By William D. Anderson
   

Trip Log - 2009
By William D. Anderson

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1.

2/16/2009

Des Plaines River

Sunny. Air temps in the upper 20s to mid 30s. NW winds around 5 mph shifting to SSW.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
Skipjack Herring
Freshwater Drum
Smallmouth Buffalo
We caught a few nice fish today but had to work for them. It was well worth it though considering these were the first fish of the year for us.

Pictures From Today

2.

3/18/2009

LaSalle Lake

Mostly Cloudy. Air temps in the upper 50s. NE wind 5-15 mph. Water temp was 62 to the mid 80s

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Freshwater Drum
Channel Catfish
We lost count of how many fish we caught. Until the sun made a brief appearance, it seemed like almost every cast resulted in a fish. Later in the morning, the hot bite died and the fish were fewer and farther between. Both of us managed to put a couple real nice fish in the boat, but we caught more 12 to 15 inch bass than we could count. It was a great morning to be on the water.

Pictures From Today
3.

3/27/2009

LaSalle Lake

Partly Cloudy. Air temps in the mid 30s 50s. NE wind 5-15 mph. Water temp was 63 to the mid 80s

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Freshwater Drum
Channel Catfish
I caught quite a few fish today but most of them averaged slightly smaller than what was caught on the last trip, although I was able to put a few "keepers" in the boat. There was a bald eagle sitting in the same tree that had an Osprey in it last week. It was cold, windy, and sunny in the morning so I had to work for the fish I caught. I would have liked to have had more time on the water today.

Pictures From Today
5.

4/17/2009

Des Plaines River

Sunny. Air temps in the upper 60s. SE winds around 5 mph.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
White Bass
Freshwater Drum
Channel Catfish
No clouds and almost no winds makes for tough fishing. We caught a lot of smaller fish and a few nice catfish, but overall fishing was slow.

Pictures From Today

6. 4/23/2009 - 4/25/2009

Lake of the Ozarks
Mostly Sunny.  Air temps in the mid to upper 80s. Winds were up to 30 mph out of the south.

Water temp was 54 to 60

Results

Largemouth Bass
Crappie
Green Sunfish
Freshwater Drum
Spotted Bass
I spent the entire trip fishing out of the back of Masons brand new boat. We caught a lot of fish and some of them were good ones. Each day we were out was very windy.

Pictures from today 1 of 2

Pictures from today 2 of 2
7. 5/4/2009

Heidecke Lake
Mostly Sunny.  Air temps in the mid to upper 60s. Winds ENE switching to South around 5 mph.

Water temp was 57 to 61

Results

Walleye
Freshwater Drum
Fishing was slow today with the bright sunshine. I had to work for the few fish I caught. At least the Walleye were good fish.

Pictures from today
8. 5/18/2009

Braidwood Lake
Mostly Sunny.  Air temps in the mid 60s. Winds SSW switching to South around 15 mph.

Water temp was 74 to 87

Results

Largemouth Bass
Just like the last trip, fishing was slow today with the bright sunshine. I had to work for the few fish I caught. I caught 9 Largemouth but they weren't worth bragging about. I took a lot of nice photos around the lake though.

Pictures from today
9. 5/29/2009

Heidecke Lake
Sunny Air temp in the mid 70s. WNW wind around 5 mph.

Water temp was 66 to 69
Results
Smallmouth Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Crappie
Freshwater Drum
We put 8 or 9 fish in the boat this morning despite the bright sunshine. The weather was forecast to be overcast but there wasn't a cloud to be seen until it was time for us to go. Mike caught the only Smallmouth early on. We saw a few nice fish caught at the launch ramps as we were leaving but as we were putting in, we witnessed a guy have a mishap trying to pull his trailer out and he messed up his truck. Hopefully his day got better because it would have been tough to get worse.

Pictures from today
10. 6/03/2009

Heidecke Lake
Cloudy Air temp in the mid 60s. NE wind around 15 mph.

