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Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Fishing Open in July

For the first time since 2001, perch fishing will be open during the month of July, the most popular month for perch angling. The number of fish allowed per angler remains at 15 per day. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is making changes to yellow perch regulations on Lake Michigan to reflect the wishes of perch anglers while continuing to protect the lake's perch fishery. Read more here.

30,000 Channel Catfish Stocked in Chicago Area Waterways

The IDNR, in cooperation with the Friends of the Chicago River, stocked 30,000 channel catfish into the Chicago Area Waterways. The release is part of a restoration project to increase the population of catfish in the Chicago River and the Little Calumet River, where 10,000 and 20,000 catfish were release respectively on June 11. "Now that we have better water quality, this project is going to bring back a spawning habitat, and we think they're going to thrive here and take hold," said Marc Miller, director of the IDNR. Read more here.

Illinois Holds 5 Spots in The Top 100 Family Fishing Spots

Illinois has 5 spots in the newly released Top 100 Family Fishing Spots named by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF)! Anglers across the nation voted on the top spots, and these five Illinois' list were selected in the top 100 &mdash Starved Rock State Park (#12 on the list!), Fox Chain O' Lakes, North Point Marina on Lake Michigan, Johnson Sauk Trail and Monee Reservoir.
The RBFF Take Me Fishing campaign initiated the nationwide vote to provide families and outdoor enthusiasts with a recommended list of the best family–friendly places to experience the joys of boating and fishing. Learn more about the top spots here.

Lake Bloomington: One of National Fish Habitat Partnership's 2014 "Waters to Watch"

Lake Bloomington has been named one of the National Fish Habitat Partnership's "Waters to Watch" for 2014. The "Waters to Watch" are a collection of water systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. The Reservoir Fisheries Habitat Partnership is partnering with the Friends of EverBloom (a Friends of Reservoirs Chapter), IDNR, the City of Bloomington, McLean County Soil and Water Conservation District, McLean County Parks and Recreation and local vendors to rehabilitate a severely eroded shoreline on Lake Bloomington. Learn more about this project here.

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.