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News IL Urban Catfish Initiatives


Jerry A
On Wednesday, June 11, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the Friends of the Chicago River, released 30,000 channel catfish into the Chicago and Little Calumet Rivers as part of a program that shows how far those urban waterways have come environmentally. 10,000 catfish were released into the Chicago River from Lower Wacker Drive below the 333 W. Wacker building, and 20,000 catfish into the Little Calumet River, which runs south of the city.


(Other) Chicago-Based Programs:

Fishing and Aquatic Environmental Educational Programs ? These programs, offered throughout the year, are held in schools, with senior groups, at day care facilities, and in parks on weekends. An important goal of this program is to get individuals interested in fishing so that they might develop it as a hobby in future years.

Fishing Clinics and Fish Stocking ? This program was started in 1985 at Marquette, Gompers, and Columbus Parks and today has expanded to 13 parks througout Chicago.

Each year about 500 fishing clinics are held for more than 12,000 participants, and about 30,000 pounds of catchable-sized channel catfish and nearly 60,000 hybrid sunfish are stocked.