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Where are all the Illinois Guys ?


Tom H.

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J-bones, oak forest here to, welcome

I noticed I sent you a PM a couple of days ago.  I thought u were a buddy of mine but he didnt sign up yet and he rarely fishes with out me so when i read monee res.  i knew it wasnt him.  What part of the FO u in?

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J-Bones, yeah I've spent a bunch of time on the river. Yes, it is pretty dirty. There is some junk in there. Don't go out after the rain and if you are careful its fine.

Yeah, there isn't anything you can do about the ignorant boaters, but lets face it they are everywhere. Just becareful of the big ones coming off the big lake.

As far as size goes there are some decent ones out there and you can find a bunch of little ones sometimes too.

I don't sign on too much because of school now but send me a PM if I can help or maybe we can go hit it in the spring.

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Chicago here. I'm really hoping to get a boat this year but it seems there isn't many lakes that you can fish 100hp and up boats in. Any lakes you guys know of in the Chicagoland area? All the ones I know about are in WI and the chain in Antioch.

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Chicago here. I'm really hoping to get a boat this year but it seems there isn't many lakes that you can fish 100hp and up boats in. Any lakes you guys know of in the Chicagoland area? All the ones I know about are in WI and the chain in Antioch.

Cooling lakes in the joliet area (braidwood, heidecki, lasalle) cedar lake in indiana and vermillion in danville which is a hike.

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counting down the day's till powerton opens to boats!! im ready for some smallie action!!

Same here! I have always gone to Powerton for blue cats, but want to try for smallies this year.

where you from? pekin here

From Champaign here..

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Have any of you fished the Illinois or kankakee rivers?

What is your first boat trip planned in IL?

My first boat trip will be Lake Toho Fl. at the end of the month. First Il. boat trip will be Lasalle. From what I hear March 17 will be opening day. I will probably be there that following weekend for the 3 hr wait in line. Last year at the opener I was the last boat that launched before they closed the parking lot. We ended up with about 50-60 bass with my son getting his PB at about 5lbs.

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powerton will be my first boat trip in illinois!! less than 2 weeks!! my first big trip of the year is guntersville in march

That darn HP restriction.....

powerton has no hp limit... what do you mean??

Please forgive me, had a brain fart there.  I was thinking newton with the hp restriction. 

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LOL. I start to wish my boat had a 3.5 on it. 3/4's of the d**n lakes in IL have a 10 hp restriction on it. They discriminate against my one fitty.

That 10hp restriction is definitely annoying.

Instead of the hp restriction they should make all those lakes "no wake"

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LOL. I start to wish my boat had a 3.5 on it. 3/4's of the d**n lakes in IL have a 10 hp restriction on it. They discriminate against my one fitty.

That 10hp restriction is definitely annoying.

Instead of the hp restriction they should make all those lakes "no wake"

Or put a speed limit.  Braidwood and heidecke are both 40mph

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