Bass are still biting well but for last hour of light now, none after dark. The crappie and gills have really turned on strong, moving up really shallow for last hour of light as well. Walleye bite has improved substantially, been getting a couple each time out but tonight the colder weather really turned em on. Caught 6, lost 2. 2" gulp minnow on a 1/16oz jig head was the ticket. Smallest was 15", biggest 21". Kept 3 released 3. Mouths of backwaters and channels being the key spots for me. Catching them at the mouth before dark and in the calm backwater after dark.
Bass bite after dark had slowed down but seems that the last week of warmer temps turned them back on. Black spinnerbait or spook have been taking the fish. Had just caught a Bass and was holding it while my daughter was taking a pic and my catfish setup got ripped into the lake. One of my favorite st Croix combos so naturally I dove in head first after it. Recovered the pole and the fish. Majority of catfish coming on chicken breast in cherry kool-aid or cut bait on shallow flats.
Night bite for catfish and bullhead staying strong, however the hotdogs have not been the choice of bait last 2 trips with all but one bite coming on cutbait now. Had about 15 total tonight, one being of decent size. Bass were biting right on shore until dark, no bass after dark this time and cats/bullhead shut off about 9:30.
Night fishing continues to produce. Bass all caught right on shore, throwing a black spinnerbait and black buzzbaits. Best bite has been after 11pm. Nice catfish and bullheads in both quanity and quality being caught on hot dogs in cherry kool-aid. Shallow flats have been the best producing spots.
Keep a tight line, im sorry but I never fish out that way so I really don't know of any lakes/ponds out there.
Keep a Tight Line
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I am a contractor from Wisconsin working in West Chicago and staying in Warrenville. I love fishing and I am dying to get out fishing instead of sitting in my hotel room at night. There is a pond near the job site so I bought a spinning rod (like I needed another one) and I go cast from shore during break and lunch. Been getting a few CPR largemouth, but shore fishing is tough.
Would LOVE to get out in a boat and do some fishing. I got gas money and beer money if you need it. I only have that one rod and a couple baits. I am here until September 7th then I go to Canada for a week fishing and a few days off. I will return here in late September and will bring more rods and reels and I'm even considering bringing my boat.
Unless I get moved to another job location, I will be working here into February. Typically work 2 weeks then take 2 days off then return again.
I have heard that IL fishing is crap compared to WI, but sitting in a hotel at night isn't so fun. Fishing and catching nothing would be better then that.
Would LOVE to get out in a boat though if someone is willing to take me and supply equipment. I do know how to use any rod/reel combination, I can spot cast if needed, vertical jig, whatever. I know how to fish, just don't know the area.
Pond shore fishing. Besides the one I go to which is nice buy has limited shore accessibility, where can I go?
I am open to private messages if you want to keep your help quiet.
Fishing has been good in public waters here in northern Illinois. Some big bass have been caught on deep breaks. Bigger fish have been coming on live bluegills about 2 ft off the bottom. Average size bass have been about 17.5 inches. Big fish thus far was caught by my dad at 22 inches and weighed (on a digital scale) at 6.01 lbs. Also have been getting large bullheads, and catfish after dark on shallow flats on hot dogs.
Went last night, fishing from 11pm to 1am. Dad and I caught 6 large bullheads that were all right around 2 lbs, big for a bullhead. He also caught a nice channel cat 7-8 lbs. Got 6 bass in 30 mins of casting a black buzz bait mostly small with 5 being 12-14 inches but one nice one that was super fat and healthy around 4 1/2 lbs. Love the night bite. Bullheads and catfish came on hotdogs.
Dude you are absolutely killing it on fire you have been putting up consistent numbers and quality fish I thought I was having a good year keep it up those are great bass and crappie especially for this area nice