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I finally found something alright on the creek today. Was out there fighting the cold from 4pm until a little after 5. Air temps were like 35degs, water temps low 40's, light rain too.

Jig & plastic worked uber slowly... Think of rotating the reel just once every 2 or 3 seconds. Besides this, tried the minnowbaits hoping for a walleye. Nothing.. Still stuck on 17 total for the year from here. It's been almost 3 weeks now.



I've been working on a 12 page paper for school all week and still not finished with it, so catching just this one fish was refreshing. I can care less for the near-freezing temps.

Tomorrow is supposed to be nicer so I'll be working the DesPlaines for a few hours with a friend for a Pike wade. Not expecting much to happen tomorrow, but should be fun regardless.

Good thing this week is supposed to be pretty nice. Got no class 'xept for Monday. :D :D
 

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Not a bad largie for the creek, clean one too. It was pretty chilly out there today and the drizzling rain didn't help. It didn't keep the die-hards away tho :wink:

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VoteRonPaul said:
Nice Job managing that one bass. Don't get me started about papers, I got a thirty three paragraph paper due about the Lewis and Clark Expedition next Tuesday. Also I have the whole week off from school, so I'll be able to catch up on my fishing. :D :? :)
Meh...... Im sitting on 10 pages and 27 paragraphs now... My limit is 12 pages. Git 'er done and then go fishing!

I'm a communication major in a conflict management course and I am writing stupid term paper on how to solve conflicts like "global warming" . . . . . . . Very technical stuff.... I'm getting sick of writing this... Thank God I'll be done with it tomorrow night.
 

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Got out today in the late morning with a buddy. We first hit a few areas on the DPR because we wanted to tackle a few Pike. First was off shore, at the next we threw on the waders, and the final area we worked a creek mouth.



I threw the Esox gear around while the friend (farthest on the left) was going back and forth between spinnerbait & jig & plastic for Walleyes/ Sauger. We ran into a few other waders, seemed like nice courteous people considering they allowed us to fish near them. While we were there we saw a few Sauger landed by them.

Seems like it's a minnow bite now - livebait. We'll be returning again either on Tuesday or Weds evening. Hoping to break out my large minnowbaits and Rapalas for then. . . . . Heard that a few monsters are being caught during the evenings lately.

After the river, we decided to hit up the creek so that the skunk would be avoided. At the creek, we worked a small naturally-formed dam/ waterfall area and the friend hooked into a large "Rainbow Trout". The people who fish this place are idiots and don't know the difference between creek chub and Trout. This fish was a monster and we would have gotten a photo of it but it flopped out from his hands. Easily 12"+ creek chub. One of the largest I've probably ever seen caught.

After an hour here, the friend decided to split cause he had to see bears game. I stayed a while longer at the creek and worked a few new areas. At around 3pm, I found a 5-minute feeding window and 3 Largemouths were caught on F7 Rapala. In the previous 30-minutes in the same area I worked plastics as slowly as possible and nothing.

2 hit like snagged leaves, and the largest hit like a walleye. I got excited. Sadly, I was mistaken and it turned out to be this nice little chunkster.



Got class tomorrow and I'll be off for the next 6 days...... Should get some good fishing time in for this week.
 

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That area can get down right crowded on the weekends. Not tooooo long ago I remember being able to get out on that bend on a Sunday afternoon and have it to myself. If there was another person it would be the dude on the point with the ocean rod, foot long bobber and corn. :lol:
Things sure have changed. I've been striving to get that Monday thru Friday 9-5er job and now I wish I didn't have it.

Nice pics.

JB
 
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