Rock River Otters

I saw my first river otter today, 3 of them while out on the rock river near Sterling IL. It was cool seeing the otters, I thought I was seeing something strange running down the bank last time out, looked way too big for a ground hog. I think I know where their den is. I bet they eat a lot of fish, but that only makes up a portion of their diet. They also eat snakes, frogs, crayfish and weeds. They can stay underwater for about 8 minutes and swim quite fast and they cover a lot of water. I was seeing them off and on in a mile stretch. I think I found their de, a large mound on the bank with lots of holes and there was a couple places where they had been sliding down the bank it looked like.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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