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By William D. Anderson

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1/04/2002

Illinois River

Ottawa, IL

Bright sunshine - Air Temp in the upper 30s with a Southwest wind gusting past 25 mph.

Water temp was 34 degrees with a lot of ice floating down river.

Results

Me : 1 Sauger
1 Walleye

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. The jig/minnow combo was lowered straight down to the bottom then raised 2 to 4 inches every few seconds. Proper boat control was important in the wind and current in order to keep the line vertical.

Both fish were released.

After driving to the river and finding the ramps frozen, I fished a little from the bank and then began trying to chop the ice out using the wrong tool for the job. Lucky for me two other fishermen showed up with the proper tools and after a while we had the ramp open and were able to launch. I know the guys in the other boat caught at least 4 fish before I left.

Some of today's pictures: 1  2

1/09/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Bright sunshine - Air Temp in the mid 50s with a Southwest wind gusting past 25 mph.

Water temp was 37.

Results

Me : 5 Sauger
1 Walleye

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. The jig/minnow combo was lowered straight down to the bottom then raised 2 to 4 inches every few seconds. Proper boat control was important in the wind and current in order to keep the line vertical.

All fish were released.

Very windy day. I fished deeper water and did better today, but not as well as some others who were there. Two of the fish were decent.

Some of today's fish: 1  2  3

1/19/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Mostly Sunny - Air Temp in the mid to upper 20s with a Southwest around 7mph.

Water temp was 37.

Results

Me : 4 Walleye
1 Sauger
Partner: 0

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. The jig/minnow combo was lowered straight down to the bottom then raised 2 to 4 inches every few seconds. Proper boat control was important in the wind and current in order to keep the line vertical.

All fish were released.

The fish became active shortly before I had to leave. All of them were caught within 30 minutes of each other. The Walleye were  small but the Sauger was a decent fish.

1/23/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Cloudy with light drizzle - Air Temp in the mid to upper 40s with a Southwest around 5mph.

Water temp was 41.

Results

Me : 17 Walleye
3 Sauger

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. The jig/minnow combo was lowered straight down to the bottom then raised 2 to 4 inches every few seconds. Proper boat control was important in the wind and current in order to keep the line vertical.

All fish were released.

All the walleye and one of the sauger were small but two of the sauger were nice fish. I also lost another big sauger at the boat. I was expecting the fish to be hitting later in the day but I caught them on every drift all day long until the sun began to set. A friend showed up and fished the last 20 minutes with me and we had a few light hits and stolen minnows, but didn't catch anything right before dark.

One of today's pictures: 1

2/1/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Cloudy then sunny - Air Temp in the mid 20s rising to about freezing. Northwest around 15mph gusting past 25.

Water temp was 41.

Results

Me : 2 Walleye

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. The jig/minnow combo was lowered straight down to the bottom then raised 2 to 4 inches every few seconds. Proper boat control was important in the wind and current in order to keep the line vertical.

All fish were released.

Both fish were very small. The river was higher and moving faster due to recent rain and melting snow. Both fish were caught closer to shoreline structure that may have provided a break from the current. There was a lot of debris floating down the river and it was very murky.

2/7/2002

Powerton Lake

Manito, IL

Foggy then sunny - Air Temp in the mid 20s rising to the upper 30s. Northwest wind around 10mph.

Results

Me : 6 Smallmouth
1 Shad

Techniques:

Rapala Risto Raps, Fat Raps, Tail Dancers, Long Cast Minnows, and a Mepps Spinner. Moved along the rip rap'd shoreline fan casting.

All fish were released.

The Smallmouth were all caught casting parallel to shore with various crank baits. No hits casting straight out and nothing on the spinner. I saw some nice white bass and a big buffalo caught on live bait.

Some of today's pictures: 1  2

2/15/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Partly sunny - Air Temp in the low 40s.  West wind around 20mph gusting past 30.

Water temp was 41.

Results

Me : 4 Walleye
4 Sauger

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. The jig/minnow combo was lowered straight down to the bottom then raised 2 to 4 inches every few seconds. Proper boat control was important in the wind and current in order to keep the line vertical.

All fish were released.

The walleye were all small. I had to switch to a heavy jig in order to fish vertically in that wind. It was blowing straight up river making it difficult to control the boat and fish at the same time. 

Some of today's pictures: 1

2/25/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Overcast - Air Temp in the upper 30s and falling.  Northwest wind around 10mph occasionally gusting higher.

