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Old 03-01-2004, 05:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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please practice catch and release on this river and others. Since the flood in 96 it has been getting better and better every year and the fish are growing. I hate to see smallmouth going in a bucket. our reasourses are limited, share them with everyone. Take a picture and let it go.
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Isn't the DuPage CR only for Smallies?
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Old 03-02-2004, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hey,Stalker nice avatar. I'm glad you took my advice.
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I believe that the limit for smallmouths are 14". Not that I'd wanna ever keep one. Does the river also follow the C&R only rule from April to June?

I believe that the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance also posts up C&R signs all over the river at the major accessed areas too. That also helps

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Old 03-03-2004, 11:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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According to 2004 Illinois Fishing Information page 16, the section of the West Branch between the Warrenville Dam and the Mcdowell FP Dam is catch and release. It looks like, otherwise, the IL limit of 6 LM and SM combined applies. Even so, since 30-40% of the water comes from "treatment" plants, and most of the rest is street and parking lot run off, do we really want to keep and eat fish from the Dupe? If you do, you do not have to marinade them since they are already thoroughly soaked in sewer water, prestone, pesticides and residual industrial waste.

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If you do, you do not have to marinade them since they are already thoroughly soaked in sewer water, prestone, pesticides and residual industrial waste
Mike, I can see the street & parking lot run-off being a problem, but the effluent (discharge) from the treatment plants for the most part, barring unusual circumstances, is very clean. It has been chlorinated to kill the "bugs" and then goes through a de-chlorination process the removes the chlorine.
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I work at the tackle shop in plainfield Strictly fishing and there is alot of people who come in saying how great the fishing is and i always ask if they kept anything and alot say they do keep the fish. They think that a 14 inch bass is worth keeping. Come on let it go.
Even when you can keep the fish why would some one want to. I fish the river almost twice a week and i always see someone with a fish on a stringger.
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They must be really desperate "anglers" to keep a 14" Bass.

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Must be desperate to keep any Bass. Aren't Bass part of the carp family?
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