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  1. I've kept the date open however my rule of thumb starting last year was don't put waders on if air temps over 80 degrees. The heck with breathable waders that is crap. They are cookers unless you can keep yourself waist deep at least. I'm out.
  2. Net is okay if you have a good quality heavy rubber Net. As in a heavy rubber tangle free Net where you wont have a treble entanglement. Cheap nylon knotted Net is like tossing a fish in barb wire. So what Net used matters.
  3. This is kind of an odd rule of thumb I use. Don't keep a bass out of water longer than you could hold your own breath. Bass are very robust here in Illinois this isn't the southern part of their range. Pike are a whole other story. Southern part of range heat intolerant you must rush from catch to release in summer. If you keep taking photos of a fish and checking you like the photos that is not good. If you set a fish down looking for camera and pliers that is not good. Be prepared, have an efficient system, take a pic or two and check your photos when you get home.
  4. Likely heading to sugar River Saturday. If sugar is super stained or pea soup I will revert back to rockton and start a float from the dam. Hoping I wouldn't see or smell anything negative in the water. But my understanding there is already confirmed materials falling in river hopefully not much chemicals. Good thing it has large volume it will flush easier.
  5. My fishing grounds October through March. Glad I heard they won't pour more water on it.
  6. I waded fox Thursday around dundee where water is always fast lots of biting dinks in fast shallow rocky water. Canoe time between Belvidere and cherry valley this morning everything fine there. But on way home I waded near .Marengo it's a bad situation there. Previous couple years good fishing now it's terrible brown water and all the small rain events just add more silt over sand and gravel. Never seen so much silt. Need high water events to flush. I seen 2 dead suckers and 2 swimming sideways neither will last. There's a lot of seasonal fish movement on rivers that are not dammed and since I like to get upriver and skinny I definitely see much more fish upriver all year if springs bring flood events
  7. Haven't been fishing Fox but it's pretty sad on what I'm seeing way farther upriver on the kish. North branch fo example. Not a clear flow I would normally expect in low rain periods but as you mention more stagnant brownish water and in eddies yes foamy cottonwood swirls. Besides that more silt over areas that in past was cleaner gravel. Rains and higher water will help flush lousy water and silt. Normally I'd expect more fish farther upriver towards Marengo as fish move up from winter areas with high water rains. No dams but low water downed trees fish could not do a typical spring and early summer move on rain heightened river. Colder water species like pike and walleye will be primary risk for fish kill. At the southern limit of natural range hot rivers they are stressed as is but once caught need immediate release.
  8. Well if there is a bunch of cicadas around may just jam one through a bare 2/0 hook and toss it into an eddy with a UL rod. Mono leader.
  9. I hike and carry too much gear as it is front pack and backpack. But if i have a stupid river crossing or sketchy section i just look for a stout branch. Test if first make sure it doesnt break. Something caveman cool about using a big ass stick as a staff. When done toss it down and reuse on the way back. If you want you can use a heavy beast and it really plants good in the water.
  10. Do I have to show vaccination card and ID proof? Since I listen to music on my bluetooth speaker when I float I have caveat no Cheap Trick requests.
  11. When i retire in a few years and leave Illinois it will have nothing to do with the corrupt politics, super high taxes, dismal financial state massive debt, etc it will be because of the archaic stupid non navigable river laws, over channelized waters, and less protective fishing laws. Lack of public acess on the more rural waters is one thing that is understandable but the trespass law is archaeic and i doubt that will change in my lifetime.
  12. Joe R

    Kish open?

    He did ask me to come to back of his car he popped the trunk. It was just NED rigs and jerk baits I felt safe.
  13. Joe R

    Kish open?

    Yep open thanks ran into a guy named Paul T coercing smallies dragging NEDe
  14. Any of you fine folks been by the kish recently and know if its mostly open please share As in no major ice bergs....thinking about a paddle sunday or monday. Typically ice upriver skinny but farther downstream maybe okay
  15. I missed blowout but I will give this a go....first timer
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