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Welcome two new bloggers

April 28, 2009 at 06:15 PM

More bloggers needed

Think you might like to author a blog for Prairie State Then send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to let us know about your interest. We are looking for writers to focus on the following subjects:

>> Waterfowl hunting
>> Panfishing
>> Birdwatching
>> Shooting sports
>> Southern Illinois fishing

In all cases we want blogs that are primarily focused on Illinois.

The deer hunting side of things, we’ve got covered fairly well.

Bloggers like Marc Anthony and Kevin Chapman keep readers up to date with great information on a regular basis. They have helped make this Web site a deer-hunting destination for readers all over Illinois.

Tim Malone also has done a great job with conservation coverage. Nate Herman has cool pond information. And Chris Young will make us all better photographers if we let him.

But the reality of life here at is that we’ve been a bit lacking on the fishig side. Oh, Stream Stalker Jonn Graham has done yeoman’s work providing regular posts on smallmouth bass, fly fishing and stream fishing. But we’ve needed a few more voices to complement Jonn. That’s why we’re happy to announce the addition of two new Web logs at Prairie State Outdoors by anglers Adam Johnson and Andrew Ragas.

The first is AJ’s Bass Blog, which will be written by Danforth native Adam Johnson, pictured below with a nice chunky Illinois bigmouth bass. Johnson’s blog is up and running. He’s already got plans for entries after a big outing to Spring Lake north this weekend. In the mean time, check out Adam’s page and feel free to welcome him aboard.

Illinois hunting and fishing

Here’s Johnson’s bio:

Adam Johnson, known as “AJ” to friends, grew up learning to fish on small ponds along Interstate 57 near his home town of Danforth in Iroquois County. From there a lifelong passion for bass fishing developed. Adam is graduating from Western Illinois University with a bachelors degree in law enforcement and justice administration. Johnson also founded Western’s first competitive fishing club and began to explore the tournament side of bass fishing. In addition to collegiate angling, Johnson has also fished in several Illinois Bass Federation open trail events, and is currently competing in the FLW’s BFL Illini Division as a co-angler. When not bass fishing, Adam enjoys hunting for upland game, trap shooting, playing basketball and rooting on the Chicago Bears.

The other blog is being written by Andrew Ragas of Westchester, a talented Web designer and angler from the Chicago area. Click here to check out one of his numerous fishing-related Web sites. Here’s what Andrew has to say about himself:

I am a multi-species angler who fishes the lakes and rivers of northern Wisconsin, and the rivers and streams of northern Illinois. I enjoy fishing as much as possible throughout the year and often find myself fishing upwards of 150+ days per calendar season. What I enjoy most about fishing is the adventure and challenges that it brings to me, as well as the numerous friendships I have made with others from it.

If I had to choose a few favorite quarries, they would be power and finesse fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, chasing suspended and jungle-oriented northern pike on the lakes in Wisconsin, wading rivers and casting crankbaits for walleyes and casting for muskies on rivers and lakes.

In my mind, fishing is more than just an obsessive hobby - it is a lifestyle. I am a firm believer that if you treat the sport with respect and use your God-given talents on the water, you will be rewarded with great catches.

Now, somebody is going to say, why is Ragas writing about Wisconsin? My answer is that’s the reality for many northern Illinois anglers. They travel north to find great fishing. While this Web site focuses on all things Illinois, we don’t ignore neighboring states. That’s why we run fishing reports from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and Michigan. And that’s why we’re glad to add Ragas to the roster.

Look for his blog to be up and running Wednesday evening. And then check back often for stories of fish like the one pictured below.

Illinois hunting and fishing



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Welcome aboard AJ and Andrew!

Posted by Marc Anthony on 04/29 at 08:33 AM

Adam is a great guy and is a bright spot in our young outdoorsmen. I have been talking with him for over a year now and getting to know him has been fun. It is great that he stepped up and started a fishing club at WIU, something I wish I had done while at Western! Adam took 12th place in his first Illini BFL at Rend Lake! Good job! He doesnt know this yet, he is buying drinks at the next BFL at Shelbyville!!!!

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