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Jack Parkman

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Hello, I'm a pretty big year-round fisherman. I created this thread for people to post your nice catches for the year and discuss equipment. 

I'll share some of my best from last spring to present for you guys. 
 

Also, I have some quality equipment for sale so if you're interested and live in the Chicago Area PM me. I've got too much shit and I'm trying to downsize and upgrade. 

 

 

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Apparently, I'm not allowed to upload the pics, but maybe I can share some other way with you guys. The files are too big :(

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I used to fish a lot more than I do now.  I grew up living within walking distance of the ocean in NC and spent two years in Juneau, AK, so I would spend nearly all of my free time fishing.  I've made it a goal each year to get out fishing more, but my busy spring and summer schedules (kids' activities, coaching baseball, etc.) limits how much I can get out.  Plus, I haven't found many great fishing spots.  I've been looking for spots SW of Chicago, and I've found a few that are okay but nothing real exciting.

I'm making it a goal again this year to get out as much as I can.  Hopefully I can actually do it this year.

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1 hour ago, hogan873 said:

I used to fish a lot more than I do now.  I grew up living within walking distance of the ocean in NC and spent two years in Juneau, AK, so I would spend nearly all of my free time fishing.  I've made it a goal each year to get out fishing more, but my busy spring and summer schedules (kids' activities, coaching baseball, etc.) limits how much I can get out.  Plus, I haven't found many great fishing spots.  I've been looking for spots SW of Chicago, and I've found a few that are okay but nothing real exciting.

I'm making it a goal again this year to get out as much as I can.  Hopefully I can actually do it this year.

Depends on what you are going for, but Shabbona has a rep for showing well on muskies and stripers (stocked) and other bass species. I haven't been there myself in a couple decades though. It's straight west of Chicago.

 

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8 hours ago, hogan873 said:

I used to fish a lot more than I do now.  I grew up living within walking distance of the ocean in NC and spent two years in Juneau, AK, so I would spend nearly all of my free time fishing.  I've made it a goal each year to get out fishing more, but my busy spring and summer schedules (kids' activities, coaching baseball, etc.) limits how much I can get out.  Plus, I haven't found many great fishing spots.  I've been looking for spots SW of Chicago, and I've found a few that are okay but nothing real exciting.

I'm making it a goal again this year to get out as much as I can.  Hopefully I can actually do it this year.

Shabbona isn't bad as someone said. For SW of Chicago Heidecke is good for musky and bass. 

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If you want to Muskie fish with the closest drive to the city, Mallard Lake in Carol Stream is pretty damn good from what I hear. I haven't hooked one yet, but I haven't tried all that much either. I've seen pics from other anglers of 40+ inch muskie with regularity. They stocked it around the turn of the century. 

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