One again we have teamed up with the Illinois DNR to present our Urban Fishing Clinic. They are designed to help you and your child learn the basics of fishing and conservation. The instructor will talk about conservation and the benefits of catch and release. Then she will get into the basics of fishing.
Ever wondered how to tie that elusive fishing knot, or which bait for which fish? Even how to cast and which fish will be hitting during different times of year. It is all here during this 3 hour clinic. Rods, tackle, and bait are supplied.
They will start July 11, 2014 at 9:00 and will run through August 8th, 2014. Please Contact the Illinois DNR at 815-625-2903 to reserve a spot and let them know what date you wish to attend. You will meet at the main concession at Rock Cut. Please arrive a few minutes early.
Every child attending the Friday Clinic, will leave with a rod of their own to continue this great experience and keep them going outside.
The fish have started biting, with vengeance. The last week has brought in a 14″ Black Crappie, a 17″ Small
Mouth Bass and the first Walleye of the season. the walleye is in the picture on the left. You can check them all out in our Keepers gallery. Water temps have risen to over 58 degree and have likely sparked the crappie spawning. This provides a good food source for the predator so we will be seeing them out as well. We have also had reports of nice size Perch at the east end of Pierce lake. The crappie was caught from shore at the Red Oak Picnic area.
We have reports of catfish off Red Oak and by the dam.
Most are hitting on minnows, wax worms and crawlers. However, we have seen the bass taken with spinners, Matzuo Shallow divers and Tattle Tail Jigs. The jigs have also been effective on crappie.
We are offering free dozen minnows, or crawlers if you stop in and let us get a picture of you and your catch. If you decide to take us up on the offer please be sure your fish is with in the legal limit. We have had a couple Muskies brought in at just over 30 inches and that is well below the minimum of 48. Plus Muskies don’t usually survive if they are kept out of the water to long.
With the weird March warming spell and then the April cooling I think the fish are confused about whether it is spring or not. We have seen crappie from 20 feet to 5 feet. The steady warm up, of the lake, should get everything back on track for this season.
So, it looks like the 2012 season is getting off to a good start. come out, drop a hook, check out our special, and take advantage of the Fisherman’s Special in the café. Stop in for breakfast and get a free cup of coffee until 10 am. Don’t forget we have always have free WiFi. We look forward to see you this season.
We have added all the lake and trail maps to our site. Select the menu option from Park Facts and you will find the Park Maps. These are the latest maps of the park and lakes