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Boat safety course set for Aug. 18

With the Illinois River quite high and a warning that there is a high content of algae that could be dangerous, it might be a good time for you to use a Saturday to get entered into a class for Boating Safety Education.

The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18. The course is free and is recommended for new boaters, families that go boating frequently, and seasoned boaters who just want to brush up on safe boating knowledge.

The class is open to all interested boaters 12 and over. If the person is under 16, they must be accompanied by an adult.

If this of interest to you, you should contact the park ranger at 815-667-4054 to register or for answers to any more questions.

• In my last article, I told about all our fishermen and their adventures at Black Bear Lodge in Red Lake, Ontario. I neglected to inform you about how we got there.

For all our years of traveling there, we have been in the capable hands of Green River Lines. It started out with Glenn Hansen, and when he got his service obligations done, he was joined by his son, Doug. Not only were they good fishermen, but helped out in other ways. Glenn helped out in the fish cleaning room, teaching many of our rookie fishermen how to fillet walleyes. He was always there to lend a helping hand.

Doug was there also, taking kids out if they didn’t have a partner that day. I can still remember when Doug caught his first laker. He yelled so much, I think they could hear him all the way to town.

The wife, Jodie, joined him, and they had many good trips together. It turned out to be more than just a commercial venture for them. They met many new friends, and we certainly enjoyed their company.

This year marked our 30th year of traveling to Black Bear Lodge. We especially want to thank Green River Lines for making our trip safe and so much better. Thanks again, Glenn and Doug.

• With the dog days of summer upon us and the river not much of an option, locals have had reasonable success in strip pits and farm ponds. Bass, bluegill, and crappie have been their target.

Mautino’s has produced some good catches of gills and crappie, but you need to start fishing early. Rawson’s has reported some good bass being caught.

Hope your summer goes well for you, and if you get some free time, take the kids fishing. It is quality time spent with them.

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

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