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Lee Wahlgren

Going green

Bureau County has turned green! This is a great time of the year if we could only figure out the weather. Instead of plowing snow now, we are mowing grass every week. And of course, we are inundated with thousands of those yellow things called dandelions.

May is a month when many people want to get out and try their luck at fishing. The sad part about this is many of Bureau County’s favorite spots have suffered severe winter kill. The winter took its toll on many local ponds. Thick ice covered with snow wiped out most of the local bodies of water.

Fish biologist Ken Clodfelter has had many calls to check people’s ponds and he is out every day working on the list of concerned pond owners. According to Ken, most of the ponds will have to be restocked. It is a sad situation. The source of great recreation has been taken away.

On a positive note, some people who enjoy getting out in the timber have had some decent luck finding morels. All of the sudden, the season was upon us and some lucky hunters have found some decent amounts. I personally want to thank a couple of friends who stopped by the house with some mushrooms for me to fry up. It was a great gesture, and I truly appreciate them. They are one of my favorite meals.

We are in the last couple of weeks preparing for our trip to Black Bear Lodge in Canada. The kids are getting their gear ready early because due to snow days, we have school the day we are to leave. They will pack early and just as soon as they are through with their classes, they will load up the bus and take off.

Captain John Smith will be in charge of the trip up. He has been going up with our group for more than a decade. It is good to have a veteran of many trips in charge.

I also want to thank some people who have donated some funds to help defray some of our costs. In memory of some loved ones such as Glenn Stammerjohn, Tom Robbins, Tim Alter, the parents of the Kirgan family, and my parents, this trip is a reality. Thank you very much.

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