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Old 10-11-2010, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Nice but slow day on the DPR, 11OCT2010. (Pics)

After reading Maliboo's post last night I decided to head to the DPR and check it out. The water was lower than normal at the Russel road canoe launch. Realized why the water was so low when i started heading north.



The beaver dam is 3 times bigger than the last time i saw it. On the plus side once I portaged to the right of it the water on the upstream was a foot higher than normal.


3 1/2' to 4 feet deep in the main channel and 60 degrees at 9 AM. The water temp went up to 70 by the time I got off at 2PM!
Lots of algae floating on the water, especially in areas with less wind. The water was stained with about 6' or visibility trough out this area.
I through buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, a 4 inch fluke on a 0/5 hook and a jointed shad rap. The shad rap was the only thing that got any action.


The pike seemed to be right on the banks. I kept scaring them when the canoe hit the bank. I would be casting to the opposite bank hit the bank on my side and see a spotted tail thrash through the water and watch them disappear. Saw a carp or two and what I think was a golden eye jump out of the water when I spooked it with my buzz bait.


Got these guys on a jointed shadrap in a deeper channel towards the end of my trip.

Lots of little bait fish swimming around.


If anything it was a great day to go out, get away from people and enjoy nature.

Not a lot of luck but at least I avoided the . Saw a few people out at the launch catfishing, none of them admitted to catching any. Hope your luck was better. GLGF
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Great pics. Love those fall colors. That's a nice sized bass you bagged. I fished the DPR on Sunday in the Iroquois Woods and those pike eluded me as well. Looks like Maliboo caught them all. Best I could muster were 4 small LM and 1 smallie.
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Man, that's a pretty river. Puts the Fox to shame, at least the parts of the Fox I usually fish, which is mostly at a water treatment discharge right off the 25. The Fox seems more urban and the Des Plaines is like an escape from the urban. I'm itching to get back there again...
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Very Nice pics, and bass...
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Nice pics Navy.
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Nice pics Navy.
Thanks Joe, I got to tell you thanks for the suggestion on the lure retriever in a past thread. If I did not have it I might not have stayed as long that day. It was nice but loosing lures is no fun. I knocked my paddle into the water and used it to pull myself towards the paddle. $20 well spent

Pointer Ralph, Westwind, thanks for the comments.

Maliboo I can't agree with you more on that one. The fox is very developed, a jet-skiers wake can ruin a fishing trip for me. It does seem that the river gets better as you get further south. I have had some luck but you guys further south seem to do much better.

I have heard there is walleye in the lake DesPlaines just south of Wadsworth. I have been meaning to check it out but it is almost a 2 mile paddle down the river and takes a full day to fish right. I did fish there once before I got the fish finder. They say it gets down to 36 feet in the publications. If any one wants to go down this fall and try to find these eyes, or hunt for pike send me a PM. (Frank this would be a great spot for your Dolphin)
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Old 10-14-2010, 06:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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it looks like that small yellow fish you have is a mosquito fish.
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