Category: Top 5

Top 5 Update

The weather in West Central Illinois has taken a dip in the cold direction and even featured a measurable snowfall last week. But a couple anglers have still managed to get out there and fool some fish, including the first pair that add another entry to our “Other Species” category (meaning something that’s not a bass).

Rainbow Trout
Length: Both 11”
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: November 5
Location: Lake Argyle – McDonough County, IL
Air Temp: mid 40sF
Water Temp: 53F
Lure: #2 Roy Self Spoon trolled behind ¼ oz. bead chain keel sinker
Structure: Open water 20’ deep
Angler Comments: Murky water, strong at time south wind, overcast with occasional very light rain
Trip Tune: “The Way It Is” – Bruce Hornsby & The Range
Top 5 Length: 22”

Weight: 3-10
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: November 5
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Lipless Crankbait
Angler Comments: Ended up with two bass on a lipless crank, big one was 3-10
.

Weight: 4-0
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: November 7
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Lipless Crankbait

Weight: 4-3
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: November 7
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Lipless Crankbait
Structure: Weeds
Angler Comments: Six more bass with a pair of 4-pounders. All on lipless crank. Pulling it through weeds, pretty classic, hits came right after pulling it through a weed.
Top 5 Weight: 23-8 (5-4,5-2,4-9,4-5,4-4)

Kudos for continuing to get out there and get it done. I’ll keep on posting them as long as you can keep catching and sending them. Thanks also to all for the late season contributions which have made for a strong finish to our 2018 Top 5. Been a fun year, will be interesting to see if we’re done quite yet. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Stats

Ten months down for 2018 means it’s time for another stat update. Without further ado, here you go.

2018 Totals (* = new record)
*January = 5 bass (old record 1 in 2017)
February = 5 bass
March = 0 bass
April = 12 bass
May = 24 bass
June = 10 bass
July = 8 bass
August = 4 bass
*September = 16 bass (old record 6 in 2014,2015,2017)
*October = 22 bass (old record 8 in 2017)
November = 1 bass

Top 5 Weight by Month (* = new record)
*January = 13-5 (3-15, 2-7, 2-6, 2-6, 2-3) previous record 2-11 in 2017
February = 7-3 (2-6,1-7,1-5,1-2,0-15)
March = no submissions
April = 14-15 (4-0,3-0,2-12,2-10,2-9)
May = 19-5 (4-11,4-8,3-10,3-7,3-1)
June = 18-10 (4-5,4-1,3-9,3-7,3-4)
July = 18-13 (4-0,3-14,3-13,3-11,3-7)
August 11-6 (3-15,3-10,2-12,1-1)
*September = 23-8 (5-2,5-1,4-9,4-8,4-4) previous record 22-3 in 2014
*October = 27-15 (6-3,5-14,5-10,5-4,5-0) previous record 26-11 in 2017
November = 3-13 (3-13)

Boat vs. Bank
Boat = 51 bass
Bank = 56 bass

Boat vs. Bank Weight (* = new record)
Boat = 27-12 (6-3,5-14,5-10,5-1,5-0)
Bank = 24-2 (5-4,5-2,4-11,4-9,4-8)

Public vs. Private
Public = 87 bass
Private = 20 bass

Public vs. Private Top 5 Weight
Public = 24-5 (5-4,5-2,4-11,4-11,4-9)
Private = 27-12 (6-3,5-14,5-10,5-1,5-0)

The Baits (* = new record)
Plastic Worms = 56 bass (Top Bass 5-2 Jim Junk)
*Spinnerbaits = 16 bass (Top Bass 5-14 Mark Balbinot) beats 5-4 Terry Isbell 2014
Crankbaits = 14 bass (Top Bass 3-15 Mark Balbinot)
*Chatterbait = 5 bass (Top Bass 4-11 Chris Schwarz) beats 4-10 Mark Balbinot 2016
*Lipless Crankbaits = 5 bass (Top Bass 6-3 Mark Balbinot) beats 5-13 Troy Jackson 2015
Buzzbait = 3 bass (Top Bass 4-8 Troy Jackson)
Creature Baits = 3 bass (Top Bass 3-9 Paul Kessler)
Jigs = 2 bass (Top Bass 2-12 Brent Jackson)
Jerkbait = 1 bass (Top Bass 1-6 John Kirkemo)
Topwater Frog = 1 bass (Top Bass 3-7 Nick Tiska)
Undisclosed = 1 bass

