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Trip Log - 2007
By William D. Anderson

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1.

1/2/2007

Lake Michigan

Mostly Sunny. Air temps in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Southwest winds around 20 mph.

Water temp was 36 to 39.

Results

Me: 25 Perch
The guys with live bait were hammering them. I stuck with jigs and did ok for the short time I was out.

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2.

1/07/2007

Des Plaines River

Mostly Cloudy. Air temps in the mid 30s. South winds around 10 mph.

Water temp was 42 to 48.

Results

Me : 12 Largemouth Bass
5 Shad
1 Bluegill
1 Yellow Bass
I fished a lot of water to catch the fish I caught today but it paid off with a couple real nice ones. They wanted a real slow retrieve. Most of the fish were on the small side but the few nice ones I got more than made up for it - especially at this time of the year.

Pictures From Today

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3.

1/20/2007

Des Plaines River

Bright Sunshine. Air temps in the mid 20s. North winds around 5 mph.

Water temp was 32 to 46.

Results

Me : 20 Largemouth Bass
4 Shad
Just like last week I covered a lot of water. I found fish shallow and around bait schools, even in 32 degree water. Most of the fish were small but the few good ones and the Eagle photos made the cold worth it.

Pictures From Today

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4.

1/27/2007

Des Plaines River

Mostly Cloudy. Air temps in the upper 20s. North winds around 15 mph.

Water temp was 38 to 50.

Results

Me : 17 Largemouth Bass
4 Shad
3 Smallmouth Bass
4 White Bass
1 Walleye
1 Carp
I started fishing in one of my usual spots and things were slow for a while. I started moving around and caught a lot of fish by the time I was ready to go. Most of the Bass were small but there a few real good ones mixed in. I also caught a real good walleye and a few nice White Bass. The water was warmer this week.

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5.

02/19/2007

Powerton Lake

Partly Cloudy. Air temps in the low 40s. SW winds around 20 mph gusting to 35 mph.

Water temp was 37 to 60.

Results

Me : 3 Smallmouth Bass
I got one nice fish right away then didn't get another hit for 2 hours. My third fish hit a short time after that. All 3 fish were good ones but it was slow and very windy so I decided to leave early.

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6.

3/01/2007

Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area

Cloudy with rain and thunderstorms. Air temps in the mid 30s. Variable East to Southeast winds 15 to 25 mph.

Water temp was 51 to 68.

Results

Me : 2 Largemouth Bass
3 Channel Catfish
Partners 3 Channel Catfish
We had to wait out a thunderstorm before heading out into the wind and rain, but once we got out, we did ok before being chased off by another T-storm. Boat control was tough in the wind but despite the weather, we had a great time.

Pictures From Today

25 Second Video

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7.

3/10/2007

Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area

Thick fog early then bright sunshine. Air temps in the mid 40s. Variable NW winds 5 to 15 mph.

Water temp was 63 to 78.

Results

Me : 2 Largemouth Bass
7 Channel Catfish
Partner 2 Channel Catfish
3 Largemouth Bass
1 Freshwater Drum
We had to wait until we could see more than a few feet before launching the boat, then idle all the way to our spot due to the thick fog. We caught a couple nice fish, and most of the fish were caught after the fog lifted.

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8.

3/15/2007

LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Thick fog early then bright sunshine. Air temps in the mid 40s. Variable ENE winds 15 to 25 mph.

Water temp was 46 to 62.

Results

30+ fish
between the 3 of us.
All three of us had a good day. Each of us caught at least one good fish. the water was cool for this time of year.

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9.

3/25/2007

Des Plaines River

Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the mid 50s. SSW wind around 15 mph.

Water temp was 52 to 62.

Results

Me: 3 Largemouth Bass
1 Smallmouth Bass
1 White Bass
The river was high, moving fast, and dirty due to recent rains and flooding upstream. Fishing was tough but I managed a couple decent fish anyway.

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10.

3/312007

LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Rain, then mostly cloudy, then storms. SE wind around 20 mph.

Water temp was 60 to90.

Results

21 Largemouth Bass
15 Channel Catfish
4 Yellow Bass
6 Blue Catfish
13 Freshwater Drum
I caught a couple big fish today but overall the majority of the fish I caught were on the small side. It was very windy. The bigger fish were all caught early except for the Drum.

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11.

4/06/2007

Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Mostly Sunny. NW wind gusting to 29 mph. Air temp around the freezing mark.

Water temp was 42 to 45.

Results

3 Musky
I caught one of my best fish and managed to get one photo of him before he shook my grip and fell back into the water. The other two fish weren't bad either. Overall, fishing was very slow and there weren't many out due to the brutal weather.

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12.

04/08/2007

LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Mostly Cloudy. Air temp around Freezing. WNW wind around 10 and diminishing.

Water temp was 45 78.

Results

11Largemouth Bass
14 Channel Catfish
1 Smallmouth Bass
13 Freshwater Drum
One fish made the trip worth it. It was my second biggest Smallmouth ever. I caught a couple fair Drum and a couple fair Largemouth, but all the other fish were on the small side. I spooked a coyote about to pounce on an unsuspecting goose.

