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Old 08-16-2016, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Unhappy Yesterday at Morris and Starved Rock

Got to Stratton Park (Morris, IL) at noon on Monday. There was considerable grassy plant growth in the river and a green algae-like growth along the shoreline. Never seen anything like this before. Lost lots of tackle in the weeds.Nothing but small fish caught-- one small striped bass, three small bluegills (cut bait size), and one small white bass. Tried nightcrawlers and shrimp. Nothing bit the shrimp. Seemed like excessive vegetation in the river has moved the larger fish from the area. Left about 3 pm.

Arrived at Starved Rock (Utica, IL) about 4 pm. No grassy plant growth or algae-like substance present. Tried nightcrawlers and shrimp again. No bites at all for 2.5 hours. Left disappointed.

This is usually the best part of the summer on the Illinois River. I have bagged large catfish and bass in August but never been skunked. Anyone have an idea what's going on?
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