Dave-good job! If you call the number and give a description of the person and what they are wearing, they WILL show up. These people are not ignorant and know exactly what they are doing. Best thing, you don't have to get involved at all other than being responsible enough to get on your phone and call. Heidecke was once a great fishery, I believe it is still a very good fishery, and can be great again. A big fine, loss of gear and the possibility of arrest should make these people think about what they are doing.
You are right about the crappie and the year classes. I know crappie are one of the most desired fish for the table, but with responsible limits and others that just practice catch and relesase, they can thrive here. They do become much tougher to catch as the weather warms, but ironically, the two biggest I caught were in August with the water temp in the low 80's.
Good to see another fisherman that wants to see the lake get back to it's glory days. We are not alone, as I see and talk to alot of great guys. Nothing wrong with putting meat on the table as long as it is done responsibly and within the rules of the lake. As for me, I'd just as soon go to Jewel and get my fish...but that's just me.
Edited for these numbers: Law Enforcement: 815 942 6020 Dave Wollgast (leave message) Heidecke Lake: 815 942 2899
[This post was last edited on 5/29/14 at 9:34 AM]