Crystal Lake, McHenry County

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8/13/16 @ 5:43 AM
paddler1
paddler1
MEMBER since 12/10/14

Overall, has anyone noticed a general decline of the Crappie population as of late? Perhaps they are on a down cycle.... Or maybe I am!!! Thoughts? 

Please refer to the fish, as I already know of my incapabilties!

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8/5/16 @ 1:37 PM
spoonplugger2
spoonplugger2
USER since 1/23/09
Chubbyfishy12, Used 700 and 800 series Spoonplugs.

Edited on 8/5/16 1:40 PM
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7/27/16 @ 1:22 PM
Chubbyfishy12
Chubbyfishy12
USER since 7/27/16

That's not a bad day what were you using I will be there tonight ? 

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7/13/16 @ 10:55 PM
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spoonplugger2
spoonplugger2
USER since 1/23/09

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F
07/13/16 Crystal Lake with a friend; 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm. Water usual for this time of year, i.e. yellow-green, clarity 5+ feet, surface temperature 82°, 80° at 10' but didn't check deeper. Not such a good day. Only 4 pike 18” to 24”; 16' to 20' @ ˜ 5+ mph. First fish at 1:30 pm, last fish at 2:45. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

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7/12/16 @ 8:43 PM
FISHING REPORT
spoonplugger2
spoonplugger2
USER since 1/23/09

MOON PHASE (56%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F
07/11/16 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm with a friend; went around the lake first to check depth of weedline(12' to scattered @ 18', so actually fished 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm. Yellow-green water, estimated clarity at 2 m(~6.5 ft), surface temperature 79° to 81°. Boated six pike, 24" to 36" in 16' – 26', lost 3 or 4, most caught in 17'-24' @ ~6 mph. First fish at 1:30 pm last fish at 3:05 pm.

Edited on 7/12/16 8:47 PM
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7/6/16 @ 7:38 PM
fredcs1209
fredcs1209
USER since 1/20/13

I hear ya! You should bring the boat keep it on trailer and drop kayak!  

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7/6/16 @ 9:38 AM
paddler1
paddler1
MEMBER since 12/10/14

What gets me is that even on a weekday morning, when there are, at the most, two maybe three rigs, if I choose to paddle rather than pull my boat that day, although there are plenty of spaces, I have to go elsewhere to park, to save space for somebody that MIGHT show up??? I'll stand with THAT is wrong. I'm fully aware of The West Beach landing. Thanks for your comment.

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7/5/16 @ 6:03 PM
fredcs1209
fredcs1209
USER since 1/20/13

Paddler, I would disagree with you on the parking. It for boat trailers not vehicles. Now since you are unable to use the parking there I would suggest you drop and park on the west end as your key card will work and there is parking very close by to the lake. 

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6/27/16 @ 5:08 PM
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paddler1
paddler1
MEMBER since 12/10/14

MOON PHASE
Last Quarter

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80° F

Out this morning. 5 LM Bass, and  2 channel cats, all on gulp minnows, 14-18fow, all still swimming. 

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6/16/16 @ 5:24 AM
paddler1
paddler1
MEMBER since 12/10/14

Not a report. Please see above post. If you are a paddler and agree that the ordinance needs to change, please PM me. Maybe if I have enough in disagreement of the ordinance and show it to the Park District they may change it . 

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