I have had little success with Senkos at the lagoons. The best bass place is lagoon #6 I think but it is covered in weeds and surface vegetation. If your girlfriend is anything like my fiance she'll have little patience for that. I'd try lagoon #5, there is a place between tower and dundee road (park by the picnic pavilian and porto potty) walk back and to the left from there and there along the shore is a decent place to catch crappie, bass, wallie. I've used red/pink jig heads with white/yellow minnow grubs there with some success. Let me know how ya do, i'm still trying to figure out that Skokie Lagoons place.