SULLIVAN, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced a fish salvage operation at Wood Lake, located approximately three miles south of Sullivan (west of Ill. Rt. 32 and east of Shelby County Highway 19) on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property near Lake Shelbyville.
As a result of the plan to dewater Wood Lake for removal of silt, development of fishing access for people with disabilities, and improvement of the quality of the lake’s fishery, the IDNR Division of Fisheries is implementing a plan to salvage fish from Wood Lake during May and June.
IDNR will allow anglers to participate in the salvage of fish from Wood Lake during daylight hours daily from May 1 through June 30, 2012. Participating anglers must have an Illinois sport fishing license (unless exempt) and no fish salvaged may be sold. Legal methods for taking any species of fish from Wood Lake during this salvage effort will include pole and line, hand capture, seining, netting, spearing, and bow and arrow. During the fish salvage operation, there will be no daily limits for any species on Wood Lake. No fish may be cleaned on site and fish parts may not be disposed of on site.
Anglers in possession of fish from Wood Lake during the salvage period will be restricted from fishing Lake Shelbyville to avoid confusion regarding fish possession limits on Lake Shelbyville.
The IDNR plans to restock Wood Lake following the improvement project. For more information, contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Shelbyville office at 217/774-3951 or the IDNR Division of Fisheries at 217-345-2420.