Water temp was 66.
Results
Hybrid Striped Bass
Walleye
Freshwater Drum
Today was one of the better trips of the year. I fished for just under 3 hours and caught several nice fish including Stripers and Walleye. I put at least a dozen or more fish in the boat.

Pictures from today
11. 6/11/2009

Heidecke Lake
Cloudy, Rain non-stop all day. Air temp in the low 60s. NE wind around 5 mph.

Water temp was 68.
Results
Hybrid Striped Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Freshwater Drum
Today started slow but the fishing picked up later in the day. I got a late start because of the heavy rain and didn't leave the house until I saw there was no more red or yellow on the radar where I was heading. I caught about a dozen good sized Drum. They hit everything I threw at them. I also caught two nice Stripers on two consecutive casts. I topped it off with a Smallmouth then headed for home. It stopped raining after I had the boat put away.

Pictures from today
12. 6/15/2009

Heidecke Lake
Mostly Cloudy, Air temp in the mid 70s. E wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 73.
Results
Hybrid Striped Bass
Walleye
Freshwater Drum
Crappie
White Bass
The day was forecast to be mostly sunny but we were blessed with a nice blanket of clouds. It didn't seem to help that much though. We caught fish but not as many as we would have liked. Both of us brought nice Walleyes to the boat and lost them, but Jim was able to actually catch one and get it in the boat. Other than that we caught a mixed bag of Drum, Crappie, White Bass and Stripers. No really big fish today although the last Walleye I hooked would have changed that. We spent an extra hour trying to scare up another one in the same area but to no avail. We did manage to find a cool looking snake and get several pictures of it before we called it a day.

Pictures from today
13. 6/30/2009

Des Plaines River
Cloudy, Sprinkles in the area. Air temp in the mid 60s. NW wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 73 to 90.
Results
Hybrid Striped Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Freshwater Drum
Largemouth Bass
This was the first time I'd had been fishing with the dog. We all had a great time. I caught a lot of fish. I didn't have to worry about handling a fish and a camera at the same time since my wife did a great job taking photos this trip.

For more details about this trip, see the CatchPhotoRelease fishing blog. Bear Goes Fishing

Pictures from today
14. 7/03/2009

Des Plaines River
Mostly Sunny, Air temp in the upper 70s. NW wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 74 to 80.
Results
White Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Freshwater Drum
Largemouth Bass
Northern Pike
We caught a lot of fish but not too many big ones. The later it got, the more crowded the river became and it wasn't worth staying out and fighting the rough water caused by all the pleasure boaters.

Pictures from today
15. 7/06/2009

Des Plaines River
Mostly Sunny, Air temp in the upper 70s. WNW wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 76 to 86.
Results
Bluegills
Green Sunfish
Freshwater Drum
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Great day on the water. I took my neighbor and his son and we all caught a few fish. After fishing we took a nice ride to see more of the river before heading back home.

Pictures from today
16. 7/10/2009

Monee Reservoir
Cloudy. Rain approaching, Air temp in the upper 70s. ESE wind around 5 mph or less.
Results
Largemouth Bass
I fished the shoreline then rented a boat for a short time and caught a few fish including a Largemouth that went at least 6 lbs. I got one other good fish and a couple smaller ones in the short time I was there. Chased off by rain.

Pictures from today
17. 7/16/2009
Monee Reservoir
Bright Sunshine. Air temp in the upper 70s. Water temp in the mid 70s. SW wind 10-15 mph. Results
Largemouth Bass
As usual, the bright sunshine made fishing difficult. The crowd didn't help either. I managed to put a few fish in the boat but I had to deal with people parking their rental boats right in spots I was casting to, people cutting between me and the weed line, and other things that will make me think twice about going back there on what most people would consider a nice day. I quit counting after it happened the fourth time. No complaints about the staff though. At least they are always helpful and polite.

