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6/27/2014 12:23:00 PM
Fishing derby extended due to high water

"It will all depend on when the DNR can get on the river so we can get fish for tagging," commented Sam Thomas of the Northern Illinois Anglers Association.

Fish were to be collected and tagged by the state biologists Wednesday but high water and speed of flow kept that from happening. As of Friday morning the tagging of fish was scheduled for Monday, June 30.

"We're hoping Monday will be tagging day as long as we don't get a lot of rain over the weekend. If so, derby anglers from that day forward will have 10 days to try and catch a tagged fish," Thomas said.

There will be over 100 fish of various species tagged and released in the river between Indiana and Wilmington. Each is worth $500 or more in cash or merchandise if caught by a pre-registered fisherman. One particular fish is worth a new boat, motor and trailer courtesy of Local #176.

Registered fishermen can enter their catch in the Big Board and Derby Dollar Days contests now. The big board awards first, second and third place for the heaviest fish caught from the river. Species include walleye, smallmouth, Northern pike, largemouth, crappie, channel catfish, rock bass and rough fish.

Derby Dollar Days award a $100 prize for the largest fish of the day, as long as the fish is of a specific species.

Local sponsors and prizes include the following:

• If you catch the fish "Everyday's a Holiday," you will receive $500 from the South Wilmington Sportsmen's Club.

• If the fish "Not Guilty" is hooked, you will receive a $500 fishing trip package courtesy of Attorney Jeff Fisher.

• The fish "Results" is sponsored by the Free Press Newspapers, and will bring the angler who catches it a $500 fishing trip package.

• The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will give away $500 in Chamber gift certificates for catching its fish, "Lunker Eddie Larson."

To receive prizes, the winners must be in attendance at the awards night on Wednesday, July 9, at 6 p.m. at the Bradley-Bourbonnais Sportsmen Club. Tags must not be removed from the fish, and it is the angler's responsibility to keep the fish fresh and alive.

Anglers can obtain a registration card with complete rules at Angelo's Outdoor Sports Center, 708 W. Baltimore St., Wilmington.

For more information, call 933-0527, or visit

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