8.30.2013

Des Plaines River Report 8/30/13


Got out for a couple of hours before a nasty cold front pushed through. 

I managed to bring fifteen to hand today. Most of them were smaller until just before the storms kicked up but the bigger fish seemed to get active right as the winds really started moving and the temperature dropped. I had about ten minutes before trees started falling and the clouds started spinning 

Once a tree was blown over on the far bank, I hightailed it to the truck as fast I could. 

The patterns were definitely different than the past week or so has been. The fish were much more isolated and only one or two were caught in the same spot. 


They also seemed to prefer a slower retrieve with a longer pause which is when most strikes happened. 

I'll be out again in the morning to see what post frontal patterns are. The river is sure to rise a bit, which it desperately needs to do, and I'm sure clarity will be much less. 

Should be fun!!

14 comments:

  1. Trees falling over? Yikes! I would be outta there pronto. Still sounds like a good day.

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    1. Yeah it got bad FAST!! There was a solid rotation in the clouds directly above me and it started dropping down before it fizzled out. I was about a half mile from the truck when it all hit so I took cover instead while the worst of it did its thing

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  2. You're a dork and you suck at fishing.

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  3. Yeah but you're a good guy. We've had a few winds like that this year in Colorado. The winds and I have a a yearly competition to see who chases who off the water.

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    1. I like those competitions...I usually win too

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  4. Another nice fish in hand. You got to watch out for those trees. I had a massive one drop on the trail fifteen feet in front of me last winter while hiking to brook trout stream. A massive ice storm hit the area over night and there was a good two inches of it all over the place. If I was thirty seconds earlier I would have had it on my head. Scared the junk out of me but not enough to turn back.

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    1. That ice adds a whole different element to the game. A little wind and some falling trees don't bother me too much. I was steel heading the Indiana creeks last winter and had big winds all day. You could hear trees falling everywhere. I caught 3 steel is that day

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  5. Congrats on an outstanding bass!!! thanks for sharing

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  6. Hey nick you think you found this new spot.Wrong i have been fishing there for 15 years.When you take a pic look behind you.Why dont you just tell everyone were it is.People like you and your stupid blogs fuck it up for people like me.I saw you on saturday.You were running from the rain. PUSS.I waited it out and when back.Got 38 smallies biggest was 17 INCHS.So you can see why i would be pissed off when people like you and your blogs go around talking about this spot.Keep on bloging nick and that spot will be shit.Willy will soon be taking all the fish home.Just so you know those smallies have been there since i have been fishing there.

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    1. No way?! You mean I wasn't the first person to ever fish this part of the river?! That's friggin crazy! Thanks for the fan mail. See you on the water

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  7. who ever wrote your a dork and suck at fishing is not to brite.cant you see the pics moron.

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    1. Thanks for the defense! I am pretty sure this was a friend or family member who wrote that so I am sure they were just giving me a hard time. My family likes to do that rather than just saying nice things to each other. It's how we show affection.

      If I am wrong though, then heck yeah moron!! Look at the damn pictures!

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