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It has been a very short, and uncommon type of winter in northern Illinois.....with the late start to the ice season, gill fishing has been sub-standard at best......but the bass fishing has been tremendous....here are some fish from this years 3 week ice season.

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Comment by Greg McWilliams on February 7, 2012 at 8:13pm

Looks like a good time on the ice!!!!!! Is that the same lake with all the cars parked on it???

We haven't had enough ice here to support a cow!!!!! DAG NA BIT!!!!! lol

Comment by Nick Holt on February 6, 2012 at 7:55am

I have a question for the northern hard water fishermen and ladies.   Do you all ever use a wacky rigged 3" worm for bass or do you stick to the more traditional ice fishing rigs?  The bass pictured above are phenominal.  Nick

Comment by cal okeefe on February 5, 2012 at 1:43am

very very nice.. i bet that lake has a great panfish population as well.. with all them large predators in there..

Comment by Bill "Musky" Modica on February 4, 2012 at 11:17pm

We actually targeted these fish using tip-ups, and large golden shiners....All of these fish came from the same body of water, a 46 acre private lake (Lake Antioch), a typical dishpan lake with a max depth of nine feet......all were captured within its expansive basin, between Jan 13, and Feb 3......the game is over now as we witnessed a girl fall through the ice today, and barely made it out ourselves......Body holes in the sketchy ice...

Sustenance,

Comment by Leo Nguyen on February 4, 2012 at 3:27pm
Look at those nice looking hogs!
Comment by dick tabbert on February 4, 2012 at 12:32pm

Nice Bass. I think you found yourself a honeyhole. Did you catch them all out of the same body of water and what was your bait of choice?

Comment by Jim Gronaw on February 4, 2012 at 12:26pm

Outstanding ice fishing for bass. Were all those fish by-catches while seeking other species, or did you cave in and target them when the panfish pooped out ?

Comment by John Sheehan on February 4, 2012 at 11:09am

Excellent healthy catches and a huge thrill through the ice !!! I am curious about the average depth these fish were caught at and what the bottom content was like!

Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on February 4, 2012 at 10:25am

All great looking bass Musky....at least you guys have found some cooperative fish......Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Bruce Condello on February 4, 2012 at 10:08am

Now that would be a ton of fun.  We're in a blizzard right now, so fishing sure sounds appealing.

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