Care to say where this pond was located???
NorthEastern Illinois Lakes, Ponds, Rivers
56° - 60° F
71° - 75° F
Saturday's weather looked a little dicey, but we got in almost 4 hours of fishing. This is extremely rare, but artificials out-performed nite crawlers! The A#1 Bass getter was a 4" Yamamoto Senko, Wacky rigged. Green (Pumpkin?) or Watermellon. Boat drift and some lift and drop/twitching was all my buddy needed. The Bass were going Nuts! All shallow, minimal weeds, near the shore. I could type his numbers, but you wouldn't believe it! Dozens! I only managed 18, ha ha...
Report from last Saturday 5-4-19.
Walleye during the day, bright sunny conditions, 11-1130am at a public pond somewhere in the Algonquin- Crystal lake IL area? WAAAA???
And its not three oaks??? WAAAAAA?
As you can see the walleye wanted the 5 inch storm wildeye swimbait in Golden Mullet- totally pounded them. I could not keep the 45 bass I caught off of the Berkley flatback shads in Pearl Blue and Senorita. All Bass between 2-3 lbs. Did not take pics of the bass because I really don't care about Largemouth, I want pike and eyes.
Ended the day with 2 Walleye, one at 19 and another at 20.5", And like 49 bass all in about 4 hrs. I am not exaggerating on the qty of bass either- it is ridiculous. Everything CPR'D as always, every time all the time..
Exploring pays off big time...……..till next time yall..
Went Saturday 6am-5pm. Fished 14fow with plastics. Caught 55 crappies, 4 perch 1 Gill. Sunday was slower. Caught 28 crappies.tightlines Scales
26° - 30° F
Went out on a local pond in the sw burbs for about 4 hours Sunday afternoon. We ended up with 3 nice bass and a few misses on tipups. I didn't do any jigging but we spotted a bunch of bass and small bluegill around our cribs we put in the past two years. I didn't plan on jigging unless I found some crappie. Ice was solid and clear. Average ice thickness was 7-8 inches, but a couple spots were only 6 inches.
that large crappie is 14 the one next to it is 13. walleye is 19 A standard beer can is 6 inches. I think, ....ok I may have over guessed a bit.....but some were close.
Let’s see some pics of those 12” gills! Approaching state record size!
31° - 35° F
We went out on Sat and had a decent day. Nothing hot and heavy for me, but the 2 guys I was with did pretty good. I had a good day on tip ups. 1 Pike 19 inches, another at 23 inches, and the last at 28 at the fork and 29 at the tail tip All on Roach minnows and tip ups. On tip ups we also had a handful of small bass, a nice 20 inch bass that went 13 around the middle and a 19 inch walleye., a 14 inch crappie, a 13 in redear, and a few 12" gills.
IN addition to that we picked away at the gills and the crappie on the jigging sticks fairly consistently.
we threw back more than we kept. The pike are all still swimming, the bass are all back in the water. We kept the walter and a mess of panfish. Normally we don't keep what we did, but we are thinking that the season is real short this year so we took what was legal..Less actually as there were 3 of us.
All hooks were removed carefully and all fish in the water as much as possible except for pics and for measurements.
hard jigs with a minnow or jig then dead sticking a jig and spikes or a wiggler worked best. For our bait fisherman show did the best on the pans. Secretly in his tent while not cluing us in........
Steve and I made plastics out of Berkeley max scent bass jigs and did well with those. basically making our own nail tails and minnow imitations.
My best crappie came on a custom painted jig head in fleck maroon with glow green, orange, and pink wonder bread dots and a black and silver flecked Maxscent homemade plastic tail ...
I found the best tactic was drop about 2 feet off bottom and reel down tot he water line, lift up until the rod was even with my eyes and dance it down by slow ticking it on a slow drop. Fish came to it on the fast rise but stayed level with the jig as it danced down. pause they came for it and the engaged again once it started to methodically fall.
Seemed like they were more interested if you got at their level with the jig. ON my flasher it didn't even look like a fish was there unless I turned up my sensitivity or I raised the jig quickly leaving a mark where my jig was. Metallic colors were the ticket for and steve, but Chart green and white also worked.
Some tournament boys where near us that came over after fishing channel and they did really well too using various things.
41° - 45° F
Fished couple local ponds this morning and the fish were biting. With this warm up was able to comfortably hole hop, but had to deal with lots of slush, super wet conditions. Most aggressive fish came suspended, crappies were above gills, also caught a nice LM bass. Used mostly red spikes with small tungsten and spoon. Great action compared to last weekend.