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2008-09-11 21:00:14

By Scott Richardson There's good news on the outdoor front. In the midst of Gov. Blagojevich's wrong-headed move to close two dozen state parks and historic sites comes word that Mike Steffa, supervisor at McLean County's Comlara Park, has been named to head of the county's Parks & Recreation Department. Steffa, 44, replaces Bill Wasson, who moved to the county's central administrative headquarters in downtown Bloomington. "I'm just glad I got it," said Steffa, who will oversee one...

2008-08-22 21:00:14

By Scott Richardson TOWER, Minn. - Steve Pallo, the head of the fisheries division of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, can give chapter and verse for some of the best spots for muskie on Illinois lakes. But outside the state, he relies on a little help from friends. That was the case a couple of weeks ago when he and his family traveled to Lake Vermilion in the far northeast corner of Minnesota. At nearly 50,000 acres, Vermilion is the fifth-largest lake in Minnesota. A guy...

2008-08-08 21:00:15

By Scott Richardson SHABBONA - There's nothing shabby about fishing at Shabbona Lake. The 318-acre lake - the only public reservoir built in Illinois specifically for fishing - is hot for several kinds of fish. "We're having another great year," said Denny Sands, a former sheriff's deputy who co-owns Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle & Boat Rental at the lake located about 80 miles north of Bloomington- Normal off Interstate 39. Sands said bass fishing has never been better. "The...

2008-08-01 21:00:21

By Scott Richardson HUDSON - A couple of weeks ago, The Pantagraph featured a story on night fishing for muskies. It told how anglers could take big fish after dark when angling pressure was less and muskies were actively feeding and vulnerable. A few days later, guide Thad Hinshaw and friend Bob Park proved the theory. Hinshaw, who has caught loads of muskies around the clock, led Park to a 43-inch bruiser at Evergreen Lake. Time: 8:56 p.m. "This type of fishing is not for the casual...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Scott Richardson, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 31--HUDSON -- A couple of weeks ago, The Pantagraph featured a story on night fishing for muskies. It told how anglers could take big fish after dark when angling pressure was less and muskies were actively feeding and vulnerable. A few days later, guide Thad Hinshaw and friend Bob Park proved the theory. Hinshaw, who has caught loads of muskies around the clock, led Park to a 43-inch bruiser at Evergreen Lake. Time: 8:56 p.m....

2008-07-04 18:00:00

By Scott Richardson, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 4--Fishing guide Paul Center of Angling Adventures had some special clients recently, his wife and daughter, when the family from Normal headed north to Snowbank Lake at the entrance to Boundary Waters, Minn. They've been going for 17 years. "Most people come there as a jumping-off point to go into the Boundary Waters. It's the last lake you can have a motor on right on the Canadian border," he said. They spent most of their...

2008-07-04 03:00:14

By Scott Richardson, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 4--Fishing guide Paul Center of Angling Adventures had some special clients recently, his wife and daughter, when the family from Normal headed north to Snowbank Lake at the entrance to Boundary Waters, Minn. They've been going for 17 years. "Most people come there as a jumping-off point to go into the Boundary Waters. It's the last lake you can have a motor on right on the Canadian border," he said. They spent most of their...

2008-06-27 21:02:20

By Scott Richardson By Scott Richardsonsrichardson@pantagraph.com J. Balmer of the Twin Cities and his friend Mike Mockler of rural Congerville go trout fishing every spring while their ladies attend a basket-weaving convention in Branson, Mo. Their target is usually Lake Taneycomo, a waterway that connects Table Rock to Bull Shoals in the Branson area. Taneycomo resembles a river more than a lake due to current, according to Balmer. Their most recent trip was hampered by high water,...

2008-06-20 21:00:10

By Scott Richardson By Scott Richardsonsrichardson@pantagraph.com HUDSON - Jerry Martoglio has been fishing for bass for years, and he still shows the "youngsters" a thing or two at tournaments where largemouth are the ticket. But don't kid yourself. Martoglio, who operates Dream Catcher Guide Service now that he's retired, is a multi-species angler who can catch whatever swims. He proved that again this week at Evergreen Lake when he boated six saugeye in two hours. One was nearly 6...

2008-06-12 21:00:11

By Scott Richardson;srichardson@pantagraph.com Striped bass may be the strongest fish swimming in Illinois waters with the exception of muskies and flathead catfish. As of this week, more hybrid stripers are swimming in Clinton Lake thanks to Exelon, which operates the nuclear power plant at the 5,000-acre reservoir. The company donated 50,000 hybrid striped bass fingerlings about three to four inches long as one of several initiatives to improve fishing and the natural setting at the...


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