Pictures From Today

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13.

4/20/2007

Des Plaines River

Sunny. Air temp in the upper 60s to 70. ESE wind around 5 mph.

Water temp was 58 to 62.

Results

Me: 15 Largemouth Bass
1 Channel Catfish
3 White Bass
1 Gar
1 Freshwater Drum
I hit Heidecke 1st and got 1 Musky to the boat before he took the lure and was gone. I almost had him in the net. I had another bite off the lure too. It got too crowded for me so I left and hit the Des Plaines River. All but 2 of the Largemouth I caught in the Des Plaines were small fish, and other than that, everything else I caught was pretty decent.

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14.

05/11/2007
05/12/2007

Lake Sara

Sunny. Air temp in the upper 80s . SW wind around 5 mph switching to a North wind around 10mph for Saturday.

Water temp was 76 to 78.

Results

30 Largemouth Bass
1 Channel Catfish
1 White Bass
5 Green Sunfish
1 White Bass
5 Blugills
Fishing was pretty good for practice on Friday but it slowed considerably for the tournament we fished on Saturday. We caught a lot of keeper fish during practice but my partner managed just a few during the tournament. We did better than most despite the slow fishing. We caught a lot of fish on Saturday but were only able to weigh in the keepers my partner put in the boat.

Pictures From Today

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15.

5/25/2007

Heidecke Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Cloudy. NW wind around 5mph briefly higher. Air temp around 60. Light Rain.

Water temp was 67.

Results

5 Smallmouth Bass
5 Hybrid Striped Bass
4 Yellow Bass
I did pretty good today for the 2 hours I was out there. I wish I would have had more time. Despite the rain, it was well worth the effort.

Pictures From Today

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16.

6/2/2007 -
6/14/07

Lake of the Ozarks

Weather ranged from hot and humid with blue skies, to hot with a little light rain. Air temp was in the 90s everyday.

Water temp was 74 to 78.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Shad
White Bass
Green Sunfish
So far the first couple days have been pretty good, although day 3 was a little tough. Mike caught the biggest bass of the trip, but I did pretty good too since I had an extra week down there.

Pictures From Day 1 and 2

Pictures From Day 3 and 4

Pictures From Day 5 thru 7

Pictures From Day 8 - 10

Pictures From Day 11 - 13

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17.

08/26/2007

LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area

Mostly Sunny. Air temp around 80. SE wind around 10.

Water temp was 90 to 110.

Results

Me 1 Largemouth Bass
1 Smallmouth Bass
Partner 1 Largemouth Bass
1 Channel Catfish
This was more a trip to put the new boat in the water than anything. We were out a short time but still put 4 small fish in the boat.
18.

9/16/2007

Des Plaines River

Sunny. Air temp in the low 30s to upper 50s. N wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 74.

Results

Me: 1 Smallmouth Bass
1 Largemouth Bass
3 White Bass
3 Freshwater Drum
I hit the water just after a very strong cold front came through and brought with it a record cold morning for the date. The bass I caught were very small but the Drum were fair fish. It was nice to be out in the new boat again in IL.
19.

11/9/2007 - 11/11/2007

Lake of the Ozarks

50s and sun the first day to near 80 and sun the last day. SW winds to 15 mph.

Water temp was 58 to 62.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Freshwater Drum
White Bass
Bluegill
The fall colors were in full swing and the weather was great. I caught a lot of fish including few real nice ones, and I kept running into schools of good sized White Bass.

Pictures From This Trip

20.

11/24/2007

Illinois River

Mostly Cloudy then decreasing clouds. Air temp in the mid 30s. WSW wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 45.

Results

Me: Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
Freshwater Drum
I tried fishing for Sauger early but wound up feeding them a few minnows. Once I realized no one else was catching them either I headed off in search of Bass and caught a lot of fish. The Sauger started biting later on but I had to go.

Pictures From This Trip

21.

12/1/2007

Des Plaines River

Cloudy. Snow, then an Ice Storm. Air temp around 26. SE wind around 10 mph and increasing.

Water temp was 48.

Results

Me: Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
My goal was to catch a few fish and get off the water before the storm hit. The fish were hitting so good that I wound up pulling the boat over ice all the way home. It was worth it! I caught fish everywhere I stopped.

Pictures From This Trip

22.

12/22/2007

Des Plaines River

Cloudy. Fog and Drizzle. Air temp around 46. SE wind around 10 mph and increasing.

Water temp was 48.

Results

Me: Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Shad
fishing was a lot slower, but I found a few nice ones here and there.

Pictures From This Trip

23.

12/26/2007

Powerton Lake

Mostly Sunny with increasing clouds late. Air temps in the mid 40s. South winds around 10 mph.

Water temp was 46 to 49.

Results

Me : 1 Smallmouth Bass
1 Channel Catfish
I got one nice Smallmouth but that was about it. The power plant was not pumping hot water, That along with the bright sunshine and the cold water had the fish scattered and inactive.

Pictures From Today

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