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Just back from another great week of fall fishing in northern Minnesota, and we weren’t disappointed by the fishing or the start of fall colors. This is one of the best times of the year for fishing for several reasons: First, the fall colors are really amazing. Second, there are fewer fishermen so the good places to fish are not as crowded. Third, the fish are starting to feed up for the cold water time, which really increases the opportunity for big fish.

I’ve said before that the fall of the year means bigger baits. Anyone fishing for bass or walleye will find large plastic baits are very effective as long as they are kept moving. Fall is not the time for slow-moving baits.

Those who prefer live bait may find the 4-inch red-tail minnows are good, and the 6-inch minnows – if they are available – are even better.

Fishing in lakes that have a reputation for big fish – Lake Geneva, Busse Woods Lake or the Chain of Lakes – increases the chance of hauling in the big ones. Those who are more interested in numbers than size can try Skokie Lagoons, Lake Delevan or Independence Grove.  

Coming up on Oct. 18, the fall trout fishing season opens on three area lakes: Axehead Lake in Des Plaines, Belleau Lake in Park Ridge, and Busse woods in Elk Grove Village.

Anyone over 16 who is thinking about trout fishing should remember to get a trout stamp on the fishing license. The stamp is available on line from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, dnr.state.il.us. Catch-and-release trout fishing is available as early as Oct. 4; the IDNR website should list locations around the state.

This will be the last weekend at Lovelace Park for all our younger local fisherman; don’t miss out on this last weekend of free fishing. Until next time, keep a tight line.

Contact Dick at www.hookedonfishing@comcast.net.