Fox River, Illinois Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fox River, Illinois Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Topwater poppers in the early morning and evening will bring musky and smallies to hand. Cooler evenings and modest mid day temps will provide great fishing for the week.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 26 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Fox River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 700 cubic feet per second

Visibility: 1 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 80 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Evening

Best stretch: Aurora Dam and from Oswego to Wedron

Best access point: Saw Wee-Kee Park, Silver Springs State Park, Blakes Landing Nature Preserve, Fox River Park

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Mayflies, Damsels, and Dragonflies

Fish species: Smallmouth, Carp, Musky, Northern

Fishing season: Spring

Nearest airport: O'hare International (Chicago, IL)

Person Fishing in a stream

Fox River Description

The Fox River is a 202-mile-long tributary of the Illinois River, flowing from southeastern Wisconsin to Ottawa, Illinois. Fishing opportunities include Smallmouth, Carp, Musky, Northern, Walleye/Sauger, and Panfish. Spring and fall are the times when this river really shines as pique metabolic activity in fish is occurring. The mighty Fox is a real gem and its angling potential is a well-kept Illinois secret.

Techniques & Tips

Pools: Time of day and water temps will dictate tactics, however, running streamers along areas where shallows/sandbars meet deeper water is a great producer in the spring and fall. Slowly bottom bouncing small heavy flies works well in the winter and summer. Islands (above water): Work the back side of these islands where there is a current break with poppers and streamers. Islands (Below water): Key in on the shallows with adjacent deep runs and areas with aquatic vegetation, larger fish will wait in deeper water and ambush these areas. Fallen Trees, Rocks, Bridge Piers, any form of Eddy: Floating streamers or nymphs past these current breaks often produces. Do not forget to work the front eddy as well, most anglers forget about this one. Rocky Shoreline: Working crayfish patterns as well as nymphs can be effective in this water. Underwater Vegetation: Work small streamers in these areas. Popular Fox River Prey: shiners, chubs, craws, leeches, aquatic worms, stoneflies, mayflies, caddis, dragonflies, damsels (crawlers), and Dobsonfly larvae.

7-Day Forecast

Fishing will continue to be great throughout the week with lower than expected air temps. Clouds in the forecast which will improve the bite. Water is very low, this is arguably one of the best times to get to those hard to reach areas. Water is clear and beautiful! Get out there.


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