HP limits and no-wake II

Posted Online: Sept. 02, 2014, 8:34 pm
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Bob Groene, groene@qconline.com
A short while back, a column was written regarding an Illinois Department of Natural Resources regulation that small bodies of water owned and managed by the DNR have a 10-horsepower outboard motor limit. Motors of up to 10 HP can be operated at any speed on these waters while motors over 10 HP cannot be operated at all. This was put in place many years ago, so long ago that at that time there were few "large" outboards used, at least on fishing boats.

The Iowa DNR addresses this quite differently. All HP motors can be operated on smaller lakes, but all motors must be operated at no-wake speed — 5 mph maximum.

We asked readers to share their thoughts. I received more e-mails addressing this issue than any prior topic. The following is a much-condensed listing of comments and concerns most received:

- When this regulation was set there were few big HP motors; now they are common. However, they are also smoother, running more efficiently and much quieter than in the past.
- This reg is outdated and needs to be changed.
- Regulations should be fair to all — the current reg is discriminatory.
- I leave Illinois to fish because of this reg.
- Illinois should try to lure anglers in, not push them out.
- My 4-stroke 115 HP outboard is nearly silent while running, and modern 2-strokes aren't much noisier.
- Iowa does it right — no HP limit and no-wake.
- I've talked with CPOs who say the reg should be changed.

The Quad City In-Fisherman Club addressed the topic at a recent meeting and took a vote. According to club president Mark Parr, the vote was unanimous that Illnois should go to no HP limit and no-wake on smaller lakes, although one member contacted Parr later and said the current reg should stand.

The long and short of comments received were nearly unanimous as well. Most anglers believe the current reg is outdated and should be changed to no HP limit and no wake for all boats.

I've talked with two top DNR officials recently and relayed those comments. They have promised to have evaluation discussions within the DNR and get back to me. Stay tuned.

Wingshooting clinic: The DNR and the Rock Island/Henry County chapter of Pheasants Forever again will host, sponsor and conduct a wingshooting clinic for beginning shotgun shooters (youngsters age 10-15 and women) at Johnson-Sauk Trail State Recreation Area located between Annawan and Kewanee. The clinic will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will consist of classroom instruction and extensive live-fire on the range, taught by certified instructors. Cost is $10 and includes all materials, firearm use, ammunition and lunch. To register, with space limited to 24, call Greg Jones (309) 716-5746.

CTC Charity Bass Tournament: The 40th annual Children's Therapy Center Charity Bass Tournament will be Saturday, Sept. 20, out of Albany. This sterling event stands alone in the nation as the longest running charity bass tournament and maybe even the longest running open bass tournament in the US. It is exceptionally well run by a seasoned cadre of dedicated volunteers and, I can say with confidence, is a joy in which to participate. Entry fee is $100 per two-angler boat with a first-place purse of $3,000 and pay-back of 15 places, with big bass caught that day earning a new trolling motor. Also included is a Friday evening pre-tournament meeting and social session with a complimentary supper.

Over the last few years the leaders of this event have coined the phrase "I fish for miracles," which graces event T-shirts. While the phrase is, indeed, clever, it also is absolutely factual. The number of Quad-City area youngsters receiving professional occupational, physical and speech therapy at the CTC grows exponentially every year. The anglers, sponsors and supporters of the CTC Charity Bass Tournament are a good part of that growth.

Some of the families of kids needing such therapy simply cannot afford to pay for such service. This event, which has raised about $475,000 over its first 39 years, greatly helps fill that financial gap and gives these kids another chance toward improved health and a normal life.

So, bass anglers, don't think of this event as just another tournament. Think of what you can help provide for your community just by going fishing for miracles.
Bob Groene is outdoors writer for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. He can be reached at groene@qconline.com


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