Wonder Lake, McHenry County

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7/11/18 @ 5:25 PM
crappie60
crappie60
MEMBER since 12/5/16

Thomasm: i do fish the south end but rarely in the summer due to it being shallower... if anywhere near the marina,and the creek that flows into Wonder. The dam has lots of structure ( boulders ) near the rip rap side. Along with it being 10'+ in areas. Dunno if you know bout the fish cribs near it. If you dont lemme know will pm you with coordinates. Wonder has northern in it, not many, have been bitten off bass fishing sometimes.

Ps. Also found a GOOD piece of structure like i stated a few posts ago.. dont think anyone knows it, north end, been fishing 30+years didnt even know it was there,found it this spring LOL  thank God for Lowrance :) 

Do you have ice fish?

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7/11/18 @ 3:08 PM
thomasm
thomasm
USER since 7/7/17

Crappie.  we were in an older tri-hull.  We got a couple bass, a couple big cats and hooked into something big that cut the line.  I have been doing alright for not having my boat in the water.  Been fishing off my pier in Lookout point, mainly bass and a couple nice crappie.  Pontoon went in the water today so I am ready to explore this lake.  Does anyone ever fish in the south part of the lake?  Seems everyone goes to the dam and the shore around it


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7/11/18 @ 12:27 PM
crappie60
crappie60
MEMBER since 12/5/16

Thomasm:  think i saw you... bass boat? I have a deep v Sylvan sea snapper ( love the name! ) i  thought i was in Lake Geneva... like i said they got the hint with the flip off.  Was at the dam for bout an hour.. zero.. found what few fish along a 1 foot break line. Cant believe all the baby catfish, ice fishing gonna be interesting this year.


ps you been doing any good?

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7/11/18 @ 12:05 PM
thomasm
thomasm
USER since 7/7/17

Hey Crappie,  what boat is yours?  My neighbor and i were only Saturday in the same area and time.  We were also buzzed a few times by the very considerate ski boat

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7/9/18 @ 2:54 PM
crappie60
crappie60
MEMBER since 12/5/16

Too old for the waver running days! My knees and back wont take it. I joking told my son this lake will be called "Wonder Marsh" or Wonder bog 1 day!  

Edited on 7/9/18 2:55 PM
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7/9/18 @ 2:22 PM
deepsprings
deepsprings
USER since 2/20/18

in a boat i think ripping back and forth is a waste of time. now if on a jet ski there can be fun to be had. i wouldn't ski that lake as i be to afraid i hit the dam bottom when wiping out. maybe when the ski team loses a member due to that the rich folks take notice of how endangered their kids are? 

when and if i ever end up moving there ill be pushing to drain half the lake and just truck the crap out of there. no need to get fancy drain use a backhoe and dig dig dig. with the 7m they could of bought a farmland close by and made a snowski hill lol... wondermuck slopes :) all i can say is it depresses me to visit and see what that lake has become, if 10 years has lead to what it is now, in 10 years more time it'll be half gone anyways. 

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7/9/18 @ 2:05 PM
crappie60
crappie60
MEMBER since 12/5/16

I guess everyone has a different passion in life. Never seen the sense of going balls out on a small lake back and forth eating up fuel. They must think the same thing bout fisherman, just sitting there! Lol nope never really hit the south/east side. Primarily fish north end past the point and duck isl.. like to fish what little rock structure wonder has left. We found out saturday a difference of 1 ft off a ledge got us the smallies and lmb..speaking of props hitting the bottom... found a GREAT  hole a few trips back, dont think anyone found it.. maybe 7 ft wide of gooooood STRUCTURE coming up to a foot or 2 under the surface..gotta drift with the finder slow. Will pm u with location.. maybe in the fall take u out there with ur dad. Will try this spot all year long different times...looked excellent

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7/9/18 @ 1:09 PM
deepsprings
deepsprings
USER since 2/20/18

i do not know if your to familiar with the east bays, but you can walk out there and your knees never get wet. power boats were flying through at about 20-30 mph looking at me in maybe 1.5' of water and none of them thought jeez maybe i hit bottom? heck i bet if they just made channels of where they could go it prob do more to dredge parts of  the lake then sucking it out. 

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7/9/18 @ 12:53 PM
crappie60
crappie60
MEMBER since 12/5/16

Deepsprings LOL we were fishing 7 am at the dam Saturday... only 1 other boat out there was a ski boat.. buzzed us 3 times 30 ft away... the whole lake to him... caught the hint when i flipped em off lol. Been fishing most of my life at wonder  and us fisherman are tooooo few and far between to have a voice i guess. It all boils down to revenue and who pays.. appeasing the pleasure boaters$$$$!! I guess were to blame to, never could understand why when im out early/late only see 1 or 2 other boats fishing..  

glad to see u made it back out west safely..

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7/9/18 @ 11:34 AM
deepsprings
deepsprings
USER since 2/20/18

where i fished at in the east bays by the islands it is the same depth as before. i put this blame on the power boats, zipping back and forth you know all that wave action just pushing the silt right back into any holes they dredged. they really need to just open the flow gates and let some of this crap go back into the nippersink where it came from. during high high waters it wouldn't effect the creek it would be deposited on the swamps. where it was meant to go to by mother nature. 

as for fishing, i caught about 9 bass in two weeks only one being what i would say is a good bass, everything else other then the cats was stunted. lake has zero structure, and more then enough places to spawn. however it looks like the food chain is a mess. 

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