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This collage pictures was provided by pro angler  TheresMeade Ingleside who took photos her sixth annual ChaO’ Lakes Youth

This collage of pictures was provided by pro angler Theresa Meade of Ingleside, who took the photos at her sixth annual Chain O’ Lakes Youth Tournament that was held Aug. 19 out of Port Of Blarney near Antioch.

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This collage of pictures was provided by pro angler Theresa Meade of Ingleside, who took the photos at her sixth annual Chain O’ Lakes Youth Tournament that was held Aug. 19 out of Port Of Blarney near Antioch.

“It was a lot of fun. We had 51 kids in the tournament and the top nine winners got a plaque,” she said. “The other kids got a trophy with a fish on it. You should have seen their faces,” she said. The event is run just like an adult tournament with a take-off and weigh-in. There are games prizes and food and drink. Cost was $10 per entry. Over 20 volunteers helped to make it happen.

“About two years ago, I got a letter from a family who said you’ve taken us from sitting in front of the TV to being outside with out children in the outdoors,” she said. “That’s really important to me,” she said.

Meade and her sister, Janice DeWaal of Lake Villa who sang the national Anthem before the tournament, made some fishing history in June by being the first all-woman team to finish in the top 10 of a National Team Championship walleye tournament in Mille Lacs Lake, Minn.

Some of the kids who fish the tournament go on to fish in regular tournaments on the Chain O’ Lakes organized by the World Walleye Association. The top nine catches were: Abby Stern (7.25-inch perch); David Jordan (24-inch carp); Parker Seibert (11.5-inch striped bass); Ryan Shine (9-inch bluegill); Clayton Ware (15-inch sheephead); Kaitlynn Adcock (12-inch catfish); Wyatt Adcock (14.125-inch walleye); Sophie Schmidt (8.25-inch crappie); and Izzy Esparaza (14.5-walleye). The smallest fish was taken by Johnny Schuld, a 2.5-inch bluegill.

This was the first year that no largemouth bass were caught. Maybe next year, said Meade.

Updated: October 2, 2012 6:05AM

District 20 of the United States Power Squadron, which covers the Chain O’ Lakes, is featuring a class for novice boaters or beginners that goes from the classroom to on-the-water training, a first in this area.

“It’s a new thing for the power squadron,” said Lt. Mike Ludtke. “It’s a natural progression of our educational courses so our students can get some practical experience as well as the classroom,” he said.

There is a 2.5-hour classroom session on handling a small power boat. Those sessions are scheduled for :

■ Wednesday from 6:30-9 p.m. at Fox Waterway offices at 25 S. Pistakee Lake Road, Fox Lake.

■ Thursday from 6:30-9 p.m. at Brunswick Corporate Headquarters at 1 North Field Court, Lake Forest.

■ Next week Saturday from 9-11:30 a.m. at Southport Marina at 56th St., at Lake Michigan, Kenosha.

The on-water training will be scheduled on an individual basis for Sept. 10 through Sept. 18.

The course costs $200 per person or $300 per couple sharing materials.

You will learn about docking, holding the boat in position, person overboard recovery, collision avoidance and other common boating maneuvers.

There will be additional classroom time after the on water portion to review the material or cover any concepts that aren’t understood.

A 20- foot Boston whaler will be used for the on-water class.

Call Pat Antoni at (815) 675-6439 or e-mail to register.

“This is an ongoing effort to increase public safety and make Chicago area lakes and rivers safer for everyone,” said Ludtke.

Keep Sept. 15 open

Saturday, Sept. 15 is shaping up to be just one big outdoor conflagration.

■ The Des Plaines River cleanup by the Trail Keepers starting at 9 a.m. at Ryerson Woods, 21950 N Riverwoods Road. Register by emailing Nancy Schumm at

This is sponsored by Openlands, the Illinois Paddling Council and Upper Des Plaines River Ecosystem Partnership. First 25 registrants get a free REI T-shirt.

■ Beach cleanup in Highland Park from 9 a.m. to noon where a mile of magnificent Lake Michigan shoreline will be de-littered.

Bring your own work gloves and water. This is part of the Alliance for Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup, which is part of the International Coastal Cleanup.

Last year, 70 volunteers removed 290 pounds of trash. Great event for families.

“This is more than a cleanup event, it’s a celebration of the Great Lakes,” said Anne Flanagan Bassi, Lake County Forest Preserve commissioner.

Call Jennifer Sazama at (847) 968-3482 or e-mail

Volunteers will meet at the preserve entrance at Sheridan Road and Old Elm Road and Simonds Way near Highland Park.

■ The grand opening of the Spring Grove Hatchery Park is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. ribbon cutting at the historic hatchery that used to raise thousands of walleye and other fish for stocking.

You can hike some trails, fish and tour the historic buildings at 7701 Blivin Street where there will be parking and a shuttle bus.

Free music, antique cars, crafts, lunch for $5 and pop and beer will be available. You also get a chance to help name Hatchery Park’s new mascot. Voting ends at 2 p.m. for the resident snapping turtle.

■ Join the Lake-To-Prairie chapter of the Wild Ones at 9 a.m. for a field trip to Illinois Beach State Park in Zion.

Meet at the visitors center, 1 Lake Front Drive, Zion (847) 662-2481.

“If unique is what you seek, then this field trip is for you,” says Rick Sanders, “There’s nothing else like it.” View rare orchids, prickly pear cactus, and spot some of the over 800 species of plants and animals, including the state endangered Blandings turtle.

Contact Sanders for more information at (847) 940-9482 or go to the web site

■ Go fishing with the Salmon Unlimited Inc., at Waukegan’s lakefront during the Kids Derby. Prizes for the kids, free lunch, fish stories and more. All kids under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and kids over 18-years-old cannot compete in the derby. But they can help! It starts at 7 a.m. you fish until noon at Waukegan Harbor, 55 S. Harbor Place, Waukegan. Register at

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