Long Lake, Lake County

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8/14/18 @ 1:02 PM
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icechopper
icechopper
USER since 8/8/16

MOON PHASE (15%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

The Northwood had some fun with gills, stripers, a very large carp and a nice sheephead late afternoon yesterday.  Had the pleasure of fishing expert Haji on board with me.  We were throwing small mini-mites, a very tiny split, then tipped with a waxie into 3 fow and the gills were loving it.  Also a couple small LMB and a few perch.  Then we moved to 15 fow and that's where Haji showed his expertise landing doubleheader yellow bass with the mini-mite and small minnow.  We had good action in the deeper water wherever there was some debris on the bottom.  Also noticed a lot of small white stripers on the surface hunted by seagulls and larger fish.  Once again, Long proves to be a great fishery.  Beautiful sunset.  Tight lines !   IC

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8/9/18 @ 1:13 PM
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Jugband
Jugband
USER since 11/2/17

MOON PHASE (4%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

Squaw Creek by Swanny's was teeming with minnows--huge clouds of them all over the place. A recent rain had clouded the water and must have triggered plankton. A Clouser Minnow on a fly rod produced a 3.6 lb., 19.5" largemouth. Out on the lake, it was your usual panfish bonanza, though the gills in our usual spots were smallish and hitting lightly, and the crappies had vamoosed. Twister tail tipped with waxworm worked, as did crawler pieces. Fishing the channel from the boat did not work well--low water means they spook easily.

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7/31/18 @ 1:45 PM
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Jugband
Jugband
USER since 11/2/17

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
Above 80° F

Last week we got a big crappie on a twister tipped with a waxworm, the usual decent-sized bluegills, a smaller crappie and a white bass on nightcrawler segments and 1/32 Panther Martin spinner tipped with nightcrawler or waxie. Weeds have calmed, but algae continues to be a challenge. Panfish seem to be hanging slightly deeper than in past years. Plenty of bluegills in the channel, but they were too small. Kayak anglers please note: in addition to the fee launch at Swanny's, there is a free paddler's put-in on the north shore of the lake with parking and a restroom. Look at Google maps and you'll find it. 

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7/2/18 @ 9:32 AM
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icechopper
icechopper
USER since 8/8/16

MOON PHASE (83%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

The Northwood fished Long on Sunday morning.  We drifted from 15 fow down to 6 fow using1/16 oz jigs tipped with a waxie and used the Zippidy Doo blade bait.  Very successful with both presentations.  Yellow stripers and sheep were nailing the Zip and the gills were striking the jig.  A few crappies mixed in, a LMB, some nice white bass and some nice perch.  What a bag 'o fun !  Plenty of fish are there to be caught.  Got off the lake when the sailboats made their entrance.  Tight lines !   IC

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6/28/18 @ 2:59 PM
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Maj0r
Maj0r
USER since 4/12/18

MOON PHASE (100%)
Waning Gibbous

I think there is just a bit of confusion over the terminology "Private Lake".  Tula Mae is correct there is barely any public shore access, but you can launch there and legally fish there if you are not a homeowner.

Also I always thought that Long WAS NOT technically part of the chain, even though it connects via Squaw Creek.  Whether it is or it isn't though, it is a wonderful place to get away from the insane traffic that congests the chain. 

My buddy lives on the lake and I am out in my Blue Lund quite a bit.  Last Saturday we fished the usual suspects for Bass and did very well.  Nothing over 3 pounds last weekend but steady action on Jigs and plastics.  We then double anchored to try to get into some carp and ended up catching about 10 of them in 90 minutes with our biggest being 16 pounds.  It was actually super super fun.  

Good luck all.  If you ever see me out in the Blue Lund come say hello. 

Edited on 6/28/18 3:00 PM
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6/27/18 @ 6:49 PM
spinrb8
spinrb8
USER since 5/4/13

tula mae is correct !!!! you do not need a chain sticker HELLO meaning it spills into the chain just because there is a old school lock does not change the fact its not part of the chain o lakes 

Edited on 6/27/18 6:52 PM
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6/27/18 @ 4:26 PM
Tula mae
Tula mae
USER since 1/29/10

I fish there also and please note if you take away the access ramp and marina on Wilson road you won't be able to fish by boat. The land surrounding this Lake is privately owned except for the forest preserve area. You are correct a chain sticker is not required. Fox Chain rules do not apply here, but the homeowners rules do. So, please respect the property.

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6/27/18 @ 3:55 PM
mchenry dave
mchenry dave
USER since 4/20/04

Long is not private and is connected to the chain (through the channel with lock as noted below) but does NOT require a Chain-Of-Lakes sticker on your boat. I fish it all the time.

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6/27/18 @ 11:41 AM
Tula mae
Tula mae
USER since 1/29/10

Check The State Park website and Wikipedia or call the waterway

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6/27/18 @ 11:29 AM
Fightfires71
Fightfires71
USER since 11/1/14

Tula Mae,

    Long Lake flows into the Chain O lakes.  There is a lock to get there.  This is not a private lake there is a launch at an establishment in the channel for the public if they pay.  

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