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A huge Asian bighead carp (foreground) turns toward the Spring Valley Municipal Band (background) as one of the band concert goers looks at the fish, not the band Friday evening. The “Fetch N Fish” aquarium trailer was parked Friday night on St. Paul Street in Spring Valley in advance of today’s 10 a.m-4 p.m. Outdoor Expo downtown. NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett
Some parts of the region received massive volumes of rainfall and others didn't, but with the Illinois River, Bureau Creek and even the Hennepin Canal slightly muddy, it turns out that Spring Valley picked a good day Saturday for its Outdoor Expo.
The Expo will feature vendors, a climbing wall and an aquarium filled with native Illinois fish and which doubles as a demonstration tank for dogs' retrieving and leaping skills.
Should you wish to fish this weekend, water clarity is likely to be poor in the Fox River and Illinois River, due to runoff coming in from heavy rains. Bureau Creek has been quite high, swift and chocolate-milk-colored since the 6 inches of rain near its headwaters near LaMoille. Water from the feeder canal after heavy rain in the Rock Falls area is likely to have the Hennepin Canal more stirred up than usual — though catfish anglers (and -- tip: carp and catfish anglers using mulberries) wouldn't have to worry that much about clarity.
After heavy rains, yours truly is more likely to turn his attention to Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area, other similar strip-mine ponds, farm ponds (ask the owner and don't trespass) and, perhaps, Shabbona.
After heavy rains, Lake Mendota often is more fish-able, with better clarity, than Lake Kakusha, the upper half of the flood-control project.
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