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Does anyone fish this lake i also heard there are some good spots for northren in the Des Pl River right by this lake I went last weekend started off rainy in the morn the afternoon was sunny and high 70s didn't get anything although my gf got a few tiny gills and bc i was with my gf this means i can't work the lake much bc she does like moving anyone know of anything being caught on this lake
 

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My wife and I fished BigBend last summer quite a bit from a canoe. Other than sporadic panfish (very, very few) we got nothin'. It's beautifil little lake that should have decent fishing, but has been neglected by the CCFP and probably hit real heavy in terms of angling action in the past So there probably isn't much by way of Bass and Northern, etc. I think you're better off over the spillway and in the mighty Des Plaines!
 

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I've spoken to the CCFPD about Big Bend and it is basically a dead lake. For unknown reasons, it just doesn't promote healthy reproduction. The CCFPD has indeed talked about doing something with it, but of course it is low on the list. Big Bend is always ranked near the bottom for fishing the forest preserve lakes.

There ARE however, a few small bass and crappie, and some big carp. And that area adjacent to the DesPlaines River is a good spot to fish.
 
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