Fox River Deadfall
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A PERSONAL JOURNAL CHRONICLING FISHING ADVENTURES AT THE FOX RIVER AND BEYOND.
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February 29, 2012

DuPage River Fishing Report: A brief wade yielded my first swim jig smallie of 2012. Spanked it alongside heavy cover in the rising murky water. Lots of debris washing downriver from last night's rain and probably blowing in from the high wind gusts. Swim jig fouled often. USGS 5.70' / 227 CFS

DuPage River February smallmouth bass
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February 28, 2012

Fox River Fishing Report: Wade fished solo for a few hours at the Fox. Tossed a hula grub and hopped it slow along the bottom. Didn't take but a dozen casts to get the tell-tale "thump" of a smallmouth bass as I brought the grub among rubble in waist-deep water. Ended up going four for five: 13" smallmouth; old ratty bill of a baseball cap; 18" smallmouth; stick tangled in heavy mono, then missed a nice fish. Was a nice outing -- partly sunny and mild. Didn't need gloves. Glad I got out. Saw a big crawdad lumbering about. USGS 11.15' / 1,110 CFS

Fox River February smallmouth bass Fox River rusty crayfish Fox River February smallmouth bass - retro
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February 20, 2012

Fox River Fishing Report: Got out for a solo wade mid-afternoon and had some luck fishing a Yamamoto double-tail hula grub on a 1/8-ounce pro Slider Head and hopping it along the bottom near some boulders / rubble in waist-deep water. First bite was solid and felt like a big one. Came unhooked about 20 feet from me. Never saw it but guessing it was a smallmouth based on the fight. Had a sinking feeling after losing it because bites can be few and far between in winter. Kept the faith and ended up going 4 for 8, landing smallies at 15.75", 15.5", 17" and 13". Largest of the outing pictured.

Saw a merganser, great blue heron, belted kingfisher and bald eagle. Despite the gusty winds (which were quite chilly at times), the sun and some action helped to keep my spirits up. USGS 11.45' / 1,020 CFS. Glad to have gotten the skunk off. River fished more like late March today.

Fox River scenery
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February 18, 2012

Fox River Fishing Report: I hit the Fox around 3 PM and fished until sunset. I tossed the float-n-fly and hula grub through some go-to fishy areas. Nicked a few rough fish and ended up with a skunking. Though the time outdoors was a nice break from work and wading around the Fox was enjoyable. The afternoon was mild and the birds were singing. Sure felt like spring! Called ISA buddy Joe D. afterwards and met him out for a beer. USGS 11.47' / 1,050 CFS

Fox River scenery
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February 6, 2012

DuPage River Fishing Report: I headed back to the Dupe to try to shake the skunking I received on the previous trip. I didn't feel like fishing alone again, so I called ISA friend Ron K. and met him at his house. This time, it was my turn to buy. I drove us to a local diner where we enjoyed a hot breakfast before braving the cold and wade-fishing the river. And it turned out to be chilly! The air temp was supposed to climb into the low 40s, but it stalled in the low 30s! In fact, we had a few light snow flurries. I tried the hula grub again and struck out. My hands were raw. I switched back to the float-n-fly and received a single float dunk. That was my one opportunity at a fish and I missed it! Ron didn't fair any better. We left cold and skunked. USGS 5.28' / 126 CFS
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February 4, 2012

DuPage River Fishing Report: Shore- and wade-fished solo for a few hours mid-afternoon. Nothing on the float-n-fly and switched to a 5" double-tail Yamamoto Hula Grub on a 1/8-ounce Pro Slider Head hopped along the bottom. To my surprise, I received several aggressive strikes. I missed each one on the hookset, but I learned where the fish were holding and even a few bites was better than nothing! A Dupe skunking is rare for me. In fact, first time I can remember not catching a single fish at the Dupe. Hoped it wouldn't be a sign of things to come. USGS 5.36' / 143 CFS 
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February 2, 2012

DuPage River Fishing Report: After weeks of working long hours day and night, I finally completed a big project and took a few days off to relax. I called ISA friend Ron K. and met him at his house only a few blocks from the river. It was an unusually foggy morning -- especially for February. Ron was eager for some company and readily showed me his collection of fly fishing equipment, fishing photos, etc. We hit a local diner where he treated me to lunch before bundling up and trying our luck wade-fishing the Dupe. We split up, about 25 yards apart. Ron fly fished and I worked a float-n-fly with my baitcaster. We struggled to get a bite. Late in the wade, I switched to a Northland Mimic Minnow and picked up two smallmouth in the 13"-14" range and a respectable rock bass while working the lure along the bottom of a chest-deep hole. That was it for the outing. I promised to buy breakfast next time and Ron and I parted ways, glad to be out of the cold. USGS 5.49' / 174 CFS

Foggy morning drive Ron K. fly fishing the DuPage River

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