Monthly Top Bass (* = new record)
January
3-15 Mark Balbinot (old record 2-11 Mark Balbinot 2016)
February
2-6 Troy Jackson
March
No submissions
April
4-0 Chris Schwarz
May
4-11 Chris Schwarz
June
4-5 Jim Junk
July
4-0 Jim Junk
August
3-15 Jim Junk
September
5-2 Jim Junk
October
6-3 Mark Balbinot
November
3-1 Jim Junk

Top 10 Bass (* = new Top 10 all-time)
6-3 Mark Balbinot 10/20
5-14 Mark Balbinot 10/20
5-10 Mark Balbinot 10/20
5-4 Jim Junk 10/26
5-2 Jim Junk 9/8
5-1 Brent Jackson 9/23
5-0 Mark Balbinot 10/20
4-14 Mark Balbinot 10/20
4-11 Chris Schwarz 5/26
4-11 Brent Jackson 10/19
4-11 Chris Schwarz 10/21

Angler Weights (* = new Top 5 record, old mark 32-13)
Mark Balbinot 27-9 (6-3,5-14,5-10,5-0,4-14)
Jim Junk 23-8 (5-4,5-2,4-9,4-5,4-4)
Chris Schwarz 20-15 (4-11,4-11,4-8,4-0,3-1)
Brent Jackson 19-2 (5-1,4-11,3-8,3-7,2-7)
Troy Jackson 15-9 (4-8,3-2,3-0,2-9,2-6)
Paul Kessler 14-10 (3-10,3-9,2-12,2-10,2-1)
John Kirkemo 10-8 (2-7,2-3,2-0,2-0,1-14)
Jayce Jackson 7-8 (2-5,1-13,1-5,1-4,0-13)
Nick Tiska 3-7 (3-7)
Patricia Kirkemo 2-15 (2-15)
Landon Hannam 1-5 (1-5)
Riley Danner 1-5 (1-5)
Teagan Mills 1-2 (1-2)

Other Species

Muskie Length Totals
70+” John Kirkemo (40”, 30+”)

Channel Catfish Totals
13-0 Teagan Mills
8-2 (25”) Chris Schwarz

Friday Flashback series continues later this week and yes, we do have a couple interesting additions to the Top 5 ready to go for Monday. Anybody else willing to brave the elements around West Central Illinois to add to the collection?

I dare you…

Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

Monday updates live for another week as a couple anglers keep on casting as the days get shorter for 2018. Great to hear that these guys are still getting out there looking for one more bite, gives me something to write about that pretty much writes itself.

Weight: 2-10
Angler: Paul Kessler
Date: October 25
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Spinnerbait with dual blades (white)
Top 5 Weight: 14-10 (3-10-3-9,2-12,2-10,2-1)

Weight: 3-13
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: November 2
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Spinnerbait
Angler Comments: On the board with five solid November bass including big bass of 3-13.
Top 5 Weight: 23-8 (5-4,5-2,4-9,4-5,4-4)

Hard to believe that there are only 56 days (8 Mondays) remaining before we turn the page to 2019. I guess time flies when you are reeling in those fish. And thus far, our crew has reeled in 111 of them for the 2018 Top 5 Project. Well done, and time will tell if we add anymore to that total as it looks like it’s going to take some effort and dedication as the weather is forecast to take a turn in a colder direction. As we wait to see about any new additions, a new month means time for a Top 5 Stat Update later this week. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

