Lee Keck

Though many of the lakes and ponds in the fall catchable trout season continue to produce catches of these popular fish, a new shipment of hard-fighting rainbow trout will soon arrive for some of these waters. Illinois rainbow trout anglers converge on numerous special fishing locations statewide...
Mention an Illinois sauger and walleye fishing trip and most Illinois anglers automatically assume your plans include an expedition to certain northern waters. Traditionally, the upper reaches of the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, the Rock River and the Kankakee River have produced most of the...
Late-season hunting here in downstate Illinois typically separates the men from the boys. This season, in particular, has brought an ample early sampling of winterlike weather to our area. This means most fair-weather sportsmen have retired their hunting boots for the winter. As might be expected,...
The firearm deer seasons are underway and, with the arrival of colder weather, many hunters prefer to retire to their easy chairs. Still, excellent hunting opportunities can be found long after the fair-weather crew have hibernated to watch television. Certain upland game seasons remain open, various...
Parking spots were expected to be at a premium Beaver State Park near Plainview during the Oct. 17 season opener of the 2020 catchable trout season. Despite the cool and cloudy conditions, the campground was full. Nearly every available fishing location on the lake was occupied. Like most years,...
Luring a spring gobbler into shotgun range is, without a doubt, among the most challenging sports available to local hunters. And, this is exactly what many local turkey hunters are planning to accomplish next weekend during the season opener of the fall firearm turkey hunt. Interestingly, the sprin...
It hadn't been more than a few years ago when on the water no more than 10 minutes when Larry "Fatman" Fitch set his hook into one of Crab Orchard Lake's monster crappie. Measuring somewhere between 14 and 15 inches in length, this fish was one of the largest I'd seen this year. "These Crab Orchard...
Dove hunters are fortunate that the season for these popular game birds comes only once a year. It permits a hunter adequate time to heal from the emotional and physical scars experienced from the previous season. Memories of the sunburn, insect bites and missed shots are quickly forgotten as th...
This is typically the time of year when fishing at each of Illinois three large Corps of Engineers lakes begins to heat up. This year, however, the fire began in early spring and has continued to get hotter each week since. Water temperatures at Lake Shelbyville have now dropped to the mid 80s an...
For some reason, my best fishing trips are typically those made with little pre-planning. In fact, that was exactly what happened a few years ago when Outdoor Guide Magazine Editor Bob Whitehead and I loaded up his vehicle for a quick overnight trip to Missouri’s Truman Lake. The plan, tha...