Braidwood Lake, Will County

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6/13/17 @ 9:43 PM
ravaneli
ravaneli
USER since 6/9/15

This is the highest concentration of channels cats in the world. They are everywhere, like annoying parasite. They bite lures, and will eat anything they see. One time i decided to just catch them all so they stop bothering me. I was fishing under my boat, anchored. I put a small hook and started keeping them. Got about 30 and got tired. Bite never slowed down. There must be millions of them there. 

But with all of that said, they will prefer normal channel spots. If you have a boat, find a hole, and anchor not inside the hole, but on the edge of the hole. If from the bank, go find a tree or some point or some structure or sudden change of depth... stuff like that. South side is deeper and easier to access them. On north side you will need to cast kind of far because it is really shallow by the ramp.

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6/13/17 @ 3:15 PM
Mrtopwater97
Mrtopwater97
USER since 5/21/17

Is there any specific spots where the channels like to hide in this lake or are they just everywhere? Never been to this lake but wanted to check it out this year thanks.

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5/28/17 @ 9:36 AM
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2footroper
2footroper
USER since 5/28/17

MOON PHASE (12%)
Waxing Crescent

Is there any good panfish fishing on this lake? I've duck hunted quite a few times but never fished it. Not looking to take away anybody's secret spots. just want to get out once and a while around here between trips to MN and WI.


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5/9/17 @ 9:34 PM
ravaneli
ravaneli
USER since 6/9/15

if u want to have fun, get a small castnet so u can catch some shad, then look for a deeper spot, and cast far and on bottom, with cut shad as bait. Dont matter where you go, this lake is infested with billions of channel catfish. There is too many of them which is the reason why they dont grow big. But they compete for food and bite right away. 

The lake also has lots of bass, but off the bank you will be lucky if you catch 1.

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5/8/17 @ 1:07 PM
arsteve
arsteve
USER since 5/8/17

Hi fellow fisherman! I'd like to reach out to the experienced and seasoned fisherman and ask if there are any tips or techniques that work well. Im not looking to catch a specific type of fish. Just want to take my girlfriend out and enjoy ourselves. Also, are there certain periods/months of the year that the fishing is better? I greatly appreciate the help! Thanks!

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3/26/17 @ 8:12 AM
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Gitche?Gumee
Gitche?Gumee
USER since 3/8/17

MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent

Bohawg check your messages

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3/26/17 @ 1:10 AM
FSHFNATK
FSHFNATK
MEMBER since 1/8/02
This I can tell you from experience, the area in front of the cemetary eats lower units on big boats. I used to go in with my 16ft jon boat and 25hp motor. But, discovered that my 17ft with 115hp motor will NOT get to go in that area when I watched a bass boat enter and come to a violent stop. Yes he lost his lower unit. That was back in the 90s. The rest of the lake was never a problem for me to navigate. There are some shallow spots but you have plenty of warning if going slow and watching your graph. good luck and tight lines.

Edited on 3/26/17 1:10 AM
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3/25/17 @ 10:24 PM
BOHAWG175
BOHAWG175
USER since 6/21/15

I agree with you that everyone is very tight lipped but this is not unique to this lake or forum. I often question the point of any forum today. No one wants to share anything anymore.  Would love to know what was working for you. PM me if you are willing . I have only fished this lake once but am planning on hitting it next week. Am also wondering about hazards. The one time I did fish it.....I was very worried about hazards based off the maps I have seen. Last thing I want to do is rip off a lower unit or kill a prop. Congrats on the successful  day. 

Edited on 3/25/17 10:25 PM
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3/24/17 @ 7:26 AM
Mr_YuK
Mr_YuK
USER since 10/17/16

I had the privilege of fishing this unique lake yesterday,  I was a little intimidated after seeing the fog and the red flag that was a flying, but there are some friendly people on that lake that quickly turned us onto the fish and pointed out a few hazards.    

After reading the lack of post on this forum I would have never expected that.  If you were out there yesterday and talked to us WI fellas,  Thank you for all the advice, we found about 15 LMB to help make the trip a good one..  Stay safe out there     

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3/3/17 @ 8:32 AM
Bill1027
Bill1027
USER since 2/23/17

Looking to head out to Braidwood this weekend.  Anyone have any updates?  Was the water level affected by the rain the past couple of days.  Saw a report from Wednesday that said largemouth and white bass were pretty good.

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