Starved Rock.

  • Profile photo of tony_apisatony_apisa
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    E. Moline Illinois along the Rock River
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    #1306013

    John Mannerino and I got out for a few hours on Friday. We were pitching plastics up by the dam and caught 30+ keepers in 3 hours. These fish really had the feed bag on. In the one picture you can see that this sauger still had a stinger in her mouth when she hit John’s offering. All fish were CPRed. Thanks Wapo!






    Profile photo of bret_clarkbret_clark
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    Sparta, WI
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    #949266

    Way cool, sounds like a blast Tony

    Profile photo of tony_apisatony_apisa
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    E. Moline Illinois along the Rock River
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    #949272

    It was a blast Bret. We were anchored in the same spot the whole time. The only thing we had to changer were the plastics. It was the best three hours a guy could ask for.

    Profile photo of john-tuckerjohn-tucker
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    Northwest Illinois
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    #949314

    Congrats guys, wish I could’ve been there to hone the trigger a little. It seems a bit rusty this spring….

    Profile photo of scott_taylorscott_taylor
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    SE Michigan
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    #949324

    Very nice. One of these days I’m gonna have to make a trip back to my home state and fish the Illinois River for sauger. I was born and raised in northern Illinois but always fished north of the border. Never knew about the sauger fishery until recently and haven’t caught one yet so they’re on my target list. What size would a sauger have to be to be considered a trophy?

    avatarJasonCarl
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    #949438

    sounds like fun

    Profile photo of scott_taylorscott_taylor
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    #949474

    I’m also curious how bad the Asian Carp are in that stretch of the river?

    Profile photo of tony_apisatony_apisa
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    E. Moline Illinois along the Rock River
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    #949526

    Hey Scott. A trophy Sauger on the Illinois to me is one over 3+ pounds. I know that some over 4 pounds have been caught lately. The Asian Carp can get pretty thick in that stretch of the river. They are not that active right now. Soon as the water starts to warm they will be flying.

    Profile photo of scott_taylorscott_taylor
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    SE Michigan
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    #949596

    Thanks Tony. All the fishermen here (including myself) and the politicians are very worried about them getting here. It would really be another blow to the economy here if they do. Seems like the politicians there could care a less…..pretty sad if you ask me.

    The Detroit River walleye fishing here is still in transition water still cold and ice flows still coming down. Should be prime time in a few weeks. I hope to get out in a couple weekends from now, can’t wait I’ve got withdrawals.

    avatarjohn mannerino
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    Chicago IL
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    #949756

    Always fun fishin with ya bud. Cant wait to do it again. I would bet it`s going to take 32lbs to win this weekend. The fish are just starting to spawn and there are some horses up there.

    Profile photo of tony_apisatony_apisa
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    E. Moline Illinois along the Rock River
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    #949777

    I bet those big gals really have the feedbag on now. Too bad we didn’t boat some of those hogs that we dumped on Friday. It’s going to be a zoo up by the dam this weekend.

    Profile photo of illiniwalliilliniwalli
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    WC Illinois
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    #949916

    Hey, I know that spot!!!
    i was easin in there yesterday but there was half a dozen pro tuna boats on it prefishin for the mwc, so i backed out.
    from what i saw, it looked like the bite slowed somewhat. didnt see many caught.
    it was tough in that 25 mph wind. i managed to hook a dozen, most 15-17″ – all jiggin.
    lost a big one i hooked off a rock bar downstream. 2 big head shakes and she was gone.
    water temp was 50, so i’d say the spawn is on.

    avatarjohn mannerino
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    Chicago IL
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    #950440

    Yep they are spawning now for the next 2-3 weeks. Bigger fish downriver. Tony I sure would like to go down where we were in the fall. I`ll bet it loaded there.

    Profile photo of tony_apisatony_apisa
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    E. Moline Illinois along the Rock River
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    #950452

    Let’s go Wapo. I bet they are just stacked in that spot. Maybe we can get Trigger and Muskrat to go.

    Profile photo of herbherb
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    6ft under
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    #950544

    Hmmmmmmmmmm, so this is where all the important people are hanging out!
    And to think I suckered down to catfishing the Miss. River.
    Very nice fish there men.

    Profile photo of tony_apisatony_apisa
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    E. Moline Illinois along the Rock River
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    #950490

    Herb,Herb,Herb. Catfishing!

    avatarjohn mannerino
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    Chicago IL
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    #950661

    Herb are things that bad there? LOL How you doing bud. Long time no talk.

    Profile photo of herbherb
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    #950785

    To be honest since the river down here has been messed up for so long, I did start catfishing again and found it’s sorta fun and just as easy as it always was.
    Also, I thought if Larry H. could do it, so could I.

    Profile photo of illiniwalliilliniwalli
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    WC Illinois
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    #950809

    i’ve been outted!!
    i wasnt gonna tell anyone about that sign on the back of your lund, herb … but i owe ya.
    … “Sheeps R Us”

    Profile photo of herbherb
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    #950818

    Almost a sign of the the times I guess Larry.

    I actually put that on there for the ‘giggle’ factor.

    I’ve never been on the Ill. river but the scenery in those photos is mighty pretty.

    The background that is.

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