An outstanding push by several bass anglers finds us topping the century mark for the bass category. Well done by a group that includes last year’s Top Bass champ making a stellar return after being off the radar since January, our resident bank fisherman upping his 2018 personal best and another young angler joining the quest. And away we go…

Weight: 4-14
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: October 20
Location: Fulton County, IL strip pit
Lure: Big Bladed Spinnerbait (white)
Structure: Laydowns and brush in 2-6’ of water

Weight: 5-0
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: October 20
Location: Fulton County, IL strip pit
Lure: Red Eye Shad (sexy shad)
Structure: Flat 1-5’ of water

Weight: 5-10
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: October 20
Location: Fulton County, IL strip pit
Lure: Red Eye Shad (sexy shad)
Structure: Flat 1-5’ of water

Weight: 5-14
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: October 20
Location: Fulton County, IL strip pit
Lure: Big Bladed Spinnerbait (white)
Structure: Laydowns and brush in 2-6’ of water

Weight: 6-3
Angler: Mark Balbinot
Date: October 20
Water Temp: High 50s F
Location: Fulton County, IL strip pit
Lure: Red Eye Shad (sexy shad)
Structure: Flat 1-5’ of water
Top 5 Weight: 27-9 (6-3,5-14,5-10,5-0,4-14) culls 3-15,2-7,2-6,2-6,2-3

Weight: 1-2
Angler: Teagan Mills
Date: October 21
Location: Lake Storey
Top 5 Weight: 1-2 (1-2)

Weight: 3-13
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: October 23
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Weedless Senko
Angler Comments: Really thought I was going to get shutout for the day as I was fishing for over an hour without even a bite. Redeemed myself as dusk was setting in with two small ones and this 3-13. All on a weedless senko.

Weight: 5-4
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: October 26
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Spinnerbait
Structure: Weed edge
Angler Comments: Had been fishing for a few hours and only managed one small fish. Was fishing a far corner of a lake and he slammed my spinnerbait just within a couple of reels of lifting it up and over the outside weed edge. Short fight ensued.
Top 5 Weight: 23-8 (5-4,5-2,4-9,4-5,4-4) culls 4-2

NOTE: Mark Balbinot also put together a cool data filled video of his batch of catches that I definitely recommend checking out on YouTube at the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5gCRDE-WLg

Now that’s quite an update, especially for the end of October as many have put away their fishing gear in favor of other pursuits. We made the goal of 100 bass but perhaps it’s not quite over yet. My annual aim is to land at least one November bass and here’s hoping a few others will continue to give it a shot as well. Lots more stuff headed your way as I’m hoping to complete a full week of posting. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, we have for you today the Top 5 Update you’ve all been waiting for. Multispecies, young angler and not so young angler submissions, a new fisherman, a new species record, a new lake record and another member joins the 20-pound club for 2018. Without further ado, here we go.

Weight: 13-0
Angler: Teagan Mills
Date: October 13
Location: Private pond
Bait: Dipbait
Structure: Open water
Angler Comments: The catfish half swallowed dipbait hook.
Top 5 Weight: 13-0
Editor’s Note: This submission represents a new Top 5 channel catfish record and kind of fun that Teagan’s fish tops the former mark set by his school principal. I encourage a little good natured ribbing from the new top dog.

Weight: 1-5 (12.5”)
Angler: Riley Danner
Date: October 14
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temperature: 60F
Lure: Weedless wacky worm
Structure: Submerged vegetation and wood along shoreline.
Angler Comments: Glad to finally get to go fishing with my Uncle John and my cousin, Landon. The weather was chilly but I was excited to catch my first fish this fall. It was great to go out in my uncle’s boat as opposed to fishing from the bank.
Top 5 Weight: 1-5

Weight: 2-7 (17”)
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: October 19
Location: Lake Storey – Knox County, IL
Lure: Tandem Spinnerbait (Emiquon Special)
Structure: Dock

Weight: 3-8 (18”)
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: October 19
Location: Lake Storey – Knox County, IL
Lure: Tandem Spinnerbait (white)
Structure: Laydown

Weight: 4-11 (20”)
Angler: Brent Jackson
Date: October 19
Location: Lake Storey – Knox County, IL
Lure: Tandem Spinnerbait (white)
Structure: Laydown
Top 5 Weight: 19-2 (5-1,4-11,3-8,3-7,2-7) culls 2-12,2-10,2-3
Editor’s note: This bass represents a new lake record among family and friends and a fortunate series of events surround the catch, details in fishing report later this week.

