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Lily Lake

McHenry County, Illinois
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5/6/24 @ 5:57 PM
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mchenry dave
mchenry dave
PRO MEMBER User since 4/20/04
Got out early this morning but not early enough. Caught this guy about 6:30 on a wacky rigged Senko in 12ft. on a weed edge, and lost a much bigger fish in the weeds on a popper - but then sky cleared sun rose (imagine that!) and fish stopped. Shoulda been out an hour earlier. Oh well.  Better weather coming, water was 62 and fish are starting to move. Will be out in the dark(er) next time. 
Lily Lake photo by mchenry dave
4/29/24 @ 9:21 AM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
User since 3/20/18
Partly Sunny 65°
Water: 59°
Submerged Vegetation
Very late post because I forgot my Lake-Link password.  This is a report for April 14.  It was a beautiful day to be on the water.  It was an average day on Lily with several little bass and some crappies.  Nothing on spinnerbaits, but plastics and cranks worked best.  The notable event was the pictured crappie.  It hit a Texas-rigged, 8" watermelon-red lizard.  The weed lines were still not visible, but we will be out later this week and post a report.  
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
3/14/24 @ 11:37 PM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
User since 3/20/18
65°
Water: 53°
Submerged Vegetation
Late post.  First time out this year on Lily (Wednesday, 13 March).   Eight bass, two crappie, and a bluegill.   The best bass was about 2 lbs and the smallest is pictured, along with an extremely aggressive bluegill that hit (or got hit by) a lipless crank.   I thought that it was too early in the year for red, but Wondertucky1 out fished me with a red lipless crank.  Only one bass was caught on a medium-diving crank (citrus/pearl) and the others were caught on a soft stickbait (pumpkinseed).
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
11/14/23 @ 11:41 AM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
User since 3/20/18
Partly Sunny 63°
Water: 49°
Submerged Vegetation
Possibly our last day out on soft water Lily this year.  We started late afternoon, trolling around and casting artificials.  Slow bite with only two bass (one pictured) and a crappie on crankbaits.  We then anchored for crappie, but did not use minnows this time.  We vertical-fished using 1/16 oz tubes, 1/8 and 1/16 oz marabou jigs.  Wondertucky1 tipped his marabou jigs with "Magic Bait" crappie bites and I did not.  Jig colors used were black/chartreuse, pink/white, and white/chartreuse. Tube colors used were chartreuse/pearl and green pumpkinseed.  The type of bait and color didn't seem to matter, nor, if the jigs were tipped with a "crappie bite" or not.  The depth of the lures seemed to be more important.  We watched the graph and adjusted the depth of our lures.  We ended our vertical fishing event with 20 crappie; the two best over 15 inches (both caught by WT1).  All fish caught were returned to the water safely.   Hope this year's ice fishing season lasts more than two days . . .   
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
10/25/23 @ 10:30 PM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
User since 3/20/18
Cloudy 67°
Water: 59°
Submerged Vegetation
     The lake has changed again.  The docks/piers are put away for the winter, but that wasn't the biggest change.  The lake's vegetation has dropped significantly and boaters have access to almost the entire lake without weeding up.  With that said, the productive weedlines were more difficult to find.  
     Quantity over quality today, but still a good day.  Team total of 31 fish, 16 fish (15 bass and one crappie) trolling around throwing artificials and 15 fish (11 crappie and 4 bass) anchored using minnows.  Biggest fish while casting was a 2 lbs 2 oz bass caught on a medium diving crankbait (hand-painted gold and pearl).  No picture because I got cocky and said that we’ll catch bigger ones today; we didn’t catch anything over 2 pounds again and that was the biggest one for the day.  Wondertucky1 pulled in this 15” black crappie on a jig head tipped with a minnow.  I’ll end with the individual scores; Wondertucky1 with 13 bass and 3 crappie, me with 6 bass and 9 crappie.  So, he out-fished me by just one fish . . . but who’s counting?  We both were . . .  


Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro
10/1/23 @ 8:29 AM
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Yurbro Pedro
Yurbro Pedro
User since 3/20/18
Sunny 80°
Water: 71°
Weed Beds
Not our best outing . . . actually one of our worst on Lily.  Six bass; all but one, under a pound.  Five reaction strikes in four foot water, using a lipless crank and one on a spinnerbait through the weed beds.  The largest bass was less than two pound and hit a popper.  We didn't take pictures because they were not picture-worthy, but I did post one we caught earlier this year out of Lily.  
Lily Lake photo by Yurbro Pedro

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