IDNR's Les Frankland Receives Award
Les Frankland, Division of Fisheries River Project Manager, received the 2014 Gordon and Mary Grado Excellence in Mentoring Award at the Eastern Illinois University Homecoming. The Award is given to outstanding individuals who have mentored graduate or undergraduate students in the biological sciences and have significantly contributed to their academic and professional development. Les has worked for the Division of Fisheries for 35 years, mostly on the Wabash and Ohio Rivers to assess and maintain recreational and commercial fish populations. During that time he has worked with many EIU graduate students and has been instrumental in getting them involved in river research. Congratulations, Les, and thank you for your dedication to helping students achieve their goals!
The 2014 Illinois fall trout fishing season opened on Saturday, October 18, at 50 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. New this fall was catch-and-release fly fishing at a handful of sites, which we hope you were able to enjoy. Daily limit is 5 trout. See the list of stocked sites here.
Reminder: All anglers must have a fishing license and an inland trout stamp unless exempt.
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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!
Know Your State Record!
Don't learn the hard way that your catch would have qualified for a state record! We have a listing of state record fish by species and directions for what to do if you think you've caught a state record fish, either by bow or hook and line. We can only name a state record fish once it has been verified by an IDNR County Fisheries Biologist, not by pictures alone. So be sure to contact your biologist if you think you've caught a record holder...before you filet it!
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.