I tried the Fox a few times recently in the Aurora area. Today was my last outing of the season there. I head south for the winter next week.
â€˘ I missed 5 fish from shore, all on a Roadrunner jig head with a Gulp Minnow.
â€˘ Three of them may have been small bass, but 2 were definitely walleye. All from a deep pool or the surrounding shallower flat.
â€˘ I went back the next morning, with lots of anticipation given how many I had on the day before.
â€˘ You can guess what happened: skunked! Same spot, same lure, no fish, no hits.
â€˘ I did see 2 deer as I was walking the shore. Here's the best photo I managed to get:
â€˘ I went to a different spot and caught a few small bass like the one pictured, all on an Arkie Craw crankbait from shore.
â€˘ Lots of small bass around. Maybe a good sign of healthy and bigger fish next year.
October 10 (today)
â€˘ I waded with my friend today. Still lots of small bass around. They loved my Rebel Crawfish crankbait.
â€˘ After catching several, I decided to switch to something I've never tried: a Rapala Husky Jerk rattling suspending jerkbait.
â€˘ Tossed it into a deeper hole and this guy hit. One of the bigger bass I've landed recently.
â€˘ My friend also landed a tiny bass on a beetle spin. I include the photo only because it seemed to us that it's a largemouth. I don't think I've ever caught a LMB in the Fox.
â€˘ We also saw 2 squirrels swim across the river from one shore to the other. Another first. We've seen several animals swimming, but never squirrels!
That's it. A fun year for me on the DuPage and Fox rivers. Looking forward to trying it all again next year!
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