Every fall, biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources conduct surveys of lakes to assess the health of fish populations. They use information gathered to set limits for anglers and guide fish stocking efforts.
Today marks the opening of river otter trapping season in Illinois. For the first time since 1929 trappers will be allowed to trade otter pelts, the most valuable of any animal in Illinois. STORY & COMMENTS
The Illinois Natural History Survey's Aaron Yetter tallied 195,195 ducks, just a few thousand above the long-term average of 191,939. This week's survey, flown on Monday, was the first since Oct. 15. Wind and rain had kept the flights grounded. STORY & COMMENTS
The public is invited to an informational meeting on the Lake Michigan fishery. Topics include the status of yellow perch, changes to the Lake Michigan salmon stocking, and changes to black bass regulations. STORY & COMMENTS
Ten counties previously open for late-winter seasons have been closed because deer population targets have been met in those counties. Click inside for a map of Illinois counties open for late-winter firearm deer hunting. STORY & COMMENTS