Weight: 4-11
Angler: Chris Schwarz
Date: October 21
Location: Private lake – Knox County, IL
Lure: Chatterbait
Top 5 Weight: 20-15 (4-11,4-11,4-8,4-0,3-1) culls 2-8

Now that’s an update, folks, a stellar batch of catches and a lot to offer in terms of firsts, bests and fish stories. That’s what it’s all about and why it’s always exciting to find something new in the Inbox. Just like on the water, you never know what’s going to show up.

One final note on our bass tally for 2018. We currently sit at 97 bass so what do you say we set our sights on pushing it over the century mark before the year draws to a close. I am on my way to do my part today as I took a day off work. I’ll keep you posted and you do the same. Thanks to all for the submissions and talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

Even though it was a weird weather week in my neck of the woods, a pair of anglers (including a new participant/first lady entrant of 2018) were able to parlay the last day of decent temps into catching some decent bass. Their mid-week outing featured a high of 74F and falling according to the local weather report before a cold front moved in and dropped the high to 49F on the following day. The work week then wound up with a high of 40F and snow flurries while the weekend barely hit 50F. Welcome to the West Central Illinois.

Weight: 1-11
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: October 10
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temp: 69-70F
Lure: Weedless Wacky Worm
Structure: Shoreline aquatic vegetation and wood
Angler Comments: See entry below

Weight: 1-14 (14.25”)
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: October 10
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temp: 69-70F
Lure: Weedless Wacky Worm
Structure: Shoreline aquatic vegetation and wood
Angler Comments: See entry below
Top 5 Weight: 10-8 (2-7,2-3,2-0,2-0,1-14) culls 1-9

Weight: 2-15 (17”)
Angler: Patricia Kirkemo
Date: October 10
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temp: 69-70F
Lure: Weedless Wacky Worm
Structure: Shoreline aquatic vegetation and wood
Angler Comments: These comments are from John Kirkemo, husband of the angler. Fished from 1:45 pm to 4:15 pm as the cold front passed. Cloudy with brief sunshine and a stiff west wind. One brief rain shower.
Top 5 Weight: 2-15 (2-15)

Many thanks to the fishing couple for getting out there when the opportunity arose to fool a few more bass and keep our Top 5 Update streak alive. Their trio of bass bring our total to 92 bass submitted so still hoping we can hit the century mark before 2018 is all said and done. I took my shot yesterday along with a fishing partner for a few afternoon/evening hours but those results are a story for later this week. Hope you’ll tune in and good luck out there as it looks to be a run of cool but stable weather as the upcoming week progresses around here. Talk to you later. Troy

Friday Flashback – October 13, 2008

Original log entry from 10/13/2008

Back to Lake Storey and only one day shy of exactly ten years ago. This outing was one of the annual visits to the “home lake” with Dad. I too had a solid handle on being a dad but kind of only half the dad that I am these days. Only two little girls at the time, didn’t know that they’d have a couple little brothers on the way. Much has changed on the family front, but in regards to the fishing hole it still resides at the top of the list thanks to the angling challenges, exciting rewards, aesthetic appeal and personal history. Read on for a sample of these characteristics as conveyed via excerpts from the original 2008 fishing report.

