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Probably best ice in the state is on this lake, and some good reports starting to come in from elsewhere in the state – mostly on the smaller lakes, but wind also causing issues for ice-fishing hopefuls. And it's rough going on the big waters.Read more
Perch still in play in harbors; panfish hot in the southern part of the state.Read more
According to DNR’s report on the lake, Des Plaines “has a nice largemouth bass population because it’s a backwater of the Des Plaines River. Backwaters are magnets for many fish species that benefit from slower river flows ... bass, bluegill, black crappie, northern pike and bowfin.”Read more
A huge bass fishing destination in the summer, Cossayuna – at nearly 4 miles long – has plenty of surface area for anglers to tackle any time of year, including through the ice.Read more
The walleyes ranged up to 23 inches and northern pike to 36.Read more
Reviews, Blogs & Tips
Battle with the beast – the challenge of big fish when targeting panfish ... Pinhead Mino, 30-inch Noodle rod, 3-pound test line. And this is one big one that didn't get away – but it wasn't without an epic battle.Read more
Playing keep-away from the small ones to get the big ones.Read more
The secret has been out for years – soft, finesse plastics work very well for catching panfish (crappies and bluegills) through the ice. Here’s a rundown of the progression depending on depth of water and aggressiveness from fish.Read more