Flathead Catfish Research on the Wabash River
Researchers at Eastern Illinois University are conducting a study that will broaden our knowledge of the behavior or Flathead Catfish for effectively managing this species on large rivers. Flathead Catfish are the most sought-after species in the Wabash River, where this recent research has shown the population to be quite healthy. Funded primarily through the federal Sport Fish Restoration Act, Flatheads are implanted with a transmitter and also tagged to track movement accurately. Read more about this study here.
New Zealand Mud Snails
Be on the lookout for the invasive New Zealand mud snails. They were recently discovered in Black Earth Creek, WI, a renowned trout stream in Dane County, Wisconsin. This is the first occurrence in the inland Midwest area.
These snails can be transported by mud on waders, decoy weights, boats and trailers, or other clothing and equipment that they may come in contact with. The IDNR is asking for anglers, hunters, trappers and boaters to "Be A Hero–Transport Zero" and be on the lookout for a new aquatic invasive species. Read more here.
Ferne Clyffe Lake
There is no better time than right now to take in the beauty of Ferne Clyffe, located in Goreville, IL near the Shawnee National Forest. An outstanding natural scenic spot for nearly 100 years, this park features an abundance of ferns, unique geological features and plants. Trails wind through picturesque woods for beautiful hiking adventures. Ferne Clyffe also offers camping, hunting and fishing. Ferne Clyffe Lake is approximately 16 acres and 22 feet at the deepest spot with good populations of bluegill, channel catfish, largemouth bass and redear. Rainbow trout are stocked twice each year. Learn more about Ferne Clyffe here.
Good Fishing Depends on Clean Water
Many of our rivers, lakes, and coastal areas are experiencing algae blooms that cover our favorite fishing spots with green slime and cause fish kills and "dead zones" where no aquatic life can survive. The cause is usually nitrogen and phosphorus pollution that comes from farm and lawn fertilizers, septic systems, animal waste, and sewage treatment plants. Learn what you can do to keep the water clean.
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.