Got out of work early as a pleasant surprise, then plowed through errands. Fishing was not on the agenda but I had nothing else to do. So I tossed light jigs and Gulp minnows for about three hours. Slowwww retrieve, tentative bite for the most part with the exception of the bigger smallmouth that plowed it. Good multispecies action still going.
Hey Bill and River Monster,
While I am in no way an expert on DuPage River fishing, I have been fishing it, along with the Fox River, for about 10 years now. I have fished both from shore and my boat. Here is my two cents on where to fish and what works.
As for the Fox, when I fish from shore, I have found that below dams are the best, meaning where the water is moving, not above the dam where it is deeper and pooled up. The fish seem to be stacked up below the dam, possibly because they have a natural tendency to go upstream, and the dam blocks their path, so they hang out there. Also possibly because that may be where the largest concentration of food is. When I fish from my boat, I have had luck around the usual spots, like shoreline falldowns and large rocks. Both upriver and downriver from these types of spots, with minnows under a bobber, crawlers, and the types of lures mentioned below.
I have had success with white and chartreuse inline spinners; white, orange, chartreuse, and a combination of the three colors for spinner blades; firetiger colored small crankbaits; and any color popper. While I have never had luck with a jig, I constantly see people catching everything on a jig head with a white, orange, or chartreuse body. I only fish in DuPage and Kane counties, but good spots are in Wayne, St. Charles, Batavia, and North Aurora. They all have dams, with the exception of Wayne that I know of.
As for the DuPage River, which by me is much smaller and shallower, I use the same lures mentioned above, but in smaller sizes. Really small sizes, like the size of a quarter. Since there is only one dam (that was purposefully destroyed) where I fish, I fish the downriver side of it, and I also fish under and on the downriver side of bridges. These spots always produce. I fish these spots from shore and from my small boat. The Naperville Riverwalk is a good spot also, but there is a lot of pedestrian traffic to deal with.
My best bait for the DuPage River has been a jighead tipped with a piece of crawler that I slowly bump across the bottom. With this technique, I have caught suckers (biggest was 18 inches), small mouth (biggest weighed in at just shy of 5lbs), large mouth (biggest weighed in at 4lbs), bluegills, rockbass, carp (biggest weighed in at 8lbs), and creek chubs (biggest was 11 inches).
I have waders, but have never used them in the rivers. When I fish from my boat (13'x4'), I fish both sides of shoreline falldowns, the downriver side of big rocks, and the deepest spots I can find (which so far have only been about 4 feet). Anything in the water that is a current break tends to hold fish on the downriver side.
Hope you found this useful. Oh, and one last thing, bring a lot of lures because you will lose them on snags.
MOON PHASE (98%)
Very nice fish Bill1027. I tried fishing the Dup a hand full of times with no success. I would love to finally learn what I am doing wrong. I think my 1st lesson would be to get a pair of waiters so I can get to them pools easier.
26° - 30° F
Below 40° F
Plenty of multi-species action during this warm stretch. But here comes the ice for you hardwater guys/gals. In a week, the holes I've been frequenting will have skim ice and casting will be difficult if not impossible. Had to take advantage of the end of the unseasonable warmth.
MOON PHASE (41%)
36° - 40° F
Not sure how many trout made it into the river but it seems to be a fair amount. Got fifteen in three outings and had a bunch more pop off. I don't think the bass appreciate the new competition because I haven't been getting the same numbers or size in perennial wintering holes. Still kinda nice to be all but guaranteed consistent action in the cold water.
MOON PHASE (40%)
26° - 30° F
Below 40° F
There was no rainbow trout box to check for the "Fish Targeted" portion of this fishing report or I'd have checked it. 27 degrees when I walked out this morning, perfect trout weather. With the first one, I thought I had the largest creek chub I'd ever hooked until it went airborne. But nope, it was indeed a rainbow. Ended up landing three total. Probably stockers from somewhere that got washed into the river in the October flooding. Also got into a really nice largemouth bite between 9 and 10 am. All fish on light jigs with 3" Gulp minnows.
MOON PHASE (99%)