Water temp was 44.

Results

Me : 1 Walleye

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. The jig/minnow combo was lowered straight down to the bottom then raised 2 to 4 inches every few seconds. Proper boat control was important in the wind and current in order to keep the line vertical.

All fish were released.

The walleye was probably the smallest one of the year for me. The river was high and muddy.

2/28/2002

Powerton Lake

Manito, IL

Mostly sunny - Air Temp in the mid 20s rising to the upper 30s. Southwest wind around 10mph.

Water temp ranged from 62 to 47.

Results

Me : 3 Smallmouth
1 Channel Catfish

Techniques:

Rapala Risto Raps, Fat Raps, Tail Dancers, Long Cast Minnows, and a Rooster Tail.

All fish were released.

All fish were all caught on silver/black Fat Raps tossed along the rip rap. The catfish was caught a little further out than the smallmouth.

Some of today's pictures: 1  2  3

3/14/2002

Busse Lake / Salt Creek 

Elk Grove Village, IL

Mostly sunny - Air Temp in the mid 50s. 

East wind around 10mph.

Results

Me : Nothing

Techniques:

Jigs, Minnows, Cranks, Plastics, Spinners, etc.,

I walked both sides of the creek from the main dam to the first overpass and tried every conceivable retrieve. I was told a couple walleye had been taken very early but that was it. 

There were a lot of fish visible(9 species) in the warm water discharge from the treatment plant but they wouldn't even look at anything I offered including live bait.

3/22/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Bright Sunshine - Air Temp in the low 20s rising to about 30.  The wind chill was in the single digits most of the time. 

West wind around 20mph gusting beyond 35.

Water temp was 52 to 68

Results

Me : 2 Smallmouth Bass

Techniques:

Cranks and Spinners

All fish were released.

This was by far the windiest day on this lake with the boat for me. They closed the ramps early in the afternoon.

Both Smallmouth were taken on a Bluegill colored Shad Rap. If there would have been less wind I would have caught more fish. Most of the time was spent trying to keep the boat out of the rocks.

Today's Pictures: 1  2  3

3/27/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Bright Sunshine - Air Temp in the mid 20s rising to about 40.   

Southeast wind increasing to around 10mph.

Water temp was 56 to 82

Results

Me : 34 Channel Catfish
1 Buffalo
5 Smallmouth Bass
4 Largemouth Bass
Partner: 1 Bluegill
7 Yellow Bass
2 Smallmouth Bass
5 Largemouth Bass
16 Channel Catfish

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Blade Baits, and Spinners.

All fish were released.

Catfish were active all over the lake and they were hitting everything. A few of them were pretty big but most were very small. The warmer the water, the more catfish we caught. No big Bass today. The biggest Largemouth was about 2 lbs.

 

3/31/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Mostly Sunny deteriorating to light to moderate rain. Air Temp in the mid 30s.   

Shifting Northwest winds increasing to around 15mph and gusting beyond 25.

Water temp was 56 to 85

Results

Me : 21 Channel Catfish
1 Smallmouth Bass
2 Largemouth Bass
1 Hybrid Striped Bass
9 Yellow Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Blade Baits, and Spinners.

All fish were released.

Catfish were active in the warmer water again. I ran into a school of nice yellow bass and managed to pull a hybrid striped bass out of the same area before it got too windy to stay there. 

The weather cleared up after I got off the lake.

Some of today's pictures: 1  2

4/04/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Cloudy with intermittent light snow flurries. Air Temp in the mid 30s.   

North wind around 5mph.

Water temp was 52 to 86

Results

Me : 15 Channel Catfish
2 Largemouth Bass
1 Yellow Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Blade Baits

All fish were released.

Another day for catfish. They were hitting everything including a willow leaf buzz bait that I saw one caught on. One of my catfish was a little over 30 inches with better than an 18 inch girth. The bass were all small.

4/13/2002

Tampier Slough

Cook County, IL

Sunny with approaching clouds. Air Temp in the mid 60s.   

South wind around 10mph.

Results

Me : 1 Carp

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Blade Baits

All fish were released.

Walked the north Shoreline for an hour and snagged a small carp.

4/14/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Mostly Sunny.  Air temp was 50 at launch rising to the upper 70s.

Southwest wind  around 15mph.

Water temp was 58 to 86

Results

Me : 17 Channel Catfish
3 Smallmouth Bass
7 Yellow Bass
Partner: 1 Drum
5 Yellow Bass
2 Largemouth Bass
7 Channel Catfish
1 Shad

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Spinners, and Blade Baits

All fish were released.

