Catfishing spots in the Fox River

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by vegasryder, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Anyone know any good spots on the Fox to shore fish?Any spots that i dont have to walk through a jungle to get to as i fish at night.I`m near the St.Charles area and have been fishing there but have had no luck.Thnaks guys...
     
  2. Norm

    Norm New Member

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    I talked to a guy near me, that says he goes to the Casino boat at Elgin, and fishes off the dock. He says he has real good luck there. Apparently there is also a park at/near the location used by fisherman. Also other spots I've seen, but not yet fished. Across from the Arura Train station is another Casio which has a park to fish. Also from about that point south to Route 30 are several parks along the river which have very good access. I know that these spots are not too close to you, but if you have limited access near you, try these spots. I also look forward to hearing from other fishermen about foxy fishing spots along the fox.
     

  3. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    I`ve fished the park by the Elgin casino...i think its by South Elgin dam.Alot of rocks there and the current is fast.A really goo spot for Walleyes,Pike and heard of people catching Musky there also.I`m kind of hesitant on going back there as i heard there was a body found near there not too long ago.But if i get a group...i`ll try and fish there again.I`m going to scope out the Aurora spot you mentioned.Also...do you know the area on the Fox rite under the I-90 xpressway?It looks like a nice area but i dont know if its closed after dark.
     
  4. Norm

    Norm New Member

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    I don't know about under rt 90, but if you find a way of getting under there let me know. I will hopefully (if its not friggn raining) be fishing on the fox on 7/1. I was taking the train from Arura to Chicago for work, and I got back as late as 8pm. As long as its light, I would have no problem at the casino park. Its on a busy street. As for bodies in Elgin, I don't know. I would call the Elgin chamber of com. or Police dept to see how bad it is. The body could have floated a ways. (Or a bad luck gambler.)
     
  5. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    I`m going to a local forest preserve tonight tha produces some decent size Flats...I`ll check out the river rite under the I-90 bridge tomorrow to see if its accesible at night.I`ll let you know.
     
  6. gebs

    gebs New Member

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    I know a lot of ppl fish below the Batavia and Montgomery dams and have good success. The Yorkville dam always produces as well, but it's closed right now for improvements after the moron in the kayak incident.
     
  7. astutzman

    astutzman New Member

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    The kayak incident? What happened?
     
  8. GoFish_Tony

    GoFish_Tony New Member

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    The link below details the Yorkville dam incident very well.
    http://modestpoe.deviantart.com/

    The deaths at the Yorkville dam are indeed very traggic losses of life, yet at the same time shows real life examples of what a Hero is. If you have a few minutes read the story above and I think you will see the following quotes ring true.

    “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

    “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”

    "Heroes are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things, at an extraordinary time."

    “A hero is a man who does what he can.”
    _
    Tony
     
  9. bonapetit2

    bonapetit2 New Member

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    Talked for a bit with the owner of a bait shop around here and he says he's pulled 4 nice flatheads out of the fox in the last 3 years, all from the same pool...fish ranged from 33#-52#.
    He had the pics, which I looked at, all were taken inbetween the railroad bridge and the dam in saint charles, just south of the boat launch.
    Looks like a have a new spot to try out :wink:

    Philip
     
  10. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Hahaha...thats the same spot i caught my pb.That was 2-3 yrs ago.I go around that area every other night,maybe i`ll see you there.:big_smile:
     
  11. bonapetit2

    bonapetit2 New Member

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    I fished the area from the bridge back towards the boat ramp a couple times...hit a few channels, no flats though.
    Thinking about going out tonight with some bluegill I caught yesterday...guess I'll go PAST the bridge tonight :big_smile:
     
  12. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Just got back about an hour ago from fishing the Fox.First i scoped out the Geneva dam.Seen a couple of guys catching some bluegils rite next to the dam.I figured they were gonna use them for bait since they were throwing them in a bucket.Since there was too many people fishing there,i decided to fish at a park 1/4 mile from the dam.1hr passed and no hits so i went to the St. Charles area.Spent about 45 mins fishing next to the pillars and no luck so i moved closer to the police station and tried there.Spent another 1/2hr there and got a couple of small hits but nothing.Mannn...that about sums my fishing adventure today.

    BTW...about the pictures you saw in the local baitshop,was it the baitshop owner that caught the flats?Reason i`m asking is because one of the guys i use to fish with had taken pictures of the the fish i caught there but never gave me any copies...
     
  13. bonapetit2

    bonapetit2 New Member

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    The owner of the baitshop caught the flats himself, the pics were of him with each fish, they were huge!!
    I was also out tuesday night right around the railroad bridge, we caught 5 channels....3 were around 2#, one at 4# and another 5#. All were caught on cut suckers, with the exception of the 5#'er was with a whole sucker, about 7" long.
    Still trying to pull a flat out of this river, hopefully in the near future.
     
  14. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Which side where you on?I was fishing on the police station side until 9:30.I seen a couple of people on the other side by the restaurant.
     
  15. bonapetit2

    bonapetit2 New Member

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    I didn't hit the water until around 11:15, we fished just in front of the police station, and also right in front of the bridge by salerno's. We got skunded on that side of the bridge then moved to the other side, just off the point of that side channel where it gets really shallow. That's where we caught the fish, by then it was probably around 1:00 am.
     
  16. gebs

    gebs New Member

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    I've pulled 3 flat out of the Fox so far this year. Each was between 5-7#. The channels I've pulled have been finger length to 3#'rs. I've lost count on the number of channels I've pulled this year.

    I typically fish down river from Silver Springs. I've seen some guys at the Silver Springs boat launch with full stringers of channels w/ 1 or 2 flats mixed in for good measure fishing from the shore.
     
  17. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Went to the river again last night with a bunch of my buddies.We hit the Elgin location rite by the river boat casino.Managed to get there around 11:30pm and stayed until 4am.The people i was fishing with was using bluegills fillet in strips that looked like leeches.And i was using live gills for Flats.Well,just like before,i didnt get any action.But as for them...they managed to get 5 channels in the 2-4lb range and drums or sheepheads by the dozens.I`m going out again tonite,maybe the Geneva or Batavia section to see if i can stop my losing streak.
     
  18. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Went Wednesday night from 10pm-3am in the St.Charles area.Managed to break my skunk streak.Managed to land 1 channel,i want to say around 5lbs.Took him on bluegill head.Funny thing is he fought soo hard that i thought it was a big flattie.I have never caught a channel that fought that hard!!!Anyways...my buddy managed to pull in 1 channel also and a couple of drums.He had some good runs with his baited live gill but never manage to hook the fish.Guess got over excited.Going to hit the Fox again tonight and hopefully i can post a pic in my avator of me holding a Flattie...
     
  19. BigCatDreaming

    BigCatDreaming New Member

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    I actually live right by the casino. I'm actually looking at it right now. If you ever find good spots let me know. I'm new to this area and have been trying to fish this area alone and with no guidance.
     
  20. jeremiah jensen

    jeremiah jensen New Member

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    If you are going to fish the fox in the Elgin area I would suggest carp before cats. I fish the fox in the Elgin area south of the 20 bridge and have some very good success with carps. As far as cats go on the fox I know they are in there but have not pulled anything big out of the water. I do know that they have flats in the river since there is a good 25 inch flat laying next to shore right now on the Chicago street bridge. Also you can catch some nice walleye and small mouth by wading the South Elgin dam. When it warms up get out to the middle of the dam with some leechs or minnows on a river rig the numbers will not be great but there are some nice fish in there. Well hope this helps and good luck.