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NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Fri 22, 2017 5:55 am

NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Bank ran some "home cookin" favorite cold water spots on 2 days this week for 8 total hrs. Air temps 50 to 38 degrees. USGS 1.65, water temps 37-39, sunny to heavy cloud cover, winds west at 20mph to east at 10mph, clarity 3-4ft green clear. Fished some dead slack areas with muck/wood/rock bottoms that were 4-8ft deep, 10 bass, 13"-16". Threw 3" Erie Darter Jr. on a 1/8th oz wide gap hook. Very slow ticking bottom retrieve, real light bite with pick up and drops. Some ice still around. Pretty cold tough bite.
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Re: NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Fri 22, 2017 7:26 am

Holy crap. It sounds like the smallies have been a tough go this month and you're making it look easy. Nice job.

Re: NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Fri 22, 2017 10:50 am

Those are some nice looking smallmouth.

Re: NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Fri 22, 2017 11:17 am

A Fishing report! Great job

Re: NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Fri 22, 2017 5:46 pm

Beautiful fish! Thanks for the details too! Nice to find open water bite where you can actually the open water!

Re: NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Fri 22, 2017 9:14 pm

greaat fish and report as usual!!

Re: NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Fri 22, 2017 10:09 pm

The coldwater bite is so satisfying. Nice bronze coloration on those fish.

Re: NE Illinois Stream Report Dec 19/21 2017

Dec Sat 23, 2017 5:08 am

I haven't posted much, but I have still been getting out. Be it smallmouth or largemouth. Too much rain again this fall for the bite I prefer, but, it is as it is. Caught some really nice bass this season. More largemouth than smallies. Merry Christmas to all.
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