Starting to warm up a bit

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Starting to warm up a bit

Postby jmdog2003 » Mar Sat 28, 2020 6:12 pm

The fish are becoming active. Higher flows and warmer-than-the-river rainfall will typically trigger the spring bite in earnest. There were worms on my driveway this morning, a sure sign of feeding smallmouth. No real trick when they're hungry. Just the tried and true 4" white grub on a 1/2 oz jig. Had mostly runts but these three fish must have been sitting right on top of each other; they all came out of the same spot on three consecutive casts.

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I used to catch beastly rock bass on the west branch. Average size has been down for five years or so now. But they're every bit as eager as the smallies.

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I'm thinking tomorrow may be a banner day. It all really depends on how much rain we get. The rivers may be tough to approach if they flood. I'm also sporting my pandemic beard of three weeks. We're not allowed back in the office until May 1 at the earliest. I may not shave until then, I haven't decided yet. Also probably gonna buzz my noggin. Can't wait that long for a real haircut.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby polishfly » Mar Sat 28, 2020 6:32 pm

Nice chunks man! Getting lots of dump right now in Elgin my yard is having a hard time keeping up with drainage.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby RonG » Mar Sat 28, 2020 7:02 pm

It's really not warming up at all. It's just your quarantine beard keeping you toasty.

The fish look great!
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby Aux Pleins » Mar Sat 28, 2020 7:12 pm

Dude nice. Way to get some early ones before this rain blows them out. My only day off tomorrow seems like its shaping up to be a bust.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby grems » Mar Sat 28, 2020 7:50 pm

Nicely done. I saw my yard flooded this morning and figured the river would be unfishable, damn.

I call it my coronabeard; my family calls it awful get rid of it.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Mar Sat 28, 2020 8:02 pm

Good chunks man. Didn't think the Dupage would be fishable after the rains we've had. Guess I was wrong.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby HEDDONFROG » Mar Sat 28, 2020 10:00 pm

SmalliesNEyes wrote:Good chunks man. Didn't think the Dupage would be fishable after the rains we've had. Guess I was wrong.


Agree. Well done Jdog!!
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby joetrain » Mar Sun 29, 2020 4:23 am

Definitely some good fish and the trusty twister does it again.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby Skifish1 » Mar Sun 29, 2020 6:52 am

Nice. Energy bite turned on like a light switch yesterday. Not the winter cold water fight it was hungry spring bite bass and post spawn pike.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby ganz1960 » Mar Sun 29, 2020 8:08 am

Nice! Great smallmouth. I even like catching those rock bass. Vicious little things.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby coyote » Mar Sun 29, 2020 8:12 am

Best Man on the River , way to go as USUAL JD
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby vman01 » Mar Sun 29, 2020 9:10 am

Smallies don't believe in 6 feet of separation I guess. Nice catching
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby mike son » Mar Sun 29, 2020 10:45 am

Nice dude! Good to see you back to whacking 'em on the ole' dupe. Haven't seen a post from you in awhile unless I missed it. I was checking the gauges yesterday morning to see how much rain we got. I saw the west branch was up about two feet. Looked like the Naperville area got less rain, but north of there saw a good bit from Friday night.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby jmdog2003 » Mar Sun 29, 2020 11:58 am

Yeah Mike, haven't been out nearly as much as I'd like and 2019 was by far my fewest logged fishing hours since 2008. Very depressing indeed. The river is pretty swollen right now. Would be hard to find fishable real estate.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby grems » Mar Sun 29, 2020 1:55 pm

Confirmed the river is high, fast and silty, big skunk for me today.

Gave up on the river and marched to a DFP lake, also flooded, same skunk sandwich.

But saw a bald eagle in Naperville for my first time, very cool.
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Re: Starting to warm up a bit

Postby Rambler » Mar Sun 29, 2020 3:36 pm

Looks like the Duper isn't in play for the next few days. Guess I'll try some lakes.
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