Finally caught another decent bass in between all the catfish. A few of the catfish were quite large. The yellow bass were in the water just off the wind blown banks.

4/20/2002

Braidwood Lake

Braidwood, IL

Cloudy.  Air temp in the upper 40s. A very rare drop occasionally fell from the sky.

Northeast wind around 25mph.

Water temp was 72 to 86

Results

Me : 1 Channel Catfish
3 Largemouth Bass
Partner: 1 Largemouth Bass
2 Channel Catfish

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Blade Baits

All fish were released.

Went to LaSalle first thing and found that the ramps were closed so we went to Braidwood. LaSalle didn't look too bad but if the they were getting the winds that were being reported on the radio at the time we left Braidwood, the ramps would have been getting nailed pretty good. Braidwood didn't seem too bad, and we hit the entire lake. Only one bass was a keeper and the rest were small.

4/22/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Cloudy.  Air temp in the low 40s. Occasional light drizzle.

Northwest wind  around 10mph.

Water temp was 59 to 63

Results

Me : 1 Crappie
2 Hybrid Striped Bass
1 Smallmouth Bass
2 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Blade Baits

All fish were released.

I spent then entire time casting the shoreline and caught a big crappie on a crank bait. The other fish weren't too big. At least the lake was fairly calm even though the red flag was posted for high wind and hazardous conditions.

4/26/2002

Braidwood Lake

Braidwood, IL

Bright Sunshine.  Air temp in the upper 40s and lower 50s. 

Northeast wind  around 10mph.

Water temp was 68 to 83

Results

Me : 9 Channel Catfish
2 Largemouth Bass
1 Bullhead

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

1 catfish was 3 lbs and one of the bass was 14 inches. The rest were all very small fish. I saw three different species of snakes in the water today. One of the snakes was very fat and had to be 4 feet long.

4/30/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Clouds with light rain. Temps in the mid 50s. 

Variable wind direction between 5 and 10mph. No gusts.

Water temp was 64 to 85

Results

Me : 11 Channel Catfish
2 Largemouth Bass
2 Smallmouth Bass
1 Bluegill
2 Buffalo
6 Yellow Bass
Partner: 3 Largemouth Bass
7 Channel Catfish
3 Smallmouth Bass
2 Hybrid Striped Bass
3 Yellow Bass
1 Buffalo
1 Shad

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Blade Baits, & Spinners

All fish were released.

We snagged two big buffalo and another one of them hit a small shad rap. With the exception of a couple catfish and a couple of yellow bass, the fish were on the small side.

5/03/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Not a cloud in the sky..  Air temp in the mid 50s. 

Northwest wind  around 5mph shifting towards the west.

Water temp was 56 to 60.

Results

Me : 1 Walleye
1 Drum
2 Smallmouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Blade Baits

All fish were released.

One of the Smallmouth was a keeper as was the Walleye. All fish were caught on cranks in the rocks.

5/07/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Overcast.  Air temp in the mid 50s. 

Northeast wind at 18mph gusting past 25.

Water temp was 62 to 64.

Results

Me : 3 Walleye
3 Drum
5 Smallmouth Bass
5 Yellow Bass
3 Hybrid Striped Bass
3 Largemouth Bass
4 Buffalo

Techniques:

Crank Baits cast parallel to the rocks

All fish were released.

I drifted along the rocks with the wind and I guess I picked the right bank today. My first cast resulted in a 12 inch smallmouth and they got bigger from there. I also hooked and lost a massive striped bass. It ran at will and there was nothing I could do but listen to my drag scream.

Some of today's pictures:

1   2   3   4   5

5/10/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Bright Sunshine  Air temp in the mid 60s. 

West wind at 15mph gusting past 25.

Water temp was 62 to 65.

Results

Me : 3 Walleye
1 Drum
3 Yellow Bass
12 Hybrid Striped Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Blade Baits, and Spinners cast parallel to the rocks

All fish were released.

The Walleyes and Yellow Bass were on one side of the lake and the stripers were on the other. Everything but the Yellows were caught on cranks. The Yellows hit rooster tails.

Getting under the bridge was tough with the chop on the water.

Some of today's pictures:

1   2   3   4

5/24/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Cloudy.  Air temp in the mid 50s. 

Northeast wind at 15mph gusting past 20.

Water temp was 60.

