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  3. rich mc

    tequelly fly

    that fly is a proven winner by our club anglers. has anyone tried tying them if different colors or sizes. yellow/copper seems to be the only one sold
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  5. KenS

    Hickory creek

    Thanks for the links. I didn't know about them. I am going to look into the group further. I could join you to do some cleanup in Pilcher park .
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  7. Congrats to all who signed the letter to your representative asking to pass SB( bill. It passed! Now it is up to the governor to sign it. Again, please follow the link and sign the letter asking the gov to sign the bill. Link > https://ecojusticecollaborative.org/ask-governor-sign-sb9/?fbclid=IwAR1rn7lTEJrk3EgRtvQFQ__KJ1GuCcolOXMHPkJuX0t2EyEc7xzcGxrKfXQ
  8. Looks like a great afternoon on one of my favorite Illinois Smallmouth Rivers.
  9. I always thought the Pilcher park area could use some help, but I’m open to anything. After googling, I found this group that’s dedicated to improving the hickory creek watershed. It might be a good idea if we asked them if there’s anything we can do. http://www.hickorycreekwatershed.com/ They have a really cool interactive map that pinpoints different parts of the creek and problem areas. It also lists their current projects. https://gisweb.gza.com/portal/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=4055d8bf754440c4a335ef96f820dc3e
  10. Nice. Guess I missed this one, was traveling anyways. That stained thing seems to be going on with some other streams longer then usual.
  11. Level and flow just took a major nosedive today. Back to “normal” is gonna seem like a trickle! Good on the catching. When the flow was up around 5,500, my son and I were running into a lot of nice walleye out fishing for smallies with big swim jigs. It was rare when we didn’t encounter one during an evening outing. Brent topped out at 23.5” ... which is one of the bigger ones I’ve seen come out of the Fox. A lot of the ones we caught in the spring seemed skinny. Very different from the heavy ones we catch in the late fall. Those look like they’re right off a driftwood mount — perfect specimens!
  12. 12 this morning @ spot #1. I was almost going to auction off those spots to the kayak guys.😁
  13. KenS

    Hickory creek

    Sean, what areas did you see that needed clean up? The carp are all Common carp no Asian carp.
  14. My 2 favorite spots are finally accessible. Almost 11 months later.😍😍😍
  15. Wow ken that’s a great fish out of there
  16. Mark L and I fished the Fox last week when at 2200 cfs. The water looked great but we were skunked on smallmouth on this blazing hot day and left scratching our heads as conditions seemed perfect for fishing. Mark did salvage our day by pulling in this beautiful 22" walleye to avoid the complete skunk.
  17. On Saturday July 13th, the NW region had its first wade outing of the season. The group consisted of 5 of us: Kevin, Eric, Jeremy, Jarod, and me. It was a hot sunny day but the limestone bluffs provided some needed shade as we waded this gem of a river. The water level was good for wading but for some unknown reason there was a stain to the water. My theory is that cattle from farms upstream like to wade in the cool water on a hot day. Fishing started out pretty slow but heated up as the day heated up. Most of the fish were caught on those ned rig type lures and I got a good chug bug bite going late morning and into the early afternoon. Everyone in the group caught at least double digit numbers of smallmouth. No trophy class fish were caught but we did get a few in that 16" range. Those are always fun in a small stream. Thank you for all that attended. I enjoyed the comradery and the fishing in this beautiful setting.
  18. Looks like there are enough folks interested in this creek to organize a small clean up crew. Any member (or not) can organize a clean up. Decide on a date, time and location, and post the info on the forums and see if you get any bites. Sometimes it’s best to just throw something together while the streams are in good safe condition to get the job done. May not be much notice but it only takes a few to make a difference. Hope to see something come together. Be the change you would like to see. (from Mike Clifford) ~ Terry Dodge ISA Conservation Director
  19. I wish I would have read this Saturday, bite was impossible in the afternoon and gave up around 5 after being cooked, but I was hiding under bridges most of the time so not that bad. Do recall the time I met you in the evening on the Fox in the Elgin area ? It has been a few years, but that specific pool currently has some construction going on creating some unique fast water seams, has great depth & current. I spent time there on Sat but couldn't find any big girls to cull out but thought you might want to check it out if you haven't ventured up north on the fox lately but my guess is you are well aware of this and have already scouted but now finally down to a decent flow could hold some bigguns
  20. Fox is finally flowing under 2K CFS! First time since late September 2018! That was quite a run of above-average flow! Pea soup now, given the intense heat. But slower nonetheless for those interested. Would try topwater late day ‘till dusk around faster chutes and riffles.
  21. carp as in "Asian carp"?
  22. KenS

    Hickory creek

    I actually did pretty well on the creek after work on Friday. The best one was just over 17". I started throwing a ned minnowz and switched to a rubber frog and stayed with it the rest of the time. Most smallies I caught were around 10" with a few rock bass . Water clarity was very good above the dam. The clarity of the water backed up by the dam was greatly reduced. The decreased clarity continued for miles past the dam. There are carp all over the creek below the dam but almost none above it. Another change in the creek above and below the dam is the gradient. The creek drops quite a bit more from the dam to Joliet also with more abundant rock compared to areas from Frankfort through New Lenox.
  23. Our annual POT LUCK PICNIC will take place on August 3rd this year. As before it will be held at the picnic shelter in the Glenwood Forest Preserve along the Fox river in Batavia IL. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with lunch being ready at approximately noon. As in the past we will provide the condiments, dogs and burgers and everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. Of course you are free to come early and do a little fishing in the Fox river.
  24. Ed Buric

    POT LUCK PICNIC

    Our annual POT LUCK PICNIC will take place on August 3rd this year. As before it will held at the picnic shelter in the Glenwood Forest Preserve along the Fox river in Batavia IL. The festivities will begin at 10:00 am with lunch being ready at approximately noon. As in the past we will provide the condiments, dogs and burgers and everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. Of course you are free to come early and do a little fishing in the Fox river.
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