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Little Grassy manager learned sound of fish

Little Grassy manager learned sound of fish

The nights of waking up to blaring alarms at any hour are over for Alan Brandenburg. Brandenburg, who managed Little Grassy Fish Hatchery since 1983, retired on March 31.

April 2014
Charter boat report: what anglers caught in 2013

Charter boat report: what anglers caught in 2013

When it comes to grading a Lake Michigan fishing season, numbers put up by charter boats that operate out of Chicagoland tend to dictate the final score.

April 2014
Hatchery gets hand(s) to prep Lake Michigan fish

Hatchery gets hand(s) to prep Lake Michigan fish

Fish by fish, about 60 people readied roughly 70,000 rainbow trout for the annual Lake Michigan stocking – clipping fins at the Jake Wolf Memorial Fish Hatchery in mid-March.

April 2014
Fisheries biologists at ready after long winter

Fisheries biologists at ready after long winter

There’s a good chance that fish living in smaller ponds across Illinois didn’t make it through the winter, Dan Stephenson, Illinois DNR assistant fisheries chief, said.

March 2014
Book it: New state record fish pulled from the Rock

Book it: New state record fish pulled from the Rock

Turns out, there were two fish caught in 2013 that broke an Illinois state hook and line record.

March 2014
Kinkaid muskie legend says ‘so long’ to Illinois

Kinkaid muskie legend says ‘so long’ to Illinois

Chad Cain, one of the state’s best-known muskie fishing experts, is riding off into the sunset.

February 2014
Ponder this: Do bass remember your lures?

Ponder this: Do bass remember your lures?

For years, bass anglers have sat in bass boats and pondered bass questions, such as: Can bass identify lures that previously led them to be hooked?

February 2014
Anglers will get a say at perch summit

Anglers will get a say at perch summit

In a discussion many anglers have been waiting for, Lake Michigan’s troubled yellow perch population will be the topic of a public forum next month.

February 2014
Fishing records survive

Fishing records survive

It was looking like Illinois’ hook and line state fishing records would go unscathed in 2013.

January 2014
State’s Fish Fund battle takes an interesting turn

State’s Fish Fund battle takes an interesting turn

The ongoing effort to establish a dedicated fund that would protect the state’s fisheries program appears to have taken a nasty turn.

December 2013