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Old 06-23-2015, 11:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone Know good spots at DPR? I'd like to know, message me or reply thank you?
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Old 06-23-2015, 04:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I live in libertyville and there is a good local spot in libertyvill it is called riverside cane launch..... if you live in libertyville it's probably gonna be your go-to spot, yesterday i caught a 17 inch pike there.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A few years back I would have suggested fishing by any of the dams - #1, #2, Touhy, Armitage, etc. etc. but since they've taken them out the river has changed significantly.

That being said you can access the river easily at any of the former dam sites & your chances of catching a northern are pretty good. Don't forget bug spray. Good luck!

BTW - 2-3 summers ago I saw a pike jump trying to catch a low-flying bird. He missed but was so pissed he jumped two more times. He was 42" at least. There are some BIG pike in the DP.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:05 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You mentioned in a post that you are down in the Joliet area?
If so, DPR fishing down there is significantly different than up north around where the dams used to be. Up north there are quite a few wadable stretches ( more than not) and the primary fish you will catch is pike . There are a few LMB , most likely escapees from preserve lakes after floods, and you will run into schools of carp . But the carp usually are not staying in one spot to target them and the bass are almost a fluke when caught. There are dogfish farther up north and I actually caught one in the stretch between 90 and Higgins. That was a surprise to me as well.
Up here pike are found around structure. Lots of pike and lots of structure. The average pike is nothing to brag about, but there are a few really nice ones swimming around. They are easily caught in the spring and summer with inline spinners, spinnerbaits , chatterbaits, cranks, spoons , flies, almost any bait in your box. When temps cool down in the later fall and winter slowly working cranks like jerkbaits work best . Shallow baits help keep snags down.
I can't help you with the southern stretch. But there is everything from gar to muskie to be caught .
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Sorry I don't mean to derail the post, but Rich or anyone, could you please explain the difference between crank and jerk bait.
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A jerkbait is a type of crankbait . They are long and skinny and are sometimes worked in a jerk and stop manner. Many ways to use them. A lot of times worked shallow-ish.
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Old 06-30-2015, 03:50 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes to everything Rich said. I can't help you with the lower DP either. Good luck and tight lines!
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