Des Plaines River

Cook - Illinois

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  • 5 spots

A section of the Des Plaines River in Cook County, Illinois.

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Des Plaines River Fishing Reports

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  1. This is before we caught anything. It’s one of my favorite pics with one of my favorite fishing partners.


    1. Brian Mueller 0
      Thank both of you for the kind words, fishing is my passion. We live in Chicago, but I'm trying to pass down the love and respect of the outdoors to my urban ...more boys. Gotta get a little country in them.
    2. Bill mitchell 0
      Lovely with your son God bless you my fishing brother
    3. Darrell McNeal 0
      Awesome memories.Great Picture. That's what its all about , Love making memories with my kids. BEST Ones
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  2. 40° first catch of 2018! fish on...this was Cermak quarry

    1 lb. Largemouth Bass

    1. jnettes bassin 0
    2. Marco Galvan 0
      Did u mean Cermak quarry
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  3. Northern Pike with a spinner bait

    1. chris kliman 0
      Hell yea bud Illinois waters have made a nice turn around.No I'm not by Waukegan. I'm from the nw burbs right outside of Chicago. That's just 1 of my ...more favorite hoodies from a salmon charter we took out of Waukegan. Lake Michigan is thriving though. If you check out some of my other pics you'll see a bunch of smallies from Lake Michigan out in Door County. We go for 2wks every yr. 1 of the days I caught 18 in like 4hrs while harbor fishing. Biggest was just under 5ilbs
    2. Tony DeMeo 0
      I know down by the des plaines conservation area you could catch 'em but I see you have a Waukegan hoodie on, so I'm guessing that you're fishing up ...more that way. Things have come a long way in Illinois, from the polluted waters of the DPR and the alewife covered beaches of lake Michigan, to the fantastic salmon fishing and zebra mussel clean water, pretty cool.
    3. chris kliman 0
      The dpr has definitely come a long way. A guy on another fishing forum just posted a pic of a big walleye he caught out of there. That was the 2nd that I know of ...more this season. Decent amnt of smallmouth and largemouth. Alot of pike and bowfin. Some longnose gar. I've also been told of muskie being in there.
    4. Christopher Pereira 0
    5. Tony DeMeo 0
      Who would have ever thought that the upper part of the DPR would be supporting a game fish population. When I was a kid, you wouldn't catch anything unless it ...more could be treated with antibiotics... That's really amazing to me, good fishing!
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  4. Northern Pike with a spinner bait

  5. Northern Pike with a spinner bait

    1. Gabriel Saez 0
      Awesome Catch!
  6. Northern Pike with a spinner bait

    1. chris kliman 0
      3/8oz bluegill colored with a white creature bait trailer. Dbl gold Colorado blade
    2. Gabriel Saez 0
      Great catch! What type of spinner?
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  7. First pike ever.

    21 in. Northern Pike with a white/ chartreuse chatterbait

  8. Northern Pike with a 3/8oz chartreuse chatterbait with 4" trailer

    1. David Scott 0
      Very nice pike Chris
    2. chris kliman 0
      No worries bud. My frog was getting slammed today at Busse. Unfortunately I couldn't set the hook on a single damn 1. Smh
    3. Travis Nelson 0
      Sorry Chris I'd love to go fishing today, but I just can't. We should find a day where we can get together to hook into some monsters. I actually have a ...more canoe we could take on the river sometime too.
    4. chris kliman 0
      Travis I fish the dpr from shore from Irving Park Rd down to Madison St. The dpr is bttr further north and south but I fish that area since it's near me. I have ...more friends that kayak the river further north and south and pull out alot of big northern, bowfin, striped bass, and the occasional smallie. I'm thinking of hitting the river or Busse tomorrow from around 9am-2pm. If you're out, feel free to hit me up. Whenever I have a day off work you'll find me near some local water.
    5. Travis Nelson 0
      Where about were you fishing at?
    6. chris kliman 0
      Rich there's plenty of them in there. If you go on you'll see what I'm talking about. I shore fish it but I have friends who kayak ...more it which is by far alot your best odds. The dpr is filled with fish.
    7. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice Des Plaines river pike, I have always wanted to try it for pike for never do, maybe this will motivate me more :)
    8. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Nice pike!
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  9. 27 in. Northern Pike with a 3/8oz chartreuse chatterbait with trailer

    1. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Nice pike!
    2. will Adamski 0
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