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With a little free time late this afternoon, I decided to take a quick trip to the Fox. Not wanting to waste the little time I had, decided on North Aurora. I figured with water levels up, I could hit the small dam by the police station, and if that doesn't pay out, pick apart the rocks by the main dam. After arriving, I realized the river was higher, and flowing faster than I had anticipated. The eddy's usually created along the rocks on the east side were non existent. Just a fast, steady flow. I didn't bother with the main river.

Walked over to the smaller dam, a saw some promise. Started out throwing a small x-rap in the seams, but nothing. Switched over to the trusty craw papi, and started flipping into any current break I could find. Behind bolders, stumps, and along cement walls. Almost right away, I felt a tug. Set the hook, and landed a nice 15" smallie. I repeated the presentation on any structure I could find. In a little less than an hour, landed six smallies. All were in the 14"-17" range.

DuPage Angler Woz70 With Very Nice North Aurora Smallmouth Bass

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woz70 replied the topic: #8164 22 Apr 2013 23:01
I usually travel with 2-3 tackle boxes in the trunk of my car. Depending on what I'm fishing for and where, determines what I'll carry with me. I'll pick out a handfull of plastics, stick baits, cranks, topwater, etc...I put these in a fanny pack and sling it over my shoulder. I like to be able to spot hop without carrying a bait shop with me. Occasionally I might have to take a trip back to the car to get something I forgot or something different to try, but still think it's better than lugging a tackle box around with me.
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steakified replied the topic: #8157 22 Apr 2013 21:04
nice work! I think a trip to the fox may be in my future soon. Woz, if you don't mind me asking, how big a tackle box do you bring? Actually this gives me an idea...
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #8115 19 Apr 2013 22:44
Great job Woz! Those are some nice bronzies! Congrats on the COTD!
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woz70 replied the topic: #8100 17 Apr 2013 23:47
I almost exclusively throw artificial. Unless I'm soaking a sucker for musky, I'll rarely use live bait around here. Most of my outings are a spur of the moment thing, so don't want to waste time finding live bait. Times a ticken, and I need to get fishin. I'm not gonna catch anything without a line in the water.
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jmdog replied the topic: #8099 17 Apr 2013 18:22
Man I miss the Fox. Great fish!
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #8098 17 Apr 2013 16:47
Congrats on the COTD Woz!!!!

You pull great smallies out of the rivers around us. It may get me to use lures in the rivers every once in awhile. ;-)
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JC1Crappie replied the topic: #8097 17 Apr 2013 15:00
nicely done! I am looking forward to hooking up with some nice smallies on the Fox soon.
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redhook62 replied the topic: #8096 17 Apr 2013 14:56
Awesome that you did so well on the currently raging Fox! I love that area of the river, but have only done well there under ideal conditions.