This outing and the actual lures from the trip are older than this boy (and his big brother)

10-13-08
Lake Storey (with Dad)
Time: 8:40am-2:10pm
Weather: Overcast/breezy
Dad – 12 bass 1 Muskie (20”)
Troy – 8 bass 1 walleye (4-14)
Lures
Bomber Flat A in baby bass pattern (also 1 muskie & 1 walleye) – 9 bass
Zoom Super Hog (watermelon seed) – 9 bass
Quad Shad Spinnerbait (white) – 2 bass
Top Bass – Dad 3-0 Troy 1-13
Top 5 weight 8-3 (3-0,1-13,1-4,1-3,0-15)

Solid 4-14 walleye but three pounds lighter than another Lake Storey catch a week and a half earlier

Challenge and Reward, Part I – The second quality walleye “accident” of October tipped the scales at 4-14; a very good fish that kind of paled a bit in comparison when following up a near eight pounder.

Top Bass for the day was Dad’s 3-0 on a Zoom Super Hog creature bait

Challenge and Reward, Part II – This outing and a series of earlier fishing trips produced a handful of new entries for the record book. Eight bass gained entry with Dad’s 3-0 taking Top Bass honors. All eight came from Lake Storey as the strip mines just couldn’t compete with Galesburg’s “home lake” when it was in the midst of the annual fall drawdown.

Aesthetic Appeal, Part I – The drawdown drops the lake level several feet leaving a great deal of structure (trees, stumps, rockpiles, weeds and docks) high and dry. This drastically limits the amount of hiding places for smaller forage fish and allows the larger predators to stock up as we head towards colder weather. Theoretically, this management tool will help sustain a healthy fishery. For the angler, the drawdown provides a glimpse under the surface that can be helpful in targeting the fish when the lake reaches its normal pool in the spring. In addition, it makes any remaining subsurface structure a potential magnet for baitfish which, in turn, attracts predators such as bass, walleye and muskie. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to reap the rewards and I would say the practice is working just fine.

I like pics of any toothy critter so Dad humored me for this juvenile catch (cool drawdown background too)

Aesthetic Appeal, Part II – During my trips to Lake Storey I observed a pair of our most impressive birds of prey. First up was an osprey that I watched as it plummeted to the water’s surface while harvesting an unsuspecting fish for lunch. Next was a bald eagle, the first I’ve seen at Lake Storey. I have also spotted a few at Lake Bracken and Snakeden over the years, testimony to the marked recovery of the species.

Personal History – Twice I ran out of battery power and had to utilize the gas motor to get back to the ramp. While it’s against regulations, desperate times call for desperate measures. Ain’t the first time I had to pull the stunt as one other time Brent and I had to fire up the big motor to escape a storm that snuck up on us.

Chalk up another successful outing and a few more fish stories from Lake Storey

Actually, this stuff all fits under the personal history category and cool when it overlaps with Dad’s personal history in this case or other fishing partners in other instances. Stories to be told again and again and always a treat when you share the adventure as each person recalls some different aspect of the same tale. More than a few such stories from Lake Storey. In fact, another Friday Flashback from the lake coming next week. Hope you’ll tune in and talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Stats

Here we go with another batch of Top 5 stats. The numbers below reflect the totals through Monday’s update which brought our submissions to 89 bass, 2 muskie and a channel cat. If you dig your stats like this guy, read on.

2018 Totals (* = new record)
*January = 5 bass (old record 1 in 2017)
February = 5 bass
March = 0 bass
April = 12 bass
May = 24 bass
June = 10 bass
July = 8 bass
August = 4 bass
September = 16 bass
October = 5 bass

Top 5 Weight by Month (* = new record)
*January = 13-5 (3-15, 2-7, 2-6, 2-6, 2-3) previous record 2-11 in 2017
February = 7-3 (2-6,1-7,1-5,1-2,0-15)
March = no submissions
April = 14-15 (4-0,3-0,2-12,2-10,2-9)
May = 19-5 (4-11,4-8,3-10,3-7,3-1)
June = 18-10 (4-5,4-1,3-9,3-7,3-4)
July = 18-13 (4-0,3-14,3-13,3-11,3-7)
August 11-6 (3-15,3-10,2-12,1-1)
September = 23-8 (5-2,5-1,4-9,4-8,4-4)
October = 8-12 (2-3,2-1,2-0,1-5,1-3)