Results

Me : 3 Smallmouth Bass
1 Drum
1 Yellow Bass
1 Hybrid Striped Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Blade Baits, and Spinners cast parallel to the rocks

All fish were released.

After returning to the boat from parking my vehicle I noticed the boat was slowly sinking. The drain plug popped out. The auto float switch I have on my bilge pump saved the day. I only had 3 hours so I pounded one bank. The drum and one of the SM were big but the rest were so-so.

I was unable to get under the bridge due to the recent rains having raised the water level. They will not bring down the lake level until the rivers recede.

Some of today's pictures:

1   2   3   4   5

5/28/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Cloudy.  Air temp in the upper 70s and low 80s. 

Southeast wind around 5mph.

Water temp was 62 warming to 70 in the shallows as the sun got higher in the sky.

Results

Me : 3 Smallmouth Bass
3 Walleye
2 White Bass
1 Shad
1 Yellow Bass
15 Hybrid Striped Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Very little wind today. That made it very easy to control to boat, and also very easy for the bugs to  fly around. They were nasty for a while. I pounded the banks and did very well today.

Some of today's pictures:

1   2   3   4   5

6/1/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Sunny.  Air temp in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Southwest wind  around 5mph.

Water temp was 80 to 93

Results

Me : 22 Channel Catfish
13 Smallmouth Bass
12 Largemouth Bass
5 Drum
3 Shad

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

One LM and one SM were nice fish, all the other bass were very small. In contrast, only one of the drum was small and the others were decent fish up to 6 pounds. The catfish were still annoying.

6/07/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Bright Sunshine.  Air temp in the upper 70s. 

Southeast wind around 8mph.

Water temp was 66 warming to 71.

Results

Me : 3 Smallmouth Bass
3 Walleye
6 White Bass
4 Hybrid Striped Bass
1 Buffalo
1 Crappie
1 Largemouth Bass
8 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Good day on the lake even with the bright sunshine. I pounded the banks and did very well again today. I even caught my biggest walleye yet. I think that one of the reasons I did OK  today is because I wasn't afraid to toss the lures into the moss that was growing on the rocks along the banks. The fish seemed to be holding tight to the slop.

Some of today's Pictures:

1  2  3  4  5  6  7 

6/14/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Bright Sunshine then Storms.  Air temp in the mid 60s. 

West wind around 10mph gusting beyond 20.

Water temp was 72 warming to 76.

Results

Me : 5 Smallmouth Bass
1 Bluegill
1 White Bass
1 Hybrid Striped Bass
8 Drum
Partner: 2 Smallmouth Bass
6 Drum
2 Hybrid Striped Bass
1 Bluegill

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

The day started without a cloud in the sky and I later wound up being chased off the lake by thunder, rain, and hail. Before that we managed to catch some nice fish. The fish seemed a little further off the banks today than they were the past few weeks.

Some of today's Pictures:

1  2  3  4  5  

6/21/2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Bright Sunshine with some puffy clouds.  Air temp in the mid 90s. 

West wind around 5mph.

Water temp was 76 warming to 85.

Results

Me : 5 Smallmouth Bass
1 Bluegill
1 Yellow Bass
1 Largemouth Bass
20 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Very hot and humid today. Because there was little wind, the bugs were ferocious.

Some of today's Pictures:

1  2  3  4   

6-28-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Bright Sunshine.  Air temp in the mid 80s. 

Northwest wind around 5mph.

Water temp was 86 warming to 93.

Results

Me : 2 Smallmouth Bass
2 Channel Catfish
5 Drum
Partner: 1 Smallmouth Bass
1 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Warm and buggy with no wind. Fished from 6:00am till 11:00am with my son tossing crank baits at the bank. The 2 Catfish were two of the largest I've caught this year. I lost an even bigger one at the boat. One of the smallmouth was about 18 inches and the others were 15 and 14. The largest Drum was about 6 pounds. Between the two of us we lost about a dozen fish due to my failure to replace the standard hooks like I usually do.

Some of today's Pictures:

1  2

 

7/07/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Sunny.  Air temp in the upper 80s and low 90s.

Southeast wind  around 5mph.

Water temp was 91 to 102

Results

Me : 17 Channel Catfish
2 Smallmouth Bass
5 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

The temp at the ramp was 91when I launched at 6:00am but when I pulled the boat out at 1:00pm it was 98. I also caught my first Smallmouth in 100 degree water today. A few of the catfish were caught in water as warm as 101 at the surface. There were a lot of dead hybrid striped bass floating in the water.

