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javelin94
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8/28/15 11:40 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Took the kid out after school and the Chain didn't disappoint. Started a 4:30 trolling #5 blue flickers and some ugly purple pink and green Bass Pro Special. Started catching crappie and stripped bass right away in 10-14fow. Most came on the east side of Marie from the Grass Lake channel to Bluff lake channel. Action good for an hour then shut off. Crappies all were 9-11 inches and the strippers in the 13+ inch range. Probably caught 20 fish. Then choose to try and find eyes on Channel. Fished inside breaks on main lake points. Caught quite a few shorts using a jigging spoon bare, and pink and glow red blade baits. 15fow within close proximity to heaven weeds was the answer. All action came from an aggressive snap. Nothing subtle about the bite today. Ended the day around 8:00 with a few slots, an 17.5, and a few 15's. All but the 17.5 swimming. Son wanted walleye for dinner. Watching excitement on my son face as he landed the 23.5, which is his first solo large walleye, was priceless. Then watching that excitement disappear when I had to tell him its 23.5, not so priceless. For a second I thought he was going to step on the tail for that extra length. After a few pics, he sent it off hoping to catch it again . In all this body of water seems to be picking up in the past week.

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8/19/15 1:55 PM CST
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8/12/15 9:07 AM CST
I live in wonder lake, about 20 min west of the chain and we have a cormorant problem as well. I've estimated about 50 birds set up shop on the 850 acre lake. I've seen them eating bass,catfish and fairly large carp. And lots of them. I know a few have taken it upon themselves to "thin the herd" but it's not very effective because no one wants to get caught. I just hope it doesn't continue to get worse.

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8/10/15 11:10 AM CST
Good morning everyone,

The Northern Illinois Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries will be holding it's annual outing for disabled fishermen Saturday, September 12th out of Hailing's on Grass Lake road. We are in need of pontoon boats and boat captains for the event. If you are interested in learning more about the event please leave a note here. We will get boats on the water beginning about 8AM and off the water by 3:30-4.

Thank you,

Steve Gebauer Fishing Has No Boundaries-Northern Illinois Chapter

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CHRIS TAURISANO
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8/2/15 1:41 AM CST
Ice Chopper, thanks for the info. I've been playing phone tag with Frank but good to hear. I talked to another guy who works with the DNR and the thought is that maybe the shad numbers have somehow hurt the white bass population. In years past, 50-100 big whites were no problem. I believe that the walleye and musky populations are as good as ever tho. We did net a 28" eye the other day which was fat and healthy. Of course she is still swimming. We have put over 80 muskies in the boat this year already and the size is excellent. I did notice that the size of crappies and gills were better this year too. I'll take the good with the bad. We still have a solid fishery here and hopefully it keeps getting better and better. I believe the weather this spring and summer made things a bit tougher for awhile but the fish are here.

ice angler83
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8/1/15 1:07 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F
So we found the white bass yesterday on petite. Got 26 plus 4 drum a walleye and small channel cat. Got them all trolling 9 to 14ft #5 flicker shad blue and green.

trabuko
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7/28/15 9:02 PM CST
Yes Cormorants are a big problem (or they can be) if population of those birds get out of control, as a matter of fact small school of those large birds can DESTROY fish population in a few months and they can swallow a fish size of 2 lb with ease, by the way each bird consumes about 5 to 10 lb of fish each day depending on a size of the bird, so yes they can be a problem but I don't think fox chain came to that point yet, but there is concern because everywhere you go around the lakes in Illinois you can see at least couple of those birds.

ravaneli
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7/28/15 12:26 PM CST
I don't like cormorans, give me license and I will shoot them all out of there. Definitely not one of those fanatic bird lovers. BUT. This explanation is not logically sound to me. If you had a lot of big drum last year, and this year you have only small drum, how can that be attributed to the birds? I don't think they can take on a drum even half a pound. If you told me the big drum disapeared in a period of 10 years because the cormoran ate all its food, alrite, you can make some kind of discussion there. But big drum will not all starve in year, and all reports for bluegills have been great. Bluegill population is MUCH more susceptible to decline due to birds, than the big drum. So the cormoran explanation doesn't make any sense to me, I think you can shoot them all out of there and it wouldn't make a difference, not if the little bluegill are thriving already..

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jnelson87
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7/28/15 12:17 PM CST
I have been fishing the chain since 78.I too have noticed the commorant problem. I don't think they will do anything about it.On leach lake they had to do something about.It would have turned Walker MN and that whole area in to a ghost town.Now on the chain what percentage do fishermen use the water compared to pleasure boaters.Chain is a great place to fish.I just hope in the future it doesn't get destroyed by those birds,over harvesting and funds from the state.

Ice Chopper
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7/27/15 6:41 AM CST
Frank from the DNR called me last Friday and said his group just completed a fish count on the Chain and the numbers look good. Muskies are better than ever, walleyes good with the largest over 12 pounds and many 10 pounders. However, he could not really explain the lack of big drum, big stripers and big crappies. He said bluegill counts are very good. We talked about VHS and other bacteriological diseases. He suggested I might just be a bad fisherman. (Just kidding). I was pleased that he took the time to call after reading my e-mail to him. Good to see my tax dollars at work. Tight lines fellas ! IC

CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/26/15 9:25 AM CST
Duffle bag, I've noticed that too and had some concerns. Tho I will say, it would take a lot of birds to eat the millions of big schools of big white bass we have had over the years out here. I certainly don't like the fact that they showed up tho. I'm still trying to reach DNR so I can get some solid answers.

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7/24/15 9:12 PM CST
Chris, could part of the problem be the dramatic increase in the number of cormorants on the Fox Chain? I have seen huge numbers of cormorants the past few years. Lake vermilion and leech lake in Minnesota had huge problems with cormorants killing perch and other forage fish. Some of the descriptions and photos from vermilion and leech sure look like the island by Indian Point of Fox Lake that is taken over by Cormorants. Just like everyone else discussing the lack of fish this year I remembered reading about vermilion and wondered if we are seeing a similar problem. Here is an article on Lake vermilion and another on leech.

http://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/22/environment/dnr-to-cut-cormorant-population-on-lake-vermilion

http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_hemphills_cormorants/ Worried

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CHRIS TAURISANO
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7/22/15 9:00 PM CST
Thanks fellas, I will definitely mention it too him. Thanks for the input. I feel like everyone needs to work together to keep this fishery healthy and enjoyable for all of us. I'll keep you posted on the info he gives me.

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7/21/15 11:57 AM CST
Chris, I'm no Ichthyologist, but I wonder if this could have a bearing on the Walleye fishing. Possible VHS? Got about 10 walleyes all around the 24 inch range with these red sores. May want to show this to the DNR if you see him

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Ice Chopper
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7/21/15 11:23 AM CST
Thanks for the info Chris. Your input is always worth reading. IC

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