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On Friday my father and I went to Clinton Lake in Illinois, it was our first time there and we did some scouting. I launched on the hot side ( nuke power plant cooling lake) by the no wake zone. We got there around 9am and with the water temp being in the low 90s we traveled up river to colder water coolest we found was 85deg and with mid day coming fast we fished the shallows and shadows throwing crank baits/ warms/ plastics. I put on a Rapala Shadow rap #7 with a 7ft Abu Garcia Veritas rod and Revo STX reel with 30lb braid and a 6ft 10 floor leader with in 3 min of casting in 2-6ft of water in shadows I got this sucker 19.25"

 

 

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Nice bass. Congrats!! :thumbsup:

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Nice one. Congrats on the new PB!

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Congrats!

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There ya go ~ PB's are Always a Blast

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A-Jay

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Congrats! Good attention to detail.  Cool catch on a Shadow Rap, too.  85-90 degree water, it would not be the first thing I would have reached for.

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Congrats on your pb. If you practice catch and release you can catch em again. Nice catch!

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PB's are always sweet! Congrats.

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Congrats on the new PB!

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Thanks everyone, sorry for the thanks my computer was down and I couldn't get online. In the early morning I tried everything in my tackle box other than crank baits. fig why not! and look my new PB.  Yeah that was some hot water from the discharge

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Make sure to put it up in the Illinois section of the "northeast" local forum here.

I fish Clinton quite a bit and always happy to help although you have a good start going.

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38 minutes ago, Nice_Bass said:

Make sure to put it up in the Illinois section of the "northeast" local forum here.

I fish Clinton quite a bit and always happy to help although you have a good start going.

where do you suggest fishing on Clinton Lake?

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17 hours ago, Firefish Tracker said:

where do you suggest fishing on Clinton Lake?

is that picture of you on the lake right across from the marina lol?

Feel free to pm me and I will share anything I know that you would like to about Clinton.

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Nice catch bud

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Its funny looking..........Radiated bass lol

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5 hours ago, Jonathan Evans said:

Its funny looking..........Radiated bass lol

In Clinton's defense...all the fish look completely normal lol- ironically being a cooling lake for a nuke plant it is pretty regulated.

anyhow, that first picture just looks like a fish that took a drive home in a hot livewell that is about ready for a hot skillet! 

 

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4 minutes ago, Nice_Bass said:

In Clinton's defense...all the fish look completely normal lol- ironically being a cooling lake for a nuke plant it is pretty regulated.

anyhow, that first picture just looks like a fish that took a drive home in a hot livewell that is about ready for a hot skillet! 

 

i just noticed the pic was taken in the drive way. So thats about the perfect size for eating? I herd the bigger they get the less tasty they are.

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16 hours ago, Jonathan Evans said:

i just noticed the pic was taken in the drive way. So thats about the perfect size for eating? I herd the bigger they get the less tasty they are.

Not sure if I have ever eaten one that big- I eat plenty of 15-17 inch fish but perhaps it was not going to make it for some reason?

I will say however; I cannot tell the difference between eating a 12 inch spotted bass from a 15 inch largemouth for what its worth.

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Im not a fan of eating fish but my Father is so I gave it to him. My parents said it was delish

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