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Bart Durham

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  • Birthday 01/24/1962

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    Kayak fishing and fly fishing for smallmouth on local rivers and tributaries.

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  1. There is an area on the lower DuPage River near the campground below the breached lake south of Shepley Road that was at one time full of tires that needed removal. I haven't floated that area in awhile and maybe they have since been removed or washed out but that would be an area worth checking out. Not a bad area for smallmouth fishing either. Shhhhh.
  2. Coal ash along the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River. Will Vistra Do What's Right? Photo by Jeff Lucas. Your Voice Now Will Make The Difference for Future Generations The Coal Ash Pollution Prevention Act, passed in 2019 was just the first step in bringing about regulations that will protect Illinois residents from the effects of toxic coal ash pollution. Over 80 coal ash storage sites throughout Illinois are threatening the health and safety of our r
  3. Second group is putting a wrap on our four day stay, weather has been phenomenal but smallmouth bite has been a little more finicky than normal , still catching a lot of great fish, hate to see our trip end but back to reality soon .
  4. Good news on this and for chance to help improve water quality on the East Branch.
  5. I hope this can be reversed if new administration gets in.
  6. Mark Agresta of DRiFT kindly shared this information with us on an important local dam removal conservation project with webinar Information which will be broadcast tonight and Thursday night on the subject: “Hello, everyone. We have been contacted by a local not-for-profit group, The DuPage River Salt Creek Workgroup (DRSCW), which includes more than 50 wastewater treatment works and municipal entities. The DRSCW is proposing to remove the dam at Fullersburg Woods to enhance the fishery of Salt Creek. They have invited all of our members to one of their webinars to present
  7. I believe Downers Grove, Woodridge, Lisle, and Bolingbrook, all have wastewater treatment plants that empty into the East Branch. I believe West Chicago, Warrenville, Naperville, Plainfield, Shorewood and Channhon have treatment plants that empty into the main branch. There could be more but those are the ones of which Im aware. So yes there is a tremendous amount of treated wastewater in the river.
  8. Looks like North Aurora dam on the Fox will be coming down soon.. If Montgomery dam is also removed there would be unobstructed float from Batavia to Yorkville. Thanks for sending me the article Mark Lutz. https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/aurora-beacon-news/ct-abn-north-aurora-dam-st-0608-20200608-w72kimalargo5h7db5s6cowg4q-story.html
  9. This Blue Sky yak is pretty cool, a kayak you can actually fly fish from.
  10. In light of the Covid 19 epidemic the Conservation Foundation has modified its approach to the Dupage River cleanup project this year which was set previously set for May 16, 2020. Here is their announcement: DUPAGE RIVER SWEEP MONTH May 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Our care for nature connects us all, even during this time of social distancing! For the health of our volunteers, we are modifying the annual DuPage River Sweep that was scheduled for May 16th. We are now declaring the entire month of May as DuPage River Sweep Month and encourag
  11. Attached is link to article from Suzanne Baker of Naperville Sun on Retrofit of Fawell Dam on DuPage River to help fish swim upstream, the article mentions the Hammel Woods Dam in Shorewood is slated for removal in 2021. https://digitaledition.napersun.chicagotribune.com/html5/mobile/production/default.aspx?pubid=f4f07333-3b9b-4f20-9475-b439d74dfc58&edid=7e0d5365-a73e-4141-87c2-35d488c97c2f
  12. Here is link to article on Carpentersville Dam removal update from Rafael Guerrero of Elgin Courier News: https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/elgin-courier-news/ct-ecn-carpentersville-dam-fox-river-st-0415-20200414-ykg4xfur3be4fhwowowpf3sk44-story.html
  13. The Missouri Smallmouth Alliance was kind enough to send me their recent article which examined a recent In Fisherman article by Hal Schram entitled River Smallmouths: Considerations and Conquests, where the author writes about Smallmouth Migration Patterns and references 5 telementary studies on the subject performed in five Midwestern States (Not Illinois unfortunately), Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. For those of you interested in the subject, Matt at MSA was able to locate two of the studies which are contained in the link below. https://drive.google.com/drive/folder
  14. Following up on our Blowout Speaker, Art Malm's talk at the Blowout, below are two recent newspaper articles on the subject from Dale Bowman at Sun Times and Brenda Schory at Kane County Chronicle. Both articles point to some encouraging news. Hopefully the 20 million allocated by the State in this year's budget for Dam Removal will remain intact. https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/11/21217411/chicago-rivers-discussion-dam-removals-des-plaines-fox-dupage-chicago-rivers https://www.kcchronicle.com/2020/04/07/state-funding-steps-up-fox-river-dam-removal-projects/aphr45r/
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