On Outdoors: ‘Fish Beat’ makes home in archives

By Jim Hagerty

Staff Writer

With the exception of some die-hard muskie anglers, who are finding rather localized success, the traditional season is all but washed out. Most anglers have winterized their boats, shelved their casting rods—all in preparation for the ice season. Others have made the succession into hunting and won’t give fishing a whirl again until after the thaw.

“Fish Beat” readers have been loyal, some even as much as to reveal secret fishing holes. Just as striking as the tales of the battles with lunker bass, monster pike and muskie, capable of capsizing a canoe, were never short of vivid descriptions of almost every trip. Hiking to obscure fishing holes and portaging to shores nestled in woody swamps come with as much excitement as landing a fish—regardless of how big. Well, not quite, however; those not interested in fishing or hunting but who share the same affinity for nature, are rarely without the opportunity to take in the wilderness.

Hikers and mountain bikers have it made all year, trails are groomed for the snowmobile taking, and even trappers can find a comfortable niche in the Illinois woods. The ample opportunities available at area forest preserves and parks—and many acres of state-owned land, make many parts of the Rock River Valley a hidden treasure for enthusiasts from all walks. Fishing is more than rods, reels, lures and boat. It’s only one aspect of enjoying nature and the often unpredictable splendors.

Follow The Rock River Times through the meanderings of northern Illinois’ outdoor haven. From fishing to hunting to Sunday strolls, “On Outdoors” will encapsulate the gamut of activities many of us enjoy as we leave the bustle behind to take in the natural habitats so close to our back yards.

Outdoors news and photos can be sent directly to Jim Hagerty at jim.hagerty@rockrivertimes.com. Glossies and hard-copy press kits can be mailed or delivered to The Rock River Times’ office at 128 N. Church St., Rockford, IL 61101. Jim can be reached at (815) 964-9767.

From the November 4-10, 2009 issue

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