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Posted: 19 February 2016 10:30 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Recently bought a piece of property with a lake on it and wondering if anyone out there has any knowledge of places that will do an electrosurvey. I’ve heard DNR used to do it with a long wait list. And not really wanting to pay what someone like Herman Bros would want to come out.

The other obvious way is just to get out there and fish (which I can assure you I will once the weather gets here)

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Posted: 19 February 2016 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I would still call DNR don’t always believe what others tell you. Nothing to lose!!!!!!!!

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Posted: 19 February 2016 02:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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How big is the lake and how old is it?

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Posted: 19 February 2016 09:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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At one time, it was routine for your local district fishery biologist to shock your pond and make management recommendations.  Those days are pretty much in the past, due to layoffs, retirement and no replacement hires.  Today, instead of covering 3-4 counties, they are now covering 10 counties-or more.  Most district fishery biologists are struggling to just cover the work on public water bodies.  Last I heard, and that was several years ago, some were still doing some private pond work, IF they had time. 
As was stated, it doesn’t hurt to call, especially this time of year, as your odds of finding them in is greater. The names and numbers of the biologist covering your county is on page 3 of the 2016 Illinois Fishing Information booklet.

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Posted: 20 February 2016 03:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I would try the Internet for a pond management type of company.

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Posted: 26 February 2016 08:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thanks for the feedback. I’m still digging around and waiting to hear back from the biologist.

The pond is just over an acre and been around for 30+ years. From what I’m told it used to be about 50 ft deep at the dam but has since filled in.

It was left in an estate so I don’t have any information from the previous owners at all.

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