Fishing

Indiana man pleads guilty to illegally importing more than a ton of live catfish into Illinois 

SPRINGFIELD – An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to importing more than 2,600 pounds of live channel catfish into Illinois without a permit from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the agency announced. Importing fish or other animals without permission poses a risk to the state’s native wildlife populations. Michael Sullivan of Griffith, Indiana, entered a negotiated guilty plea…

No carp jokes, please – smoked copi dip is a holiday treat

(Bill Key)We’ve been eating invasive carp for a long time at our house. It’s all part of being a river rat and not letting anything go to waste. Consequently, long before DNR launched its rebranding and marketing of invasive carp as Copi, it was a staple in our house. Smoked carp dip is one dish that has always been a…

Perch party on Lake Erie

We launched out of Buffalo and headed west to a predetermined location that was much shallower than reports I had been getting all week for yellow perch. I was fishing with Capt. Brent Snyder with Day Five Sport Fishing (585-944-5826) and he was going to be fun fishing with his first mate Mark George and Gary Caccamise, both of Alexander,…

Clean Water Act at 50: environmental gains, challenges unmet

The Clean Water Act established ambitious goals: making the nation’s waters “fishable and swimmable” and restoring their integrity. (National Park Service)Lifelong Cleveland resident Steve Gove recalls when the Cuyahoga River symbolized shame – fetid, lifeless, notorious for catching fire when sparks from overhead rail cars ignited the oil-slicked surface. “It was pretty grungy,” said the 73-year-old, a canoeist in his…

Pair accused of cheating in big Lake Erie walleye tourney

Chase Cominsky and Jake Runyan, who were leading both the tournament and the LEWT Team of the Year competition, were disqualified when the tournament director cut open the five fish they had entered to find that they were allegedly stuffed with eight pounds of lead weights and fillets from smaller walleyes. 

Deep-water crappies in the fall

By Angling Buzz Cooling water temperatures create chaos in the shallower water of lakes and reservoirs. Frigid rains and howling winds mix the surface layers, with the turbulence eventually reaching down to and disrupting the summer thermocline. Surface water temperatures plummeting from 65 F down to about 55 F indicate that the disruptive fall turnover process is in progress. During…