Fox River Deadfall
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A PERSONAL JOURNAL CHRONICLING FISHING ADVENTURES AT THE FOX RIVER AND BEYOND.
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April 14, 2010

DuPage River Fishing Report: Kayaked and fished the afternoon with my buddy Kevin. The river is low and clear. Lots of pollen and small tree flowers blowing in and washing down the surface of the river. The fishing was slow. We started off firing spinnerbaits at timber, rocks and through eddies, but we quickly found out that the smallmouth were not interested. We switched to 5" double-tail Yamamoto Hula Grubs on 1/8-ounce Slider Heads and managed to boat eight bass. I measured and kept track of them on my iPhone: 11.5", 12", 15", 15.25", 15.5", 16.5", 17", 17.75". Seven smallmouth and one largemouth. Although we caught a few nice ones, eight bass is extremely slow for a float trip. We speculated that the bass may be in pre-spawn or spawning and their minds were on other things. Saw at least a half-dozen wade fishers out enjoying the 80-degree day. Got off the water around 5 PM. USGS 5.39' / 150 CFS.

DuPage River smallmouth bass DuPage River largemouth bass

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Creek Chub Pikie
April 10, 2010

Lake Fishing Report: Kayaked and fished a local quarry mid-morning. Caught two small largemouth while fishing a 5" double-tail Yamamoto Hula Grub on a 1/8-ounce Slider Head. Both fish hit the lure on the drop. My buddy Joe was fishing nearby from his kick boat. He was working a Berkley Power Leech deep and hooked a huge smallmouth bass. He said it was the biggest smallmouth bass he has ever had on in Illinois waters. As I was paddling over to him for a photo opp, the fish managed to come unhooked before he could lip it. Despite the slow fishing, the mild air temperature made for a relaxing paddle and I managed to get a few decent photos of some northern water snakes that were sunning on the quarry walls.

Northern water snake at Big Rock Quarry, Kane County, Illinois Northern watersnake at Big Rock Quarry, Kane County, Illinois

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Creek Chub Pikie
April 9, 2010

Fox River Fishing Report: Shore fished solo after work. Didn't fish too long, just a quick trip to see if anything was biting. Ended up landing a chunky 16.5" smallmouth on a 3/8-ounce Terminator SS 'white thumper' spinnerbait run through the shadows beneath some wood. Also caught a 14.25" smallmouth on a 1/8-ounce lead-head jig and 3" white twistertail fluttered through an eddy. USGS 12.29' / 2,970 CFS.

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Creek Chub Pikie
April 6, 2010

Fox River Fishing Report: Shore fished solo late evening. Got to the river around 10:30 PM and hit a few urban areas under the street lights. I figured I had the fish pretty much dialed in the evening before, and would try the two most productive areas. I re-tied the 'white thumper' spinnerbait and went to work. The water is higher and faster from the recent rain. It seemed perfect. I used short casts and fluttered the bait alongside structure where smallies would be hiding. A couple sharp snaps of the bait against the current triggered a big smallmouth to come from the shadows and hammer it. The hooked fish immediately tore into the heavy current and I had quite a fight on my hands. I managed to play the fish into an eddy and had to lay down and reach my arm down to try to lip it. I could see it was a big smallmouth, but really couldn't get an accurate guess away from the glow of the streetlights, which were obstructed by the structure that I was laying on. I couldn't quite see it's mouth and I was a bit excited to land it so I grabbed the wire of the spinnerbait and the fish came unhooked. A big one right off the bat would have been just too easy! All the commotion had the spot spooked so I switched towns and hit up my second area. It was my gold mine on April 5 and I figured with the higher water it would attract even more bass and be a bonanza. The lighting was perfect and I worked the spinnerbait slowly along rock walls, keying in on outside turns and the eddies thereafter. I thoroughly worked the area without so much as a bump. I figure the fish were there and the day time anglers simply beat me too 'em. There was no reason for those fish to move elsewhere. Night fishing was fun. It's not something I do often, but it took me back to my earlier days of largemouth bass fishing. The weather was balmy and reminded me of the sultry Gulf breezes in Florida. The drive to and from the river was peaceful, with zero traffic. I had parking lots all to myself. No other anglers were out. It was a nice change of pace to urban fishing. USGS 12.30' / 3,000 CFS.

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Creek Chub Pikie
April 5, 2010

Fox River Fishing Report: Shore fished solo after work. Ended up landing 13 smallmouth. Faster water near outside turns was most productive. Caught all but one bass on a 3/8-ounce Terminator SS 'white thumper' spinnerbait slow-rolled against the current with the occasional snap of the wrist often triggering a vicious strike. 15" to 16" big-bellied fish were the norm. The sky was very dark to the north and I felt like any minute it would unleash sending me dashing for the car. Luckily the rain held off and I was able to enjoy the action. The midges were thick the entire time out. I had to breath shallow to avoid inhaling them. Towards dusk they rose in plumes so dense they blurred the riverbank in spots. USGS 11.65' / 1,410 CFS.

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