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Hats off to the linemen as well as the people who spent their morning sweating to help the river! :D Fished around that area on Sunday morning

with John l catching many smallies. :D Then fished the afternoon with Pat upriver from the freshly planted willows. Wow is the river low.

We could use some rain, Ok a lot of rain.

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We had 22 volunteers including members of the ISA, Oakbrook Trout Unlimited, Drift and Bob Rung from the IDNR for our annual water willow planting on the Fox River. The plants were delivered by Larry Creekmur who is an ISA member and owner of Country Road Greenhouses(Rochelle, IL) at about 7:30am and the planting began in 85+degree heat at 8:15am. This year we planted the front and two sides of an island behind VFW Post 1197 in Batavia. With the extremely low water we focused on placing the plants in rocky damp soil above the water line which allow the plants to take a good hold and keep them out of the main current when the water levels return to normal. We broke up into to teams of 2 and planted just shy of 1000 plants by 10am. The VFW was nice enough to open their facility to us to cool off in the air conditioning and sip some cold beverages. Following the planting, John L. and Cory grilled up a hot dog lunch for all to enjoy and we are all packed up and done by noon. A big “Thank You!” to all the volunteers, Bob Rung and Larry Creekmur for making this another successful outing.

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