The Hofmann Dam River Rats

The Hofmann Dam River Rats invites you to help with the Annual Spring Cleanup!!!

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 9:00 am to Noon

Meet in the Forest Preserve area north of Barrypoint Road near the Hofmann Tower

Bring your kids, parents, neighbors, and friends! Wear long pants and hiking boots.

Latex gloves and poker-sticks will be provided by the Cook County Forest Preserve District

Refreshments will be served!

Call John Mach, 708-656-2286, or Bob Bezouska, 708-749-9654 for more information.

The Hofmann Dam River Rats is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization

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Click Here for 2003-2008 Des Plaines River survey results.

New Fish found in Spring 2013 shocking upstream of the Hofmann Dam site: Logperch, Rosyface Shiner, Musky.

The Hofmann Dam River Rats invite you to help with the Annual Fall Cleanup!!!

Saturday, October 19th, 2013 9:00 am to Noon

Hofmann Dam at the Des Plaines River

Bring your kids, parents, neighbors, friends, church group, club or scout troop! Wear long pants and hiking boots.

Latex gloves provided (or bring your favorite work gloves) Dress for April weather! Bags and pokersticks provided by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Refreshments will be served!

Call John Mach, 708-656-2286, or Bob Bezouska, 708-749-9654,for more information

www.thehofmanndamriverrats.com

The Hofmann Dam River Rats is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization

On May 29th 2013, IDNR released 25 lbs, approximately 27,000 Sauger fish into Des Plaines River. The fish is approximately an inch to two inches long. Please see below the excerpts from IDNR website regarding the stocking program and catch rates in the river (http://dnr.state.il.us/fish/Walleye_SaugerStatus.htm). We look forward to more current data from IDNR to see how the dam removal is going to affect the fish population in the area.

DES PLAINES RIVER – The lower Des Plaines River and Salt Creek continue to yield consistent walleye catch rates. In 2004, electrofishing catch rates were higher than previous years, with a total of 18 walleye collected per hour. Fish ranged in size from 12 to 20 inches with most in the 17-20 inch size, weighing up to 3.3 lbs. The source of these walleye is most likely Busse Lake on upper Salt Creek, where they are stocked by Cook County Forest Preserve District. In contrast to smallmouth bass, walleye are quite tolerant of degraded water quality conditions which are common in Salt Creek and the Des Plaines River.

The Des Plaines River IDNR sauger stocking program has been very successful so far, based on recent collections and angler reports A total of 12,021, 2-in. sauger were stocked into the Des Plaines at Riverside in 2001, with another 28,000 released between Riverside and Hodgkins locations in 2004. Electrofishing at Riverside yielded a very high catch rate of 67 sauger per hour. Fish from both 2001 and 2004 were present in the collection. Individuals from the 2001 stocking averaged 16 inches in length; within the average growth rate for Illinois sauger. Fish from the 2004 stocking were an average of 8 inches in length. All fish appeared to be very robust and healthy. Electrofishing catch rates were lower in the Hodgkins area (5 per hour) but fish were similar in size to those found in the Riverside area. Anglers have also reported catching many of the stock sauger.

The Hofmann Dam River Rats has prepared and petitioned the following fishing regulations with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The process takes approximately 12 months and it goes through various approval steps. The following regulations are in effect on the Des Plaines River and tributary streams from the Hofmann Dam to the 47th Street bridge. Currently, our group is working with DNR to extend the regulations all the way to 26th Street bridge. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information.

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The Hofmann Dam River Rats invite you to help with the 34th Annual Cleanup!!!

Saturday, April 27th, 2013 9:00 am to Noon

Hofmann Dam at the Des Plaines River

Bring your kids, parents, neighbors, friends, church group, club or scout troop! Wear long pants and hiking boots.

Latex gloves provided (or bring your favorite work gloves) Dress for April weather! Bags and pokersticks provided by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County

Refreshments will be served!

Call John Mach, 708-656-2286, or Bob Bezouska, 708-749-9654,for more information

www.thehofmanndamriverrats.com

The Hofmann Dam River Rats is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization