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September 1, 2013

Fall brings the good and bad in fishing

September is a great month for fishing and I always look forward to the cooling down of both the temperature and the water temperature. This is the month when the big crappies come out of hiding, the bluegills become more active and fishing patterns often change in a particular body of water.

The fall also brings on my worst time of the year with the pesky mosquitoes so don’t go to the water or into the woods without some good insect repellent. Be prepared when you go outdoors and don’t forget to bring your spray!

The Illinois waterfowl zone maps are available on the IDNR website at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Pages/MapsApprovedWaterfowlZoneLines.aspx

The September 2013 early Canada goose season is Sept.1-15 with a daily limit of five (5) and a possession limit of 15 geese in the North and Central zones, and a daily limit of two and a possession limit of six geese in the South Central and South zones.

Illinois’ 16-day 2013 statewide teal hunting season is Sept. 7-22 with a daily limit of six and a possession limit of 18. Shooting hours for the September teal season are different from the regular season, starting at sunrise (a half-hour later than regular season) until sunset. The 2013 Illinois Digest of Waterfowl Hunting Regulations, available in September.

Passing a love of fishing on to your kids can be difficult to do when casting into a lake all day and waiting for a bite seems like one of the most boring activities in the world for their high energy output. A new game is making it easier by adding an element of competition. The Fishing Camp game is a trivia board game that teaches new fisherman and challenges seasoned veterans as they race around the game board. Fishing Camp is designed to grow with the player.

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