October on the Sea Plaines

From the south suburbs to the northwest suburbs, the Des Plaines River provides some excellent fishing opportunities.

October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Sun 27, 2019 1:22 pm

Pic Dump, feel free to ask any questions.

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Bass have been crushing fast moving squarebills around weed edges. Caught a hundred dinks, but some real lunkers came to play as well.

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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Sun 27, 2019 1:22 pm

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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

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Bonus Inland Trout outing. Red worm and bobber outing so the kid could get on them. Keeping worm 10inches under the surface was key. Trout look up when they eat.

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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby joetrain » Oct Sun 27, 2019 1:34 pm

Killing it.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Rambler » Oct Sun 27, 2019 2:35 pm

The Gurnee magic man on a roll.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby jonny2can » Oct Sun 27, 2019 6:15 pm

Those some tanks.. what you think those bass eat more.. other small fish or craws? My guess panfish since the square bill was killing it! Any square bill suggestions.. need to work on my cranking next season
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby cletedius » Oct Sun 27, 2019 6:27 pm

Some serious pigs in those photos.
Nicely done :thumbup:
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Skifish1 » Oct Sun 27, 2019 6:34 pm

Those are wonderfull fish Marcus. Your spoiling your kid though you ask him to go park district pond gill fishing he will just laugh at you and tell you to go take a hike.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Sun 27, 2019 7:17 pm

jonny2can wrote:Those some tanks.. what you think those bass eat more.. other small fish or craws? My guess panfish since the square bill was killing it! Any square bill suggestions.. need to work on my cranking next season


I think KVD or Strike King is quality enough. To be honest it was kind of a forgotten bait for me the last few years. Then this fall with the super murky flooded conditions I was going to through some real cold spells with my usual chatter, jerkbait, and swim jig platter offerings for the bass. Then I remembered I recently watched a Midwest outdoors re-run where they went out for river smallies in late fall and the guide swore by the cold water square bill bite. So I packed one in my bag earlier this fall and haven't looked back.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby jmdog2003 » Oct Sun 27, 2019 9:16 pm

Seems like the average size of the bass on that river has been improving over recent years. As for the Des Plaines, my biggest fishing regret from this season is not being able to hit that river as hard as I'd planned for October due to the high flows. Doesn't look like that slowed you down at all though.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Phil6 » Oct Mon 28, 2019 8:14 am

Thats some damn impressive work, Aux.

Also loled @ your little one taking a pee break from the hard work
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby philkol123 » Oct Mon 28, 2019 8:22 am

Awesome pike!
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby minstrel » Oct Mon 28, 2019 11:45 am

Those bass are almost as big as little Aux 8) He's learning from a master, lucky kid! Great stuff.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby JB » Oct Mon 28, 2019 1:27 pm

Wow. Love seeing the fat pike of course but those are some of the biggest largies I’ve seen come out of that river. Goosebumps seeing that stuff!
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby McChou » Oct Mon 28, 2019 4:39 pm

The fillet job on those 'bos is almost as impressive as the gators and lmb. Quality knife work there!
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Phil6 » Oct Mon 28, 2019 4:50 pm

McChou wrote:The fillet job on those 'bos is almost as impressive as the gators and lmb. Quality knife work there!


Was thinking the same thing, real impressive
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Mon 28, 2019 5:19 pm

McChou wrote:The fillet job on those 'bos is almost as impressive as the gators and lmb. Quality knife work there!


Just got a new knife, but still managed to mangle a few fillets the wrong way. For years I would drive over to my mothers and have her do it, a former pier and meat market butcher. After endless youtube videos I'm finally getting more confident with filleting trout, especially LM brown trout. Other fish, a work in progress.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Busse Jim » Oct Mon 28, 2019 9:51 pm

Great fish porn, those are some tank DPR Bass and gators!! :clap:
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby HEDDONFROG » Oct Mon 28, 2019 11:56 pm

Some DPR tanks. Looks like they're feeding up bigtime. Killer month
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby McChou » Oct Tue 29, 2019 11:22 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Just got a new knife, but still managed to mangle a few fillets the wrong way. For years I would drive over to my mothers and have her do it, a former pier and meat market butcher. After endless youtube videos I'm finally getting more confident with filleting trout, especially LM brown trout. Other fish, a work in progress.


