i think this makes 0 for 8 now on pike. i think im giving up on them. i fished a few spots in st charles with no luck again for pike. i even had a rod set out with corn on the bottom for carp, and i didn't even catch a carp! whats going on!
Pat, I'm sorry to hear about the continued lack of luck with the toothy critters. Don't give up, but try different locations. Keep moving, you're bound to come across a pike or maybe one will even come across you. Probably about the time you give up and decide to fish for smallies or something else you'll catch the pike or muskie by accident.
If you have a way of getting to the North Shore, you may want to try Skokie Lagoons for the toothy pikes. There's a lot of them in there, and with the water cold and the heavy weedgrowth still a few months away you can probably get into one. Good luck!
Don't forget for those of us who suck at catching them on the Fox, they are the fish of a thousand (or is it ten thousand) casts. I was fortunate enough to see two of them a couple of years ago during their spawn, Does that count?
A few other places to try would be Deep Quarry (I caught one there), Busse (I've seen one caught there) and Mallard (I know there's some big ones in there). On the Fox, I hear the backwater area in Fox River Grove should be good this time of year. I caught the one in the CLF photo gallery #1 in South Elgin. South Elgin has a pretty big pike and muskie population. I fished there a lot in 2000 and had a bite-off on nearly every outing. I've also had my line bit off a few times in Elgin below the dam.
There's always out of state fishing. I caught 30 pike (but no Muskie) in the UP last year fishing mostly in a river an a resevoir that's part of the same river.