Chicago outdoors: A tilapia in CAWS and a rutting buck chasing does in the suburbs

Eddie Reyes holds a tilapia caught from the Sanitary and Ship Canal.


Notes come from around Chicago outdoors and beyond.


“Can’t believe I caught this [tilapia] on the [Sanitary and Ship Canal near First Avenue]. Aren’t these tropical fish from Florida?” Eddie Reyes

A: Tilapia, a tropical fish native to Africa, were introduced into Florida more than half a century ago. There’s been sporadic catches of tilapia (among other non-natives) in the Chicago Area Waterway System. Most are suspected to be pet releases (don’t do that, it’s illegal and stupid), but tilapia have also been farmed in Chicago. There was a spurt of tilapia catches seven years on the Chicago River downtown.


A rutting buck taking a break from chasing does in Tinley Park.


Roy Wick spotted this buck chasing does around Tinley Park, “He stopped for a rest and I drove right up on him.” Fair warning for hunters and vehicle drivers alike, we’re in the heart of the rut.

BOTW Unplugged, the celebration of live big bucks around Chicago outdoors, runs as apt in the special two-page outdoors section in the Sun-Times Sports Saturday. To make submissions, email or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside), Instagram (@BowmanOutside), or Bluesky (@@BowmanOutside).



Tuesday, Nov. 14: Chas Martin of Musky Mastery Guide Service in northern Wisconsin, Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies, Inc., North Branch Pizza & Burger Co., Glenview, 7:30 p.m.,

Tuesday, Nov. 14: Top three boats, Salmon Unlimited, Thornwood Restaurant & Lounge, Wood Dale, 7 p.m.,

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Matt Schultz on Ned rigs for bass, South Side Muskie Hawks, The Sock Bar and Grill, Hickory Hills, Chicago, 7 p.m.,

Thursday, Nov. 16: Jim “The Crappie Professor” Kopjo, “Fall and Early Ice: fishing tips and techniques,” Fish Tales Fishing Club, Worth Township offices, Alsip, 7 p.m.,


Next weekend, Nov. 18 and 19: Tours of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Urban Stream Research Center, Blackwell Forest Preserve, Warrenville. Tours, $5, every 30 minutes, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 19, register online or at 630-933-7248.


Sunday, Nov. 12: Second Canada goose season, central zone, opens

Tuesday, Nov. 14: First dove season ends

Friday, Nov. 17: Rail (sora and Virginia only) season ends

Friday, Nov. 17,-Nov. 19: First season, firearm deer season

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