Plenty of smallies in Kishwaukee River

September 05, 2009 at 08:39 PM

The Kishwaukee River’s smallmouth bass population made quite an impression during a recent Department of Natural Resources sampling.

“It’s a wonderful smallmouth fishery,” said Dan Sallee, DNR regional fishery administrator.

Sallee said DNR staff found many smallies in the 2- to 3-pound range during the sampling near the Blackhawk Springs Forest Preserve in south Rockford.

“We talked to anglers in the area, and they said the smallmouth fishing had never been better than it is right now,” Sallee said.

Next week the DNR will conduct population surveys at Pierce and Olson lakes in Rock Cut State Park.