DNR asks fishing tournament organizers to 'cut it short'
A month-long stretch of fish kills reported up and down that state has resulted in DNR asking fishing tournament organizers to implement "additional precautions regarding the catch and handling of fish during upcoming tournaments . . . due to continued hot weather and drought-related water conditions."
Incidentally, a cool front is expected to hit a large portion of Illinois this weekend, as the summer fishing tournament season winds down.
Still, waters have been stressed due to heat and drought the past two months. Major fish kills have been reported in every region of the state and no species has been spared. Muskies, bass, carp and catfish have perished by the hundreds of thousands, and perhaps by the millions.
According to an announcement by DNR, research has demonstrated that survival of bass caught in fishing tournaments is usually good, the mortality of bass brought to tournament weigh-ins is highest during the heat of the summer.
DNR's Division of Fisheries has recommended that tournament organizers consider reducing the length of the tournament and lowering the number of fish that can be brought to the weigh-in.