ILLI­NOIS PER­MITS/SEA­SONS

Chicago Sun-Times - - RED STARS BEAT -

Mon­day: Dead­line, sec­ond lot­tery, free site-spe­cific dove per­mits, illi­nois.gov/ dnr/hunt­ing/dove/Pages/On­linePer­mitAp­pli­ca­tion.aspx. Aug. 1: Squir­rel-hunt­ing sea­son opens. Aug. 1: Ap­pli­ca­tions be­gin for free up­land game per­mits.

DALE’S MAIL­BAG

“Most of my sum­mer days be­gan with a bike ride to the bait shop on Bel­mont at Clark to pick up a car­ton of crabs and then back to Bel­mont Har­bor to en­joy my day with my bam­boo pole. Though I do not re­mem­ber catch­ing any jum­bos as big as

[Danny ‘Taks’ Borg­ert] does, I guar­an­tee I en­joyed my suc­cess ev­ery time out. Then, too soon, it was back to Net­tle­horst and fish­ing took a back seat to school.” — David Gates, Mount Prospect Won­der­ful mem­ory. I didn’t find it easy to re­fo­cus on school af­ter a sum­mer out­doors as a kid.

BIG NUM­BER

9 pounds, 15 ounces: Michi­gan-record quill­back carp­sucker caught April 28 from the Muskegon River by Owen Seay.

THE LAST WORD

“I also think it needed to be said that her clien­tele needs the lake­front to fish for food. Boaters, walk­ers, jog­gers, bird­watch­ers, bik­ers and run­ners are all nonessen­tial.” — A vet­eran lake­front an­gler (ask­ing anonymity), on Stacey Greene-Fen­lon and Park Bait at Mon­trose Har­bor

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