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Post Posted: 10:48am - May 12,18 
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I hesitated to get out first thing in the morning because of the forecast. It was a lost 90 minutes because I ended up heading out and fishing through the worst of the morning storms anyway, which were at their peak around 7:30 a.m. I was dry for about the first 20 minutes.
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That didn't last though and ended up grabbing some rain gear and ducking under some cover to wait out the passing lightning. I was confident it was short lived after checking the radar.
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Had to wrastle in the mud with this one.
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I missed more than I landed including my final four strikes in a row. But action was very good which kept it interesting the whole time. All bites came on this:
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They're getting harder to find. I'm not sure if they've been discontinued but I'm down to my last one so I'm in a mad scramble to try and restock and prices have been skyrocketing.

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Post Posted: 01:02pm - May 12,18 
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Some nice pike there Jmdog. Good post as always. What kind of cadence were you using or was it a strait retrieve?

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Post Posted: 01:39pm - May 12,18 
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Every strike was bringing the lure slowly upstream. The lure hangs and swims in the current. But I would mix it up a little by occasionally ripping it and then stopping it so it would sink a bit. Drew a few strikes like that.

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Post Posted: 06:13pm - May 12,18 
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I’d say it was worth getting wet! Thanks for the info

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Post Posted: 06:41pm - May 12,18 
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Great report, dog. Way to mix it up. I never know what species you'll be reporting on next. Some of my best fishing memories were fishing in the rain.

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Post Posted: 07:16pm - May 12,18 
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:rocker Pike n lightning!!,!! :rocker. A great combo from Dr. Mother Nature.

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Post Posted: 10:02pm - May 12,18 
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Those are some very nice looking pike Jmdog.
You had to work for those ones!

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Post Posted: 07:50pm - May 14,18 
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Nice catches! I've tried the Des Plaines River, but the majority of my successes have been in the spillway ponds the get random fish from the river during floods. What parts of the river would you suggest?

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Post Posted: 06:39pm - May 15,18 
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The whole Lake Co stretch can be good. And then I've fished the Cook Co stretch from Willow Springs/Burr Ridge on down. Now that so many of the dams have been removed, fish travel freely and multi species action can pretty much be found anywhere.

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