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4 feet!!! Good lord!

 

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My kid got a nice one today.

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3 hours ago, slonezp said:

My kid got a nice one today.

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Looks like it's around 18in.  What lake? Somewhere on the chain I'm guessing.

On 6/12/2018 at 9:34 AM, FordsnFishin said:

Been fishing alot since march. First tournament of the year was on Lake Sara. Lakes turning into a fantastic fishery. I think it stems down from them putting a slot limit on the lake. Won one of the hours with a 4.95 lb. Had a 4.5 lb that was 1/4inch shy of slot that i had to throw back.

 

 

What's the minimum? 18in.or 20in.?

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9 hours ago, papajoe222 said:

Looks like it's around 18in.  What lake? Somewhere on the chain I'm guessing.

It was a solid 4-1/2 or bigger. And yes, it was somewhere on the Chain.

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Went fishing several times this past week in south central Illinois and can't seem to figure the fish out. I've looked deep and shallow and caught a few small fish but thats it. Anyone having any luck?

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it's been tough. We had a tourney last weekend in a body of water that usually puts out big bags. I got 3rd with 1 fish for 3lbs. Usually it takes a 3 fish limit of 10 pounds to even crack top 5. Took 9 to win. Even some private lakes I fish are spotty at best.

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They were biting good yesterday, 4:45pm to 6:00pm, caught 10 bass. Threw ikas paddle tails. Then from 6-8 only 4 more. They were 14" to 17"

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Hit the Fox Chain yesterday. Son was catching fish but I couldn't buy a bite for the first 2 hours. Picked up a few and the bite died around 10am. We headed to an area we hadn't fished for bass in a few years. It's a spot I regularly fish for crappies, but the bass have been hit or miss. Prespawn, I heard the bite was exceptional here, but never made it because my other areas were producing well. Anyway, we were greeted by huge pods of carp fry scattered all over the small lake. High noon, not a cloud in the sky with 80* water temps and the bass were gorging themselves on baby carp in 4ft of water. Had fun chasing them around for about 2 hours. We missed more than we connected with and didn't get anything over 2-1/2 or 3lbs. The bass were so wound up they were grabbing lures as we pulled them out of the water at the boat. I've only seen pike do that before. Was a fun end to the day.

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A friend and I drove out to the Hennepin Canal for a few hours of largemouth this morning from 7-10:30. The water temp was 85*. The shoreline has a dense line of coontail weeds covered  with a mat of yellow green algae. The center of the canal is only 2-3 feet deep. I tried a rubber frog but only got a few hits but no hookups. A Whopper Plopper 90 got a couple but it was plain to see that topwaters weren't going to get the job done. Nearly all the other fish I got came when I would throw an unweighted, T rigged, 4" senko up on the matted weeds then I'd drag it off and let it sink on the outside weed edge. I had 15 total with the biggest at 19 inches.

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1 hour ago, Scott F said:

A friend and I drove out to the Hennepin Canal for a few hours of largemouth this morning from 7-10:30. The water temp was 85*. The shoreline has a dense line of coontail weeds covered  with a mat of yellow green algae. The center of the canal is only 2-3 feet deep. I tried a rubber frog but only got a few hits but no hookups. A Whopper Plopper 90 got a couple but it was plain to see that topwaters weren't going to get the job done. Nearly all the other fish I got came when I would throw an unweighted, T rigged, 4" senko up on the matted weeds then I'd drag it off and let it sink on the outside weed edge. I had 15 total with the biggest at 19 inches.

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Very nice.

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I fish the hennepin canal a lot, punch those mats. That's the best tactic this time of year. 

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Nice cats! Sweaters in July?!? 

Nice cats! Sweaters in July?!? 

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Has anyone fished Forbes Lake near Kinmundy IL? Going to try it out soon. Curious if anyone has any fishing reports on that lake. 

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Got my PB walleye on the Fox Chain today

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Hit Delavan this morning. Launched at 6:30 and there was probably already 100 trucks/trailers in the parking lot. The good news is the bass we caught were healthy and fat. Unfortunately we only caught 5 along with a couple pike and a bluegill that hit a popper. Action was shallow. No bites in anything deeper than 8fow.

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Anyone on here fish the rock river around oregon/dixon?

 

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Had a little tourney. Finished dead last. But caught 12 fish between 17 7/8 and 4 between 16 and 17. Biggest was 18 1/4.

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Those are some healthy looking fatties

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Hey y'all, got a tournament hosted by the University of Illinois guys to sponsor a scholarship for our president who passed away. If you are interested or know anyone, let's get the word out and raise some money (more people means higher payout). 

 

Also, if this needs to go to the clubs forum or the tournament talk, let me know and I'll move it. 

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Fox Chain report. Last nights coldfront didn't help. Not one bass. Water temp 65*Ended up with 1 16"walleye and 1 12" crappie both on a huskyjerk. Same bait, lost a 40"+ musky that straightened out the hook. Only 2 other bites. One was a big walleye that barrel rolled on my wacky worm and came off. The other was on the huskyjerk. It was big but never made it to the surface.

 

Headed up to Racine Harbor tomorrow to try and get into some kings.

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Racine didn't work out because of the wind. Headed back to IL and hit my favorite panfish lake. Caught probably 20 bass and 20 gills all on live bait. Landed 2 snot rockets on artificials.

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Hi guys, I’m from the Plainfield area. I’m having a hard time finding Shiners for live bait in the area. Anyone know of any shops in the area that might sell them.

 

Thanks

 

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On 9/28/2018 at 7:02 PM, Otter17 said:

Hi guys, I’m from the Plainfield area. I’m having a hard time finding Shiners for live bait in the area. Anyone know of any shops in the area that might sell them.

 

Thanks

 

Chicago Bait and Tackle (Romeoville) sells live bait but not sure if they sell shiners.  Worth a call.

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my season came to an abrupt and expensive end.

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