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Trip Log - 2008
By William D. Anderson

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2/07/2008

Herman Brothers Pond Management

Cloudy. Air temps in the low 30s.Variable winds winds around 5 mph.

Results

Rainbow Trout
After driving to Powerton Lake and finding it closed, I headed over to Spring Lake to look around knowing it would probably be frozen. It was but the scenery was worth the trip. After meeting a friend, the day was saved by Herman Brothers Pond Management. They put us on some nice fish and we didn't have to resort to ice fishing to catch them. We caught a lot of nice sized Trout including several big ones. The day could have been ruined, but it turned out great thanks to those guys!

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2.

2/15/2008

Des Plaines River

Sunny. Air temps in the single digits to upper teens. NW winds around 5 mph.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Channel Catfish
White Bass
Today was one of the coldest I've fished while in a boat. We caught Channel Catfish, Largemouth Bass, White Bass, and Dale caught a very nice Northern Pike that I lost because I used a net that was too small for the fish. The Bald Eagles were spectacular and we even saw a couple Turkeys along the river.

Pictures From Today

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3/02/2008

Des Plaines River

Mostly sunny. Air temps in the mid to upper 40s. SW winds around 15 mph.

Results

Smallmouth Bass
Des Plaines River Smallmouth Bass
I caught 1 fairly decent Smallmouth Bass and that was it. It was a great morning to be out despite the slow fishing. However, I met up with Rob Kasjanski and he had a great day with several nice fish caught.
4. 03/09/2008

Braidwood State Fish and Wildlife Area
Mostly Cloudy with flurries to light snow, then partly cloudy. SE wind around 10 mph. Air temp in the mid 30s.

Water temp 50 to 70

Results

Largemouth Bass
Fishing was slow but I caught a couple real nice bass anyway. The usual techniques were not working so I had to adjust. Besides the bass, I foul hooked a couple big catfish.

Pictures From Today
5. 03/16/2008

LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Mostly Sunny. NE wind around 10 mph. Air temp in the mid 30s.
Water temp 50 to 85

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Freshwater Drum
It was colder and windier than forecast, but the fishing was great. We caught almost 100 fish for the day including a couple big Smallmouth and a couple big Catfish.

Pictures From Today
6. 03/21/2008

LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Cloudy with light rain. East wind around 25 mph. Air temp in the mid 30s.

Water temp 48 to 80

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Blue Catfish
Channel Catfish
Freshwater Drum
White Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
We weren't sure that the lake was open to boats so we called ahead before we hit the road. There was a winter storm warning in effect, but we got rain instead of the heavy snow that fell north of us. It was brutal in that wind but well worth it. I caught a couple huge catfish including a monster Channel and huge Blue. Both of us caught a lot of fish even though we didn't land quite a many as last time.
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7. 04/01/2008

LaSalle Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area
Cloudy with intermittent light rain. West wind around 30 mph. Air temp in the mid 30s.

Water temp 48 to 80

Results

Largemouth Bass
Freshwater Drum
I went to Heidecke first thing but it was closed due to the high wind so I hit LaSalle instead. I had the whole lake to myself until I left and then there were only two other cars in the lot. The lake was as rough as I've ever seen it. I caught 1 Drum and 1 Largemouth while fishing the only calm spot in the lake.
8. 04/06/2008

Heidecke Lake
Sunny. South winds around 10 mph. Air temp in the low 40s and rising.

Water temp 45.

Results

Skunk
I went to Heidecke for two hours in the morning and got my first skunking in a long time. I picked one small area to fish away from the crowd, but it was the wrong one. I didn't have much time to explore other areas so I had to leave with the zero.
9. 04/17/2008

Heidecke Lake and the Des Plaines River
Mostly cloudy in the morning then mostly sunny. SSW wind around 10 mph. Air temp in the mid 70.

Water temp at Heidecke was 48, and 54 on the river.

Results

Largemouth Bass
White Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
I went to Heidecke first thing and fishing was slow. I hooked a few big fish but only got a couple in the boat. I went to the river and caught a couple huge White Bass and a few nice Largemouth, and a bunch of very small Largemouth before heading home.

Pictures From Today
10. 04/24/2008 thru
04/26/2008

Lake of the Ozarks
The weather ranged from near 80 and sunny to Thunderstorms to light rain, to a cold front. We had a little of everything.

Water temp ranged from 52 to 62 depending on what part of the lake you were in.

Results

Largemouth Bass
White Bass
Spotted Bass
Green Sunfish
Bluegill
Crappie
Fridays fishing made this the best trip I've had to this lake yet. All 5 of us caught incredible fish including a 9 lb 5 oz Largemouth, a couple in the 8 lb range, and over a dozen in the 5 to 7 lb range. Crappie fishing was excellent too. Good fishing with good people doesn't get any better.

Pictures From 4/24/08

Pictures from 4/25/08 1 of 2

Pictures from 4/25/08 2 of 2

Pictures from 4/26/08

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11. 6/13/2008 thru
6/21/2008

Lake of the Ozarks
The weather ranged from near 90 and sunny to Thunderstorms and a tornado, to light rain, to a cold front. We had a little of everything again.

Water temp ranged from 76 to 85 depending on what part of the lake you were in.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Spotted Bass
Channel Catfish
Green Sunfish
The trip was going great until I some gear stolen. Other than that, fishing is great. We had some bad storms early on, but other than a couple more storms here and there, the weather has been great since then.

Pictures From this trip 1

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Pictures From this trip 3
12. 7/16/2008

Heidecke Lake
Sunny, Storms to the north. SE wind around 10 mph.

Results

White Bass
I had a very short time on the water and caught a White Bass. The water level was very low.
13. 8/03/2008

Mazonia State Fish and Wildlife Area
Mostly Sunny, Storms to the west. SW wind around 5 mph.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Crappie
Channel Catfish
We fished for a few hours in the morning and managed a few small Bass between us. My friend also caught a couple nice Crappies.
14. 8/09/2008

Monee Reservoir
Mostly Sunny, Storms approaching. SW wind 10 to 15 mph.

Water temp was 80.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Green Sunfish
I fished for about 4 hours and had a great day on the water. The fish were not where I thought they'd be, but once I figured out where they were, I caught them all over the lake.

Pictures From Today
15. 10/18/2008

Des Plaines River
Mostly Sunny. Variable Winds.

Water temp was 69.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
White Bass
Freshwater Drum
Shad
This was my first trip after wrist and hand surgery and after I caught the first fish, I decided it would be best if I put everything away except for the left handed rig. I used that and fished a lot slower than I probably would have otherwise and it paid off with a lot of nice fish. I found them pretty much everywhere I went.

Pictures From Today
16. 11/28/2008

Des Plaines River
Bright Sunshine. West Winds.

Water temp was 55.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Shad
This was my second trip after wrist and hand surgery and things went much better. I caught a few nice fish and saw several Bald Eagles

Pictures From Today
17. 12/29/2008

Herman Brothers Pond Management
Bright Sunshine. WNW Winds. Air temps in the mid to upper 40s.

Water was frozen.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Bluegills
Catfish
This was my first ice fishing trip and it was great. We caught a lot of nice fish. Thanks to Nate and Justin of Herman Brothers Pond Management for taking us out and putting us on some good fish. Later that afternoon, my friend and I wound up at Powerton Lake but struck out there.

Pictures From Today
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