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Topic Review (Newest First)
05-16-2016 06:30 PM
Kodiak The report isn't accurate as it was before the dam removals.There are muskie in it now. Northern have spread out, walleye is there as well.
05-16-2016 04:11 PM
Water Thanks! Anyone have any luck on the DPR this rainy time of year? I can never seem to catch squat when the water is even a little bit high. I'm in lake county btw.
05-15-2016 10:41 PM
habeebtc
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Originally Posted by Taterman View Post
It's a 5 year old post, doubt you'll find anything about it.
You'd be wrong. A lot of stuff you can find on Archive.org

http://web.archive.org/web/201105131...nerblog/?p=265
05-15-2016 10:22 PM
Taterman
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Originally Posted by Water View Post
Does anyone know how can i access this report/blog? The simms link is down =(
It's a 5 year old post, doubt you'll find anything about it.
05-15-2016 02:00 PM
Water Does anyone know how can i access this report/blog? The simms link is down =(
05-09-2011 07:28 PM
hookthis
Re: Des Plaines River Report 5/7/2011 & Seining Trip!

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Originally Posted by MonkeyFinky
Just because you didn't catch any bowfin that day, doesn't mean they aren't there. I've caught a few in the past few years while hanging minnows for pike and they fight like dogs. I love catching them because in my opinion, they are the strongest fish in the river by far but I understand they are very rarely seen and they all end up back in the river quickly after capture. I can't say I've ever caught one on an artificial though, as all three so far were on live bait, so If you want to increase your odds of catching one, I suggest you get some larger shiners and sit around while you sort through the pike and bass.
Big buzzbaits and other noisy topwaters in the heat of summer, the shallow bays and sloughs. The weedier, the better.
05-09-2011 05:26 PM
Dan S
Re: Des Plaines River Report 5/7/2011 & Seining Trip!

I know their there Monkey. I'd bet we didn't even scratch the surface of actual fish spices that are present.
05-09-2011 02:55 PM
MonkeyFinky
Re: Des Plaines River Report 5/7/2011 & Seining Trip!

Just because you didn't catch any bowfin that day, doesn't mean they aren't there. I've caught a few in the past few years while hanging minnows for pike and they fight like dogs. I love catching them because in my opinion, they are the strongest fish in the river by far but I understand they are very rarely seen and they all end up back in the river quickly after capture. I can't say I've ever caught one on an artificial though, as all three so far were on live bait, so If you want to increase your odds of catching one, I suggest you get some larger shiners and sit around while you sort through the pike and bass.
05-08-2011 11:15 AM
Dan S
Re: Des Plaines River Report 5/7/2011 & Seining Trip!

Here is an accurate list of the days catch. Courtesy of Nate Tessler.



Quote:

Here's a species list from our trip:
Bluntnose Minnow (Pimephales notatus)
Spotfin Shiner (Cyprinella spiloptera) - that is the silver minnow that you have pictured in your post.
Golden Shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas) - we found some really good looking ones in the slack water areas near shore. As Dan mentioned, these are ideal pike forage.
Common Carp (Cyprinus carpio) - caught one large one in an eddy near the shoreline.
White Sucker (Catostomus commersonii) - caught a few smaller adults in the swifter water. These fish are likely very abundant here, but are best sampled via electrofishing equipment.
Northern Pike (Esox lucius) - caught one large one (~22"). This area seemed to possess great habitat for pike and ample spawning habitat among the flooded grasses.
Blackstripe Topminnow (Fundulus notatus)
Yellow Bullhead (Ameiurus natalis)
Black Bullhead (Ameiurus melas) - the bullhead that you have pictured is a Black Bullhead. The difference between a Black and a Yellow Bullhead is the color of the chin barbels. A Yellow Bullhead has yellow chin barbels, whereas a Black Bullhead has black chin barbels.
Tadpole Madtom (Noturus gyrinus) - this is the venomous species of catfish that we encountered. They're full grown at ~5" in length. Their sting is similar to that of a bee. They're considered the most venomous freshwater fish in North America. They were fairly abundant here.
Bluegill Sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus)
Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)
Orangespotted Sunfish (Lepomis humilis)
Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus) - unfortunately these were very common here. They may have replaced the existing darter community (although more likely excess siltation had already smothered most of the darter habitat, making darters rare here to begin with).

In addition to these 14 fish species, we observed a surprising variety of aquatic macroinvertebrates. To name a few;
Caddis fly
Stonefly
Midge fly
Mosquito
Scud
Freshwater shrimp (Gammurus sp.)
Water boatmen
Damselfly
Dragonfly
Water scorpion
Water beetle
6 different species of snail
Fingernail clam
Asiatic clam
Softshell mussel (<--not sure if that ID is correct)
Rusty Crayfish
Softshell Crayfish
White River Crayfish

Found two frog species as well;
American Bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)
Northern Leopard Frog (Rana pipiens)


This site had great biodiversity! I'm still a bit bummed that we didn't find a Bowfin. The habitat seemed right for them.
05-07-2011 11:24 PM
stefanmusky
Re: Des Plaines River Report 5/7/2011 & Seining Trip!

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dan S
Thanks Guys!! I like to report it just like it happens.
well, well done
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