So when the IDNR stocked northern pike and smallmouth into section of the Rock River devastated by the kill in June, a flathead fanatic made a crack about the species deemed essential to stock. OK, maybe it isn't flatheads just yet, but there will be channel catfish added.
About 4,000 hatchery raised channel catfish will be released in Dixon tomorrow.
Here's the complete word from the IDNR:
IDNR to Release More Fish Into Rock River
Stocking to assist recovery of fishery following June fish kill
DIXON, IL -The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), on Tuesday, August 4 will release hatchery-raised channel catfish into the Rock River to further assist the recovery of the river fishery following a significant fish kill that occurred in late June.
Nearly 4,000 channel catfish raised at the IDNR Little Grassy Hatchery will be released into the Rock River on Tuesday, August 4. Personnel from the IDNR Division of Fisheries will release fish at 2:00 p.m. at the boat ramp at Page Park in Dixon. Page Park is on the northwest bank of the Rock River just downstream from Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois
Channel catfish are native to the Rock River. The fish to be stocked this week average about eight inches in length and will be expected to offset lost spawning opportunity in the area of the river that was effected by the recent fish kill. The IDNR previously stocked more than 50,000 smallmouth bass and 4,000 northern pike into the Rock River since the fish kill. These and other fish stockings should provide a boost to recreational fishing opportunities on the Rock.
IDNR biologists estimated more than 72,000 fish valued at more than $272,000 were lost in the Rock River fish kill event first reported on June 20-21. The Illinois EPA is working with the Illinois Attorney General's office on enforcement action.