It sounds like over fishing and poor management has plagued this once great area. What a shame. Anyone fish the river right off of Army Trail Road? Again some nice smallies and cats were to be found on this narrow stretch of the Dupage River.
I have purchased a Forest Preserve annual boat permit every year since I got my boat, but this is the first year that I have not purchased it. It's not the cost, because it is cheap, it is because of the poor fishing. This is the first year that I have started looking at lakes outside of DuPage that are within a few hours away. I still fish local ponds which produce, but I doubt that I will fish the Forest Preserve lakes more than a couple times this year, and only from shore because it is not worth putting my boat in. EXCEPT, Mallard for ice fishing, I'll still do that every weekend.
I agree that it is because of the pressure that these lakes receive, and because of the people taking the fish out. The Forest Preserve has been doing its part by stocking the lakes and keeping them clean, so nothing against the Forest Preserve.
11° - 15° F
Below 40° F