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EyeLoveYou11
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FISHING REPORT
5/5/15 7:38 AM CST
Went fishing, not catching. Started the morning slow with a small channel cat, followed it up with the worst of the worst in the Chain Baa Baa Black Sheephead. Nothing has hit on a minnow yet, this year for me. Everything has been on real/artificial leech/ crawler. Went back out before last Night's front. Went from fishing to catching. Managed 7 walleye, 1 @ 17 and 1 @ 16, both fatter than long. 4 cats, and another sheep in an hourish-long trip. Dragging the bottom with a small Jig. Weather supposed to be up and down next week, but you can't catch them on the couch.

crappieboss
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5/4/15 9:56 AM CST
WOULD APPRECIATE IF ANYONE COULD TELL ME IF CRAPPIES ARE IN THE CHANNELS WOULD LIKE TO COME UP ON WEDNESDAY AND TRY CHANNEL LAKE

Ice Chopper
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5/4/15 8:27 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Just wanted to mention that I have never seen Lake Marie water so clear as it was on Saturday morning. I could see the jig at least 4 feet down. Also did not mark fish with any regularity. Fishing was slow. Must have been a big fish conference on another Chain lake. Ha Ha Tight lines ! IC

CHRIS TAURISANO
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FISHING REPORT
5/3/15 7:08 AM CST
Fishing has been up and down with the weather this week. Some days are pretty productive and other days are pretty challenging. Both walleyes and muskies are moving in and out of the shallows on the lakes from the breaks. If one depth is not working make sure to check the other. With more stable weather I believe the fish will become more predictable. This week showed some beautiful fish and is an indication of how good our waters can be and how well slot limits and catch and release works. Here's just a few musky pics from this week.

[This post was last edited on 5/3/15 at 7:09 AM]

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EyeLoveYou11
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FISHING REPORT
5/2/15 9:22 PM CST
Hodor Island at the mouth of the river was hot, hot, hot. Slip Bobber with half night crawler floating 6"s off the bottom. Landed a 24.5,24, 23,19 and a few cigars. Males are Moving in, time to stock the freezer! Black on black, key! Tight lines and be safe!

walleye_guy78
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5/2/15 7:45 AM CST
Fox Chain O’Lakes Creel and Size Limits

(including the Fox River south of the Wisconsin-Illinois boundary to the Algonquin Dam and the Nippersink Creek upstream to the Wilmot Road Bridge)

Large or Smallmouth Bass. . . . . 14” Minimum Length Limit

6 Fish Daily Creel of which no more than 3 can be Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass . . . . . . . . . . . . All Fish must be immediately

released between April 1 and June15

Northern Pike . . . . . . . . . . . 24" Minimum Length Limit - 1 per day

Muskellunge. . . . . . . . . . . . 48” Minimum Length Limit - 1 per day

Walleye

. . . . 14” Minimum - less than 18 " -- Limit 2 per day

. . . . over 24" -- Limit 1 per day

. . . . 18-24” Protected Slot Length Limit --No possession

Recreational Use Restrictions . . . . . All live bait in excess of 8” must be

rigged with a quick set rig

All Fish . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Pole and Line Fishing Only

on State Park Property bordering the Fox River and Grass Lake

tritonmark
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5/1/15 4:43 PM CST
Question what is the size limit for walleyes ? slot limit ? And how many can you keep ? Thanks

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litefinger
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4/28/15 9:05 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
fished channel lake north of 173 bridge and caught 4 nice crappie up to 10". channel was about 60 degrees and main lake 58 degrees. nothing on lake marie for walleye, was a real lite bite. water temp dropped over ten degrees with last cold front and slowly coming back. should be better this weekend. Worried

Ice Chopper
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4/27/15 7:59 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
The Northwood opened the season on Lake Marie Sunday morning. Water temps were running between 50-52 degrees. Landed and CPR'd three nice walleyes and had two others on. Also caught some very nice crappies and stripers, and a few sheephead. Action was slow, but all fish were healthy looking. We drifted from 6 - 24 fow, mostly on the west and south ends. Most action was in the 18-19 fow range. Used our standard 1/32 oz jig with a plastic tail, tipped with a very small minnow. It seemed like the walleyes were just hanging onto the back half of the minnow. Some of our hook sets came up with just the head of the minnow remaining on the jig. Bright skies, bright jigs. Tight lines ! IC

AChotrod
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FISHING REPORT
4/25/15 6:11 PM CST
Conditions: Raining Air Temp: 51° - 55° F Water Temp: 51° - 55° F
Went out for the first time this year looking for muskies. Cold rainy water stained and 51* managed one little musky in 5 hours.

rafren
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4/24/15 12:09 PM CST
I am heading out Sunday and just wondering if anyone uses pike size suckers under bobbers for either pike or Musky? Any recommendations for which lake I should go to for pike will be appreciated.

I see the www.worldwalleye.com is having a tournament on Sunday as well so the lake might be a little busy. I would love any tips and of coarse I will post my report on Sunday night.

Dufflebag
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FISHING REPORT
4/21/15 7:05 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Went out Sunday afternoon. Fished Petite first, nothing, Tried everything we could throw and not one bite, swirl or fish spotted. Moved to Bluff trolling the channels through Spring lake. Just before entrance to Bluff had a 17.5 inch 3.5 pound smallmouth hit a baby one minus. biggest smallmouth I have seen or heard on on the Chain. In Bluff tried casting, nothing. Started trolling and found walleye and white bass on drop offs in 9 feet of water. Number 5 shad rap in crawdad color was the bait for the day. Tried jiggin when we found fish trolling, nothing. Trolling that shad rap was the ticket for the day. Fish turned off when the rain hit.

special_k696
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FISHING REPORT
4/20/15 3:50 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Couldn't manage to get a single bass to bite on Saturday. Only excitement was an 40+" muskie that swam right under my boat on Bluff. Other than that I saw nothing but carp. Never do well for bass in the spring out there. Any hints or tips for this time of year are appreciated.

psperoff
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FISHING REPORT
4/20/15 3:15 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
Went out on 4/17 first time ever out on the chain and it turned out to be depressing although it was a beautiful day. Launched from the state park tried near a couple bridges came up with nothing ,but another boat near us pulled out a nice sized eye. Went through various channels and marked nothing on the finder and came up with exactly that nothing. Didn't even have at least one little gill. End of the day went into the upper part of the fox and got one eye and that was it. Any advice for someone new on the chain? Am I doing something wrong?

[This post was last edited on 4/21/15 at 1:27 PM]
Beachpig
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Joined: 3/15/2010
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FISHING REPORT
4/20/15 1:32 PM CST
Sun 4/19 - Put in on the Fox River below the McHenry Dam around 3-4pm. Headed towards the dam and caught a nice pig white bass on my second cast using a 3" Gulp minnow. Should have quit while I was ahead. Work a bunch of channels and other than seeing a million carp nada. Worked swim baits, jigs, chatter baits, Gulp, in line spinners. I remember now how fickle the Chain and Fox are. Water today low 60's on the river and 64-67 in the channels. Can't understand while they wouldn't bite or why they weren't in the channels. Live bait guys on shore and other boater said the same. Tight lines.

[This post was last edited on 4/20/15 at 1:34 PM]
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