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Braidwood Lake: Making Big Fish In A Small Pond

Exelon, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and local bass clubs team to enhance the lake's fish population.



Braceville, Illinois - For the fourth consecutive year Exelon Nuclear'sBraidwood Station has teamed up with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and two local bass clubs (American Bass Anglers and Bass PAC) to enhance the fishing experience at Braidwood Lake. 

The project at Braidwood, valued at $5,000, involves the purchase and deployment of artificial habitats at Braidwood Lake. The habitat units are designed to provide multiple benefits to largemouth bass, a favorite of Midwest fishing enthusiasts, at various stages in their life - from acting as a nursery habitat for young fish to providing feeding sites for larger, older bass.  

This will also be the fourth straight year the IDNR will stock the lake with more than 60,000 four-inch fingerling largemouth bass.

"Based on what we have seen fishermen catching recently on the lake, we believe the fingerlings are surviving and the habitats are helping in that process," said IDNR District Fisheries Biologist Rob Miller. 

"The efforts of Exelon and the IDNR are making a difference," said Jay O'Connell, a member of the American Bass Anglers and Bass PAC. "We are seeing a tremendous increase in keepers (tournament length fish) than we did a few years ago. The results speak for themselves." 

Braidwood strives to be a good neighbor and supports the local community in a variety of ways. More than $30,000 has been spent on the lake enhancement project over the last four years.  

"I would like to thank the American Bass Anglers, Bass PAC and the IDNR for helping us with this project," said Braidwood Station Site Vice President Amir Shahkarami. "Their knowledge of the lake and expertise in the area of bass fishing is critical to our success."

The station's signature charity event, "Fishing For a Cure," will take place on Saturday, May 22 at Braidwood Lake and benefit deployed American Troops through Operation MOMS Cookies, Inc.

Braidwood Generating Station is approximately 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The station's two nuclear energy units can produce a total of more than 2,300 megawatts net at full power - enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes.