Mchenry Dam FOX RIVER WALLEYE
MOON PHASE (61%)
46° - 50° F
66° - 70° F
61° - 65° F
Starting a week and half ago we saw a big tempature drop and high winds making it pretty uncomfortable to get out. That Tuesday took out a group from Hospice Dreams and the wind was brutal. Got them back in Nielsons to get out of the wind and found some nice bass and to my suprise some descent perch...not especially long but thick and tall....nice fish ...all released.
Water temp continued to drop and the water fluctuated between avg and a little low until the weekend. One of the Bass clubs launched out of the Broken Oar and they looked to have done well considering the water temps they were picking up in the channels were 51-53f. No one limited but the bags appeared to have some nice fish....good to see em' all swim off.
Most of the anglers coming in are getting decent bass and the crappies have been fair....we caught 30 in a partial day as well as a 30" Bowfin here..... all released. And the water temp is back to about 62f as of this morning. Panfish have been a little picky.....taking only fatheads one day....then the next only taking baby roach or waxies....seems to change daily as of late. Personally got my largest Blue Gill this year off the dock.....on a small fathead minnow.
Carp are biting....Strawberry seems to be the flavor of the week
Catfish are being caught as well......spring is here!!!!
Big changes in the water levels and water temps.... With the Sunday rain the water levels moved back up to almost a normal/slightly low level (up almost 14"), water clarity was definitly on the murky side Monday and Tuesday and with that alot more activity in the channels and back areas.....even with the sun out. Wednesday water started to clear up and the level was slightly up, with the rain in the evening the water clarity did nor change and the water levels dropped about 3-4 inches but is still in good range for the channels and back areas like Hickory Nut. HAve also seen the baitfish schools move back into the back bays and channels.
Water temp at 3:00pm Thursday was 62-63 F
I myself was fishing for carp over the weekend and the ones caught were as round as a soccer ball and maybe a week or two from spawn. Did see catfish and some crappies as well.
Haven't seen many boats out Mon-Wed.....the few shore anglers were catching cats and panfish...
With the warm water and higher water I would expect the fish to be on pretty good this weekend for those getting out....although we had early warm weather.....the internal alarms should be going off on alot of the fish that have been harder to find....
Local ponds still producing bass!!!