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I made the hour drive to LaSalle on Saturday afternoon... Then rode my bike with trailer in tow for another 3.1 miles to hot side of lake. Wind was brutal... I saw many a boater getting beat up hard out there. (my boat is still in my heated garage in storage). After the long ride, settled in on a spot on the windblown shore. WOW! This will be a first outing to remember. Nothing of any size, but non stop action. Started with a decent white, then 2 dandy bluegills. Then the SM and Cats started. Some decent, some dinks. Ended with another white. Final tally: <font color="#FF0000">White Bass =2, Bluegill = 2, Catfish = 12, SM Bass = 9. Biggest bass was 13 inches. [/color Bass were spawning, many looking like miniature footballs. The wind was against me on the ride back, so I stopped to rest on cold side, dipped a line...nothing. Can't wait to get out again. </font>[/color]
 

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lucky you, and then there are not so lucky souls like "ME" :sad: this was the first time I visited this lake (200miles round trip).
same day, same time and drastically different results, i.e. not a single bite :sad:
I didn't know I was supposed to walk 3.x miles to reach some nice point, so just spent my time close to the parking, poor me...
Well no problem, reports like yours are so inspiring, I will try my luck next time...
(I am a rookie anyway :smile:)
truce.
 

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lucky you, and then there are not so lucky souls like "ME" :sad: this was the first time I visited this lake (200miles round trip).
same day, same time and drastically different results, i.e. not a single bite :sad:
I didn't know I was supposed to walk 3.x miles to reach some nice point, so just spent my time close to the parking, poor me...
Well no problem, reports like yours are so inspiring, I will try my luck next time...
(I am a rookie anyway :smile:)
truce.
 
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Truce, OUCH - 200 miles? If it helps, I have fished the cooling lakes for several years, and have found this to be true:
On non cooling lakes, you can find fish start biting with more regularity when the water reaches 50 or so. On cooling lakes, where one part of the lake is near 80, and the other is only 55, the fish make like a tree and 'leave' the colder areas for the warm water. This is why it would be neccessary to boat or walk or ride to the warm water. Same holds true at Braidwood, and Heideke. Follow the water temps.
 
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Thanks anonymous, this definitely helps... I will watch for the water temprature next time i.e. next week
Regards, true.
 
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