Braidwood Lake is a cooling Lake Located in Will County. The Lake opens every year on March 1st and runs through the first week in October. For Anglers in Illinois, this is a good place to start the season off. The lake is accessable from Shore in certain areas as well as there are 2 boat launches. March 1st has become yearly tradition for a lot of Anglers and the lake keeps gaining popularity for new Anglers like Charlie Harper.
Charlie was kind enough to share his experience as he fish this lake for the first time with the Johnny and Martin.
“5am, meeting up with Johnny and Martin to fish the day after severe storms swept through the Midwest. The conditions looking leek as we set out to rough up our thumbs with a lip hustle like no other. Forecast was a high of 42° with light rain and fog. Our plans remained the same. We reached Braidwood minutes before sunrise, only to be greeted at the North Ramp by 20+ boaters. All anxious, just as us, to catch the first bass of 2017 at Braidwood Lake opening day. We got on the water and started towards our first spot. The water temps ranging from 64° – 68° on the cooler side of the lake. The South Ramp was closed due to the high winds. We hit the first cove Martin took us to and got our lines wet. The fog off the water was intense. My eyes getting pulled in different directions as I took in my first boat trip onto Braidwood Lake. Before you knew it, we were reeling in the largemouth bass. We hit a few other coves and landed some more. We were restricted on where we could go cause the winds were picking up and becoming intense. After 3.5 hours on the water, we decided safety first and heading back to the North Ramp. We reeled in a total of 12 bass ranging from 1.5 – 2.5 lbs. All in all it was a dope day with good results in not ideal conditions. Had a great time fishing with Johnny and Martin and I can’t imagine how great the fishing can be at Braidwood with slightly better conditions.”