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#1 strat guy

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:03 PM

When do you guys start collecting around these parts? Its starting to warm up, but generally I don't see movement in the water when I go fishing this early.


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#2 Sean Phillips

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 08:49 PM

Googling your location, you're just a few hours north of me (and several hours west) so our climates our probably fairly similar. For me personally, living just outside pittsburgh, PA, I'm beginning my collecting season this Saturday. Not sure if I'll catch anything but going to try anyway, normally there's always at least one or two fish to turn up no matter way time of year.
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#3 strat guy

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 07:54 PM

I've gone along the rivers and creeks in the area and haven't seen a whole lot of minnow activity. A few little guys in a forest preserve, but they're hands off.


120 low tech native planted - Blackstriped Topminnow, Central Stoneroller, Fathead minnow, Golden Shiner, Black chin shiner, Carmine Shiner, Emerald Shiner, Sand Shiner, Spotfin Shiner, Orangethroat darter, Johnny Darter, and Banded Darter.


#4 fundulus

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 06:27 AM

The fish will be there, look for seasonally flooded side channels where current isn't as strong.
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#5 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:04 PM

Right now, the fish are moving into their normal holding areas. Yesterday I caught loads of jacked up creek chubs in the main current on flies in 39 degree water. They were sitting in the eddies and darting out for drifting food. Much more agressively than the trout, I might add.


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#6 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 01:14 PM

Pictures!

 

jacked up creek chubs in the main current on flies in 39 degree water

 

 Pictures!  You cant say stuff like that without showing us some cool pics.


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#7 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 02:27 PM

I thought about it, but I was 2 hours from home, and got a late start. As much as I wanted to photograph 1/2 pound creek chubs, I was too busy trying to eradicate a pair of European brown trout.


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#8 fundulus

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Posted 22 March 2015 - 02:49 PM

If there was a Like option, I'd like Matt's last post.
Bruce Stallsmith, Huntsville, Alabama, US of A

#9 strat guy

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Posted 26 March 2015 - 10:12 PM

I was thinking the same thing.

 

 

I threw a minnow trap out in the Des Plaines near Willowbrook and didn't get anything. Let it sit there overnight. Did the same in a few different spots in the Sag Quarries with no luck either.


120 low tech native planted - Blackstriped Topminnow, Central Stoneroller, Fathead minnow, Golden Shiner, Black chin shiner, Carmine Shiner, Emerald Shiner, Sand Shiner, Spotfin Shiner, Orangethroat darter, Johnny Darter, and Banded Darter.


#10 Josh Blaylock

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Posted 27 March 2015 - 06:52 AM

I'm making my first trip out this Saturday too, can't wait.


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