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Rainbow trout season opens Saturday

What are you doing this weekend? I have a couple of suggestions starting April 6. Get your fishing gear ready for the annual spring Inland Trout season that starts at 6 a.m. at the Hennepin Canal Parkway pond. This is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and held twice a year, spring and fall.

To fish at the parkway on Saturday, you will need a current Illinois fishing license and an Inland Trout stamp unless you are 15 years old or younger. You need to purchase the license and stamp before coming to the parkway as they do not sell them on location.

Some people use different types of bait including red worms, waxies, corn, cheese and marshmallows. Others prefer to use small spinner baits. The take home limit will be five trout. One thing you can be certain of, it will be crowded. Please be courteous and safe around the rest of the anglers.

Then, after you catch your limit of rainbows and get them home and cleaned, you can get ready to go to the Bureau County Metro Center and attend the third annual Bureau Valley Ducks Unlimited Gun Bash. The doors will open at 5 p.m. When  you purchase a ticket, this entitles you to a picnic style meal and beverage along with a 1 in 10 chance of winning a gun.

This was a popular event last year with somewhere around 20 guns won during the course of the evening. For information or tickets, call Erik Ellberg at 815-876-6659.

Some people have braved the inclement weather recently and were rewarded with some nice catches. One of the guys was Chuck Iben who traveled over to LaSalle Lake where he boated a 13 1/2-pound catfish. That is not such a big deal, but what is, is that he caught him on an ultralight with six-pound test.

During this trip, he also caught several stripers around 16 inches long. Nice going Chuck. As we move into April, one has to think that our weather will start to improve, and more and more people will get a chance to wet a line. Be safe and enjoy your outdoors.

You still have time to get a coyote.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com

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