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More catfish coming to Rock River

January 26, 2010 at 10:32 AM

STERLING, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is developing plans to stock flathead catfish and channel catfish in the Rock River later this year as part of a continuing effort to speed the recovery of the river’s fishery in the aftermath of a June 2009 fish kill.

Tens of thousands of sport fish were lost in the Rock River fish kill event first reported on June 20-21, 2009.  At that time, dead fish were discovered in the Rock River in an area from two miles north of Grand Detour to 50 miles downstream at Prophetstown.

The IDNR stocked the river with smallmouth bass and northern pike last summer and channel catfish last fall in the aftermath of the fish kill.

“At a recent meeting of area anglers, we again heard loud and clear how important the Rock River fishery is to them and to all of those who enjoy fishing from throughout the region,” said Dan Sallee, regional administrator for the IDNR Division of Fisheries. “The Rock River fishery is very important to the local anglers and to the communities along the river.  Although the fishery is expected to fully recover, the public would like to see all possible efforts made to speed this recovery.”
IDNR fisheries biologists this spring plan to collect and relocate up to 100 pairs of flathead catfish into areas of the Rock River that were affected by the fish kill.  At the same time, IDNR personnel will relocate pre-spawn channel catfish to the same area of the Rock River, and further supplement the channel catfish population by stocking small fish from state hatcheries.

“Individual female flathead catfish may lay 100,000 eggs or more.  If only one in 1,000 of these eggs survives and thrives, this stocking level would result in an increase of up to 10,000 flathead catfish in the population,” Sallee said.  “This number of spawning pairs should speed the recovery of the fish kill zone.  The channel catfish stocking will also be beneficial.”

Anglers with questions about the Rock River fishery can contact IDNR District Fisheries Biologist Ken Clodfelter at 815/454-2759.

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Great news!!!  Any word on if the train company had to pay any fine or suffer any other repurcusions?

Posted by stream stalker on 01/27 at 08:18 AM

I sure hope Illinois taypayers aren’t footing the bill since the Canadian National railroad created this fish kill.

Attorney General Madigan better make damn sure that the Canadian National pays every penny for its negligence in the Rock River fish kill.

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Canadian National to pay $25,000 for derailment
ROCKFORD (AP) – Canadian National Railway has agreed to pay $25,000 for environmental testing of soil and water after a train carrying ethanol derailed in Rockford on June 19.

Canadian National will pay nearly $18,000 to the state’s oil spill response fund. More than $7,500 will go to the hazardous waste fund to repay the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for testing and monitoring.

The state EPA will bill the railroad quarterly in the future. Officials say there are no signs of ethanol contamination.

The spill also is suspected to have caused a fish kill on the Rock River that ran all the way down to Erie, but no direct evidence was found.

More than 70,000 fish were estimated to have died; the Illinois Department of Natural Resources restocked the river with about 60,000 fish.

The Illinois attorney general’s office and Winnebago County sued Canadian National in July over the derailment’s environmental impact.

The railroad also agreed to test wells in the area one more time to make sure drinking water is safe.

I believe this was 1/4/10

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