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Have you ever considered trying ultralight on the North Branch? Bear with me here. I used to work for a company based in Niles & would throw ultralight stuff in the river where it runs thru St. Paul Woods just South of Dempster (I know it's not the city).

There are bass in there. Not big ones but big enough to make it fun with 4 lb line. I think they get washed down from Skokie Lagoons.

BTW - of some historical interest - there's a fishing weir in the river at the North end of St. Paul Woods. Probably built by native Americans in the 1700s. Hard to find in high water but very clear in low.
 

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I really enjoy it when new members dredge up old posts. It's almost like a trip in Mr. Peabody's Wayback machine.
 

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Try Labaugh Woods. St Paul woods north of Oakton is another spot.
 

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You need to pay better attention to WCF posts. GEO posted a video about NS Channel crappies a few months back. Put his kayak in the channel at an access point on the east side north of Oakton.
 
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