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Old 07-30-2009, 03:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Some caution will be required in the near future when fishing the Great Lakes Quarry in Lemont. There is a large portion of the quarry, about in the middle and including half of the south bank that is privately owned. The owner has asked lemont to change it's rules to catch and release and for restriction on boats and flotation devices...to limit fishing out the quarry and to limit trespass and liability. The Village Board refused the request. The DNR will be contacted and all trespassers will be arrested!!!
Does confiscation of your boat go with an arrest? I do not know. Arrests will start soon.[/i][/b]
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Old 07-30-2009, 08:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Any sourse you can link to this report? Are they changing the posted signs. It would seem contradictory to be arrested for fishing a lake with signs with regulations and a boat ramp that don't include you can only fish a certain portion of the lake. If the village of Lemont who has the area posted refuses to acknowledge the supposed owners request, the Lemont police aren't going to arrest anyone, and I certainly don't see the DNR getting involved in a tresspass issue that the village disputes. In any case thanks for the heads up on a potential issue.
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I know nothing on the issue, but the above must be taken into consideration.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am *very close* to this issue and the DNR WILL arrest people on the shore and on the water within the private property boundries. Lemont owns all but six acres which happent to be about center of the quarry making it difficult not to trespass if you go east to west and yes, the Lemont police have the same arrest powers.The Village does have signage there but that reflects rules only on their property...look up Heritage Corridor brochure which shows the private property and avoid it. This is a heads up for fishermen as a courtesy.
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Firerock2,

I sensed you were "very close" to this issue... Do you own, or represent the owners of this property?
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I am very sensitive to tresspass issues and very simpathatic to land owners rights. I would never knowingly trespass to hunt or fish. That being said it seems to me that this is very bogus. With the area posted with signs clearly stating other regulations applying I cannot concieve the village of Lemont condoning tresspassing and refusing to ammend the signage to state part of the lake (and which part) was private property and no access allowed and posting boundary signs to clearly indicate what lemont owned and controlled. Seems the owner or "someone very close to the issue" could and would post the same signs if they had the right to do so and would be much easier then calling the law or the DNR every time someone who thinks they are on park land drifts onto or wanders on to a part of the lake that is " privately owned". This is a very different issue then someone just tresspassing and not taking the time to secure permission to fish as the quarries have been publicsized as open to the public and are posted. As someone who is "close to the issue" it seems like you should use your influence to settle the issue with the village of Lemont instead of harrassing the people who come to enjoy the quarries and think they are doing so legally. It is not an issue for me, but someone here is being a real bonehead, I hope it is not the Village of Lemont.
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This could only get funnier.
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I have had my boat on this lake almost every single weekend this season since April. I have spoken to the police out there while they were ticketing a boat for having a gas motor on and they never mentioned any off limits points on the water. I know of the section of land that is posted no trespassing which has a wooden staircase and it is easily avoided. But there is no way that the WATER around it is off limits while fishing from a small boat. The truth is, the quarry is a decent sized little lake with not that much shore fishing acess and I have never met anyone on a boat out there who was keeping fish. All were catch, photo, release. If the DNR would just stop back their a little more to check liceneses and distribute littering tickets their wouldnt be any problem at all. Compared to the CCFP forest preserve lakes I fished before discovering this place a few years ago, this place is still in MUCH better shape and I love it. I want to protect it too, but it can be done the right way.
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http://www.lemont.il.us/PDF%20Files/Her ... ochure.pdf

Seems to be only a small portion of the lake... should be easily avoided!
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This "bone head" is giving advance warning because he too is a fisherman! He has asked Lemont to make the quarry a catch and release fishing hole as it is being fished out. He has further asked lemont to keep the public off of his property...property he has owned, paid taxes on as well as insurance for over twenty five years. In short he is miffed at the propsect that Lemont makes a park out of everything in the area including his land *without*...again...without leasing or buying or *cooperating* with a no boats no flotation devices to eliminate trespass on the private property and to take the pressure off of fishing. One boater took 27 bass out in one night on a stringer!!! The SOB! As for the signage...Why the **** is it a private property owners responsibility to post signage...if you don't own it simply stay out! The Village acts like they do own everything down there...they do not! The DNR will be enforcing trespass laws on the water and land as soon as they get the letter authorizing them to do so...you got a heads up here as a courtesy.

Now...just maybe there are enough of you to form a fishing club on this "private property"...put in a real launch ramp and some boat docks and pay the taxes, insurance and the owner for twenty five years of protecting the quarry from dumpers and other fools. And, tell the Village to go to **** with their rules as you can do what you wish on property you own.
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