Mike Skwira sent a chilling report--``The Silence of the Lambs''--on the area around the latest officially-sanctioned fish kill on Chicago waterways, the second such deliberate fish kill within half a year.
The word is ``enough'' when it comes to killing Chicago fishing in the Great Asian Carp Quest.
Skwira, shown above on an outing on the Chicago River downtown two summers ago, sent this: `
I went out of Alsip on the Cal Sag Sunday morn. Stopped at the Pulaski bridge-nothing-continued on to Riverdale-fished for about 45 mins. -nothing. My plan was to run to the O'Brien Lock and go through to the lake....fat chance. I waited at least 45 minutes no locks would open. When this used to happen (commonly for fishing boats) we were able to fish around there..not anymore. It was eerie...No fish on the graph...no gulls.....not a dimple on the water. You can still smell the chemicals....The thought that came into my mind as I floated there was...The Silence of the Lambs. I ended up turning around and going home. The river had a foul stench to it. There was a line of dead fish I blasted through at Acme steel......There was signs of spawning carp down river at Riverdale...but no game fish...
Mike (no fish) Skwira
That section of the Little Cal, the 2 1/2-mile stretch poisoned in May, is an area where fishing had rebounded to the point where a fair number of tournaments were launching from there.
So now fish are being killed there to quiet the grandstanding of officials in Michigan?
There was a line crossed with this fish kill. The first fish kill, on a six-mile stretch of the Sanitary and Ship Canal in early December, 2009, was not a fishing area.
The Little Cal is--or should that be was?--in that stretch.
At least IDNR officials among the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee realized the fish kill on the Little Cal would sting with fishermen.
That's why IDNR officials knew they had to plan to restock game fish in that stretch. But they will not be restocking 3- or 4-pound bass, the kind that took years to grow.
We lost something significant. And it hurts.
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