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Previewing LaSalle opener

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Signs are good for the reopening of LaSalle Lake to fishing at 6 a.m. Sunday.

I plan to be sleeping in line Saturday night in anticipation of the opening of the cooling lake just south of Seneca. Then, hopefully, I will join Jeff ``Woody'' Roberts in a wild day catching dozens of big bass, and probably a big blue cat or two. Woody has been calling about twice a week in anticipation.

Spoonplugger Mike Lynch e-mailed, ``Can't wait for Sunday. I will be in line about 2 a.m.''


You never know what you will see at the LaSalle opener. Morris High School teacher Sean Porter had one of the neater ways of getting around opening day last year.

Here's an overview for the opener.

FISHERY: Biologist Ken Clodfelter said largemouth bass look pretty good and a ``little stronger'' both in size and numbers.

Blue catfish should be excellent. They have surveyed fish well over 30 pounds. ``But I have heard of people catching them up to 52 pounds and I've seen pictures of fish in the upper 40s,'' he said.

Smallmouth bass have good numbers, and prime size is in 2-3 pounds. The nice surprise was surveying 15 hybrid striped bass in the 5-8 pound range on the east end. Bluegills, up to 8 inches, also looked good, especially on the east end. Expect about the usual on channel catfish: good numbers but small size. He did not know what to expect on white and yellow bass.

There were no major fish kills last year.


Paul Umana and some friends had a good start to fishing opening morning last year.

WATER TEMP: Ed Hansen at the fish hatchery said he would take some water temperatures later this week, and I will post them in an update here.

BASICS: Hours are 6 a.m. to dusk. In March, the lake is open Wednesday through Sunday. In April, site super Ted Love expects it to go to seven days. There is no bait shop at the lake, but there are vending machines.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 80 west to the Seneca exit. Go south through the town and across the Illinois River on Route 170. At the flashing yellow light at the Mazon/Grand Ridge Blacktop, turn right and go about a mile and a half.

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