Picture from today

7-11-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny.  Air temp in the upper 70s and low 80s. 

East wind around 15mph.

Water temp was 80 warming to 86.

Results

Me : 2 Smallmouth Bass
2 Channel Catfish
7 Drum
3 Bluegills
3 Buffalo

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

I caught one of my biggest fish of the year today - a 20 lb buffalo. He hit a crank bait worked slowly along the bank. I caught one other big buffalo and snagged a third. Most of the fish I caught today were large for their species - all on crank baits.

Some of today's Pictures:

1  2

 

7-18-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny.  Air temp in the low 90s. 

Southwest  wind around 5mph increasing to 10mph.

Water temp was 86 warming to 88.

Results

Me : 2 Smallmouth Bass
1 Channel Catfish
6 Drum
1 Largemouth Bass
1 Hybrid Striped Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

I caught my biggest Hybrid of the year today. All but one of the drum were small. I lost a big smallmouth at the boat and he took the lure with him. The shad have hatched and that will make things a little slower for a while.

 

7-21-2002

Monee Reservoir

Monee, IL

Mostly Sunny.  Air temp in the upper 90s with high humidity. 

Southwest  wind around 15mph.

Results

Me : 4 Largemouth Bass
Partner 3 Largemouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Spinners, Topwaters

All fish were released.

Very hot and humid. The weeds that were in this lake in the past appear to have been killed off. That may be why the thousands of Bullfrogs that used to be there were almost non-existent. All the fish were caught on cranks but a large one was lost at the boat on a spinner and I lost a good one on a weedless topwater. 3 of the 7 we got in the boat were decent fish.

 

7-26-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny then a nasty thunderstorm.  Air temp in the mid 80s. 

Variable winds at varying speeds..

Water temp was in the upper 80s..

Results

Me 1 Hybrid Striped Bass
Partner1 3 Hybrid Striped Bass
Partner2 3 Hybrid Striped Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits, topwater, jigs, blades, spinners

All fish were released.

We chased the stripers until the storm came. After it passed we actually started catching them. 

 

8-04-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air temp approaching 100. 

Southwest winds at 8mph.

Water temp was in the upper 86 to 92.

Results

Me 3 Smallmouth Bass
5 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits, topwater

All fish were released.

Bass fishing is still tough due to the amount of bait fish that are available.  I didn't have any luck with the Stripers either. I saw them come up a couple times but they didn't stick around more than a few seconds.

 

8-06-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the low 80s. 

Northeast winds around 15mph.

Water temp was 82 to 87.

Results

Me 1 Largemouth Bass
9 Drum
1 Green Sunfish

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Perfect post cold front conditions. Blue Sky, Northeast Wind, and 15 degrees cooler than yesterday. The lures that were working the last few times out didn't even get a look today. Once I found the one they wanted I started catching fish.

 

8-12-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the low 90s. 

Southwest winds around 20mph decreasing to 10mph.

Water temp was 81 to 86.

Results

Me 1 Smallmouth Bass
Partner 6 Smallmouth Bass
1 Largemouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Spinners

All fish were released.

Very windy day on the lake. We fished from 6:00am until 2:30pm. I concentrated on Stripers but had no luck with them. My friend did very well. 4 of his Smallmouth were good sized fish. All fish were caught beating the banks. Most of my casts were out towards the open water while my partner concentrated on the shoreline.

 

 

8-16-2002

Lake Sedgewick

Orland Park, IL

Cloudy, Intermittent light mist. 

Southwest wind around 5mph.

Air Temp in the low 80s.

 

Results

Me 1 Shad
Partner

6 Bluegills
Team Effort

Partner

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Red Worms

All fish were released.

We took my friends two year old on his first fishing trip. He did pretty good too. I caught a big shad on a crank bait and hooked something that felt like a decent fish as it was time to leave. Other than that I spent more time operating the video camera and baiting the hook than fishing. It was worth it though. We weren't there more than an hour.

8/17/2002

Tampier Slough

Cook County, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air Temp in the mid 80s.   

Southwest wind around 20mph.

Results

Me 1 Walleye
1 Yellow Bass
Partner 0

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Spinners

All fish were released.

We had an hour to kill while the kids were at the mall so we walked the north shore of the lake for a while. The walleye was deep and the yellow bass was taken right off the bank.

