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Current Season

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Fall Styles

These are the styles that are relevant to your species in this season:

  • A-Rigging
  • Buzz Baiting
  • Carolina Rigging
  • Cast/Retrieve Deep
  • Cast/Retrieve Mid Depth
  • Cast/Retrieve Shallow
  • Chatterbaiting
  • Crankbaiting
  • Dropshot
  • Finesse Fishing
  • Froggin
  • Jerk Baiting
  • Livebait Rigging
  • Ned Rigging
  • Neko Rigging
  • Power Fishing
  • Power Jigging
  • Shaky Head Fishing
  • Spinnerbaits
  • Spybaiting
  • Texas Rigging
  • Top Water
  • Trolling Deep
  • Trolling Mid Depth
  • Trolling Shallow
  • Vertical Jigging Deep
  • Vertical Jigging Mid Depth
  • Vertical Jigging Shallow
  • Wacky Rigging

Lake Details


What you need to know about fishing Channel Lake

The Fox Chain O Lakes is a series of 9 main lakes interconnected by channels on the Fox river. It was originally formed by glaciers thousands of years ago and then enhanced by several manmade dams throughout the years. In total, it covers roughly 7,110 acres and is located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago. With its close proximity to Chicago and abundant supply of public and private boat launches, it’s a very popular destination for recreational boaters and anglers. Stocking programs are strong making it a great lake to catch walleye and muskie, but also offer great opportunities to catch largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. Ice out walleyes can be found in the shallow flats (3-5ft). Casting or trolling crankbaits in the low light hours seem to work best. For early spring crappie and bass focus on the many backwater channels as the water tends to warm up there first. For crappie, float small jigs with a minnow or plastic grubs. Bass can be caught with a jig and creature bait or any whacky rigged worm. As summer approaches, the walleye and muskie start moving deeper towards the middle of the lakes. During the summer, bass will relate to cover and vegetation. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits or soft plastics work well when they are run next to weed lines or embankments.

Waterbody Type




Surface Area

1.48 sq. km

Avg. Depth

0 ft.

Species Present

Walleye, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie, Crappie, Panfish / Bluegill, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, Catfish

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    Omnia Recommendations

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    A-RiggingBuzz BaitingCarolina RiggingCast/Retrieve DeepCast/Retrieve Mid DepthCast/Retrieve ShallowChatterbaitingCrankbaitingDropshotFinesse FishingFrogginJerk BaitingLivebait RiggingNed RiggingNeko RiggingPower FishingPower JiggingShaky Head FishingSpinnerbaitsSpybaitingTexas RiggingTop WaterTrolling DeepTrolling Mid DepthTrolling ShallowVertical Jigging DeepVertical Jigging Mid DepthVertical Jigging ShallowWacky Rigging

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