You may remember me complaining about hot water and low pool height here on the Fox chain of lakes in northern Illinois.
The Fox Waterway Agency lowered the F. Chain in preparation for the spring rain but it never showed up. This past week has offered us All of that rain! We’ve received several inches of rain (About a 6″ rise in pool height from where we were beginning of last week!) and with this massive influx of Spring rain water our current surface temperatures are only 71*.
What does this mean for us as Musky anglers? The masses of big fish should be inside shallower weeds. This means thoroughly fishing current, wind, & weeds for big fish. We were successful fishing primary edges with current in 6′ to 8′ of water. Also, consider weed beds that were too choked out to fish last month. With rain the pool height may be perfect and optimal for hunting again!
Colorado 8’s, single bladed 7’s, and 9’s have all been producing! Bucktails are back in fashion, along with topwaters and twitch/minnow baits.