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Another great turnout out for the Fox Lake Fishing Tournament. We would like to congratulate all the winners that participated in this years Tournament and to thank all of our sponsors,  with out them the tournament wouldn’t be what it is today.


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JOHN BOWLES   from Kenosha Total weight 10.7 lbs.

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EDDIE MICHNIEWICZ from Fox lake  Total weight 9.95 lbs.



BRUCE COBB  Total weight 4.40 lbs.




TONY MOULIS from Fox lake Total weight 6.60 lbs.



JOHN FOGELMAN from Mchenry Total weight 2.30 lbs.



MIKE BUCHANAN from Ingleside Total weight 2.12 lbs.




MIKE BUCHANAN from Ingleside Total weight 13.0 lbs.



BRIAN WILSON from Grayslake Total weight .98 lbs



no fish brought in for 3rd place




GLEN BYER from Ingleside Total weight 5.65 lbs.



FRED EBER from Ingleside Total weight 5.60 lbs




ROBERT ALSIP “HOOTIE” from Ingleside Total weight 4.25 lbs




JOE MICHMIEWICZ from Foxlake Total weight 2.20 lbs.



BRIAN WILSON from Grayslake Total weight .53 lbs



KYLE DUNN from Zion Total weight .50 lbs




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Zebra Mussels spread to Fox Chain

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Local waters might seem clearer to the naked eye, but the reason behind it could disrupt the food chain and eventually the fish supply.
Zebra mussels, which are spreading throughout the Chain O’ Lakes and the Fox River, filter through a liter of plankton-filled water a day each as they go, said Pat Charlebois, aquatic invasive specialist with the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program.
But those plankton, which fog the water, are needed to serve as the base of the food chain.


“[Zebra mussels] are bad,”“Because they’re removing particles from the water, some people think the water becomes clearer. Lake Michigan is clearer now, but that is because there’s no food.”
The mussels, named for their brown and cream stripes, are about the size of a nickel and have become more prevalent in inland lakes over the past three to four years,
They stick to boats with cementlike strength, which is how they spread between bodies of water.
“They’re all over,” “I’ve been on the chain for many years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”


Don Ericson, owner of Ericson Marine in Algonquin, said he noticed their prevalence last fall.
“It’s getting worse and worse, and [they’re] clogging up the water intakes of the boats, especially those that are just sitting in the water,” he said.
The mussels can be hard to remove from boats or equipment, usually requiring a high-pressure wash or even a manual scraping to get them off.
“They’re really coarse,”. “You could hurt your hand badly if you scrape your arm on them.”
the shells are very thin, making them easy to break. They then become sharp enough to cut people, which can lead to problems for swimmers stepping on boat ladders or bottoms of rivers or lakes.
One way to prevent their spread is for boaters to clean out their watercraft and let them dry for five days when transferring between bodies of water, Adam said.
“What we’re trying to do is educate people,” he said. “There’s no natural way to get rid of them at this point.”
The mussels originated in the Caspian and Black seas and traveled to the Great Lakes through ships. Once they reached Lake Michigan, local boaters transferred them inland.
“There’s still a lot of unknowns about the long-term impact zebra mussels have on different lakes,”
In Lake Michigan, which has had zebra mussels for about a decade, there has been a decline in the shrimplike Diporeia, which many fish eat,  it’s unclear whether it’s directly related to the zebra mussels at this point.
some companies are working on control methods, but so far the only products that work also kill surrounding plants and animals.
“[For now] we ask people to take precautions,” “And to not spread them.”

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Walleye limit to increase on Chain O Lakes

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Walleye limit to increase on Chain O Lakes, Increased limit might be on tap for next spring. The keeper slot on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes for walleye is two of 14-18 inches and one 24 inches or longer. I’m getting tons of reports on my site (foxlakefishing) of good healthy 17 “eyes And JD Spinners reports on some nice eyes through out the year


There’s been a lot of good walleye like that caught on the Chain the last couple years. In fact, the Chain never has had walleye fishing like this. So much so, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will increase the daily bag next year, according to district fisheries biologist Frank Jakubicek. Jakubicek said the regulatory process is nearly complete to increase the daily bag to three between 14 and 18 inches. It would take effect April 1.

I attribute it to the high water,” the former science teacher said. “It concentrates fish in current neckdowns and makes the fisherman’s job a little easier, and fish are more aggressive under those circumstances.”

“We have been catching a lot of fish in our spring (netting surveys),” Jakubicek said. ”And we are meeting or exceeding our goals for 2-inch (stockings).” This spring, they netted about 1,000 walleye in two nights. “Around 2001 or 2002, it would have taken us a week and a half to catch a thousand,” he said. Back then, a peak night would produce 20 walleye per net. This spring, it was 52 per net per night at peak.

About three-quarters of the walleye netted are males, which rarely exceed 18 inches. That’s the purpose of the protected slot from 18 to 24 inches, while the one allowed longer than 24 inches allows trophies to be taken. Females reaching that size do not have as much fertility in their eggs. The protected slot (18-24) protects about 70 percent of the females of egg-bearing age, Jakubicek figures.

posted by paul jones FLF

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