N.E. Illinois Inland Waters Fishing Report 05/15/2015

BANGS LAKE – Hard to believe but no reports out of the lake available this week CRYSTAL LAKE – Still getting a few reports of  decent crappie catches in 12′ – 16′ depths on small minnows under a slip bobber … Continue reading

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How to Fish “Cribs” – In-Depth Outdoors TV

We have a few lakes with fish cribs here in the WI-IL border region, this video from in-depth outdoors is spot on in regards to “all fish cribs are not created equal” and positioning yourself perfectly on the structure, Many people (including myself a few years back) think that if they get coordinates to a crib it’s easy pickings once you cut your holes, which is far from the truth! If you have ever fished a crib through the ice around here you know it’s a challenge, it’s you vs the fish, If you don’t drill countless holes, scan & pan with your camera to find the cribs perimeter, figure out where active fish are vs dormant fish are & adjust your presentation to water clarity, the target fishes mood, you will likely be disappointed. This video covers all aspects of crib fishing and all these tips & tactics will work in our local waters.. Enjoy!

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Wisconsin Illinois Fishing Report & Weekend Forecast 10/16/14

Fox Chain of Lakes Bass – Find green weeds on main lake weed edges and in many of the channels & work these areas with spinner or crank baits, In the channels try setting up in the middle and casting original … Continue reading

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Fox Chain Weekend Update Report

White Bass, Crappie and Big Gills were on fire in many of the channels over the weekend, especially dead end channels, often hooking up with fish almost every cast, find rocky shore lines and almost any type of structure including … Continue reading

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October Featured Business

This Month’s featured business is Fishing Thrills Guide Service operated by Scott Hill of Beloit, Wisconsin. Scott Guides several South East Wisconsin Lakes including: Lake Geneva, Lake Delavan, & The Madison Chain.  I met Scott a few years back at one … Continue reading

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Fox Chain of Lakes Fishing Report Oct. 2 2014

 Fox Chain of Lakes including the Fox River Walleyes have been active in current areas like bridge funnels, channel mouths and the river,  many being caught on live bait including fathead minnows or nightcrawlers dragged slowly behind rigs or tipped on … Continue reading

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Panfish Reality Check

The Wisconsin  Department of Natural Resources’ fisheries program recently conducted a panfish survey. Based on the results and comments, it is clear that there are a few misconceptions about panfish biology and management, Check out this flyer they put out to help clear … Continue reading

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St. Croix Rod: Premium Glass Returns to Ice Fishing 9-22-2014

The Best Little Glass Panfish Rods Outside Texas St. Croix debuts three new AVID GLASS ICE Rods with integrated strike-indication systems  Park Falls, Wis. – (September 22, 2014) – In almost imperceptible motion, the spring bobber dips and rises like … Continue reading