8/19/2002

Tampier Slough

Cook County, IL

Clouds breaking. Air Temp in the mid 70s.   

Northeast wind shifting to southeast  around 5mph.

Results

Me 0

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Spinners

All fish were released.

I tried the same things I tried the other day and didn't get a thing. I also tried fishing deeper and that still didn't work. I got there just as the skies were clearing up.

8-23-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Cloudy. Air temp in the low 80s. 

Northeast winds around 25mph.

Water temp was 81 to 86.

Results

Me 1 Smallmouth Bass
4 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Hit the lake for a little over two hours this afternoon and did ok. There were many more schools of bait fish swimming around than I've ever seen before in this lake. I hooked three more fish but lost them. Only one of them felt like a decent fish and judging by the way it ran I think it was another drum. One of the drum I caught was about 7 pounds and the others were smaller. The Smallmouth was only 15 inches.

 

8-27-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the mid 80s. 

Northeast winds around 10mph gusting beyond 20mph.

Water temp was 80 to 86.

Results

Me 1 Musky
1 Shad
2 Drum
2 Green sunfish
1 Largemouth Bass
5 Smallmouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

The fish were a little more active today than they were the last few times I've been out. The water was also a little cooler in morning than it has been. I caught one nice musky first thing and then it was a fish here and a fish there until it was time to go. I fished from 7:15 till 1:00pm.

Some of today's pictures: 1  2 

8-31-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the mid 80s. 

Northeast winds around 10mph.

Water temp was 80 to 83.

Results

Me 1 Channel Catfish
4 Smallmouth Bass
1 Largemouth Bass
3 Drum
Partner 2 Green sunfish
1 White Bass
2 Smallmouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

It seemed that the higher the sun rose in the sky, the less active the fish became. We managed to pick off a few here and there but nothing that was very big. The schools of baitfish are still there and even the herons were enjoying the easy meals.

9-03-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the low  80s. 

North/Northwest winds around 10mph.

Water temp was 77 to 81.

Results

Me 1 Channel Catfish
6 Smallmouth Bass
1 Largemouth Bass
5 Drum
1 Shad

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

The fish were running a little bigger today. I caught my first 18 inch Smallmouth in a while, and I also caught a catfish that was about 26 inches long.

Some of today's pictures.

9-17-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the low  80s. 

No wind until a light southeast breeze under 5mph started around 11:45am.

Water temp was 74 to 79.

Results

Me 2 Channel Catfish
1 Smallmouth Bass
2 Largemouth Bass
6 Drum
2 Green Sunfish
1 Bluegill
Partner 1 Green sunfish
1 Channel Catfish
3 Drum
1 Largemouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Most of today's drum were over 5 pounds and they all put up a good fight. It would have been better if there would have been some wind. The bugs were pretty bad.

Some of today's pictures.

9-23-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Sunny. Air temp in the low  40s rising to the upper 60s. 

Light southwest wind increasing to 15 mph gusting beyond 23mph.

Water temp was 66 to 73.

Results

Me 1 Channel Catfish
1 Smallmouth Bass
5 Largemouth Bass
12 Drum
1 Hybrid Striped Bass
1 White Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Today's fish were a little smaller on average than the last couple trips although I hooked something that pulled me around for about 10 minutes before it got free. I never saw it and I couldn't move it at all. Giant Catfish??? No real big fish today. The bright sunshine wasn't helping things but at least there was a decent breeze blowing.

Some of today's pictures.

 

9-25-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Sunny. Air temp in the low  50s rising to the upper 70s. 

Southeast wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 64 to 71.

Results

Me 3 Drum
5 Smallmouth Bass
7 Largemouth Bass
Partner 3 Drum
4 Largemouth Bass
2 Smallmouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits, Spinners, and Plastics

All fish were released.

We caught some decent fish today. The schools of bait fish were very few and far between which is probably why we caught some decent bass today. All of the Largemouth were very small but a couple the Smallmouth were good sized fish. I also lost a couple good sized fish at the boat. The drum were a little smaller than usual too but we had a couple that were 4 to 5 pounds.

Some of today's pictures.

 

9-30-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Sunny. Air temp in the mid 80s.

Southwest wind around 20 mph gusting higher.

Water temp was 66 to 70.

Results

Me 2 Drum
1 Smallmouth Bass
2 Largemouth Bass
Partner 1 Drum

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

It got to be a little too windy to fish comfortably so we weren't out for very long. The bass that were caught were all small ones but two good ones were hooked. I also had a musky bite off a shad rap.

