Fox Chain, Lake County

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10/28/18 @ 6:48 PM
Musky Jim1
Musky Jim1
USER since 4/3/18

Chain o lakes state park is free to launch and short drive to Marie. Stay in the channel on grass lake. If you want to launch on Channel, contact Musky Tales. He has a launch on 173.

I just started musky fishing on the Chain. Was only out 1 time. Cold and windy day a few weeks ago. I was trolling grandmas on the breaks on Marie. Wasn't 100% positive I was working the right areas until a guide showed up and was trolling the same area I targeted. The owner at Musky Takes suggested deep crainks or plastics like bulldogs. Hope this helps.

I did peel off to channel and found some good breaks and flats. Both lakes don't seem to difficult to figure out.

Seeing the reports here, it looks like some fish are migrating shallow, so my mind says breaks and noonrise/ moonset try a bit more shallow and use suicks and supershad and jerkbaits.

Seeing I have only tried the chain once, hopefully someone else will chime in.





Edited on 10/28/18 7:26 PM
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10/28/18 @ 10:58 AM
walleyewhisperer1
walleyewhisperer1
USER since 7/28/17

Was thinking of giving the Fox Chain a try next weekend (11/03/18). Was just looking for some insight... is it worth giving the chain a shot this time of year? We are primarily looking for Muskie, all catch and release.

Where is the best place to Launch, what are the Fees?

Any tips on lures and where to start fishing would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to PM me.

Thanks in advance.

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10/27/18 @ 5:50 PM
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slonezp
slonezp
USER since 2/10/07

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

Spent about 8 hours on the south end today. The bite was exceptional. Kept about 3 doz crappies. Threw many back as well as largemouth, perch, whites, and cats. Everything on minnows 3ft down in 4-5ft of water

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10/26/18 @ 7:05 PM
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Chris Taurisano
Toro
USER since 1/12/11

MOON PHASE (95%)
Waning Gibbous

Panfishing has been very good. Lots of fish to be caught right now. Few big Walleyes on reaction strike baits. Last week the Musky fishing was very good and this week was tougher. Think the cold in the forecast is going to bring some really good things. It's trophy time if you are interested in putting in the work. 

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10/24/18 @ 5:05 PM
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prov
prov
USER since 12/21/04

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

Got out for a few hours today with a buddy mark.Slayed the crappie and bluegills as many as you want  biggest crappie near 12.Also caught 8 largemouth and 1 smallie was surprised the bass were aggressive.Tried for walleye no go for us,all fish released no live bait needed.Hint the biggest fish were not in channels water temp 47-50.Looked like they were drawing the water down today its at around normal levels.

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10/24/18 @ 12:36 PM
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icechopper
icechopper
USER since 8/8/16

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F

The Northwood fished Lake Marie late yesterday afternoon, with Lars as my guide.  Winds were just right to drift most of the time, but we also anchored.  Fished in waters 12 - 21 fow.  The deeper waters produced larger fish.  Used blade baits with silver as the dominant color.  Caught numerous white stripers, some yellow bass and crappies and many sheep.  Hooked into some very large fish that we did not land, but showed to be walleyes.  We always use 6# line, with no leader.  The bonus for the day was a ~ 10 pound walleye wrestled to the boat from 19 fow.  Our previous biggest were 8 and 9 pounders.  CPR'd all the fish for the day as they all deserved to return to the depths.  What a great day to be on the water.  Tight lines !  IC

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10/22/18 @ 5:08 PM
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APerseus
APerseus
USER since 5/23/17

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F

Fished Catherine and Marie from sunrise to 10AM Sunday. Little over 1/2 dozen striper various sizes. One small muskey and mini walleye. All came on gold color blades. Cold air, warm water. All fish released.

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10/22/18 @ 6:08 AM
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icechopper
icechopper
USER since 8/8/16

MOON PHASE (96%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
51° - 55° F

Northwood fished Lake Marie on Sunday from 10 - 1:30 pm.  Generally fished 12 - 17 fow.  Sheep, cats and small white stripers were hitting.  Yellow bass were on the deeper side and were fairly good sized.  Wind got pretty rough, so we anchored over some debris and would get 5 or 6, then nothing.  We would move and same result.  Thin fishers worked the best; silver and perch colored.  Also got some on drop shots.   Tight lines !   IC

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10/20/18 @ 9:19 PM
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jpolasek52
jpolasek52
USER since 11/15/15

MOON PHASE (84%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
41° - 45° F

WATER TEMP
46° - 50° F

I went out with Andrew from T-Bone guide service today. We targeted panfish in the channels. The water temperature dropped 10-15 degrees since I was there a few weeks ago. It was a good bite on small jigs with bait under bobbers. Fish were around the docs and weed line. We took off when the weather turned for the worse. No wake was lifted yesterday and they might have started the drawn down early because of the high water. Great to be out with Andrew.  He works hard to put you on the fish fast.

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10/19/18 @ 10:04 PM
Musky Jim1
Musky Jim1
USER since 4/3/18

I was out Tuesday with exactly the same results. Started on Marie, worked the breaks and did not see many baitfish on electronics. Went through channel and saw the same as you. Last guide I used, used 1-2 oz weights above 4 ft leader to get baits deep. I was trolling large Grandma's and those down close to the 10 ft bait fish. Talked to the guy and Musky Tales and he mentioned the tourney 2 weeks ago did not yeild many Musky. The few that were caught were small. I think when the water settles in the 40's they will become more active. Remember, water temps went from 70 to 50's rather quickly.

Edited on 10/19/18 10:06 PM
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