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Bart Durham

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  1. This Blue Sky yak is pretty cool, a kayak you can actually fly fish from.
  2. 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 encouraging everyone (regardless of what county you’re in) to get out and show some love to a waterway near you! Our health and the health of our communities are directly tied to the health of our rivers and streams, so let’s get out there and make a difference! At times and places that are convenient for you, head out yourself or with immediate family members and clean up trash and debris on a trail or waterway near you. The fact is, even trash on land will eventually wind up in our rivers, so if you don’t have easy access to a river or stream, you can still participate. All you need are some gloves, a trash bag, and a heart for service. Even though we can’t gather in large groups this year, our small efforts will collectively make a big difference! If you want to do a clean-up during the month of May, this list can help you find a location. Before you go out though, please email Adam Carlson ACarlson@dupageforest.org so that we do not have multiple people going to a site and also so that the forest preserve rangers know to go pick up the trash at the designated locations. Share your impact #riversweep2020 Please take photos of your cleanup and post them on your social media pages with the location you worked at and the hashtag #riversweep and tag The Conservation Foundation. Then we’ll all be able to see what a difference we have been able to make together even though we are apart! Not Cancelled: Making a Difference. Not Cancelled: Community Impact. Not Cancelled: Conservation. Here are some tips to make your DIY River Sweep safe and successful: Wear protective clothing, especially gloves. Maintain a safe social distance from others. Bring bags and containers appropriate for transporting trash back home with you. Do not use a park’s trash containers, as they can get overloaded. Photograph your participants, collected trash, path or shoreline. Please carry out your cleanup efforts on public lands or private property that you have access to. We are not advocating trespassing on private property!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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/folders/1B0KdsQ0794-Cg8jACih_rkeUH7QGF-_H
  6. 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/
  7. Welcome Scott! Please circle May 16th on your calendar to come help out the ISA at this years DuPage River Sweep clean up effort!
  8. Thanks to all who stopped by the ISA booth at this past weekend's Expo that took place in Schaumburg (Jan 23-26). The Expo was well attended and we saw many members and friends of the ISA at our booth this year. It was a successful weekend for the ISA at the Expo as we obtained 6 new members and sold a number of Blowout tickets. A special thanks goes out to Scott Ferguson who set up, took down, and worked most of the 4 day show. Thank you to John Lobach, Ed Buric,, Kevin Daly and Mike Gillig for working and volunteering at the Show. If I missed anyone please let me know.
  9. That too as well as dam removal. Now if we could do the same on the Fox, can you imagine what kind of fishery it could become.
  10. A pleasant surprise, seeing clean tributaries like these dumping into the DesPlaines river help to explain why the smallmouth is making a big comeback in the DesPlaines River!
  11. Thanks for posting Mark. Couldn't access the link. Is Grant Creek the same as Grant River near Galena?
  12. I've come to the conclusion the issue is confusing for a reason, State attempting to balancing rights of land owners vs. outdoorsman without upsetting both. For private access best bet IMO is to get permission from landowner to access and take out.
  13. Not sure if this has sold but as owner of one the Jackson Coosa has served me well for many years and is an excellent fishing kayak for our local streams.
  14. Hard to beat the combo of delicious Passero's pizza and end of year smallmouth talk with ISA members. Looking forward to see everyone at the Pizza Party.
  15. The new record holder, Joe Capilupo, has accepted our invite to attend our next Blowout as an honorary guest.
  16. Due to business conflict I can't get out of I won't be able to make tonight's dinner and will have to miss out on a meal from my favorite Thai restaurant. Have fun everyone and hope you have a great turnout.Get some good pics!
  17. Amazing! Lake Michigan catch I see as many predicted.
  18. If only I could have scored scored catches from the Menominee, maybe next years tourney will be held during our road trip, only problem is no boat catches are allowed.
  19. Really enjoyed participating in the tournament and format. Some really impressive Illinois smallmouth caught by the leaders. I caught most of my fish on fly rod with topwater bugle bug popper. Was a tournament of missed opportunities for me as the big fish were there for the taking but I couldn't seem to land one for a variety of reasons. Impressive last minute charge by Colin to take the win. Looking forward to the next one.
  20. The Missouri Smallmouth Alliance is hosting this float/wading/camping outing the weekend of Sept 20-22 on the Meramec River near St. Louis. See below for more information. Should be a great trip on what I understand to be a very good smallmouth stream in Missouri not far from Illinois border. If interested send email to: Missourismallmouthalliance@gmail.com. Fall Outing. September 20-22 @ Meramec Scenic View Mark your calendars and sign up today for this event at the Meramec Scenic View Resort. Gregg Lamb, one of our fellow members is the owner and we'll have access to some great water. Fishing: You have at least 3 different floating/fishing options: Birds Nest to Garrison’s Garrison’s to MSV and MSV to Onondaga. We can self-shuttle to any of these locations. Both the Courtois and Huzzah are also close by. If you don’t want to float you can easily wade up and down from Greg’s gravel bar or the lower Huzzah is about a 15 minute drive and you can wade there. Dining: We’re providing diner on Friday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. BYOB. Campfire on Friday and Saturday night. Lodging: Greg’s lodge sleeps 16-18 people. Full bathrooms, showers, kitchen. (take a look at the website). MSV isn’t a crazy campground. This is a very laid back, and quiet location. RSVP So is this free? Unfortunately not, but for $35 per night per person will pay for your lodging and food for the weekend. If you can just make it for the day, please come out and fish, hang out, eat, and just enjoy a beautiful spot. Please donate at least $10 so that we can cover all of our expenses. This is a very low-stress, fun, and relaxing way to get out and fish a really nice section of the Meramec while meeting and having fun with some of your fellow MSA members. RSVP by simply replying to this email!! Have questions? Reply to his email.
  21. Hopefully the new Agricultural Department Administration will be more receptive to the desires of the community. It sounds like the only recourse may be the voting booth, and letting governmental officials in charge know how you feel about the Agricultural department not listening to the constituents.
  22. Couldn't have had better conditions for the trip. Everyone caught abundance of fish including several 20" and 19" smallmouth. Our chefs did a fine job with outstanding dinners each night. My favorite part was sitting around the campfire sharing fishing stories:
  23. Looks like the weather and river levels were perfect for the planting. Thanks to all that helped out! Was anyone able to see how last years plants looked?
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