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Illinois Urges Precaution — Potential For Exposure To Toxins In Ohio River

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency urge residents to use caution while in or on the Illinois portion of the Ohio River due to potential toxins from blue-green algae. Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams. Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a "bloom."
Both Illinois agencies have been working with the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission to respond to reports of a harmful algal bloom in the Ohio River. The Commission and partners from various states along the Ohio River have been tracking an algal bloom in the river that stretches from West Virginia to the Illinois/Indiana border. While a harmful algal bloom has not yet been confirmed in the Illinois portion of the Ohio River, river and weather conditions are favorable for such a bloom, particularly along shorelines.
Please read more about blue-green algae exposure here: IDNR or here: EPA.

Fall Trout Season Opens

The 2015 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season opens on Saturday, October 17 at 5:00 AM 53 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. Once again, there will be a fly fishing catch-and-release trout season, beginning on October 3 at nine sites.

The IDNR stocks more than 80,000 rainbow trout each year in bodies of water where trout fishing is permitted during the fall season.

All anglers (unless exempt), including those taking advantage of catch-and-release fly fishing, must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.
See a listing of sites here.

New Illinois State Record Flathead Catfish!

We have a new Illinois state record! Congratulations to Jim Klauzer on landing the state record flathead catfish from Lake Sangchris. The official weight was 81 pounds 6.4 ounces, verified by IDNR Assistant Chief of Fisheries Dan Stephenson. This big guy was weighed in and successfully released.

You can watch a video of the official weigh-in here. View our state records here!

Online Fishing Tournament Application System

The IDNR has announced a new online IDNR Fishing Tournament Permitting System. All tournaments can now be applied for online using this new system. In addition, you can use the system to view your existing tournaments and record your tournament catch data. The information gathered from this system will help site managers maintain a balance between tournament anglers and the general public, while the catch data will be used to manager our valuable fisheries resources.

Tournament Directors: If you do not have an existing account, create one now. Note: Tournaments for 2016 can be scheduled starting November 1, 2015.

Do Not Release Pond Plants Into Any Waters!

If you have a pond in your yard you're cleaning out for the season, please remember NOT to release aquatic plants into any water bodies. Some of these pond plants are invasives that can quickly take over an entire water body. Water lettuce and water hyacinth, along with many more popular pond plants, are all invasive species. Instead, use your yard waste bags to dispose of your pond plants. Thank you so much for helping to stop the spread of aquatic invasive plants!

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Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

Remove, Drain, Dry: As the boats come out of storage, we'd like to remind you to be aware of invasive species that pose a threat to our lands and waterways. To fight the spread of aquatic invaders, the IDNR is asking residents to "be a hero transport zero." The best way to stop the spread of invasive species is to remove, drain, and dry your boats after use in any Illinois waterway. Learn more here.