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Help Preserve Fox Lake Fishing History

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Do you have any old hunting or fishing photos hiding in the attic, how about some old lures or tackle that was handed down from your grandparents? Bass Pro Shops would like to enshrine them to keep the history of fishing on Fox Lake and Chain Of Lakes alive. I just stumbled upon this article on Bass Pro Shops and though it would a good idea to share with our Fox lake Fishermen.

Bass Pro Seeks Antique Sporting Memorabilia and Historic Photos

You’re up in the attic digging around and find that old collection of wooden lures you started as a kid. Maybe you are going through some old photographs and find one of your grandfather with a nice 12 point buck. Another one depicts the family sitting around the campfire telling tall tales as mom fries up the catch of the day.

Bass Pro Shops feels the same way you do about these memory-evoking mementos that celebrate our nation’s wonderful outdoor heritage and would like to help preserve them for our children, our children’s children and all the future generations to enjoy and appreciate. Read More→

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Fishing News From Fox Lake

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Illinois Fishing Tournament and Free Fishing Days

The Illinois High School Association’s Board of Directors has approved a recommendation from the Executive Director to add a Bass fishing tournament as an IHSA activity beginning in the spring of 2009, provided that adequate sponsorships are secured in advance for the tournament.

This makes Illinois the first state to have a statewide bass-fishing tournament at the high school level in the spring of 2009.
A new Illinois fishing license is needed starting April 1st, 2008
They are available from DNR Direct license vendors, online through the IDNR web site at and by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648).April 5 – Spring Catchable Trout Season opens @ 5:00 a.m. in Illinois..April 26 -

Fishing Seminars at Gander Mountain , at 10:00am, Larry Dozard of Larry’s Fishing Hole will discuss When your best chances are to catch fish and Where, while Paul Wolf will talk about How to Catch those Big Catfish.
There will be drawing for Fishing Rod & Calendar give-a-waysJune 6-9 – Illinois Free Fishing Days

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Fishing Knots

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Fishing Knots

The main purpose of a fishing knot is so obvious that many anglers hardly give it much thought….like turning the ignition key in a car. What is worth some thought is whether the knots you tie are as strong and reliable as necessary for the circumstances.

The basic component of a good fishing knot is one that retains the full breaking strength of the line as if it never had a knot in it. Some knots don’t do this because they aren’t tied properly time after time, and others don’t do it because they’re inferior or not applicable for the type of line. Ideally a knot that does retain full breaking strength when properly tied is also easy to form.

There are knots for making terminal connections (line to hook or lure), line-to-line connections (for joining two lines of similar or dissimilar diameter, including fishing line to a leader or tippet), and doubling the terminal end of fishing line.

The average angler needs perhaps no more than three or four basic knots, but the knot can make all the difference between boating a big fish, or losing it. I suggest that you select only those few knots that are of the greatest use to you, and practice, practice, practice tying them until they become second nature to you. It is most important that you use knots that can be tied in an easily remembered manner. There is little point using a knot that can only be tied by reference to a book.

Knots For Attaching Lures & Hooks

  • Clinch Knot


Hangmans Knot


  • Jansik Knot


Palomar Knot


  • Scaffold Knot


Snelling a Hook


Fishing Knot Of The Day

Another good resource for learning to tie fishing knots

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