10-03-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Cloudy. Air Temp around 70.

Northeast wind around 13 mph and  diminishing.

Water temp was 70.

Results

Me 5 Drum
5 Smallmouth Bass
4 Largemouth Bass
1 White Bass
1 Yellow Bass
1 Channel Catfish

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

The day started with perfect conditions. After the wind died down the fish stopped hitting. As I was leaving a light drizzle began to materialize. All the Largemouth were small but the other fish made up for that.

Some of today's pictures.

10-08-2002

Heidecke Lake

Morris, IL

Mostly sunny. Air Temp in the mid 60s.

South wind around 15 mph briefly gusting higher..

Water temp was 60-65..

Results

Me 3 Smallmouth Bass
1 Largemouth Bass
1 Hybrid Striped Bass
Partner: 4 Largemouth Bass
1 Channel Catfish
1 Shad

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Spinners.

All fish were released.

After getting a late start we did ok for the 3.5 hours we were out there. I lost a big smallmouth at the boat and also had a nice striper grab my lure right in front of the boat but I failed to hook him. Fishing was generally slow considering how much water we covered. The wind made accurate casts very difficult. This was the last trip of the year to this lake. At least the last fish I caught was a good one!

Some of today's pictures!

10/10/2002

LaSalle Lake

Marseilles, IL

Sunny.  Air temp in the low 70s

Southeast wind  around 5mph.

Water temp was 74 to 93

Results

Me : 2 Channel Catfish
16 Smallmouth Bass
7 Largemouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Smallmouth fishing doesn't get much better. Only two of the SM were small but it was the other way around for the LM. Only two of those were decent fish. I saw an otter following me in the rocks as I moved down one bank.

Pictures from today

10/15/2002

Busse Lake

Elk Grove Village, IL

Sunny - Air Temp in the mid 50s. 

North wind 10 to 15mph.

Water temp was 54 to 58

Results

Me : 4 Largemouth Bass
1 Walleye

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

The fish were cooperating today. A weak cold front passed through while I was on my way to the lake. When I left the wind was out of the south and when I got to the lake the wind was out of the northwest and shifting. I found fish in all the familiar places and also caught a LM on my first cast. Unfortunately I also lost a couple big fish before I was able to get them in the boat.

Some of today's pictures!

10/22/2002

Busse Lake

Elk Grove Village, IL

Clouds then bright sunshine after the cold front passed. Air Temp in the mid 40s. 

Northwest wind around 17mph shifting to a Northeast wind around 10mph.

Water temp was 50 to 52

Results

Me : 1 Largemouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

I only got one fish in the boat today. I lost a bigger one and a smaller one and they all hit very lightly. I got to the lake just before the clouds parted due to a passing  weak cold front. I noticed a lot of suspended fish on the locators today.

Today's fish

10/28/2002

Busse Lake

Elk Grove Village, IL

Cloudy - Air Temp in the mid 40s.  Light drizzle early

East wind 10 to 15mph.

Water temp was 46 to 48.

Results

Me : 2 Largemouth Bass
4 Walleye

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Jig/Twister Combo.

All fish were released.

The fish wanted a very slow retrieve today. I found them both shallow and deep. I caught both bass when the sun popped out for a couple minutes and I only lost two fish before I got them to the boat today.

Some of today's pictures!

11/06/2002

Busse Lake

Elk Grove Village, IL

Cloudy - Air Temp in the low 40s.

Northwest wind at 15mph.

Water temp was 42.

Results

Me : 3 Walleye

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Jig/Twister Combo.

All fish were released.

I got three walleye then started targeting pike with no luck. I saw one bass that followed the lure to the boat but he made no attempt to hit the lure. I've never seen this lake so clear before.

Some of today's pictures!

11/09/2002

Cook County Forest Preserve Pond, IL

Cloudy - Air Temp in the low 60s.

South wind at 20mph gusting higher.

Results

Me : 2 Largemouth Bass

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

I walked the shore of a nearby pond this afternoon. The fish were hitting very light. I lost a big fish but got two smaller ones out of the water.

Some of today's pictures!

11/13/2002

Busse Lake

Elk Grove Village, IL

Sunny - Air Temp in the mid 50s.

Southwest wind calm increasing to 10mph.

Water temp was 46 to 49.

Results

Me : 2 Largemouth Bass
Partner : 1 Walleye
1 Crappie

Techniques:

Crank Baits and Jig/minnow Combo.