Boat vs. Bank
Boat = 37 bass
Bank = 52 bass

Boat vs. Bank Weight (* = new record)
Boat = 21-2 (5-1,4-8,4-0,3-15,3-10)
Bank = 23-3 (5-2,4-11,4-9,4-8,4-5)

Public vs. Private
Public = 75 bass
Private = 14 bass

Public vs. Private Top 5 Weight
Public = 22-6 (5-2,4-9,4-5,4-4,4-2)
Private = 22-12 (5-1,4-11,4-8,4-8,4-0)

The Baits (* = new record)
Plastic Worms = 51 bass (Top Bass 5-2 Jim Junk)
Crankbaits = 14 bass (Top Bass 3-15 Mark Balbinot)
Spinnerbaits = 8 bass (Top Bass 5-1 Brent Jackson)
Chatterbait = 4 bass (Top Bass 4-11 Chris Schwarz)
Creature Baits = 3 bass (Top Bass 3-9 Paul Kessler)
Buzzbait = 3 bass (Top Bass 4-8 Troy Jackson)
Jigs = 2 bass (Top Bass 2-12 Brent Jackson)
Lipless Crankbaits = 2 bass (Top Bass 1-13 Troy Jackson)
Jerkbait = 1 bass (Top Bass 1-6 John Kirkemo)
Topwater Frog = 1 bass (Top Bass 3-7 Nick Tiska)

Monthly Top Bass (* = new record)
January
3-15 Mark Balbinot (old record 2-11 Mark Balbinot 2016)
February
2-6 Troy Jackson
March
No submissions
April
4-0 Chris Schwarz
May
4-11 Chris Schwarz
June
4-5 Jim Junk
July
4-0 Jim Junk
August
3-15 Jim Junk
September
5-2 Jim Junk
October
2-3 John Kirkemo

Top 10 Bass (* = new Top 10 all-time)
5-2 Jim Junk 9/8
5-1 Brent Jackson 9/23
4-11 Chris Schwarz 5/26
4-9 Jim Junk 9/6
4-8 Chris Schwarz 5/26
4-8 Troy Jackson 9/23
4-5 Jim Junk 6/27
4-4 Jim Junk 9/16
4-2 Jim Junk 9/29
4-1 Jim Junk 6/30

Angler Weights (* = new Top 5 record, old mark 32-13)
Jim Junk 22-6 (5-2,4-9,4-5,4-4,4-2)
Chris Schwarz 18-12 (4-11,4-8,4-0,3-1,2-8)
Brent Jackson 16-1 (5-1,3-7,2-12,2-10,2-3)
Troy Jackson 15-9 (4-8,3-2,3-0,2-9,2-6)
Paul Kessler 14-0 (3-10,3-9,2-12,2-1,2-0)
Mark Balbinot 13-5 (3-15, 2-7, 2-6, 2-6, 2-3)
John Kirkemo 10-3 (2-7,2-3,2-0,2-0,1-9)
Jayce Jackson 7-8 (2-5,1-13,1-5,1-4,0-13)
Nick Tiska 3-7 (3-7)
Landon Hannam 1-5 (1-5)

Other Species

Muskie Length Totals
70+” John Kirkemo (40”, 30+”)

Channel Catfish Totals
8-2 (25”) Chris Schwarz

The days are getting shorter and only 82 remain in the 2018 edition of the Top 5.  Yep, folks, the year is indeed winding down. But don’t you dare put those fishing poles away too soon as there are still plenty of bites remaining. Looking to get a few myself, will keep you posted and hope you will do the same. Talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

Some more good bites as fall kicks into gear including a young angler joining our Top 5 in posting a new personal best.

(Note: experienced some technical difficulty in uploading pics for a pair of the catches below resulting in data only.)

