Evans Field

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Evans Field

Postby trumb1mj » Sep Thu 12, 2019 7:35 am

Has anyone spent any time along the stretch of ten Evans Field park? My son are there quite a bit because of the convenient cement fishing piers but we’ve yet to have any luck. I’ve been throwing spinners, jointed raps, jerks and ploppers without a sniff. Can this area be good?
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Woohoodude11 » Sep Thu 12, 2019 7:39 am

Have no clue of the area, but my rule of thumb is to avoid fishing piers. If you think it's easy, hundreds of other feel the same. Fish are dumb but they're smart enough to stay away from where the fake stuff is. Obviously there's always exceptions, but my advice is to get a little dirty.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Thu 12, 2019 7:51 am

Used to fish there a lot when I lived in River Grove. The bend on the river there can be productive for pike when water is low and warm.

You really need to spot hop in that area. You are on the right path by using loud flashy baits. Add other spots to your pike offensive and you will start seeing results. You can also park on North Ave across from the old menards and fish the shore line near that small creek. That would the opposite side of the river from the Evan's Field access.

Try the bridge area at Chicago Avenue. Try around the island south of Chicago Av. Try the bend between the island and Lake St. Try parking on 1st Avenue at the Silver Creek lot, walk down along the river there and also work the creek confluence and up the creek and under the road bridge there.

Try parking behind the bowling alley on River Rd near Belmont and give that shoreline a quickie.

Dont know where you're willing to fish, but those are spots I would hit regularly in that vicinity.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby joetrain » Sep Thu 12, 2019 8:41 am

That’s some golden info right there.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby trumb1mj » Sep Thu 12, 2019 9:00 am

Great info!

"...fish the shore line near that small creek..."

Is there another stream that runs near the DPR? I noticed this spring there was an overflow pond on that side of the river (that I actually tried fishing... any luck in those?) but I've never noticed a creek there.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Rambler » Sep Thu 12, 2019 1:56 pm

I used to fish the stretch between North and 1st Ave. a lot. I think the piers you're referring to are the abutments left from the old Armitage St. dam that was taken out around 5 years ago. Before then I caught lots of pike and rock bass right there. After the dam went away the fishing declined.

Take Aux's advice about other area. If you park at Evans go left when you hit the river, past the bridge (don't cross it) and fish your way down to the creek that drains the wetland you walk thru on the way to the river. Be sure to fish the laydowns. One of the biggest I've caught around there was 28" on a jointed crankbait.

You can also park in Maywood at Lake & 1st and access the river from there. They recently put in a canoe launch there.

I think Aux is referring to Silver Creek. It joins the DPR from the west between North and Chicago. It's anything but silver. :(
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Thu 12, 2019 2:37 pm

Was referring to the other small creek that comes from the Triton college area/costco area. Worth a few casts every now and then. You would access it by parking at the lot on North Ave.

I also mentioned silver creek, that's the one with a parking area on 1st ave, between north and Chicago aves.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby trumb1mj » Sep Fri 13, 2019 11:39 am

After a big rain like last night is it even worth trying to fish the DPR? I was going to go out tomorrow morning...
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Grain » Sep Fri 13, 2019 12:18 pm

Around here the river does not look fishable - it rose 7.5' over the last couple of days, more than doubled, and still has not crested. I mean it did not look good yesterday, before the last rain, I can only wonder what it is like now. Aux will know better, but it looks like it will take a while for the things to settle.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Rambler » Sep Fri 13, 2019 12:57 pm

After last night's rain you'll be challenged just to get to the river much less fish it. Best to be patient and wait until the river drops. :cry:
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Re: Evans Field

Postby vman01 » Sep Fri 13, 2019 1:45 pm

Rambler wrote:you'll be challenged just to get to the river

I could be wrong but I believe the river is coming up to a parking lot near you for anyone trying to get to the river it shouldn't be to tough. :lol:
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Rambler » Sep Fri 13, 2019 2:21 pm

^^^Good point! Sometimes the DPR comes into people's basements. Then it's really easy to get to! :)
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Re: Evans Field

Postby aarogod » Sep Fri 13, 2019 3:05 pm

The DPR in Lake County where we tried to hit the DPR this morning. This is just the trail, 500 yards from the river

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Re: Evans Field

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Fri 13, 2019 6:06 pm

DPR is f-uct for at least a month. Approaching record flood levels in Lake County.

7.2inches of rain in the last 7 days. 6 inches of rain over the last 48hrs in Gurnee.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Grain » Sep Fri 13, 2019 6:24 pm

Aux Pleins wrote:DPR is f-uct for at least a month. Approaching record flood levels in Lake County.

7.2inches of rain in the last 7 days. 6 inches of rain over the last 48hrs in Gurnee.


A month?!! I thought a week at worst. :shock: :evil:
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Re: Evans Field

Postby trumb1mj » Sep Fri 13, 2019 7:52 pm

Dang. I’m going to go out tomorrow and see for myself but super bummed. The kids are gone tomorrow and I had all day to explore some spots!
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Grain » Sep Fri 13, 2019 9:36 pm

Well, join the club. At least you are dry - in the back of my subdivision there is a creek that feeds DPR and I understand there was water in a few basements this morning.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby trumb1mj » Sep Sat 14, 2019 11:44 am

Things are completely flooded in Cook county too. Where do the Northern hide out in these conditions? The woods are completely flooded--anyone ever fish the flooded areas?
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Re: Evans Field

Postby DPMike » Sep Sun 15, 2019 7:18 am

Anything in that pond East of the Chicago Avenue island?
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Peter Piper » Sep Sun 15, 2019 8:00 am

I heard the last time it flooded like this, the soccer field and the flooded woods next to the river holds a lot of pike with these conditions by Oakton College. Give that a try!
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Aux Pleins » Sep Sun 15, 2019 8:42 am

DPMike wrote:Anything in that pond East of the Chicago Avenue island?


Carp and gills. I'm sure a pike or two makes it's way in there during high water. But nothing worth targeting imo. I've caught fish in the flooded trees at Lawrence Ave in the past. But not a whole lot of fun or aesthetically pleasing I should add.

At high water a decent spot was always the Willow Creek/Pond in front of the hotel complex at River Rd and Higgins. Good spot in the winter too because that creek stays open and runs really warm and clear because its flow comes from the Waste Water Treatment plant in Des Plaines.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby DPMike » Sep Sun 15, 2019 9:14 am

thanks
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Re: Evans Field

Postby Rambler » Sep Sun 15, 2019 9:56 am

Aux forgot to mention bullheads. Lots & lots of bullheads.

The parking lot there is closed. It's under a couple feet of water.
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Re: Evans Field

Postby trumb1mj » Sep Fri 20, 2019 9:39 am

More rain on the way. I may actually try and fish the woods if this keeps up!
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