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Outdoors: Mik-Lurch’s ‘Green Wall’ offers discontinued lures

'The Green Wall'' Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet recycles fishing tackle dreams. | Dale Bowman/Sun-Times Media

"The Green Wall'' of Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet recycles fishing tackle and dreams. | Dale Bowman/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 20, 2014 11:21PM



Fishing tackle and cell phones share much when it comes to upgrading.

That may explain some of the success of “The Green Wall’’ by Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet in Hammond.

Old favorites are discontinued and replaced by flashier gear. I still miss my old flip-phone. It worked perfectly for talking to people. Of course I couldn’t Google anything with it or get directions from Point A to Point B. But I am envious every time I see an old-timer, more stubborn than me, pull one out and flip it open.

And I miss the original Wiggle Wart. For a while, one color of the original was the hottest crankbait for smallmouth bass on southern Lake Michigan. A few years ago, I found a rack of them in Table Rock Tackle and Marine in Missouri and bought the whole rack. I only have one left. (I did not say exactly which color it was.)

That right there may explain why people were lined up at the Tinley Park Fishing and Outdoor Show in suburban Chicago earlier this month to pick through the hundreds of lures hung on “The Green Wall.’’ And that’s why the idea of “The Green Wall’’ may keep Mik-Lurch viable as an independent bait and tackle shop in its terrestrial spot, too.

The name simply comes from the idea of recycling tackle. Ed McCain, one of the owners, said he wished they had thought of the idea earlier. Many customers will bring in lures to sell, then pick through the ones already hanging on the wall.

Some of the more popular ones are discontinued versions of Rapalas and old classics, such as the Tadpolly.

Mik-Lurch (miklurchtackle.com) may be reached at (219) 989-0575.

Ice fishing: As expected, the warm-up and melting on Wednesday invigorated ice fishing. OK, it also made getting around sloppier, but take what Mother Nature gives in a winter like this.

By far the best public spot remains Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, especially for panfish.

“Lots of limits today between 11 and 2,’’ Mike Starcevich texted on Wednesday, along with a photo of a mess of big bluegill.

He said it was best less than a quarter mile from the boat launch (“nice and close’’), left of island or right of the channel.

He called it “the most consistent ice fishing within 100 miles.’’

With anywhere from a foot to close to two foot of ice, Thursday’s weather should only improve the bite; and ice should remain nearly universal, likely well into March.

Ice-fishing derby: Lake County Fish and Game holds an ice-fishing derby from 6 a.m.-noon at 2000 East Main in Griffith. It’s a $5 entry. Those 16 and younger are free with an adult.

Hunter ed: A hunter education course will be held March 14-15 at Cedar Lake Family Golf Center. All hunter ed is now registered online at register-ed.com/programs/indiana.

Fishing class: A ranger will talk about the best fishing spots at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the visitor’s center. More information at (219) 395-1882 or nps.gov/indu.

Showtime: The Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show (indianapolisboatsportandtravelshow.com) continues through Sunday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. . . . The Deer, Turkey and Waterfowl Expo (indianadeerandturkeyexpo.com) is today through Sunday, also at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. . . . The Chicago Maritime Festival (chicagomaritimefestival.org) is Saturday at the Chicago History Museum. . . . The Lake Home & Cabin Show (lakehomeandcabinshow.com) is at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

Open-water fishing: Streams and rivers are expected to be blown out by the melt-off and the heavy rains, but that could help open up more of the Lake Michigan shoreline for fishermen chasing early coho and walleye.



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