All fish were released.

Once again the fish were hitting like feathers. I lost a nice LM at the boat that I didn't even feel hit the lure but got two smaller ones in the boat. My partner for the day caught a small walleye and a real nice crappie. Other than that we got a couple hits here and there but weren't able to hook up. It was nice to see another part of the lake I normally don't fish.

11/19/2002

Busse Lake

Elk Grove Village, IL

Sunny - Air Temp in the low 50s.

Southwest wind around 15mph.

 Water temp was 40.

Results

Me : 1 Largemouth Bass
2 Walleye

Techniques:

Crank Baits

All fish were released.

Caught a couple big fish and lost a couple bigger fish today. One fish was a nice pike that took my lure with him. Another fish was a large catfish that surprised me. I also lost a bass about the same size as the one I caught. The wind made it tough to control the boat today.

Pictures from today!

11/25/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Mostly Sunny - Air Temp in the upper 20s with a North wind between 5 and 15mph.

The water temp was 46

Results

Me : 6 Sauger
1 Yellow Bass

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. Also pulling crank baits.

All fish were released.

No big fish today. Most of the fish I caught were taken when the wind died down and I could keep the line a little more vertical. The air temp never cracked the freezing mark as evidenced by the fact that I had to deal with the guides icing up all day. All the fish I caught except for the yellow bass hit very lightly.

Pictures from today!

 

11/29/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Cloudy - Air Temp in the low 50s and falling with a West wind around 20 gusting beyond 25mph.

The water temp was 44.

Results

Me : 2 Sauger
1 White Bass

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. Also pulling crank baits.

All fish were released.

Another day of small fish. I only had a couple hours to fish and the wind made it next to impossible to vertical jig. The White Bass was caught on a crank bait along the bank.

Pictures from today!

12/04/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Partly Cloudy - Air Temp in the mid  teens rising to the mid 20s with a Northeast wind around 5mph.

The water temp was 39.

Results

Me : 4 Sauger
3 Walleye

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. Also pulling crank baits.

All fish were released.

Despite the bitter cold it was a nice day for fishing. As soon as I put the boat in the water I saw an adult Bald Eagle fly by on his way down river. With the lack of wind, boat control was easier and I caught a few more fish today. The fish were also a little bigger than the past couple of trips.

Pictures from today!

12/16/2002

Illinois River 

Ottawa, IL

Partly Cloudy - Air temp in the mid 20s rising to just above the freezing mark with a Northeast wind around 15 gusting beyond 25mph.

The water temp was 41.

Results

Me : 14 Sauger

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook.

All fish were released.

It wasn't as cold as last time but the wind chill was no picnic. Boat control was difficult in the wind but I settled into a pattern that allowed me to stay vertical and catch some fish. I got a few nice ones but I think the big ones are still down river. I got three right away until the first barge then nothing for 2 hours. After that they started biting again.

Pictures from today!

12/22/2002

Illinois River

Fox River

Ottawa, IL

Cloudy - Flurries. Air Temp in the mid to upper 20s rising to just above the freezing mark. West around 25mph gusting beyond 35.

Water temp was 41.

Results

Me : 0
Partner: 1 Sauger

Techniques:

Vertical Jigging with a fathead and stinger hook. Also pulling minnows.

All fish were released.

This was the worst I've seen the river. It was impossible to jig vertically as there was no way to keep the boat steady enough in that wind. The one fish that was caught hit a three way rig being dragged behind us as the wind pushed us up river a lot faster that we would have liked. All I can say is "at least we tried".

12/30/2002

Powerton Lake

Manito, IL

Cloudy - Air Temp in the mid to upper 60s. Southwest wind around 20mph with higher gusts diminishing late. Every now and then no more than a couple drops of rain would fall - barely enough to notice.

Results

Me : 22 Smallmouth

Techniques:

Rapala Crank Baits. Moved along the rip rap'd shoreline while fan casting.

All fish were released.

The Smallmouth were all caught casting parallel to shore with various crank baits. The lake seemed warm for this time of year. I don't think the White Bass and Shad have moved into the hot side in great numbers yet.

Pictures from today!

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Species for 2002
Sauger
Walleye
Smallmouth Bass
Shad
Channel Catfish
Buffalo
Bluegill
Yellow Bass
Hybrid Striped  Bass
Largemouth Bass
Carp
Drum
Crappie
Bullhead
White Bass
Musky
Green Sunfish


       
 
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