It probably is too loud to be trolling in the DPR. You probably spooked most pike. You will probably be better off throwing a trolling motor it and casting into some backwaters and flooded area, current breaks, pipes and structure. In my Honest Opionion
Nice try out there though, you never know... I have caught tons of fish trolling, mostly on bigger and deeper bodies of water.
Yeah, my brother and I had a good time out there even if we didn't catch any. I was more interested in the cruise down the river - I grew up right here and never knew we were able to do this! Ha, I should have been playing with small boats instead of mini-bikes and go-karts when I was kid and getting in trouble.
There are some parts of the river that look far better for fishing than others. It took us about 2 and a half hours to cruise up the river from Irving Park Road to Devon Ave against the current draggin lines with the 2 hp engine. We got back with the current in about an hour (not trolling on the way back.) We got a late start (damn it was cold) and didn't even start until about 10am, not exactly prime fishin time.
The river seems pretty deep, I'm guessing 6 feet on average, and wow there was a good current. We stopped the motor to refill gas for only a few seconds and the current really carried us down river.
...ha, this is going to be fun!!!
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