My first time out on the Des Plains River this year. Crazy, right? Usually, I’d be in the double digits in visits, but that’s just not the case this summer. I’m going to make the most of what time is left, that’s for damn sure. Got out to my favorite, most frequented stretch of water on the DPR in Lake County. The weather could not have been better.
Kept it simple and light this trip. 1 fly rod and just a few flies. I was just looking to enjoy the day and not over complicate things. We had some storms roll through the past few days, but the water levels were surprising low.
What I was extremely surprised about the day was the amount of fish I seen swimming around. I have never seen so much activity in the water before. There were schools of bass, bluegill, and rock bass all over the place. It was really awesome to see that the fishery is flourishing.
Floating along, enjoying the scenery, and casting near downed trees and debris, I was seeing a lot of action. The Northern Pike were hungry, but man, do they have the worst accuracy. Once I finally got a hook up, it turned out to be a fish I had never caught on the river. A largemouth bass! It must have been my Troutrageous! shirt that enticed the chunky little bass.
On my paddle back up river, I anchored down, so, I can take a break and listen to a live band that someone had playing in their backyard. They were jamming all kinds of new and old music, and were pretty damn awesome. I couldn’t see them, because, of all of the forest but I could hear them loud and clear.
Here’s the spot I was anchored down at…beautiful. Crazy to think that this is the Des Plains River. I may or may not have fallen asleep while laying back on my kayak.
Life is good when I’m in my kayak on the river…napping.
40 minutes later…I continued my paddle back to the launch were I parked. Made a few more casts and hooked up with this feisty snot rocket. I think I went 1 for 20 on Northern Pike.
Surprisingly, this was the only litter that I found in the stretch I paddled. Free double buzz bait in Chartreuse…I’ll take it!
–Here’s a tip for all of you fishermen–
If your lure is snagged, don’t cut the line at the reel. Aim your rod straight at the lure and pull straight, putting zero bend in your rod. It’ll break off closest to the lure (In theory), and you won’t litter or lose a lot of line. Win for you, and win for any animals that might get tangled up in your mess. Let’s be smarter people!