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Illinois, Indiana cooperate on Calumet Harbor
By Mike Jackson Daily Herald Outdoors Writer
Posted 8/5/2004
Sensible minds sometime come up with sensible solutions.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources have created a new reciprocal sportfishing agreement for the Calumet Harbor area of Lake Michigan that allows resident anglers of both states - as well as individuals holding non-resident fishing licenses from either state - to fish in the area.

"This new agreement replaces one established in 1989 and allows individuals in each state to enjoy their sport to the maximum allowed by law in either state," said Illinois DNR director Joel Brunsvold. "While the two states have had a reciprocal agreement for many years, there had been ongoing confusion by anglers as to what was included. This new agreement clarifies it once and for all."

The agreement means Illinoisans holding both a resident Illinois license and a nonresident Indiana license can fish in the reciprocal area, taking the daily limit for whichever state they choose, but not for both states. The place from which an angler launches a boat does not impact his or her rights under the agreement.

Pheasant phacts: Illinois landowners, sportsmen and others who want to see ringneck pheasant numbers increase are invited to attend a free Landowner's Pheasant Management Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 28 in Livingston County.

The workshop will be conducted near Chatsworth. Those attending can follow the Pheasant workshop signs to the site about 4.7 miles south of Chatsworth on the west side of the road (Township Road 3350E).

The workshop will include a morning program at 9 a.m. followed by a tour of habitat practices and a free lunch provided by Pheasants Forever. The program and lunch will be completed by 1 p.m.

Advance registration is requested for this free workshop by calling (217) 784-4730 or by sending a fax to (217) 784-8116 with name, address, phone number and the number of persons attending.

Pre-registrants will have their names entered in a drawing for a shotgun donated by Pheasants Forever and will receive detailed directions to the workshop site.

Where's the good fishing? With the heavy rainfall this week, you may want to invest some time exploring the Fox River shorelines from Elgin southward to Geneva. Reports of smallmouth activity continue coming in from anglers "dabbling" small jigs tipped with plastic grubs or minnows.

Fox Chain: Lake Catherine muskie action is heating up again, especially in the heavily weeded sections. Channel Lake muskies are also moving and chasing surface lures. Bluegill action is exceptional on Channel, Bluff and Fox Lakes.

Lake Michigan: Suburban anglers going after perch near Wilmette are doing fairly well. Some fishermen start at 25-foot depths and then move to 40 feet. Todd Berg reports improved king salmon action off of Northpoint, with scattered schools going after flies.

Forest preserves: In Cook County, Skokie Lagoon continues to shine for very nice bluegill and bass. Beck Lake was decent for bass, but cooled down and panfish are now the main targets.

• Readers may contact Mike Jackson by e-mail at, visit his outdoors Web page at and listen to his radio program 6-7 a.m. Sunday on WSBC 1240-AM.

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