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Old 08-12-2015, 04:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Get your frogs to the backwaters! I've been out the last 3 days averaging 8 bass a day with 2x as many misses. Fish are averaging 3+lbs. Mixed it up with some senkos, 8" average. Crankbaited some riffles, nothing better than 12". Been fishing from the shore, gonna take the 12' out if I can find a battery that works. Crappies might be up in the timber.
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Old 08-12-2015, 04:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you don't mind me asking where are you fishing from shore? Have been trying to find a spot to fish from shore for a while?
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I fish in the des plaines conservation area off river road by i55
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Old 08-24-2015, 04:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I fish in the des plaines conservation area off river road by i55
Rainman, I was hoping you could provide a little guidance. I live in Plainfield and recently discovered the Des Plains Conservation area, I have never fished any of the rivers in the area except the Dupage right behind my house and yesterday was the second time I had been out to the conservation site.

I actually saw your post about frogs before heading down so I started with a light green top water frog and then after no luck I pretty much threw the rest of the tackle box out there with nothing but a couple of hits. Any advice on specific lures to pick up?

I snapped a google earth picture for reference, I pretty much concentrated on the two areas that are circled(the first and last sites on the narrow part of the road) because they were the only ones with decent access and any open water. I have also seen a few people fishing from the other side of the water near the gray circle when driving through, is the water to the north of that worth trying also between there and Blodgett or even further north where is says Kankakee cut-off on the picture?



Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-14-2015, 11:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Odoyle,
Sorry I just saw this today. I can't make heads or tails of that picture, lol. East of I55 (where the shooting ranges are at) I go into the state park, make a right at the parking lot and go maybe 1/4 mile. There is a garbage can . This is a good area in early spring for crappie and bass until it gets overgrown. If you can get a canoe/kayak/small jonboat it's even better. I catch bass here early on tubes and worms and then later on black frogs and white flukes.

In summer, I don't go into state park. Pass it by, go until rd ends, turn left. Go about a mile, turn left by bike racing track. Go about 1/2 mile and you'll see river access on left just b4 the road curves. Good luck.
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That photo is right by the dirt bike track. Blodgett rd to Kelley Rd. Make a left (south) on Kelley rd. There is a parking lot on the left hand side with culverts that flow, connecting the backwaters.

Good spring spot for crappie
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Old 10-15-2015, 07:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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The grey spot*

The orange circles are on the loop trail around the boat ramp parking lot.

The Grey spot is best for spring bass and crappie.

Also take Kelley Rd north, towards the marina. There are some nice Lilly pad areas that aren't overgrown yet in spring. Good bass spot
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