Wednesday, March 29th, 2023
Wednesday, March 29th, 2023

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April 24, 2008

Central Region

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Hybrid striped bass weighing up to 10 pounds are active along the north shore between Seller’s Point and Watkins Island in 4 to 8 feet of water. Try using chicken livers fished on the bottom or suspended under a bobber; or try trolling spinners, crankbaits or large plastic …

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Illinois Farm Bureau looking at wildlife policy

Bloomington, Ill. – Increased crop damage caused by deer has the Illinois Farm Bureau pushing for changes in the way the state issues nuisance permits. The bureau’s Wildlife Management Working Group delivered its report to the organization’s directors on March 21. Among the recommendations in the report were the rewriting of the state’s wildlife nuisance

Cleveland’s port authority in planning stages to move ops

Cleveland – While heralded as a boon to lakefront development, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority’s proposed relocation on Lake Erie also has raised concerns about the project’s effect on wildlife, fishing, and boating. But officials associated with the project, which would unfold over the next quarter of a century and cost an estimated hundreds of

Northeast Region

Mauch Chunk Lake (Carbon County) – Anglers were hoping the warming trend would spur the panfish bite. Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) – Anglers have been catching brook and rainbow trout on rainbow color PowerBait. Francis Slocum State Park Lake (Luzerne County) – Crappies and bluegills have been hitting small jigs and live bait a few


Shabbona: Crappies and bluegills are biting on waxworms and crappie minnows. Park hours in April are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Hours May through October will be 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. Crappie and bluegill fishing has been fair. Braidwood: Both launches at the cooling lake south of Joliet are open. Regulations are unchanged.

Surf’s up. What about conservation?

Last Friday, as a feisty snowstorm plummeted northern Minnesota, I watch an enormous Hawaii Five-O breaker run the length of Grand Marais harbor. The wave kept a perfect curl until it crashed into the shore. Lake Superior was surly and curly. Driving home that evening, just a few hours after the heavy snow stopped falling,

Farm Bill extended; Sodsaver push is on

Washington – Following another extension of the 2002 federal Farm Bill – this one, a week long – conservation groups took the opportunity to let House and Senate conferees know their priorities regarding the five-year plan currently on the table. Preservation of the Sodsaver provision tops the list. But those close to conference negotiations say

Southcentral Region

Raystown Lake (Huntingdon County) – John Kormanski and Darin Woomer, of Saxton, won the Keystone Bass Buddy Club tournament April 5 with six bass totaling 17 1/2 pounds. Rick and Michael Maga of Greensburg caught the tournament lunker, close to a 61/2-pound largemouth. In all, 113 teams released 134 bass – 84 smallmouths and 50

State lakes and wildlife refuges battling floods

Marion, Ill. – Anglers visiting the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in recent weeks have found access and fishing nearly impossible due to high water levels. It’s the same story at many lakes, parks and refuges around Illinois. Statewide precipitation in March averaged 4.48 inches, 1.27 inches above normal. Heavy snow was the problem in

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