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    The Friday- Saturday weekend of Sept. 19-20 will be the busiest for competitive tournament fishing that the Quad-Cities area has experienced in a long time.

      A short while back, a column was written regarding an Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulation that small bodies of water owned and managed by the DNR have a 10-horsepower outboard motor limit. Motors of up to 10 HP can be operated at any speed on these waters while motors over 10…

        Fishing conditions and fish catching were both far superior last Friday for the IHSA Sectional Bass Fishing Tournament held on Mississippi River Pool 13 than a year ago when only one keeper bass (over 14 inches) was weighed in. This year boys and girls in a dozen boats representing 11 school…

          One of the points we hunters and those who oppose hunting agree on is: what a waste it is when a majestic buck comes to a seemingly senseless demise long before "it's time." Sometimes nature plays a role.

            The phone number to call if you want to order fish to stock a pond was incorrectly reported in the Bob Groene column published in Wednesday's Sports section. For more information, call the Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District at 309-764-1486, ext. 3. We regret the reporter…

              There is little, if any, question that the Children's Therapy Center Charity Bass Tournament, which will reach the ripe old age of 40 this September, is not only the largest annual fishing event held annually in the Quad-Cities area, but also the most prestigious in terms of bragging rights.…

                Last week the Rivers and Streams Technical Committee of the North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society held its annual two-day meeting in the Quad-Cities. This is a group of fisheries biologist professionals representing state and federal agencies and a few consultant organizat…

                Dale Merchant and his Uncle Charlie Sexton, both of Clinton, have been fishing partners for most of their lives. Angling for bass in spring through fall and walleye in colder weather and water, the duo has amassed a wealth of fishing stories — some of them maybe even true, including the 1995…

                Bass Pro Shops and Cabala's, retail and catalog outdoors products giants, both came from small and humble beginnings. Johnny Morris started BPS in his Missouri garage and the Nebraska Cabala brothers by selling hand-tied flies out of their homes.

                Recently, as the winter ice of 2013-14 was melting from the upper Mississippi River, something happened that caught the attention of each and every fisheries biologist with ties to the upper Mississippi River.

                Finally, daylight-saving time has arrived and "official'' (calendar) spring is in sight. We anglers of northern Illinois are itching to feel that first finny (open-water) creature of '14 tugging on our line.

                To say there is controversy regarding Illinois' deer herd and its management would be a gross understatement. Following several years of increasing grumbling by deer hunters, accentuated by last season's firearm harvest numbers some 25 percent lower than the year prior, the Department of Nat…

                I did it. After observing what was going on politically for quite a while, then after the law was finally passed and sitting on the fence for the last few months, last week I completed all the requirements to apply for an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit (CCP).

                If you think you've noticed more bald eagles gracing the greater Quad-Cities area this winter than other winters, you are absolutely correct. In addition to our resident population, the wintering bald eagles started arriving late last fall and have come in droves.

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                1. "Illini Nation: 7-footer serious about Illinois": In his online blog, Illini columnist Kedric Prince looks at Illinois' offering of a basketball scholarship to Josh Sharma of Northfield, Mass., Class of 2015.

                Sometimes life just isn't fair. If one reads completely through the Bible, you will not find anything about life being fair. Anyone who has made a lap or two around the track of life knows this well and can offer multiple example. However, that is not to say that all or even most of life is …

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