I have been fishing the Algonquin Dam a fair bit this year and occasionally the Carpentersville Dam and really enjoying the smallmouth fishing (see below for the best fish so far this year). Usually this time of year I pack it up and wait for spring, but this year I've been trying some winter smallmouth fishing and have been mostly unsuccessful. I've gone to the Algonquin Dam about 3 times over the last week or 2 and got skunked each time. I've been trying to find some (relatively) deeper, slow moving water and I just don't think there is much around the dam. I've been trying to drag some paddle tail swimbaits and bitsy bugs on the bottom real slow, but I haven't had much luck. Does anyone have any recommendations for locations between the Algonquin Dam and Carpentersville Dam where you could shore fish for some smallmouth in the winter? I'm thinking about trying Buffalo Park next, but am not sure if the river is much different there than the dam. Thanks in advance!