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Maciulis: Fishing fundraiser to aid tornado victims

Bob Maciulis

Bob Maciulis

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Updated: May 8, 2014 9:39AM



The folks at Exelon Braidwood Generating Station have done it again. This year’s Braidwood Cooling Lake bass tournament “Fishing for a Cure” will be held April 19. All funds raised will be used to help the neighboring communities of Coal City and Diamond, which were devastated in the fall when tornadoes ripped through the towns.

There is no better example of what can be accomplished when the private sector joins hands with elected officials to manage our natural resources than the series of fundraising tournaments hosted over the years by the folks at Exelon Braidwood Generating Station. Visit
www.exeloncorp.com/fishing for more information.

Speaking of the cooling lakes, this may be one of the most adrenaline-packed emails in a long time forwarded to us by Ray Thompson.

The email is from Jim Hartley, sent March 31, and in it we see all of the excitement and exhilaration that makes the cooling lakes such remarkable, close-to-home fisheries (edited):

“Vic, I took a partner, Wayne Skoff, and one of his agriculture managers, a nice fellow names Kevin Ganz, to the (LaSalle) lake this Sunday. Almost was a disaster, as it was so cold in the morning (22 degrees) and when we went to launch the whole rig slid down on the ramp ice and it was not pretty ...

“Fishing was one of my best days ever on the lake. We boated 27 hybrids, two over 19 inches, rest 14- to 16-inch range. Twenty-two blues over 19 inches, largest 32 inches, and we released about 20 smaller ones, one buffalo carp, about 7 pounds; 20 sheephead 14 to 22 inches, and about 12 to 15 scrawny foot long channels. Wayne lost a monster blue at boatside, and the bugger took my shad rap with him as the snap gave way.

“We did have two break-offs; one on a blade bait, and one took the body off a No. 5 Shad Rap. All we reeled in was the plastic lip from the bait. It was not fishing, it was catching, and it lasted all day. We did not have 15 minutes of slack time the whole day, and could barely eat a sandwich or drink a pop. It was windy, but there were lots of other boats on the water, and I am sure they were having fun, too.

“Ken Clodfelter, our lake biologist, is the man here. The water appeared to me a little low, very clear and we marked many schools of baitfish. All the fish other than the channels are super healthy-looking and thick. The boat parking area is so nice now and the roads are so much better, we can’t compliment it enough.

“Water temps at the ramp were 56 degrees, and in section three (counting from the launch) it was 83 degrees at the point going in to section 4.

“Can’t wait to get back on water, and I believe the lake will be open 6 a.m. to sunset starting (April 1).” Jim.

Not much else to say except “thank you, Jim.”

Illinois’ 2014 Spring Catchable Trout Fishing Season was scheduled to open Saturday at 47 sites throughout Illinois, including four new areas: Pine Lake in University Park; Green Lake, FPD of Cook County, in southern Cook County, and Wolf Lake, Chicago. For more information about the trout stocking program, contact the IDNR Division of Fisheries at (217) 782-6424 or visit web site at
www.ifishillinois.org.



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