Aug 1, 2022
  • Aquatic Organisms
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Managing the fisheries resources in Illinois has been ongoing for 200 years, and the role of the Division of Fisheries is broad. Staff implement programs and policies to monitor management of fish populations for the protection and restoration of their habitats. Measures are implemented to control aquatic nuisance species. Diverse recreational fishing opportunities are created.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Aquatic Organisms
By Sheryl DeVore

While surveying fish at Buttonland Swamp, Hannah Holmquist discovered a fish she had never seen before. It was later confirmed by a biologist that it was the taillight shiner, thought to have been extirpated from the state. “I was ecstatic,” said Holmquist.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Aquatic Organisms
  • Recreation
By Van Grissom

Fishing is an activity that can create memories that can last over the years. It is astonishing that an activity that is relatively low in time and monetary cost can create experiences that bring multi-generational friends and family together for quality time. Read on for tips to help keep fishing stress free.

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Aquatic Organisms
  • People
By Kathy Andrews Wright

Clint Carter is the President of the Midwest Fish Cooperative, a group of commercial fishing crews that, in 18 months, pulled 8 million pounds of bighead, silver, grass and black carp from the river. Today, he joins an effort to showcase these four invasive species under the banner of “Copi,” and the slogan “Eat Well. Do Good.”

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Aug 1, 2022
  • Aquatic Organisms
  • Research
By Andrya L. Whitten, Jason A. DeBoer, James T. Lamer

Survey and Assessment of Large-river fishes in Illinois has been ongoing since 1957. Collaboration with research partners make it possible to not only provide robust data to Illinois managers and stakeholders, but also conduct important and informative research with these data.

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Welcome to the August 2022 edition of the online magazine OutdoorIllinois Journal, featuring timely, seasonally based stories about the Prairie State’s wildlife resources, with an expansion of content to include a broader range of subjects—including endangered and threatened species and Illinois’ unique, high-quality habitats and the people working to preserve, protect and manage these resources.

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