Carp-a-thon underway on Rock River

August 01, 2009 at 07:30 AM

ROCKFORD — The 21st annual Carp-A-Thon is under way today on the Rock and Kishwaukee rivers and their tributaries.

The carp-fishing tournament, sponsored by the Coon Creek Casters, ends at 4 p.m. The weigh-in is at Belvidere’s UAW Hall, 1100 E. Chrysler Drive.

The public is welcome to attend the awards ceremony. Kids games, food and prize drawings also are available at the weigh-in site.

Message in bottle found in Pec
Volunteers made an unusual discovery during the United Sportsmen’s Youth Foundation’s annual Pecatonica River cleanup last month.

A glass bottle containing a message was pulled from the river near Ridott.

A Browntown, Wis., man had written the letter, sealed it in the bottle and threw it in the river at Martintown, Wis., just cross the border.

The letter was dated March 25, 1991. The man wanted to find out how far the bottle would travel, according to the note.

The distance was 17 miles as the crow flies, but much longer as the fish swims.

More than 125 volunteers cleaned up 50 miles of the river. They collected enough trash to fill three 10-yard dump trucks.

Panel OKs waterfowl seasons
The Illinois waterfowl seasons were approved this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations Committee.

All zones have a 60-day duck season, while the Canada goose seasons are 85 days in the North and Central zones and 66 days in the South.

The regular duck and Canada goose seasons open Oct. 17 in the North, Oct. 31 in the Central and Nov. 14 in the South.

The early Canada goose season is Sept. 1-15 with a daily bag limit of five geese.

Formal approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected later this summer.

This muskellunge was a fighter
Muskies are known as predator fish, and that may be the reason a U.S. Navy submarine was named U.S.S. Muskellunge.

The submarine was in service from 1943 to 1969.

The Muskellunge was mentioned in Peter Maas’ book “The Terrible Hours” about a submarine rescue in the 1930s. I finished reading the book last week.

Illinois ranks No. 2
Illinois trailed only Wisconsin on a top 10 list of big-buck states released by the Quality Deer Management Association.

Rankings are based on Pope & Young and Boone & Crockett records from 1996 to 2005.

Great plate
In response to my request for interesting outdoors-related license plates, Charles Hage of Dixon called about this one he spotted: 1 C OWLS. Hage said the owner had to use a 1 instead of an I and was probably a bird watcher.

If you see or have an interesting outdoors-related license plate, contact me at the e-mail address or phone number below.