Fox Chain, Lake County

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10/30/17 @ 6:51 AM
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Legend Lives
Legend Lives
USER since 1/17/17

MOON PHASE (76%)
Waxing Gibbous

Late report.  Was out Saturday morning from 7am - 1030am.  Crappie bite was hot in 9-13fow.  Some sorting but did manage a dozen slaps.  Tadam rig 1/64 oz jighead with gulp drifting / working trolling motor.

Sunday fished from 7am to 11am  Sunny skies but very nice day.  Crappies were not corpating but the gills were.  Some sorting but kept 14 in 9-9.5". 1/64 jighead under a float 4-5ftdown with waviest.  Gills were hugging the bottom.  

Edited on 10/30/17 6:54 AM
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10/30/17 @ 6:04 AM
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icechopper
icechopper
USER since 8/8/16

MOON PHASE (76%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sleeting

AIR TEMP
31° - 35° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

The Northwood sailed Lake Marie on Saturday morning from 8:00am until 11:30 am.  We ran out of bait again.  Heavy wind, some rain and sleet did not stop our group, which included Mr. G and Haji.  Stripers were hitting minnow and plastic.  And some nice big ones 13 + inches.  Fished in 14 -17 fow, anchored and action was non-stop.  Fished out from the yellow house on the east side, down from the white pillars.

On Sunday the Northwood fished with Rodbender and his first mate Charlotte.  Sunny skies, some wind, but still cold.  Action was medium, but the stripers and sheep seemed to be bigger.  Fished the west side by the red roof house, using 1/16 oz jig and plastic tipped with a minnow in 17 fow.  Tried a few drifts, but anchoring was the better choice.  Had two nice walleyes, a 24 and a 20.  Both CPR'd.

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10/29/17 @ 11:58 PM
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jpolasek52
jpolasek52
USER since 11/15/15

MOON PHASE (76%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Fished Channel and Catherine from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Water temps 48-51.  We found a few crappie and bass still in the weeds in about 5 FOW. Found several schools of fish out deep and caught a few nice white and yellow bass.  I think the cold front slowed things down a little today.  Water level is still good and there are a lot less boats on or around the water this week.


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10/29/17 @ 8:05 PM
BobSmith10413
BobSmith10413
USER since 10/27/17

Thanks guys. I've never done a floating jig on a lindy rig before, so I'll give that a try. One of these days I'll need to schedule a guide as well.

I don't get many fishing days with my dad, but I'd like to catch a fish when we do go out. :)

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10/28/17 @ 7:21 PM
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Dr. of Fishingology
Dr. of Fishingology
USER since 10/15/09

MOON PHASE (58%)
Waxing Gibbous

Bob

For eyes, fish the bridges when current is moving after a rain. A floating jig on a lindy rig pulled along slow with the bowmount should do the trick. Don't be afraid to fish the in 3 fow either. 

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10/28/17 @ 2:17 PM
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Chris Taurisano
Toro
USER since 1/12/11

MOON PHASE (58%)
Waxing Gibbous

The panfishing on the chain has been very good. Plastics or minnows are a good bet. Deep water and shallow water areas are both producing. A few walleyes have been mixed in with the deeper water bite. Muskies have been tough this week. Local bass bite is starting to slow down but the walleyes should pick up a bit in the next few weeks. Hopefully the muskies pick up after turnover.

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10/27/17 @ 6:29 PM
slonezp
slonezp
USER since 2/10/07

Bob Smith, Maybe you answered your question in your last paragraph, that you don't get out but a couple times a year. In general, I would say, the chain is a mediocre fishery at best. It takes time on the water to be successful on this body of water and not just "lucky". I've been fishing the Chain for 15+ years and the only recommendation I have is if you are not catching fish, don't waste time. Move somewhere else. You've got the side imaging, move around until you find fish. Good structure is hard to come by on the Chain but it does exist.

Water temps have been fluctuating up and down up to 10* a week for that last month or so. Now that it's getting cold, it might be a little easier to find fish because there's going to be less water temp fluctuations as we ease on into hard water season. As of 2 weeks ago, the crappies have started staging in their winter/spring haunts. White bass schools were huge on Channel and Catherine. The week prior to that, I was catching bass on senkos and walleye on jerkbaits.

You need to put in time because the Chain has no magic secret. Water levels are going to start lowering to winter pool next week. Good luck 

 

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10/27/17 @ 10:16 AM
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BobSmith10413
BobSmith10413
USER since 10/27/17

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First Quarter

I could use some help.

Yesterday (Thursday) I fished from 9am to 2pm on Marie. I spent all the time between the doctors house and the point across the way that has the light blue house.

Around the doctors house I fished up and down the ledges to the southwest. From 25 fow all the way up to 6 fow on the flat. Jigged tipped with minnows, drifted with wind jigging (right off the bottom), trolled shallow and deep cranks at about 1.1-1.5mph.

Fished the dropoff to the east side of the light blue house/point with a jig + minnow. Fished the point with a jig + minnow, shallow cranks, and minnows under bobbers.

I didn't see any fish on the side scan on the flat by the dr's house, or in the rocky shallows by the light blue house. I saw plenty of schools of white bass in the 15'ish fow. I'd see fish on the bottom.. tried catching them with a jig + minnow, nothing. Found a few odd structures near the bottom in 10-15 fow.. tried targeting them with jig+minnow, nothing.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong. I fish a couple times a year, that's about it. My dad really wants to go out with me soon. I'd like to take him out there. He wants to catch walleye. I just don't know what to try differently. I seem to really struggle with the walleye in the morning/day, but those are the only times available to me.

Thanks.

Edited on 10/27/17 10:17 AM
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10/25/17 @ 11:39 PM
KoolHand34
KoolHand34
USER since 8/1/16

Angus, I agree, there are a lot of buoys on the Chain, but with the amount of boat traffic on the weekends, imagine how it would be without them. I've only been out here 3 seasons now and I'm told that the point where Nippersink meets Fox Lake used to be open and referred to as Kamakazi Point (or something like that). I can't imagine that not being a no wake zone. 

And I don't think the hand holding is 'expected' as much as a result of the accidents that have occurred over the years. If you're referring to the navigational aids and channel markers etc, yeah it might be a little over kill, but hey it was probably implemented long before the average joe was able to see the entire Chain on his cell phone. 

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10/25/17 @ 10:41 PM
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Capt'n Patrick
Capt'n Patrick
USER since 6/8/14

MOON PHASE (30%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

Fish are in channels.  Small plastics, no wax worms needed.  Crazy good today.  Cold front put the feed bags on them.

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