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Saturday, 18 June 2011 16:43

Hook, line & sinker: Illinois Muskie numbers vary across state

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Members of Muskies, Inc. reported they caught 719 muskies between 30 and 48.5 inches in Illinois last year, down from 919 muskies in 2009.

In a report issued this week, the organization said 18 bodies of water reported muskie captures, with 11 reporting fish longer than 40 inches, including Evergreen Lake, which had a 45-inch fish and Spring Lake with a 46.5-incher.

The Fox Chain in northern Illinois led all bodies of water with the most reported catches, accounting for nearly half the total. Kinkaid accounted for about a quarter and Spring Lake accounted for another 20 percent.

These are relative numbers and should not be viewed to indicate the most productive muskie lakes in Illinois. The report is based on self-accounts of muskie-club members only. Non-members capture and release many more muskies, and many fish measuring 30 inches or more are not reported at all for various reasons.

For kids

Did you put this on your calendar yet? The annual fishing clinic and derby for kids ages 5-12 at Miller Park in Bloomington is June 11. The McLean County Sportsmen's Association, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Bloomington Parks and Recreation, State Farm Foundation, the McLean County Sheriff's Department and The Pantagraph host the free event. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The first 200 receive T-shirts. Bring a bucket and your fishing gear. Worms and a lunch at noon are provided.

The pond is stocked with catfish prior to the event. Call 309-275-9891 for information. No fishing license required.

Tournament notes

-- Ryan Robinson and Wes Gehrt weighed five fish totaling 13.3 pounds to win a Saturday tournament at Evergreen Lake for Relay for Life. Father-and-son team of Fred and Fred Myers was second with 12.8 pounds. They donated their winnings of $200 back to the Relay. Elk's Lodge big bass was 4.8 pounds caught by Mike Therien. The second largest bass was 4.2 pounds caught by Ryan Robinson. The event raised $1,100 for the Relay for Life.

-- Scott Bree and Jamie Maisenbacher won the Bloomington Normal Bass Club Tuesday Night Tournament at Evergreen Lake with three fish weighing 9 pounds, 4 ounces. Second place with three fish weighing 6 pounds, 15 ounces were Gena and Dave Norris. Third place and big bass was taken by Jim Sherman and Ron Bristow with one bass of 3 pounds, 7 ounces.


Full Article Publsihed at pantagraph.com

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