Anglers who want to know where the biggest fish or the greatest number of fish might be lurking in Forest Preserve District of Will County lakes are encouraged to attend a "Fishing Facts" program
on Wednesday, February 8, at Plum Creek Nature Center
"If you are a fisherman who has cabin fever, this is a great way to get your fishing fix without having to go fishing," said Bob Bryerton, an interpretive naturalist with the Forest Preserve District. "This is your opportunity to meet with a representative of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). And if you have a bunch of questions, this is your chance to get answers."
The free, all-ages program will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Plum Creek Nature Center, 27064 S. Dutton Road. Registration is required by Monday, February 6. Call 708.946.2216 to reserve a spot.
During the program, Rob Miller, an IDNR biologist, will reveal a snapshot of the latest fish surveys performed by the state. His report also will detail the size and numbers of fish species found in Forest Preserve lakes and how IDNR works in concert with District staff to stock the lakes and set harvesting rules.
Miller's talk will mostly focus on the District’s four main fishing lakes: Lake Chaminwood in Minooka, Monee Reservoir in Monee, Rock Run Rookery in Joliet and Whalon Lake in Naperville. Some information also will be provided on Lake Renwick Preserve – Turtle Lake Access in Plainfield.
Miller said he will explain why fisherman might find 26-inch gizzard shad at Whalon Lake and why the state has been removing Asian carp from Rock Run Rookery for several years. He also will detail Monee Reservoir’s interesting history, which dates back to 1915 when it was dug to replenish steam locomotives as they headed to Chicago.
Overall, there are many great fishing opportunities and site amenities for anglers in the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Miller said. While fishermen are always searching for insider information, Miller said the best tip is to have patience.
"To be successful, you have to spend time on the water," he said. "There's really no substitute for trying to get out as much as you can."Photo courtesy of Phil Pursley