Just got back from an evening at Lake Arlington. The bass were bedding under weed mats so I switched to the frog and started dragging it over the weed beds. I caught this on on the far east shore. It felt like about 2-3 pounds. This weekend is the annual Dragon Boat Races. So most of the south shore is occupied with docks, tents, boats and even a massive sound system. So If you are going over to fish avoid that area. Most of the lake is surrounded in high, thick weeds making it difficult to even get to some shore areas. Long pants and hiking boots are a good idea. Also in the last few days about 200 hundred gizzard shad were discovered dead on the shorelines. I called the park district and the resident biologist (yes they have one) said that the shad get in the lake from anglers using live bait. They die when they grow to a certain size and the oxygen level in the lake drops. Shad require a higher level of oxygen like in rivers and streams. So now there are a lot of rotting fish on the shores. Anyway, the bass seem larger than in past years.
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