

    MIDWEST FISHING REPORT LAKEFRONT SALMON: SE WIS.: Harborside: It begins for shore fishermen and boaters around Kenosha and Pike Creek. NW INDIANA: Boaters catching some in close at Burns Ditch. Mik-Lurch: A couple from shore at the Hole-in-the-Wall. CHICAGO/WAUKEGAN/SW MICH.: Waiting AREA LAKES: Johnny “Sunshine’’ …

    Figuring out a weigh with a massive grass carp

    Julio Columbo Roldan caught the Illinois record grass carp last Sunday. Or not. Here’s the scene with Roldan, a hard-core fisherman from Chicago’s Belmont-Cragin neighborhood and a member of the Humboldt Park Fishing Society: ‘‘I don’t know squat about grass carp,’’ he said. ‘‘Ask me …

  • Dove hunting around the corner

    It’s time to divine sunflower heads and count doves on wires. With opening day for dove hunting on Monday — Labor Day — the fields will be packed. This year comes with season changes. In Illinois, the two seasons are Sept. 1-Nov. 14, which eliminated …Read More