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CHRIS TAURISANO
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3/27/15 6:33 AM CST
Hey fellas, I hope the ice season treated you kindly. We noticed that the size of the crappies were very good this year. We had a pretty decent bite for the eyes too. The lowlight periods were definitely key. I mainly stayed north for the most part this winter and found active fish around points, cribs, and whatever weeds were left. I know pistakee was pretty productive as well as some of my buddies did well on a few occasions. The open water season is coming quick. This year I will have a new rig thanks to Recon boats and Evinrude motors. I'm excited to get out there and start fishing with some of you guys. My morning trips are booked through July right now but I do run half day trips from 4-9 pm and still have some openings. I will be starting my season in central Illinois next week as usual, fishing for musky and bass. I do have 4 open dates left open for this stretch. I'll be back in town the first week of May to start fishing local waters. I wish all of you a safe and productive season. See you on the water!!


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3/19/15 11:53 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
as of this a m it looks like ice season is done for 2014/15 in this part of IL,was not my best season as I was stuck fishing within the area, plenty of fish size was not what I expected can't wait till next ice season , time to get the boat out and spruced up for the coming open water season.

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3/18/15 7:59 PM CST
here on the north end of the chain shore ice is gone and the springs look open looking from the back deck but if I could get on the ice most of it looks walk able fish able etc, ice is whitish looks like frost not even black ice for the most part , river is open every where I have driven over it in last few days , not ready for musky hunters yet..........

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3/18/15 3:32 PM CST
Even though they cannot feed on mature zebra mussels, recent studies have shown that gizzard shad do feed on the immature larva of zebra mussels.

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3/18/15 3:02 PM CST
Anyone know what the ice is looking like? I'm from Madison, WI area and hoping to make a trip down to the fox chain to get the boat out on the water to do some muskie fishing before WI muskie season opens. (May 2nd) Are the lakes down there opening up or getting close at least?

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3/18/15 9:59 AM CST
Only problem with that theory is that Gizzard shad do not have pharyngeal teeth, and are incapable of digesting Zebra Mussels.....on the other hand, sheepsheads, Redear sunfish, and Punkinseeds have no problem crushing the zebras to extract the high proteins beyond their husks.

Gizzard shad are zoo plankton, and daphnia feeders.

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3/14/15 3:36 PM CST
The gizzard shad have always been present in the Fox River. I believe that with the arrival of the zebra mussels, a viable food source became available for them to survive on along with the sheephead in the chain.

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3/13/15 11:31 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° F
out this afternoon fishing was good fish but mostly small got wet to the knee getting off, but ice seemed fine no water moving in old holes as I walked around, but stayed far away from black ice patches. ice here is a lot less than what I had yesterday on twin lakes north and west of the chain in wis.

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3/13/15 5:02 PM CST
Idk how they got in there but they have been there for about 7-10 years I have also seen Golbys in lake Catherine that was about 3 years ago my guess aquatic hich hikers like the zebra muscles

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3/13/15 4:15 PM CST
Anybody know for sure how the gizzard shad got in the chain? Heard everything from the DNR stocking them for musky forage to private party midnight stockings.

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2/19/15 12:13 AM CST
nope but learned more from him than he did from me I do wish the R-- was still with us.

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2/18/15 8:20 PM CST
Hey Bull, were u related to Big JIm by any chance ??

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2/17/15 10:26 AM CST
Ice Depth: 8" Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 16° - 20° F
Ain,t been out much this winter health issues mostly get out maybe 1 or 2 times a week ,lot more than my Doctor wants but might be my last winter when I can get out alone anyway, been fishing close to the house mostly fishing has been good to bad ,good bite but not allot of size. and 2 to 3 hours is about all I can handle ,without getting chilled the ice varies allot by the house this year have from 2 inches over the spring to 14 out in mid lake most of it appears to be maybe 8 to nine inches where I am fishing any way the fish are biting when you find them both shallow and deep for me ,not allot of info here but can't get up and go if feeling crowded ,red is the hot color this winter for me anyway, would not post this except don't see many posts about fishing here, more people fishing promotes more fish found ,we don't have 10% of the ice fisherman we did when I was 20 and the fishing is as good as ever except for size. Bring an auger or stay home, for now......

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2/17/15 9:46 AM CST
RSI, pm me your e-mail will send u map

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2/11/15 7:29 PM CST
Does anyone know where the sunken boats are at on petite lake?

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