I have used this technique for a while and can now break a panfish (or any other anatomically similar fish) down to the only thing being left is the stuff between the ribs now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_GGcgIFUlw
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby ccorso » Oct Tue 29, 2019 4:52 pm

Outstanding! Really gives me some encouragement to keep at it, I've been having a very sub-par October
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby badger75 » Oct Wed 30, 2019 1:52 am

Like the "beaver tail" on the beaver tree.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Wed 30, 2019 3:52 am

McChou wrote:
Aux Pleins wrote:Just got a new knife, but still managed to mangle a few fillets the wrong way. For years I would drive over to my mothers and have her do it, a former pier and meat market butcher. After endless youtube videos I'm finally getting more confident with filleting trout, especially LM brown trout. Other fish, a work in progress.


I have used this technique for a while and can now break a panfish (or any other anatomically similar fish) down to the only thing being left is the stuff between the ribs now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_GGcgIFUlw


Some people just make it look easy. :D Feel like I've seen that video before. "Musky mod" is that the dude from Lake-Link?
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby czambole » Oct Wed 30, 2019 8:37 am

Very legit post of some quite impressive river fish. Nicely done.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby McChou » Oct Wed 30, 2019 12:00 pm

Aux Pleins wrote:Some people just make it look easy. :D Feel like I've seen that video before. "Musky mod" is that the dude from Lake-Link?


No doubt there is a (significant) learning curve in developing the knife skills to break a fish down well. I've had more than my fair share of 'fuzzy' or 'popcorn' fillets :P
Also, I have found that depending on the size/shape of the fish, I like to leave the first side fillet 'in tact' to the carcass to keep the working surface 'symmetrical' and the cutting board less slimy. I'll start both sides, but get to the point of pulling the fillet off once I have both sides started ... anyway, sorry for going sideways on your report.


I think that is the guy from Lake-Link, but also credited with some In-Fisherman nuggets

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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Oct Thu 31, 2019 5:32 pm

McChou wrote: anyway, sorry for going sideways on your report.


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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby sarty8904 » Nov Sat 02, 2019 9:10 am

Anywhere to launch a 15 foot john boat?

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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby mike son » Nov Sat 02, 2019 11:31 am

Aux Pleins wrote:Pic Dump, feel free to ask any questions.



Can you be my dad and take me fishing? :lol:

A bunch of nice fish dude! Is that a beaver musky lure?
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Nov Sat 02, 2019 12:48 pm

mike son wrote:
Aux Pleins wrote:Pic Dump, feel free to ask any questions.



Can you be my dad and take me fishing? :lol:

A bunch of nice fish dude! Is that a beaver musky lure?


Baby Beaver by beavers baits. Came out a few years ago. The company has had a ton of success primarily from that bait recently. In a world where topwaters, bucktails, and jerk baits ruled the musky tackle, it offers a refreshing swimbait feel with the flash of a bucktail. That tail is tremendous, up and down paddle just like a beaver and opposite of your traditional side to side swimbait tails.

sarty8904 wrote:Anywhere to launch a 15 foot john boat?

Thanks. Scott


I have a 15ft tracker jon. Places I have launched, Russell Rd, Wadsworth Rd, Jean's Rd(Burr Ridge). Other places that were not so easy that I have launched at starting from north to south: Dam #2, Sibley Ave (park ridge), Belmont Ave, Grand Ave(River Grove).
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Peter Piper » Nov Sun 03, 2019 8:21 am

Good job. I set up for 10 minutes back in the middle of Sept and then got pulled for an emergency room run. This is the closest I come to fishing since. Enjoy u all.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby FishinMatt » Nov Sun 03, 2019 10:43 am

I am going to predict it now, your kid is going to be one heck of an angler when it is said and done. That is awesome.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby kman711 » Nov Mon 04, 2019 2:33 pm

Nice work out there! I am going to be tacking the yak our late Nov/ early dec around that stretch.

Amy techniques or tips for late fall early winter bites on the DPR? How has your luck been?
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby Aux Pleins » Nov Mon 04, 2019 3:16 pm

kman711 wrote:Nice work out there! I am going to be tacking the yak our late Nov/ early dec around that stretch.

Amy techniques or tips for late fall early winter bites on the DPR? How has your luck been?


Slow cranks as we approach 40 degree water temps. Will mostly be a pike bite as December approaches. I'd go with slow jerk baits or cranks.
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Re: October on the Sea Plaines

Postby catchafew » Nov Wed 06, 2019 1:52 pm

Great collection of fish. Nice haul.
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