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2008 DNR Creek Sampling (Rock River Basin)


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It's that time of year again! Karen and the DNR need our help manning their Rock River tributary creek sampling project. If you've ever wondered "what lies beneath", now's your chance to find out. I realize these are weekdays, but it would be a vacation day well spent!


The process: two people lead the charge upstream, spreading the electric seine from bank to bank. Following behind are several netters. They scoop up stunned fish with long handled nets and deposit them in an aerated tub. The tub sits on a small "boat" which also carries the generator. After a predetermined stretch has been completed, the DNR folks ID, weigh, and measure each fish prior to its live release.


It's a lot of work, and a lot of fun. When you cross a decent sized hole, the action can be fast and furious as you try to net hundreds of stunned fish. The DNR people are very knowledgeable, and also have a lot of fun doing their jobs.


Below is the schedule, which is subject to change due to creek levels/weather. Waders are required, preferably neoprene. Breathables may let a slight tingle of juice through if you get too close to the seine. Don't let that stop you. You can just stay back a few feet and net the stragglers. If you're interested (and who wouldn't be!?) please PM me with questions or times that you can commit.


The DNR really counts on us, as we count on them. Thanks.....Jude


Please see "Conservation" forum for dates and times.




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