I submitted a question to CCFP regarding any catfish stocking at Schiller Pond (my five-year-old loves catching cats) and got this response:
Thank you for your inquiry regarding the stocking of Schiller Pond. While we have had several lakes and ponds affected by last winterâ€™s severe weather, Schiller Pond was not one of them. The stocking that has been occurring at Schiller Pond has been part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resourcesâ€™ Urban Fisheries Program. Due to cut backs in the Stateâ€™s budget that program has been scaled back some. No longer will 2lb average catfish be stocked in the programâ€™s lakes. Instead, in 2012 large numbers of 6-inch average catfish were stocked in order to boost the total population. These stockings included 1,200 channel catfish in 2013 and an additional 1,800 channel catfish in 2013. We have not heard from the State hatchery if and/or when this yearâ€™s stocking will take place, however we do anticipate receiving fish sometime later this summer. The size and number of fish stocked will be determined by how successful this yearâ€™s hatchery production was. Again , thank you for your inquiry and if you have any further questions please fell free to contact me at the numbers listed below.
James J. Phillips
Fisheries Biologist II
Forest Preserves of Cook County
McGinnis Field Station