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  1. 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.
  2. Wow, that is cool looking.
  3. Here is a link with a map to all the DNR properties. https://www2.illinois.gov/dnr/Parks/Pages/default.aspx
  4. 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.
  5. I called. As long as it's not DNR property you are okay. This is a directive of the governors office.
  6. You are right. The state does, the DNR has jurisdiction.
  7. I was just thinking about it, if it's a navigable waterway the DNR owns it.
  8. You should write an entire epic prog concept album on the pike/mepps dream incident.
  9. wonder if you could shave off some lead on the sides of the head of the heavier ones leave that big keel. I am pretty sure the elastech would stretch over the keel thing on the larger one. If you don't texpose it picks up weeds.
  10. This combo is so effective even I am catching fish with it. If you like the regular TRD give it a try. I had my doubts but it does NOT get stuck in rocks on every cast. In fact it's pretty darn "rock-less". I am only using the sizes roughly equivalent to 1/16 and 1/8 (they come in weird weights) and I only used them with TRD Craw- which in a river (not like this video) looks really natural in the water- more of a craw scooting accross the bottom horizontal. If you rig it right the craw stays on better than any other jig I ever used. I don't think it would work with a conventional (not Elastech) rubber craw as well, as you would tear it getting it over the keel thing. They are 5 bucks a pack of 3 and the craws are like 5 bucks a half dozen. If the plastic don't melt in your car on the way out and ooze all over the back of your car, like Zman stuff did to my car then it's a good buy.
  11. You don't need a koozie (neoprene beverage can insulator) when the air temp is low enough to sustain water in it's solid phase. I work with a group of very nice folks all with really advanced science degrees who still take up precious refrigerator space by putting an entire lunch cooler bag in there. He does touch a nerve. hobbies get out of control. @3:35 hoarding old gear. It's hard to let go of stuff that you pretty much should have not bought in the first place.
  12. Think of it as fish bragging rights when you take fish picture and pretty much share it to the world.. Only in this case when you hold it closer to the camera a 5K does not become a marathon.
  13. That and 50 or so years of not dumping toxic s...t in it.
  14. No. it is a tributary of the Desplaines. Near I 55. https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/inpc/pages/area3willgrantcreekprairie.aspx
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