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Lee Wahlgren

Trout fishing set Saturday

April is here. We are all ready for some decent weather so we can get on with some new activities.

Whitetails had a great banquet and the Malden Vets had a great game banquet. Now we are going to get outdoors.

I gave you a heads up in my last article about the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Inland Trout season which will start at 6 a.m. Saturday. Somewhere around 800 trout have been dumped into the Hennepin Canal Parkway pool behind the Visitors Center all ready for Saturday. Fishermen are reminded they will need a current fishing license plus this year’s inland trout stamp unless they are under 16 or active service personnel. Licenses and stamps are not on sale at the center.

Limit for each fisherman will be five trout. Popular baits for these trout are worms, marshmellows, corn and doughbait. This is a good time to take the kids out to catch a fish.

When you get home from trout fishing, you can clean your limit, relax and get ready for the Bureau County Ducks Unlimited Fourth annual Gun Bash. This will be held at the Bureau County Metro Center on April 5. The doors will open a 5:30 p.m. and there will be more than 30 guns for one who has the lucky ticket. The tickets for the evening cost $100 and will include food and beverage and a chance for a gun of your choice.

For more information or tickets, call Erik 815-876-6659, Ben  815-866-4636 or Eric Speakes at 815-289-6150.

• Here’s a little information from the Walleye Tournament. This was the first year they didn’t allow live bait and there were some people wondering what affect it might have on the results. It was reported to me 70 percent of teams caught their limit. Many were females so therefore the DNR did well on their annual collection of eggs.

One thing I have been wondering about and finally got some information on was fish kill.  I am afraid the news is not good. In talking with fish biologist Ken Clodfelter Tuesday, he said he got 30 phone calls on Monday concerning this issue. Some people are just now finding out about this due to late ice out. They kind of suspected something when ice fishermen informed them few catches were recorded in February. Ken says he won’t know until they can test these waters. He fears the worst since the ponds and lakes have been iced over for 2-3 months and in addition, the ice has been covered with snow. These factors could lead to total fish kill in certain areas.

This is not hunting and fishing, but I want to thank Princeton school crossing guards for their great job this cold winter. Bundled up and on the job, thank you.

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