Pictures from today
18. 7/22/2009
Monee Reservoir
Clouds, then bright Sunshine,  then more clouds. Air temp in the mid 70s. Water temp in the mid 70s. SE wind around 10 mph. Results
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Fishing was very slow again today. I started out fishing plastics and wound up catching all my fish on them including the two catfish I put in the boat. I caught the best bass of the day in a spot I've fished before, but never caught anything. The other bass was caught in the same spot where I got one of the ones I caught last trip.

Pictures from today
19. 7/27/2009
Illinois River
Mostly Sunny. Air temp in the mid 80s. Water temp in the mid 70s. NW wind around 10 mph. Results
Sauger
White Bass
My wife and I spent the trip exploring a part of the river that neither one of us has ever been to. I stopped at what I thought was a fishy looking spot and caught a couple fish very quickly. I think I fished for a total of 10 minutes. The dog loved it as much as we did. We saw a young bald eagle catch what we think was an otter.

Pictures from today
20. 8/21/2009

Des Plaines River
Cloudy, Air temp in the mid 70s. WNW wind around 20 mph.

Water temp was 76 to 89.
Results
White Bass
Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Freshwater Drum
I made up for the time I lost this month and put over 100 fish in the boat today. The cloud cover and wind helped even though I wasn't able to get into all of my spot2 due to barge traffic.

Pictures from today
21. 8/28/2009

Heidecke Lake
Cloudy, Air temp in the mid 70s. E wind calm to 5 mph.

Water temp was 71.
Results
Freshwater Drum

Fishing was very slow but the highlight of the day was seeing a falcon follow me. I got several good photos of it as it hop-scotched me along the shoreline. The bird was later identified by the Field Museum of Chicago.

Pictures from today
22. 9/11/2009

Des Plaines River
Sunny, Air temp in the low 80s. SE wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 81 to 86.
Results
White Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Flathead Catfish
Bluegill
It was a great day on the water of fishing and observing nature. We caught some great fish including two big Smallmouth, and photographed a rare bird. All three of us put fish in the boat today.

Pictures from today
23. 9/11/2009

Des Plaines River
Sunny, Air temp in the low 80s. ENE wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 84 to 89.
Results
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
This was one of the most scenic mornings I've had on the river. I caught a couple real nice fish, and a bunch of smaller ones. A groundhog was kind enough to pose for a few pictures as I was heading back to the ramps.

Pictures from today
24. 9/18/2009
Monee Reservoir
Bright Sunshine. Air temp in the upper 70s. Water temp in the low 70s. NE wind around 10 mph. Results
Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Fishing was better than the last time I was here. I started out by losing a huge Largemouth at the boat but still caught several nice ones. the fog made for a very scenic morning.

Pictures from today
25. 9/22/2009

Des Plaines River
Cloudy with early mist and occasional light rain. Air temp in the upper 70s. South wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 76 to 89.
Results
Flathead Catfsih
Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
White Bass
Freshwater Drum
I caught a lot of fish today but was frustrated because I lost every big fish I hooked except the Flathead and the Drum.

Pictures from today
26. 9/24/2009

Des Plaines River
Cloudy. Air temp in the mid 70s. South wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 76 to 86.
Results
Largemouth Bass
Al and I caught quite a few Largemouth although no Lunkers today. As usual, Al outfished me. It was still a nice trip and I wish we would have had more time to beat up some other spots on the river today.

Pictures from today
27. 10/01/2009

Des Plaines River
Cloudy. Air temp in the mid 50s. SE wind around 10 mph.

Water temp was 71 to 76.
Results
Largemouth Bass
Shad
Northern Pike
The average size of the Largemouth I caught today was better than the last couple of trips. I got a few nice ones including a nice Northern Pike and a giant Shad.

Pictures from today
28. 10/07/2009

Des Plaines River
Bright Sunshine. Air temp in the low 50s. NW wind shifting to SW around 10 mph and dimishing.

