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Well here's the big report...As you probably guessed.....There's not much action...I did manage to catch 3 small browns & 1 perch @ Belmont...Threw them all back...Montrose I only fished for about an hour(couldn't stand watching the meat hawg's today) & saw one small coho caught...
I'm thinking it's just about time to start catting on the fox...
 

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Thats why any fisherman with a cell phone should have DNR on their speed dial and report these jerks.
 

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How was the water/wind at Belmont? I went out last Sat. with the East wind and missed one on a chart. and silver little cleo. No luck on bobber with worm. Saw one coho caught on a Chart and white shad rap.
 

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meat-hawgs are low lives that catch and eat everything that they reel in. They have no idea whatsoever of the concept of catch and release!
 

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I lost two fish :)11 yesterday. Both on little cleo's one was chartruese and the other orange and glow. The worm went unscathed. So, tonight I am swapping out the stock trebles for some bigger ones. Anyone else have this problem?
 

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I tried reporting a guy keeping fish at a catch-and-release-only lake, but the number I had (800-252-0163) was disconnected!

Looking within the IL DNR site linked above, I found the Poacher Hotline, 1-877-236-7529. Hopefully, this one will prove to be a good number to have stored.
 
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On 2002-04-10 10:30, Keith H wrote:
I lost two fish :)11 yesterday. Both on little cleo's one was chartruese and the other orange and glow. The worm went unscathed. So, tonight I am swapping out the stock trebles for some bigger ones. Anyone else have this problem?

Hey Keith H---You are being victimized be short strikes. Don't go bigger, go smaller, (and adding a stinger hook helps). This ALWAYS works in the spring. You Will outfish the guys to your left and right :)23 :)23 :)23 :)23 :)23
 

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The back of our Illinois licenses gives the poaching hotline as 1-800-252-0163.
 

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Angler,
These 2/3oz little cleos aren't very big to begin with especially when the wind and waves get going, but I'll give it a try. The weird thing was both of the fish hit twice, missed the first and came back for seconds. If they are short-striking on a spoon, wouldn't they be getting the "business end" anyway? So many variables, that's why the call it fishing and not catching :)23. Good luck if you head out this weekend.
 
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On 2002-04-12 14:34, Keith H wrote:
Angler,
These 2/3oz little cleos aren't very big to begin with especially when the wind and waves get going, but I'll give it a try. The weird thing was both of the fish hit twice, missed the first and came back for seconds. If they are short-striking on a spoon, wouldn't they be getting the "business end" anyway? So many variables, that's why the call it fishing and not catching :)23. Good luck if you head out this weekend.
Alright, here is the specific trick, but don't tell everyone. Lose those GIGANTIC trebles. The water is clear, and the fish can see them.They are mearly bumping them (especially the Browns during a follow". Attach a very small treble (known as a stinger), with a snap ring or whatever. You will catch them one after another, while the guys next to you are wondering WTF. I guarantee it !!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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