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Old 11-03-2017, 05:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats up everyone
I'm living downtown Chicago and recently this year got hooked on fishing for carp and big catfish. I usually fish In Mchenry right off of Hiawatha trail but now that the weather is getting colder the bite has decreased a lot... Looking for any spots to fish during the cold months that can still produce carp and or cats. Ive been wanting to check out some ponds or some spots with warm water run offs but not sure where to start. Tips/Tricks/Locations???
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Old 11-03-2017, 09:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Tough call, since I've never done well in winter.

But, massive carp I am sure are present year round in the Chicago harbors. Likely the Chicago river as well. Although I'm not sure where to recommend. I can say, the north loop stretch during extended cold fronts freezes over, so that's a no-go, but the rest flows quickly enough that it never seems to totally freeze.

Guys on here and other forums talk about the harbors freezing over, and then sneaking out to open up barely-frozen holes from previous fishermen. Might be an option, I've never tried.

I will tell you what, if anyone wants to get together an ice fishing expedition I am deeply curious about eating some Burbot. I'd be happy to gear up a bit, and will be local to Chicago until early January.
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Old 11-03-2017, 10:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Much appreciated man, Ill have to look into that, especially because my mom and brother live right by the river that runs through Western. I haven't Ice fished since I was a kid and that was in Wisconsin. Didn't know they did it here in the city
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