Fishermen on Chain O' Lakes Have a New Place to Brag About the One That Got Away

New online fishing forum is launched by Chain O' Lakes angler and his brother.

Fox Lake, IL, August 02, 2008 --( It’s not on a lake, though, but on the Internet. Fox Lake resident Paul Jones runs a Web site,, which pertains to fishing in the Chain O’ Lakes and Fox Lake area.

It’s an online community where local fishermen can share fishing stories, fishing reports, photos and even jokes.

Just about anything that concerns a fisherman can be found on the site. The Web site recently started a fishing forum, significantly increasing the number of hits it receives a day, Jones said.

The forum isn’t just for fishing either. There are topics on the forum that deal with camping, hunting, boating and just about every outdoor activity that exists.

“The forum is the most popular part of the Web site,” Jones said. “That’s where everyone can view a lot of different information, such as what kind of fish you can catch and keep from the Chain O Lakes.” The fishing forum is located online at and can also be found from links on his fishing blog.

Jones said the site receives about 200 to 300 hits a day. At one time, it was receiving about 2,000 hits a day. He never thought it would have this much success.

“I wasn’t expecting this much success for it, but it just starting growing and growing,” Jones said. “We just kept getting more hits and more people posting their stories and showing off photos of the fish they recently caught on one of the local lakes or rivers.”

Since the Web site was created at the end of December, Jones said, it has received over 40,000 hits. He said it has received a lot of positive feedback.

“People who live on the lakes around here obviously go fishing a lot,” Jones said. “They like the fact that they can receive fishing reports from the Web site including what fish are biting where, the water levels and temperatures of the lakes and even the weather report around the area.”

The Web site was a Christmas gift from his brother Bruce Jones who is a Web Designer who enjoys getting out of the office every once in awhile to go fishing with Paul and his fishing buddies.

JD, the professional fishing guide from regularly writes about what lures and bait fish are hitting on while on his local Fox Lake fishing charters.

Jones said there are more than 60 members of the Web site who regularly post fishing information. You have to register to be a member, but there is no fee. Nonmembers can view everything on the Web site, including recipes for cooking fish and get a chuckle from their collection of funny fishing jokes.

One of the fishing blog posts features a photo of Paul with a 29" 5.5 lb. Walleye that he caught on a dead end channel on the north side of Fox Lake while he was fishing for some Crappies under a dock.
Jones said he hopes his Web site will continue to grow.

“I expect it to continue having a lot of progress especially since it is prime Bass and Walleye season now,” he said. “Fishermen like to know what fish are biting where and showing off their catch of the day.”

Come visit and join in the fun by sharing your fishing stories and fishing photos from Fox Lake and the surrounding Fox Chain. You never know you may just pick up a fishing tip or two.

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