Fewer flatheads netted in Rock River

November 06, 2009 at 02:45 PM

A recent netting program on the Rock River found fewer large flathead catfish in the area of last summer’s fish kill.

The Department of Natural Resources had 40 nets in the river last week and raised them three times.

The catch for all species was well below normal in the area below Dixon, and just one quality flathead (over 24 inches) was netted.

“In previous years we would get lots and lots of quality flatheads there,” said Dan Sallee, DNR regional fisheries administrator.

The good news was channel catfish didn’t appear nearly as affected by the fish kill, Sallee said.

He recommends the DNR stock big, spawning flatheads there next spring. The fish would likely be purchased from commercial fishermen.