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  2. great idea , putting the smallmouth first. practicing what we preach thumbs up move
  3. Likely heading to sugar River Saturday. If sugar is super stained or pea soup I will revert back to rockton and start a float from the dam. Hoping I wouldn't see or smell anything negative in the water. But my understanding there is already confirmed materials falling in river hopefully not much chemicals. Good thing it has large volume it will flush easier.
  4. 😪 Sorry to see all this unfold and prayers to all affected. Hopefully this won’t directly impact the Rock River and it’s wildlife. Hope this can get cleaned up relatively quickly.
  5. This outing is cancelled due to extreme low water conditions causing elevated stress levels to smallmouth. will try to reschedule at a later date. Sorry for any inconvenience. Have a safe and happy Fathers Day weekend.
  6. the Knights of Columbus and Shabbona Sportsman Club are putting on a seminar saturday june 26 from 6-8 30pm Held at the St James Church Hall in lee il we will cover lines plastic worms,wacky style,neko, tube jigs , topwater,bass jigs, chatterbaits spinnerbaits and frogs. $10 for adults , $5 for high school students, youth are free with paid adult . lure raffle s. drinks and snacks available. we have 10 anglers that specialize in using a particular lure , learn the what ,when and where. rich mc
  7. Not sure if this is stilled planned but my saturday changed so i can't attend
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  10. My fishing grounds October through March. Glad I heard they won't pour more water on it.
  11. Fire Chief towards the end https://www.facebook.com/wrextv/videos/125486486323860/
  12. They stop spraying it for concerns of run-off into the Rock River. Let it burn they decided.
  13. Wow! ! That's pretty messed up, the link is live and quite the massive fire! "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss
  14. I just drove past this on I-90 on my way back to Rhinelander. You could see the smoke from miles south. Chemical plant on a river, what could go wrong ? Maddening and heart-wrenching. “Then the coal company came with the world's largest shovel And they tortured the timber and stripped all the land Well, they dug for their coal till the land was forsaken Then they wrote it all down as the progress of man”. J. Prine
  15. Massive chemical plant fire on the banks of the Rock River in Rocktown, IL. This is not good! Will keep you updated. https://wrex.com/2021/06/14/full-scale-evacuation-in-effect-in-rockton-during-chemtool-fire/?fbclid=IwAR1TonjWhBFXfHWMg_Pk5iqSIdvK_YSf6IS-bO829pG0lzbv-vnN6ENpkjw
  16. They are native, but the river systems in the area have been greatly altered! Orange is native range, dark red is non-indigenous.
  17. I waded fox Thursday around dundee where water is always fast lots of biting dinks in fast shallow rocky water. Canoe time between Belvidere and cherry valley this morning everything fine there. But on way home I waded near .Marengo it's a bad situation there. Previous couple years good fishing now it's terrible brown water and all the small rain events just add more silt over sand and gravel. Never seen so much silt. Need high water events to flush. I seen 2 dead suckers and 2 swimming sideways neither will last. There's a lot of seasonal fish movement on rivers that are not dammed and since I like to get upriver and skinny I definitely see much more fish upriver all year if springs bring flood events
  18. ISA is pleased to announce the Orvis Giveback Days Donation to the ISA of $2,730. The gift resulted from donations made by Yorktown Orvis customers during the month of May which were matched by Orvis. ISA gives a huge thanks to Ike and Orvis for this generous donation.
  19. Musky found on the Fox River near Batavia. Estimated length 36 inches Damaged body area above the tail. Could be from a propeller but it's a long way from a section of the river that would have a boat with a prop motor. Burial at sea.
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