Fox Chain, Lake County

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2/21/17 @ 1:13 PM
FISHING REPORT
Capt'n Patrick
Capt'n Patrick
USER since 6/8/14

MOON PHASE (24%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

WATER TEMP
40° - 45° F

Walked out on the deck this morning and WOW Ice Out!!!!!.  Fox Lake is 100% open in Mineola Bay.   Walked down to shore threw a few blade bait casts.  No Takers.

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2/20/17 @ 9:14 PM
rks
rks
MEMBER since 1/22/06

A bit of sarcasm there Chris. At one time Illinois DNR fees were to be used by the DNR but the IL politicians saw a goldmine and made it so all money collected was added to the general fund for their personal agendas

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2/20/17 @ 6:18 PM
ChrisNevoraski
ChrisNevoraski
USER since 2/20/17

Thanks. Geez its expensive down here lol. I definitely do support the laws though, the money (i hope) goes to maintaining the fish, boat launches, and beautiful lakes and rivers. I'm not one to skip a fee. I love being out on the lakes and I hope that the money paid in will keep it there for future generations :D 

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2/20/17 @ 4:39 PM
FISHING REPORT
rks
rks
MEMBER since 1/22/06

MOON PHASE (32%)
Waning Crescent

You will need two stickers. The Illinois sticker registration, It's a special one for Kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats but at least you do not have to put numbers on the boat. Available at any Walmart. And the Chain usage sticker avaiable at the waterway agency behind the McDonalds on Rte. 12, Fox lake. If you buy it elsewhere, you may pay a surcharge. Have all your paper work. Support your Illinois government,

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2/20/17 @ 3:34 PM
paddler1
paddler1
MEMBER since 12/10/14

One other note: not sure but you may need a IDNR Water Useage sticker also. I believe they are required, regardless of where one resides....

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2/20/17 @ 3:19 PM
ChrisNevoraski
ChrisNevoraski
USER since 2/20/17
Thank you for the info! I was unaware that a sticker was needed. I shall look into it. Good luck out there! :)

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2/20/17 @ 3:00 PM
paddler1
paddler1
MEMBER since 12/10/14

You may want to check Chain'OLakes State Park. Free launch, access to upper river, though LONG paddle to other lakes, besides Grass Lake. Another thing to bear in mind -a Fox Waterway Agency Sticker is required for any waters from the state line at Wilmot to the dam at Algonquin, Illinois. 

The FWA office is located at 45 S. Pistakee Lake Road

Fox Lake, IL 60020

847-587-8540

There are other marinas on the chain to launch at, for a fee.

There are also satellite locations to purchase stickers, but call ahead. One I tried last week in Algonquin was closed for winter. Check the FWA website, or, as I plan to, visit the office.



Edited on 2/20/17 3:06 PM
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2/20/17 @ 2:30 PM
ChrisNevoraski
ChrisNevoraski
USER since 2/20/17
I'm searching for a safe/legal place to put in my kayak 2/21-2/22. I'm looking to target shallow northern and muskie. I'm assuming they would be headed shallow now for spawning with the above average water temperatures. I've fished mostly Kenosha/Walworth county so I'm not too familiar with the chain. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

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2/19/17 @ 8:08 PM
ravaneli
ravaneli
USER since 6/9/15

thank you, saved me a trip there..

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2/19/17 @ 3:13 PM
Muskiesam72
Muskiesam72
USER since 7/20/02

Oak point launch (173 and fox river) is closed and water looks way too low for launches to be functionial 

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