Attention fishermen -- and women -- trout fishing season starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday.
The McHenry County Conservation District has stocked 1,326 pounds of rainbow trout at Lake Atwood at the Hollows Conservation Area, 3804 Route 14, in Cary and 237 pounds at Piscasaw Creek in Beck's Woods, 5940 N. Pagles Road, in Chemung, said district communications manager Wendy Kummerer.
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Each fish weighs about a pound, and the stocking was funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
The trout were dumped by the buckets in the lake, Kummerer said.
"They come in a big tanker kind of truck, and they just dump them in. The fish hang out toward shore first, and then they take off into the lake," she said.
An additional 949 pounds will be stocked before Free Fishing Days June 9 to 12, when anyone can fish, regardless of whether they hold a fishing license, Kummerer said.
Fishing regulations limit to two the number of fishing devices per angler, and to five the number of trout caught each day. People ages 16 and up must have a valid Illinois fishing license and an inland trout stamp available at dnr.state.il.us or (888) 673-7648. Anglers can also buy a 24-hour Illinois fishing license.
Green efforts: Cary residents recycled 16.5 tons of paper and 34,166 pounds of electronics at a free recycling event March 19.
Nearly 1,110 vehicles went through the drop-off line in the span of 4½ hours in order to leave paper for shredding and electronic devices for recycling.
The turnout was so great that Com2 Computers rented a third truck to meet the day's demand, said Donna Vojensky, director of electronic recycling for the Carol Stream-based company.
"People waited in line from 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes just to recycle," Vojensky said. "I want to thank the village of Cary because they did a phenomenal, outstanding job."
• The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District received a $5,500 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Program to replace 45 light fixtures at two fire stations with more energy-efficient models.
The district also installed occupancy sensors in all its three fire stations.
Other 'Go Green' efforts from the district include recycling and using earth-friendly cleaning products.
• Elena Ferrarin covers Algonquin, Cary, Fox River Grove, Lake in the Hills, Pingree Grove and McHenry County College. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 931-5720.