Commercial fisherman Ruins Fishing for Sport Anglers

4/25/17 Commercial fisherman runs 3 gill nets from bank to bank, then spooks all the fish in the lake by running his motor and using a plunger for several hours. When he was done all the wildlife was gone, all the game fish and catfish were also gone. The lake turned to muddy water. There is an eagles nest, otters, waterfowl, swans and cranes that are now gone. This is Rock River in northern IL. near sterling Rock Falls. He is from savana. He has a permit to commercial fish that pool. The DNR must not care about fisherman if they let these guys do this to our only backwater lake on that pool. Fisherman need to complain and demand rights to fish without having our fishery destroyed by one commercial fisherman.

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How to Test Out a Used Riding Mower

How to Test Out a Used Riding Mower you find on craigslist or somewhere else. Riding mowers with automatic or hydrostatic could have transmission problems. It may start right up, and appear just fine but try it on a hill or ditch. If it struggles the tranny is going out and could cost between $500-$1000 to fix.

I bough a nice John Deere LA140 with 800 hours on it, all fixed up, new blades, belts, tuned up, new roller wheels, etc. It started right up. I thought I was getting a steal for $200. Then came time to mow the yard. It struggled on the ditch first pass, going straight down and up, next pass it got worse and 3rd pass I was rocking trying to get it to go. My heart sank. Instead of getting a great deal, I bought a mower in need of major repair. I sold it an hour later for $300, then regretted doing that. I could have bought a new transmission for $600 and replaced it myself. If you read the reviews on mowers they are all terrible and there isn’t a good mower out there and so I was misled. For $800 I could have had a nice john deere that would have lasted many years.

Looking at new mowers and researching I was getting over whelmed. I decided I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I would have trouble with so I wanted to go cheap. For $1000 you get a tin can on wheels. I spent $1400 and got a new Troy Built. I like it but I can see it’s not the same quality as the JD, but it id smaller, lighter, easier to use, I just hope it holds up for many years.

If you want a good mower, you have to spend thousands, otherwise they’re all risky. Someone has a nice Cub Cadet in CL, 70 hours and only $1000 and probably get for $800. The catch is they are know for belt problems and other things. It’s a big mower with a small single cylinder engine. And why is he selling it with 70 hours? Because he’s having problems. I almost bought one of those new yesterday, glad I didn’t. I hope I did the right thing, a smaller mower with a 17 HP motor. Easy to drive, easy to work on.

The people that bought the JD from me were having problems with craftsman mower front wheels going out. I think he knew it was a good investment even if he had to replace the tranny. Well it will be if the new tranny doesn’t go out on him. Who knows how many that thing has had. It was sold by a lumbar yard, made especially for them with plastic tranny. It was LA version, the S and the A series are cheaper versions, you have to get the x versions to get good ones. Our JD store didn’t even carry any x series. They’re selling JB brand, but you’re getting cheap mowers for big money.

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Eagle Nest Rock River

Eagle Nest Rock River. The male brought a Red-breasted Merganser back to the nest, plucked. He was totally worn out after that. Must have had to kill it, maybe had to flap his way back to shore if it was too heavy and had to carry it back to the nest after preparing it.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

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My Pet Catfish

This is Charile, my pet catfish. I feed him walleye. He is a flathead. You can find him in the rock river near Erie Illinois.

Flathead Catfish

Flathead Catfish

Flathead Catfish

Flathead Catfish

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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.

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