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Trip Log - 2010
By William D. Anderson

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1/13/2010

Des Plaines River

Sunny. Air temps ranging from the mid teens to the low 30s. SW winds around 15 mph.

Water temp was 60 to 33

Results

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
Smallmouth Bass
White Bass
Smallmouth Buffalo
Not bad for the first trip of the year considering the conditions. We saw over a dozen Bald Eagles.

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1/19/2010

Illinois River

Clouds in the morning, then turning sunny. Air temps ranging from the mid 20s to freezing. Calm to S winds around 5 mph.

Water temp was 36 to 33

Results

Sauger
 
 
 
Fishing was fantastic. All three of us caught plenty of fish - possibly over 100 total.

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3. 2/02/2010

Indiana
Clouds and light snow with a period of heavier snow. WNW wind around 5 mph.

Water temp was 35

Results

Steelhead
 
 
 
 
Today was a great day for Steelhead fishing despite the fact I lost far more than I caught. Al made up for it by catching far more than he lost. I also had my St Croix Steelhead Rod snap in half when a nice Steelhead made a final run for freedom. The place I bought it replaced it the very next day.

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4. 2/12/2010

Indiana
Bright sunshine. West wind around 10 mph. Air temp in the single digits rising to the low 30s.

Water temp was 32.

Results

Steelhead
 
 
 
 
It was tough early on to find a spot to fish because of all the ice. Once I did, I caught a fish right away. I caught another nice one later on and it turned into a very nice day after starting out very cold.

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5. 2/18/2010

Indiana
Early clouds then bright sunshine. NW wind around 10 mph. Air temp in the low 30s rising to the low 40s.

Results

Steelhead
 
 
 
 
I fished for several hours without anything to show for it. Then as I was getting ready to leave empty handed, I decided to throw a homemade spinner a few times. It paid off with the biggest Steelhead I've ever caught.

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6. 3/04/2010

Braidwood
Bright Sunshine, Air temp in the mid 20s rising to the mid 40s.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Common Carp
 
 
Fishing started out great and slowed down the later it got. Both of us caught a couple nice fish.

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7. 3/15/2010

Braidwood
Cloudy. NW wind around 15 mph. Air temp in the low 30s rising to the low 40s.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Bluegill
 
Opposite of last trip. Fishing was miserable until the last hour.

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8. 3/28/2010

Braidwood
Early clouds and light rain then sunshine. NW wind gusting beyone 30 mph. Air temp in the low 40s rising to the mid 50s.

Results

Largemouth Bass
 
 
 
The goal today was to test the new lower unit. It was fine but there's still one issue with the boat that needs to be resolved. the fish were a nice bonus.

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9. 4/04/2010

Heidecke Lake
Des Plaines River
Mostly Sunny with thickening clouds and thunder storms late. SW wind gusting beyond 35 mph. Air temp in the low 40s rising to the mid 60s.

Results

Channel Catfish
 
 
 
 
No bites at Heidecke between 6 and 8 am so I hit the river with the little remaining time I had left and caught a nice catfish.

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10. 4/08/2010

LaSalle Lake
Mostly Cloudy then Sun. WNW wind gusting beyond 35 mph. Air temp in the low 40s rising to the mid 40s.

Water temp was 55 to 89.

Results

Channel Catfish
Bluegill
 
This was by far the worst fishing day I've ever had at LaSalle. I was the only boat out there. Not sure what I was doing wrong but the usual stuff would not work no matter what I tried.

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11. 4/20/2010

Heidecke Lake
Sunshine. WNW wind almost calm. Air temp in the mid 60s.

Water temp was 62.

Results

Smallmouth Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Walleye
Musky
Much better than the last trip. I wasn't expecting much and still managed to catch a nice walleye and a nice musky before it was time to head home.

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12. 5/03/2010

Heidecke Lake
Sunshine. SW wind around 20 mph. Air temp in the mid 70s.

Water temp was 62.

Results

Smallmouth Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Walleye
Musky
I caught a couple fish but set a record for having Muskies bite off crank baits.

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13 5/11/2010

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

Water temp was 55.

Results

Smallmouth Bass
Hybrid Striped Bass
Walleye
Channel Catfish
Mike and I both caught quite a few fish. Mike caught a huge walleye and a big Channel cat.

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14. 5/18/2010

Des Plaines River
Moslty Cloudy. WNW wind around 15mph. Air temp in the mid 60s.

Water temp was 62.

Results

Largemouth Bass
 
 
 
I only caught one fish but it was a good one. My original plan was to hit Heidecke, but it was closed.

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15. 6/06/2010

Monee Reservoir
Sunshine. WNW wind around 15mph. Air temp in the mid 70s.

Water temp was 72.

Results

Largemouth Bass
 
 
 
Fishing was slow but both of us were able to put some fish in the boat.

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17. 06/25/2010

Monee Reservoir
Bright Sunshine. Air temp in the mid 80s. Water temp was 77.

Results

Largemouth Bass
Channel Catfish
I started out by losing a real good Largemouth - possibly the biggest of the year. After that I caught a couple catfish and small bass. Tough day!

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18. 07/02/2010-07/08/2010

Lake Thompson
Rhinelander, WI
Hot, Humid, Some sunshine but mostly moderate to heavy rain.

Water temp ranged from 70 to 80

Results

Smallmouth Bass
Largemouth Bass
Walleye
Musky
Warmouth
Bluegill
Crappie
Northern Pike
Perch
We started the trip out catching a lot of small fish although Chris caught his best Pike the first evening we were there. We had two days of fishing in hot, sunny, humid weather and the rest of it was in the pouring rain. It was worth it though because once we figured them out, we caught a lot of nice fish.

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