McCullom Lake, McHenry County

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5/25/18 @ 9:03 PM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
USER since 3/20/18

MOON PHASE (85%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WonderTucky1 was absolutely right today. Instead of going to Lily Lake, he recommended bank fishing McCullom. Crawlers, corn, and cut bait produced 18 fish; four carp, four catfish, one pike, and nine bass. Today made up for the extremely tough day yesterday. Carp are so fun to catch; such a great fight!  

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5/24/18 @ 11:35 PM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
USER since 3/20/18

MOON PHASE (77%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F

Extremely tough evening.  One bass and one pike.  Such a bad outing, I'm posting two pictures of the same fish - 4.95 lbs caught on a 3/8 ounce black/blue spinnerbait with a single Indiana blade.  Think I'll bank fish tomorrow.

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5/23/18 @ 6:44 PM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
USER since 3/20/18

MOON PHASE (67%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F

Late post. Wondertucky1 and I went out yesterday (Tuesday, 22 May 2018). It was a very slow day. We only pulled in six fish (five bass and one northern). Okay, here comes a fish story . . . it was so slow, that I downsized my lure to an 1/8-ounce jighead and 1 ½-inch plastic grub tied to 6-lbs test mono. I hooked into two 3-pound bass with the jig-n-grub, but they both unbuttoned at the boat. It was difficult to get a solid hookset on such light tackle. Anyway, Wondertucky1 got the two biggest bass . . . again.  BTW - Check out our catches today from Wonder Lake.  

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5/22/18 @ 11:31 AM
pantera2
pantera2
USER since 12/8/08
That’s good! The panfish have been stunted forever. I haven’t seen an 8in in a long time. Chicken livers are my second choice. I almost always use bluegill hunks. Keep up the good posts Pedro! I hope to get out there after the holiday weekend. Tight lines!

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5/21/18 @ 12:20 PM
Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
USER since 3/20/18

pantera2, you're the one who recommended using cut bait, so thank you.  The bluegills have all been caught in the same places where I bottom-fish.  They have all been around 7-8 inches.  No yellow nor white bass caught yet, but I know they're in there . . . yellow perch occasionally follow our lures to the boat, too.  Will target them and crappie in the summer; the bass and northern are too fun to ignore right now.

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5/21/18 @ 11:12 AM
pantera2
pantera2
USER since 12/8/08
Nice fish Pedro. That’s a nice gill I’m assuming you caught that out there too? They finally getting some size to em? There are some big cats in there too! 5-8 lbs is common. Any yellow bass?

Edited on 5/21/18 11:13 AM
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5/20/18 @ 10:38 PM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
USER since 3/20/18

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F

Fished from the shore for a couple of hours - Petersen Park. Same process; caught a couple of bluegills for cut bait and bottom-fished for catfish. Three cats, one bass, and one pike. No size to any of them, but exciting to see the poles bend in the rod holders when the fish take the bait. Hope people don’t get offended by the pictures of the filleted bluegill next to the other fish that it caught. I get six nice chunks of meat from one bluegill.   

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5/18/18 @ 8:17 PM
Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
USER since 3/20/18

WonderTucky1, I catch the big fish when you're not around because when you are near, the big fish tend to veer your way . . . 

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5/18/18 @ 4:11 PM
WonderTucky1
WonderTucky1
USER since 5/8/18

Pedro,

Strange how You Always catch the Big One when I'm not there .

Congrats on landing the pike, never thought of using cut bait for game fish.

But if anyone could, it would be You.

Nice Pic !!!!!

Edited on 5/18/18 4:11 PM
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5/18/18 @ 3:56 PM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
USER since 3/20/18

MOON PHASE (14%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

A little too windy for the boat, so I fished from the bank at Petersen Park. Water temperature unknown. Technique: bottom fishing with cut bait. Tackle: medium spinning gear, 12 lbs test mono tied to a 2/O circle hook. First caught a couple of bluegill to cut up as bait for catfish. Caught only one two-pound channel. Then a strange thing happened; the first bass I thought was a fluke, but I caught another one . . . and then a third bass on cut bait. Then the happy surprise; a 32”, 8-pound northern. It hit the cut bait, started running, and hooked itself. The rod holder held up well as the northern took drag. I was able to land it because the circle hook did its job by piercing the corner of the fish’s mouth.

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