Fishing around Chicago land ?

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by fishinnstudyin, Jan 3, 2007.

  1. fishinnstudyin

    fishinnstudyin New Member

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    went back to college today and I'm still itching to catch some catfish around the Chicago suburbs. does anyone know of a place with good bank fishing?? I heard from dusty that there are some power plant lakes around here but I've been searching online and can't find anything...



    i also have Lake Michigan within a stone throw's away.. i know its loaded with carp, lake trout and salmon... I have a #6 fly rod that can handle 15 lb carp, so as long as I dont catch onto a monster salmon/trout i should be fine... is harbor fishing good??? there is a park called Gillson Park and Waukegan Harbor is a little 15 minute drive as well.. is harbor fishing good there or the streams/rivers that lead into Lake Michigan?
     
  2. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Theres alot of good spots to fish for cats but you have to drive about 30-45mins outside of Chicago.Theres the Fox River which is around 45 min from downtown,Busse woods has decent channels(30 min),Rock River(1 1/2hr).You can also look up all the Dupage County forest preserves which has channels and Flatheads stocked in the lakes.
     

  3. fishinnstudyin

    fishinnstudyin New Member

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    thanks.. i believe busse is about 30 minutes from evanston. i had no idea it held decent size channels.. ill probably be heading on out there around mid March when it gets warmer.. id love to fish the fox river, but i have no idea where a good bank fishing spot is.. left with fishing small lakes
     
  4. vegasryder

    vegasryder New Member

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    Let me know when you want to go...i`ll meet up with you.St.Charles area use to produce decent size Flats with 43" being my biggest,but its been really slow lately.I think alot of people dont practice catch and release.They tend to keep everything they catch.Channels on the other hand can be caught all the time there.Elgin,by the casino boat has their share of channels also.You can catch them by the little pier they have a block north of the boat.Geneva,last year has been producing good size Flats and Channels.You can fish on top of the west side of the dam by the restaurant.BTW...always remember to carry the fish and regulations booklet.Alot of the smallie fishermen in the Fox are ruthless.They try to say that you cant fish with more than 2 poles,which is a lie.They are also known for ruining your spot when they wade in the shallow waters.
     
  5. dakid

    dakid New Member

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    another good fishing spot in the suburb area is palos hills forest preserve lakes.the one lake i fish is maple lake they have northern pike,walleye,trout stocked in fall and spring and some pretty nice cats look it up! some pretty good fishing
     
  6. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    Like Kenny said, the Fox is a dynamite fishery, especially for catfish. I've been going up there and fishing at my family's cottage in Cary since before I can remember. We just fish off of the docks they have, but we catch everything from channels, faltheads, carp, crappie, largemouth/smallmouth bass, bluegills, white bass, buffalo, drums, sunfish, an occasional walleye, and the neighbor has caught a few northern pike. I agree that too many people don't practice catch and release up there, however, my uncle caught a 33lb flathead last year around the beginning of May off of the dock:wink: . My best advice is get out there from April-early June before the summer fishermen show up and catch all the fish. I'm headed up for a few days over spring break in early April.