But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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Lake Michigan has finally cleared up from the big blow a few weeks ago and the relatively mild weather has allowed anglers to get out on the pier.,Chief's Bait, 1114 W. 4th St. in Michigan City has gift certificates along with everything the shore or boat angler needs for Lake Michigan, inland lakes and area streams and rivers.,The barnstorming tour brings free seminars by the best anglers in the ice fishing field, a local contest organized by Friends of Fishing and the LaPorte County Convention Visitors Bureau, and the pro competition.,The Griffith chapter of the Izaak Walton League will host an event on Jan. 5 at its property, 1532 E. Main St., Griffith and the Spring Lake IWLA chapter has a contest set for Jan. 12 at its lake in Hobart.,The popular and premiere biologist/fishery manager/ngler annual get-together on Lake Michigan is set for Jan. 19 in Scottville, Mich.