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Fished the Des PLaines in the north suburbs today from 1:30pm-3:45pm; temps in the mid 30's; overcast; west winds to 15mph.

Started at a new spot near Willow Road and had a northern pike come up after a spinnerbait, but she missed and went away. Moved around and tied on a Little Cleo spoon and quickly got this little guy.



Shortly after I found a nice flat and casted across. Landed a nice 22" pike. Despite the horrible looking picture, he swam away perfectly.



Also worked near Dam #1 and Dam #2 with no results.
 

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Man Work was tough the last week... sheeze... Finally i get a break. Nice Job Jason I'm looking forward to hooking into a few myself this week :D :D
 

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I wish we would have tried some spoons. I have half a tackle box full of 'em from all the Kenosha fishing. Nice job Jay!
 

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I picked up a bunch of spoons at BassPro on Saturday to specifically use for DPR pike. I figured the action in the current of the river could really get some pike going. So far so good.
 

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thanks for the tip! I am going to try them so they can stop collecting dust. What size are you using?
 

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Jay I was out in the boat at Delavan 2 summers ago. There was a heavy algae bloom and the pike just were not hitting. My friend puts on one of his salmon spoons and nailed a few really nice pike when it appeared to be the dead sea. I also caught one of my nicer IL skies on a Cleo several years ago right before ice up. You just never know :wink:
 

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I was using 2/5 oz gold and red yesterday. Was the only one I used. Looking forward to trying some others.

Started using spoons on the Chicago River at the Howard discharge a couple of years ago. The flutter of the spoons in the current, eddys, etc., really mimicked a disoriented or injured bait fish. When the spoons come across a current seam into slack water the results can be incredible.
 

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Nice Report Jason, That looks pretty cool witth the Pikes Jaw open like that! :D
 
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