I was further north, in Warrenville. I've seen and caught some big carp myself in this river.
I fished the East Branch in a few locations South of 95th St. Only snagged one carp about 12 lbs. Good fight until the shoreline and got off. Don't like snagging them anyway. Where were you on the West Branch? Closer to downtown Naperville?
MOON PHASE (76%)
26° - 30° F
Fished this past weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I used a white inline spinner, no bites. On Sunday I used minnows under a bobber, no bites.
The water is still very high and fast. Between Saturday and Sunday, the water went down about a foot. Should be better by the weekend.
MOON PHASE (100%)
56° - 60° F
I fished the river this past weekend and caught a sucker that was about 17 to 18 inches long. I have caught suckers in this river before, but nothing over 12 inches. I had to take a picture of it, even though it is a sucker. I hope the photo uploads properly. For reference, that is my boot which measures 13 inches long.
I was fishing on the bottom with nightcrawlers.
I do not know the answer to that one. I know that some people who live along the river put their boats in from their property. I carry mine in. It's a 13 1/2 foot by 4 foot boat that weighs 100LBs without the seats, battery, motor, etc. that I put on after I put the boat in.
I think the Forest Preserve says you can put in by (1) Deep Quarry Lake in Carol Stream/Bartlett, (2) off of Beecher St. in Winfield, (3) off of Mack Rd. in Warrenville, and (4) off of Batavia Rd. in Warrenville. But I think these are all carry in spots.
That being said, I did see a john boat with maybe a 3 HP motor on it at the Mack Rd. location. I did not see it getting put in or pulled out. I just happened to drive by and it was sitting there, half in the river, half on the bank.
61° - 65° F
After Friday's cold front, I was a little uncertain about fishing, but I decided to put my boat in anyway and use live bait (minnows and crawlers). We fished about 3 to 4 miles of the river on Saturday and again on Sunday.
My son and I caught about 25 fish each day, a few large mouths and the rest small mouths. We did not catch any fish on minnows. Small crankbaits in "fire tiger" color worked the best, followed by crawlers off the bottom. Biggest fish on Saturday was about a 3LB small mouth, and Sunday's big fish was about a 3LB large mouth. Both were caught on the same fire tiger crankbait.
Only saw one other fisherman both days. If you have not floated this river before, it is very peaceful. Except for the four or five sections of "rapids" the river has a nice slow current.
MOON PHASE (94%)
as mentioned below, the dam is no more. however there is still a pool that forms off the fast water on the west side. Growing up, this used to be a hot spot for smallies. I really haven't been successful in recent years. I tend to mostly snag here. here is the coordinates if you want to check it out. Good luck man