Even though the Fox River is a very urban river, it’s possible to find locations that offer a little solitude and some outstanding fishing. Some areas will have you amazed at their beauty while others will have rush hour traffic passing by. Whether urban or more secluded, a wading and walking trip on the Fox is well worth your efforts.
Each year I learn new stretches of the Fox River and will offer to guide there as I gain confidence in the areas’ ability to produce a worthwhile fishing experience.
Trips are geared towards your wading confidence and skill level
- Spinning–fly fishing–baitcasting
- Urban or more secluded–your choice
- Half day trips–morning or afternoon
I will do what I can to put you on fish, but if they aren’t cooperating that day, you will walk away with a better understanding of the Fox River and river fishing in general. Something you can repeat wherever water flows.
All gear can be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer. Anglers using spinning and baitcasting gear should bring a medium to medium light rod spooled with 6, 8 or 10 pound test line. Bring your favorite selection of lures and I will be giving you a sampling of my favorite jigs and twisters. Fly fisherman should bring rods 7 to 9 feet long in 4 to 8 weights. Weight forward/floating line with 9 foot tapered leaders or fast sinking line or sinking tips with 2 to 4 foot leaders will work.
The best thing you can bring on one of these guided fishing trips is a positive attitude. A sense of wonder for your surroundings wouldn’t hurt either. We will be fishing primarily for smallmouth bass, but will take anything that swims. There are no guarantees of going out and catching a fish, some days are just like that. But go back to the same spot the next day, or a spot that looks just like it, use the same lures and techniques and you might have the best fishing experience of your life.
You should have a valid Illinois fishing license and should bring a camera,fishing gear, rain suit, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent,waders and wading shoes (if you’re wade fishing), water or soft drinks,and lunch if you are fishing a full day.