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Rock Cut State Park avoids damage during recent storm

July 17, 2011 at 08:04 AM

Rockford Register Stat

Rock Cut State Park escaped the brunt of Monday’s storm that caused so much damage in the area.

Park crews removed a few trees that fell across roads, but other than that it was mostly downed branches throughout Rock Cut. The park didn’t lose its electricity.

Fortunately, Rock Cut staff had time to notify campers of the approaching storm, and many campers took shelter in the shower building.

Recycling tubes doing the job
Anglers are using the fishing line recycling tubes at Pierce and Olson lakes in Rock Cut State Park.

The tubes were emptied last week for the first time this season, and the line filled a 12-by-16-inch box.

The Rock Valley Anglers fishing club and Rock Cut staff teamed up to install the tubes in hopes of making the lakes’ shorelines a little cleaner.

Rock Cut ramp work slated
The replacement of the boat ramps at Pierce Lake’s main launch is slated for next spring.

The ramps will be replaced in stages so half will always still be available.

The project is expected to take about a month.

Concrete forms will likely be built on shore and then installed in the water.

Duck populations on the rise
Duck hunters might have a few more targets this season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released its preliminary breeding duck population estimates, which show an 11 percent increase in overall duck numbers from last year.

A total of 45.6 million birds were tallied mostly in north-central United States and south-central Canada.

State fishing records broken
Two fishing records recently were shattered in our neighboring states.

Maxfield Jonas Krueger, 13, caught a 4.8-ounce, 9.75-inch golden shiner July 7 at Fowler Lake in Waukesha, Wis. The former Wisconsin record was an 8.5-inch, 3.4-ounce fish.

Josh Zylstra, 23, recently caught the Iowa record white bass (4.16 pounds) at Big Sprit Lake. The previous best was 3.9 pounds.

Great plate
I spotted this outdoors-related license plate last month while vacationing at Yellowstone National Park. It was on a car from Alberta, Canada: BAKPAKR (backpacker).

Final Quick Shots
This is the final installment of my Outdoors Quick Shots. In a newsroom redesigned, I’ve been moved over to the copy desk, where I worked nine years before becoming a sports writer.

It was an interesting 11 years, filled with fishing trips, fishing tales and big fish photos.

I’ll sadly miss it, but in the evolving newspaper business nothing is forever.

The Register Star, however, will continue its outdoors coverage, including the Big Fish listings.

Rockford Register Star news services contributed to this report.

Reporter Doug Goodman can be reached at 815-987-1386 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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