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Old 05-05-2015, 06:52 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by brasco View Post
Found a new spot to fish on the dpr. It's right behind the citgo just north of Stearns school rd. It's a nice looking stretch of river. Going out there tomorrow around 6 pm if anyone wants to try it out, would be great to put some faces with the names I see here.
That's just south of Des Plaines Lake, and just after that riffle area. Lot's of twists and turns in the river in the entire stretch up north here, that means lots of deeper outside bends and plenty of crap in the water for cover. I have not been to that particular area though.

In my experience most of the pike that I have caught have either come from under and around bridges, or in around submerged trees and piles of debris. Normally I like to drop and pull large spinnerbaits through these areas, along with carefully casting longer minnow type lures.
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Old 09-29-2018, 06:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by chitownvet View Post
My brother and I have caught a jillion pike in the Des Plaines. We have fished it in the more northern stretches of Illinois more recently, but in the past we used to fish along the dams located in the Chicago suburbs (#1, #2, etc). Now that they are kaput the river is kinda awful over there. The Des Plaines is a pike river, it's always pike, pike, pike...

We are thinking of trying to get the jon boat over to the Des Plaines Lake from the canoe launch off Wadsworth Rd. Just to see what it's all about fishing-wise but primarily to test out the new older model 7.5HP Evinrude I just bought. I don't want to go too far for my first test-run of it. Anyone been to Des Plaines Lake over there?
Thank you for posting this. Will consider visiting the upper Des Plaines River for pike.
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