Dam restrictions on the horizon
The state of Illinois is considering establishing distance restrictions for most Illinois dams.
According to Steve Sarley, the restrictions would be in place 50 feet below dams and 300 feet above dams. The issue is currently being reviewed and comments are welcome.
Legislation would impact 32 dams, including the McHenry Dam, the Fox River, Des Plaines, Kanakakee, Sangamon, Rock and Vermilion rivers.
“The McHenry Dam is a hot fishing spot and many fish, particularly big spring walleyes, are caught in spots that would be made “off limits” by the new regulation. Anglers farther south, such as those in Geneva, safely can wade much closer than 50-feet from the dam there. They would be out of business, as well. Other examples can be cited, but I am sure you realize what is happening here. We are facing a loss of many fine fishing spots.
I have a few thoughts on the matter.
There are 32 dams in the state that will be affected. They are of different sizes, volume of water flow, drop and depth, yet the state intends to put a blanket policy in place. To me, this would be akin to assigning the same speed limit to all roads in the state.
One size does not fit all.”
Click here to read Sarley’s column on the subject.