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Mike Clifford

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  1. Some really interesting reading here..... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bGhynQNKBxRChMA42XuJk4pKksxKTIcu/view
  2. To be honest, the Mill Race is no barrier to invasive species regardless. Especially since the "broken dam" has almost completely tumbled. During high water, they would hardly need to jump over the main dam. What will be interesting to see is who is going to pay for removal or modification. Seeing discussions on Facebook regarding this issue, even the local majority who want it gone are not willing to pay for it.
  3. I understand Illinois will be in Phase 5, and was told we can have as many volunteers as we like at the event. I'm out of the country with very little phone service until then, so I'll see you guys there on Saturday around 7:30. Thanks!
  4. I thought the same thing, Rich. I assume they don't follow the ISA forum here. I have no idea how to get ahold of either one of them, unfortunately.
  5. Illinois residents are left to fend for themselves where this is concerned. The ISA was actually an integral part of squashing the factory farm in Jo Daviess county. We didn't stop it, but we got the attention of the county board, who ultimately doesn't have the final say anyway. Illinois Ag rubber stamps every project. It was all about them blowing it during construction to get their permits pulled. The little things matter.
  6. I just wanted to add to this to say that I will need to know beforehand if any volunteers are going to show up on this day. To be honest, Rich and I can handle a hundred casters in around two hours time by ourselves, but if a couple more die-hard casting volunteers or newbies care to join us....comment here.
  7. Awesome work, and promising replies all-around. Would make a great article as well.
  8. After missing out on the opportunity to take kids fishing in 2020, STK is excited to get the kids back on the fish in 2021. "We are going to do a scaled down STK Fishing Day on June 19th for 100 kids at Herrick Lake. We are keeping our volunteers to a minimum, but wanted to know if 4 ISA members would be willing to manage two lanes or so of casting this year. We go from 9-11am. No crafts or lunch. Just the ISA casting and fishing around the lake." Whomever has the casting kit, myself and if we could get 2 more volunteers, that would be great!
  9. It's 2021, Rich. You can take a photo with your phone now, and it will post right to the forum from your phone. 🤣
  10. I'm wondering if American Rivers has explored the issue of bighead and silver carp being able to migrate more easily upstream as dams are removed. What was once a no-brainer in dam removals has other considerations that need to be taken into account.
  11. Ed “E.J.” Mullady, creator of The Sportsman’s Letter, passed away on Sunday at 94 years old. He spent more than half of those years dedicating himself to conservation causes in the Kankakee River region. The Sportsman’s Letter, which he created and distributed from his Riverview home in Kankakee, provided anglers and conservationists with vital information for more than 52 years. He broadcast more than 5,600 weekly “The Big Outdoors” fishing shows on WKAN radio, traveled the region giving seminars, and created and updated Kankakee River Fisherman’s Atlases for both the Illinois and Indiana sides of the river. He fought ardently to protect the environment and the beautiful natural resources in the Kankakee area and beyond. He’s an Illinois Outdoors Hall of Famer and the recipient of the Honor Roll Award from the Izaak Walton League of America as well as the Russel Sinclair News Media Award for conservation writing. This is a tremendous loss to his many loved ones, but also to environmental efforts. In his memory, please do your part to help continue his legacy now, when we need it more than ever.
  12. My point was simply to say that national politics has very little to do with the preservation of Illinois smallmouth. We managed to get meaningful things done by focusing on local issues directly related to smallmouth and their habitat here. A very liberal administration bestowed on me the Environmental Hero Award because of our efforts as a team and our professionalism. We helped to kill a factory farm and a statewide ban on lead in fishing tackle. At no point did we ever get involved in national politics. That would have killed any chance of meaningful dialogue with local decision makers.
  13. I represented the ISA in conservation matters by working with people on both sides of the political spectrum for many years. Mostly environmental advocates. At no time did I ever promote or celebrate a political candidate in the process. Because issues that affect our local environments aren't as simple as that. Illinois smallmouth thrive because of the efforts by smallmouth fishermen that reach beyond boundaries to work towards a solution. Deliberately dropping a hammer on either side ensures a difficult fight for our main purpose. Professionalism and respect is what has worked for us in the past to reach those goals. Anything stating otherwise compromised equitable resolutions.
  14. We're promoting political candidates in this group now? I'm out.
  15. The EPA and Illinois AG nailed the Jo Daviess factory farm during construction. They couldn't even follow what little rules this state has before getting a single pit dug. The group was forced to pull out. There is hope yet in this case.
  16. As I recall, one year we got screwed on the thickness of the signs and they were all way too thin. This one was not too thin. Scott fixed that problem.
  17. Several years ago, Tim Smith and I went to the Deselm parking area, and found our 4×6 timber with signs on it ripped out of the ground and thrown in the forest nearby. I dug that hole 3 feet deep. Amazing the lengths somebody went to for that one.
  18. There is a state sign at the mouth of Rock Creek with fishing regs and limits. I saw no yellow signs left on the wooden sign posts. At least not where I was.
  19. I hadn't been to the state park in a very long time, which is surprising considering it's 10 minutes from my house. I just wanted everybody to enjoy a moment of silence for the signs that Dale Bowman and I installed back in 2004 at the head of Rock Creek trail. Maybe 16 years is long enough. It served the smallies well for a long time. This is why we can't have nice shit anymore. I would have replaced them, but to be honest I have one conservation white sign left and I'm keeping it for nostalgic purposes. Out of the 30 to 40 signs we put up there over the years, I'd be surprised if any of them still exist. I haven't seen one. Considering they don't have dumpsters in the state park anymore, this one ended up in a garbage can. For all to see what they've done to this beautiful State Park.
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