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Post Posted: 12:31pm - Feb 19,17 
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Been out four times this month and have managed bites each time. I'm averaging better than 2.5 fish per hour, I wish it was always like that during the cold part of the season :) The month started a bit chilly but as I type this, it is 60 degrees. Good old rock bass, I can always rely on them even in the coldest of water. From colder days on the west branch:
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All east branch this morning and it was a whole different story. Fish were active and aggressive. First light and I was on the board immediately throwing Gulp on light jigs. Never donned a jacket as the sweatshirt was plenty warm. Medium cranking a red craw Shad Rap on a deep outside bend bagged four nice smallies once the sun warmed up the water a bit in the later morning. I don't even need to look back at my records to know this is the earliest I've caught fish on crankbaits.
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Nice to not be bundled up. It restricts movement. This is an all day fishing marathon if you have the time.

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Post Posted: 05:25pm - Feb 19,17 
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Nice pics. Thanks for the report.

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Post Posted: 10:49pm - Feb 20,17 
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Nice job as always! You have that river dialed in. I was down at Channahon this morning and smelled like skunk after that trip.

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Post Posted: 07:04pm - Feb 25,17 
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Kept the Rapala SR05 tied on to ride out the warm weather and got out for a couple sessions for the last hour of light after work. It worked like a charm until I lost it to a mystery fish on a vicious strike. Happened very fast. I had just retied and was using 30lb braid so I have no idea what it may have been. Any other river and I would be sure it was a bite off. Still may have been as there are definitely a few toothy critters lurking around.
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Hopefully the Dupage monster can shake the lip ring :cuss

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Post Posted: 06:43am - Feb 26,17 
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Multi species...........mean you know what is going on in those waters. Very good job JM

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Post Posted: 08:51pm - Mar 9,17 
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With the water being cold, I would think that a crank bait would be too fast in the water to trigger a bite. Rather a jig and grub would slow the bait to allow the more lethargic fish to give it a shot.

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