Water temp was 62 to 74.
Results
Largemouth Bass
Shad
Northern Pike
I caught a couple nice White Bass and a lot of small fish. No real big ones today. I saw a coyote off in the distance and got a photo.

Pictures from today
29.

10/14/2009

LaSalle Lake

Cloudy. Light Rain, Air temps in the low to mid  40s. NE wind 5-15 mph. Water temp was 62 to 73.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Freshwater Drum
Channel Catfish
Fishing was a lot tougher than we expected. Mike caught 4 or 5 fish and I caught two. Both of us got at least one real good Bass. Mine was the Smallmouth and Mike got the best Largemouth.

Pictures From Today
30. 10/20/2009

Illinois River
Cloudy Air temps ranging from the upper 40s in the morning to the mid 60s in the afternoon. South wind dimininshing from 10 mph to calm Water temp was 55.

Results

Sauger
White Bass
Yellow Bass
Freshwater Drum
Bullhead
This was probably the best day of Sauger fishing I've ever had. Jim knew where to go and we caught them everywhere we stopped.

Pictures From Today
31. 10/29/2009

Lake Michigan
Cloudy Air temps ranging from the upper 40s in the morning to the mid 50s in the afternoon. South wind increasing to around 25 mph. Water temp was 53.
 
 
 
 
 
 
I saw quite a few Lake Trout caught, but I struck out since I didn't have what everyone seemed to be catching them on.
32. 11/09/2009

Lake Michigan
Cloudy Air temps ranging from the low 50s in the morning to the mid 60s in the afternoon. South wind around 10 mph switching around to out of the north at 10 mph to calm Water temp was 50.

Results

Yellow Perch
Goby
 
 
 
Another tough day on the water - but still better than not being on the water in the first place!
33. 11/23/2009

Indiana Steelhead Fishing
Cloudy. Air temps in the mid 50s. SSE wind 5 mph.

Results

Steelhead
Goby
Brown Trout
 
 
Even though I went 0 for 2. Al landed enough for all 3 of us. He had at least 10. Great day!

Pictures From Today
34. 11/27/2009

Des Plaines River
Bright Sunshine. Air temp in the mid to upper 30s. NW wind around 10 mph and dimishing.

Water temp was 52 to 65.
Results
Largemouth Bass
Shad
Smallmouth Bass
the fish we caught weren't worth bragging about, but the wildlife viewing was well worth the trip.

Pictures from today
35. 12/01/2009

Indiana Steelhead Fishing
Sunny. Air temps in the mid 40s. SW wind 15 mph.

Results

Steelhead
 
 
 
 
I went 0 for 1 but Al landed quite a few.

Pictures From Today
36. 12/08/2009

Indiana Steelhead Fishing
Cloudy. Air temps in the low 30s. SSE wind 5 mph.

Results

Steelhead
 
 
 
 
I went 1 for 2 and Al went 3 for 4. Fishing was much slower today.

Pictures From Today
37. 12/14/2009

Indiana Steelhead Fishing
Cloudy. Light rain and mist all day. Air temps in the low 30s. SW wind around 5 mph.

Results

Steelhead
 
 
 
 
A better day than last the trip. Armed with two new Steelhead rods, I went 2 for 3 and Al went 5 for 6.

Pictures From Today
38. 12/22/2009

Indiana Steelhead Fishing
Snow all day. Air temps in the low 30s. SW wind around 5 mph.

Results

 
 
 
 
 
A better day than last the trip. Armed with two new Steelhead rods, I went 2 for 3 and Al went 5 for 6.

Pictures From Today
39. 12/29/2009

Indiana Steelhead Fishing
Mostly Sunny.  Air temps in the single digits to the low 20s. SW wind around 10 mph.

Results

Steelhead
 
 
 
 
I landed the only fish I hooked not counting the smolts. Al landed two and hooked a few more. It was a slow day but nice to be out despite the cold.

Pictures From Today
         


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