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Post Posted: 03:23pm - Feb 27,17 
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Just wondering with Braidwood opening on Wednesday if anyone is going to be out there? I am going Friday morning. I also was wondering if anyone knows the boat regulations. All I could find is that you need a gas engine and they recommend a 14ft boat. Is this right and Hp regulations? Anyone know of any other rules?

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Post Posted: 08:59pm - Feb 27,17 
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It's a big lake and can get ugly quick. You going to the north or south launch?

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Post Posted: 08:47am - Feb 28,17 
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wsj_outdoorsman wrote:
It's a big lake and can get ugly quick. You going to the north or south launch?


I think the south side. I normally fish from shore but my buddy has a boat

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Post Posted: 09:36am - Feb 28,17 
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Watch the wind....the lake can go from flat to 3ft waves

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Post Posted: 08:51pm - Feb 28,17 
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This time of year with north/west winds more common, I would use the north launch. Many boat have taken on water on the south end with some heavy wave action. There are fish all over the lake so, just be safe. It's still very early in the season and some caution would go along way towards you fishing it again next year.

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Post Posted: 04:45am - Mar 1,17 
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wsj_outdoorsman wrote:
This time of year with north/west winds more common, I would use the north launch. Many boat have taken on water on the south end with some heavy wave action. There are fish all over the lake so, just be safe. It's still very early in the season and some caution would go along way towards you fishing it again next year.


This must a south launch and hot water side problem. I have fished Braidwood a lot over the years and I would say I have never experienced what I would call heavy wave action or anything that would call unsafe for a normal fishing boat. Granted, I fish the cold water side 90% of the time and I won't go out if the forecast is higher than 20 mi/hr winds.

Than again, I fish Lake Michigan a lot so maybe my benchmarch for rough water is higher than others.

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Post Posted: 01:17pm - Mar 2,17 
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If theres a Northwest wind the South Launch can be interesting as the boat launch is unprotected from Northwest.

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Post Posted: 06:33pm - Mar 3,17 
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Any reports ? Was wondering how this lake is holding up?

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Post Posted: 04:07am - Mar 4,17 
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I went there and fished as close as I could to the hot hot water and nailed a striper and alot of cats. Some of the were big up to 20 lbs. We were fishing on foot before it opened and I didn't realize that was illegal to do and ended up getting a ticket. But I guess the fish that I was catching make up for it. I used a white 4 in gulp fluke on a jig head and got all my fish doing that as well as some on spinners. The lake is really good right now in my opinion but don't go before it opens or your gonna get into some issues

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Post Posted: 02:49pm - Mar 4,17 
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Thanks harbor, everything I saw today was mud/chocolate milk. Going to wait for next Friday hope to post a report.

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Post Posted: 07:18am - Mar 5,17 
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When I was there it was like that too. Couldn't see 2 feet Infront of you. let me know how you do though. I might try to make it out there soon as well

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