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Friday, July 12th, 2024

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Jeremiah Haas

Jeremiah Haas: Plenty to appreciate as the Upper Mississippi River Refuge turns 100

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge is celebrating 100 years of conservation and recreation this year.
The creation of the refuge was largely the result of the Izaak Walton League of America, and particularly the efforts of its founder, Will Dilg. In the summer of 1923, Dilg learned of a plan to drain large areas of the river’s backwaters, so he put together an ambitious solution to the drainage plan. 

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Jeremiah Haas: Here’s how mussels help fish in Illinois and Iowa’s Quad Cities area

The Quad Cities has a long history with freshwater mussels in the Mississippi River and other local tributaries.
Mussels were first used for tools and food by the Native Americans that lived along these rivers. Then in the late 1800s, it was discovered Midwest mussels were perfect for making buttons. The harvest across the Midwest was impressive. Within a couple decades though, resources became depleted.

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Jeremiah Haas: Technology changing the way fish hatcheries operate, too

I have spent a lot of time over the years talking about the newest technological toys to help while hunting and fishing. Those include ozone machines, thermal scopes, side scan technology and a host of others.
While all of them have changed the way I hunt and fish, each making life easier, probably the most improbable technological advancement I have seen is what has occurred at some Midwest fish hatcheries, including my own.

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Jeremiah Haas: An Illinois mentor is still bringing joy to his former student

Recently, I was fortunate to learn the story of an Illinois sportsman who was a mentor to many young boys during his lifetime. As I sat down with Jay Wolf, who you may recognize from his photography, I could see the emotions on his face as he told the story.
“I received a message asking to call Coach Ed Alepra, who was my coach at Erie High School. I am awful with telephone calls, but I knew I needed to make this call because Coach Alepra asked me to come down. I was aware he had not been feeling well,” Wolf said.

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Jeremiah Haas: Mother Nature doesn’t follow ‘the book’

According to the outdoor rule book, walleyes spawn at 42 degrees on wind-swept shorelines over rock on a full moon! Big fish eggs are no good because they are from old females. Ducks and geese don’t eat fish (excluding mergansers of course). Need I go on? 
If you have spent a bit of time researching the outdoors, you likely have heard or read numerous things like this because we all want to understand the outdoors better as a fisherman, hunter, or naturalist. However, if there is anything more true than these observations, it is that Mother Nature rarely follows the rules.

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Public meeting set for April 30 to discuss Mississippi River Pool 13, a vital resource for hunters and anglers in Illinois, Iowa

Pool 13 of the Mississippi River is one of the premier fisheries in Illinois. Bass and walleye are particularly popular in this pool.
It is the home of an Illinois High School Association bass fishing sectional that is at a minimum “Top 3” in the state each year for quality of bass brought to the scales. However, the lower end of the pool has aged significantly during the past 25 years.
At 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, multiple government agencies will be having a public meeting to discuss a Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Project (HREP) to address these issues.

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Jeremiah Haas: Fantastic spring fishing on Illinois waters of the Mississippi is almost here

April is nearly here and unofficially spring is taking place on the river. While this year has seemingly been a year of early warm weather in Illinois, Mother Nature tends to know the calendar and stays on schedule. 
Each spring anglers are treated to a few weeks when the waters warm, yet flood waters have not reached the Quad Cities area. Typically flood waters tend to arrive around the second week of April.

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Jeremiah Haas: Catering to youth hunters can help them build confidence

Youth turkey season begins March 30 in Illinois – Easter weekend.
While this is likely to complicate things with church and travel plans, getting an eventful, encouraging hunt put together for your young one is always more work than hunting for yourself. However, the rewards of such hunts are significantly more meaningful than our own hunts, too.

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