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Fox Chain Of Lakes,Mchenry County

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By peepaw - Posted on 25 May 2011

The slabs are in the shallow bays in full numbers. @-4" water in the thick brush on Catherine,Channel and Petite lakes. Ice jigs tipped with minnows are catching limits of fish in the 10-12" range. Water temp in the spawning areas in the low 50's.

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Bite has slowed as the fish start moving deeper with warming temps.Fish weedlines 6-8' still minnows the bait of choice. Northwest corner of channel lake holding large numbers of mature fish, east of inlet channel.

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A distinct layer of water where rising warm and sinking cold water meet but do not mix. It is a layer of water where the temperature changes at least one-half a degree per foot of depth. In many of our desert bass lakes, a thermocline often develops during the spring and breaks down in the fall. The colder layer of water is often lacking in oxygen, forcing most baitfish and sport-fish to the upper layer of water. Thermoclines can be so dense that they actually show up on sonar (fish finders and depth finders) as a thick, impenetrable line.

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