Sorry I can't remember the name but there is a park on the north end off of Rollins Road. Limited parking. Best of luck and tite lines
Swanys is on the west side of Wilson Road north of Rte. 134 and the Metra tracks. It's the only place to put in a trailed boat. There is a free put-in for canoes and kayaks on the north side of the lake next to the mouth of Eagle Creek; Google Maps will show it to you.
Bluegills on a fly rod-popper in Squaw Creek, some decent but most small. Out in the lake, we were experimenting, and results were spotty. A nice drum on a twister and waxworm, some decent bluegills and more small 'gills, a bullhead and perch. Working the piers for bass or pike was mostly a bust--one small bass. We heard that minnows were working well in 10-17 feet of water over submerged islands for crappies and stripers--but we had no minnows, and minnow imitations didn't work well. This year the lake seemed to change from a shallow water-worm lake early in the year to a deeper water-minnow lake later on--not as eutrophic as we thought. We're curious to see what the fall fishing brings.
I like mini mites too but they are so expensive. I usually buy a pack of "nail tails" and some lead head jigs and make my own. The nail tails are stronger and you can get hooks with the little grabber that holds your tail. Mini mites don"t have that.
After reading Icechopper's mention of a Mini-Mite several times on this bulletin board, I had to try this tiny lure. Well, Icechopper was right; the panfish just loved it tipped with a waxworm or minnow (with a crawler piece, not so much). I bought a pack of five, which is a good thing; after hours of panfish attacks, my little Mini-Mite was worse for the wear! We must have taken 30 or 40 fish, mostly in five feet of water on the north side of the lake, keeping a dozen of the bigger fish for eating: bluegills and an occasional perch, some jumbo. Despite rain and cooling, the lake was clear, especially in Squaw Creek; the fish were much more active than they were last week. A big pike kept flopping out of the water chasing something close to our boat, but it wasn't interested in what we threw at it. Thank you, Mr. Icechopper!
The Northwood was back on Long Lake late yesterday afternoon into evening. Landed a few nice sheep, a 5+ pound catfish, some stripers and gills and an 11 inch crappie. Once again small stripers were breaking water all over the place. Looked like a feeding frenzy. We drifted from 5 fow to 15 fow. Used small mites, plastic tail and minnows or waxies. Also used blade baits in the deeper water. If the bottom showed some junk, there were fish hitting the lines. Water clarity was very good. Enjoyed the company of fishing guru Haji again for this trip. Tight lines ! IC
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
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.