Weight: 2-0
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: October 5
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temp: 65 degrees
Lure: Wacky Worm
Structure: Ten feet off shore in about five feet of water
Angler Comments: This is the best of seven fish caught Friday afternoon between 1:00 and 3:45pm. The other six fish were in the 10-12” range.

Weight: 2-3
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: October 6
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temp: 65 degrees
Weather: Overcast with a stiff wind
Lure: Weedless Wacky Worm
Structure: Aquatic vegetation and wood along the shoreline
Angler Comments: Fished from 1:30-3:50pm with a fisherman new to the sport. We landed four fish. This was the largest. The rest were 8-9” and not weighed.

Weight: 1-3
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: October 7
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temp: 65 degrees
Lure: Weedless Wacky Worm
Structure: Shoreline aquatic vegetation and wood
Angler Comments: Fished from 2:15 to 4:30 pm with Avery Yung, Reed Yung and Landon Hannam. Reed and Avery were in kayaks while Landon and I were in my boat. Heavy overcast and warm but no rain. No other boat fisherman and maybe one or two shore fisherman west of the pavilion. I caught two other fish but they were a pound or less. We caught nine bass all on wacky worms among the four of us.
Top 5 Weight: 10-3 (2-7,2-3,2-0,2-0,1-9) culls 1-6 and 1-2

Weight: 2-1
Angler: Paul Kessler
Date: October 6
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: White spinnerbait with dual blades
Top 5 Weight: 14-0 (3-10,3-9,2-12,2-1,2-0)

Weight: 1-5 (13”)
Angler: Landon Hannam
Date: October 7

Lure: Weedless wacky worm
Location: Lake Storey
Water temp: 65 F
Structure: Aquatic vegetation
Angler Comments: Fishing with my uncle John and my cousins Avery and Reed. Biggest fish I have ever caught.
Top 5 Weight: 1-5 (1-5)

Way to go everybody and congratulations to Landon on his new personal best, more to come I am sure.  Thanks all for the continued casting as the days get shorter and 2018 fishing heads into the home stretch. 89 bass submitted at present, let’s see if we can make it 100 before the 2018 edition comes to a close. Best of luck and talk to you later. Troy

Top 5 Update

In case you were considering putting your fishing gear away as we head into the last few months of the year, check out the latest offerings for the Top 5 before you make your decision.

Weight: 1-1
Angler: John Kirkemo
Date: September 28
Location: Lake Storey
Water Temp: 66-67F
Air Temp: High 50s and falling
Lure: Weedless wacky worm
Structure: Shoreline aquatic vegetation
Angler Comments: I fished from 1:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Overcast skies with a stiff wind blowing from northwest. Brief light sprinkles at one point. I caught seven fish. Each was as big or bigger than the previous fish.
Top 5 Weight: 8-8 (2-7,2-0,1-9,1-6,1-2)

Weight: 4-2
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: September 29
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Wacky worm
Angler Comments: Not sure if this will cull or not, 4-2 on a dreary Saturday morning.

Weight: 3-14
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: September 30
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Wacky rigged worm

Weight: 3-4
Angler: Jim Junk
Date: September 30
Location: Banner Marsh
Lure: Wacky rigged worm
Angler Comments (Note: Jim and I had teamed up for about four hours earlier in the day): Add 5 more to the total. 1-9, 2-6, 2-7, 3-4 and 3-14. Each strategically placed to make me stay for just a few more casts. I’m beat.
Top 5 Weight: 22-6 (5-2,4-9,4-5,4-4,4-2) culls 4-1

Great to see one of my favorite fall destinations make the list with John’s Lake Storey contribution and continue to be impressed by Jim’s effectiveness from the bank as the hits just keep coming from his Fulton/Peoria County fishing hole. And he certainly put his work in to get that September 30 pair. Jim noted that he wrapped up his casting that evening about 6:30pm, pretty crazy considering he and I had fished that morning and made our first casts shortly after 6:30am. More on that adventure coming later this week. Talk to you later. Troy