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  2. Forest Preserve Closures as of 3/30/20: Cook: The spring trout season opening day—originally scheduled for April 4—is postponed indefinitely. The parking lots and fishing lakes at Axehead Lake, Belleau Lake, Green Lake Woods, Horsetail Lake, and Sag Quarries are closed indefinitely, starting March 30. DuPage: Lakes closed to fishing until further notice: o Grove Lake – Wood Dale Grove o Pickerel Lake – Pratt's Wayne Woods o Silver Lake – Blackwell Will All Forest Preserve District preserve access area parking lots and dog parks are closed through April 7 due to the stay-at-home mandate issued Friday, March 20, by Gov. J.B. Pritzker as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, March 27, barricades were also placed at entrances to parking lots at Rock Run Preserve - Paul V. Nichols and Hadley Valley - Route 6 access in an effort to reduce the large number of people parking at these locations. Trails will remain open as long as they can be accessed safely on foot and bicycle and people continue to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet as recommended by federal health authorities. Shoreline fishing is also allowed as long as social distancing is practiced. Kayaking is not allowed at this time due to the closure of parking lots and limited active police patrol for safety. Boating season does not begin until April 1. However, the launching of boats will not be allowed until the preserve access areas reopen.
  3. finally got a tyer from cental il to swap some flies . im sure we will both enjoy it and learn something. stay well
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  5. Scott, you are the Man. Maybe I should contact Time Magazine an nominate you for their annual person of the year.
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  7. I mean....... is it even still on given the current situation? Regardless should probably have a threshold of "safe" river levels and anything above that it's postponed.??
  8. What if the river is blown out ? Will the tourney offer a refund if cxl ?
  9. Many many years ago.... In a land far, far away.... I had a commercial crayfish trapping permit with the California Department of Fish and Game. For about three years my fishing partner and I supplied crayfish, often 2000-3000 @ a time to tackle stores in our area for sale to fisherman using live bait where it was allowed by state law. Running 60-80 traps on days we went out, it was not uncommon for us to have 25,000 crawdads in our tanks at a time. We used to get a variety of different colors including blue, red, orange, brown, yellow and green in addition to a variety of sizes ranging from small to lobster-esque which NO fish in its right mind would ever take on no matter how big it was. Oh the things one experiences when sneakin around @ 2:00 a.m. setting crawdad traps so no one steals them. Some experiences I'll never forget like the time a truck ran a red light as i was entering the intersection with a load of dads on the way to several tackle stores. After slamming on my brakes to avoid the collision I had 8000 crawdads flying by my face. Imagine trying to pick up thousands of angry/pissed off crawdads FROM THE INSIDE OF YOUR CAR that want nothing more than to pinch you until you bleed! Get to the tackle store and the employee says "Dan, whats up with the dads? They seem a bit AGITATED!!" LOL
  10. many of us will be sittin out the virus. im thinking of a swap one on one with another. one on one is easier as it doesnt require a return envelope and due date can be decided to fit both of you. example i will offer 4 flies, a new worm fly,satin streamer a big dragontail. and a crayfish. one can counter saying ill give you 4 poppers or whatever for 4 worms or two worms and two satin streamers. color and size can also arranged what do you think?
  11. Wow, that is cool looking.
  12. Here is a link with a map to all the DNR properties. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Parks/Pages/default.aspx
  13. That is amazing!!!!! Any blue and orange square bills out there😉
  14. Sounds worse than it is. It’s literally only a handful of participants. Would be nice to have more interest in local, smallmouth-only tournaments. People are gonna be out fishing anyway!
  15. My brother-in-law is an aquatic biologist with the State of Kentucky and found this beautiful valley flame crayfish in Russell Springs, KY while doing field work on March 16. Thought is was neat looking!
  16. The FPDCC closed the buildings- but left the grounds and trails open. Maybe that will change. Good Lord I think I am going lose my marbles.
  17. Closing easy access sucks for me because my back and neck are in bad shape and can't get around great or drive far anymore. Very disapointed. I rely on wading so I'm going to have to get creative.
  18. I called. As long as it's not DNR property you are okay. This is a directive of the governors office.
  19. You are right. The state does, the DNR has jurisdiction.
  20. I was just thinking about it, if it's a navigable waterway the DNR owns it.
  21. Just the access to waterways. Find other means. Private launches, US army corp boat ramps, city parks, etc.
  22. Well now that the IDNR has shut down everything I guess we need to get creative.
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