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Central Illinois fishing report

July 31, 2008 at 06:47 PM

Hot weather has slowed angling participation more than fish cooperation. Catfish are good and bluegill are biting most places.


  • Near Peoria the wicket dam is up and snagging Asian carp should be good this weekend says Scott Klasing at Presley’s Outdoors. Backwaters fair for channel catfish on shad, nightcrawlers and stinkbait. White bass fair on twister tails and spinners says Tom Grider at Riverside Bait in Pekin.
  • Near Chillicothe white bass fair on Panther Martins and crazy blades says Celeste Pollack at Wolf Hollow Archery. Channel catfish good.
  • Near Henry catfish up to 14 pounds being caught on worms and dipbait says Marge Hankins at Hankins Riverview.
  • Near Spring Valley winning weight for last weekend’s tournament was five catfish of 45 pounds. Herring, shad and crab tails working says Bob “Baitshop” Henning of Riverview Marine in Spring Valley. Action best downriver from Spring Valley. Small sauger being caught by lead-core trollers.
  • Near Starved Rock channel cats best in 9-11 feet of water on channel edges and taking Sonny’s dipbait says Darrell “Buster” Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica. River very low. White bass 10-13 inches taking blade baits and Big Dudes.


    Bass best last hour before sunset and the first two hours after sunrise on top-water baits and plastics. Rats and frogs also good says Merle Keefer at Pekin Bass & Bow. Channel cats fair on blood bait says Grider.


    Crappie best evenings on tube jigs and minnows. Saugeye, muskie slow says Mike Steffa, operations supervisor. Catfish good on stinkbait and chicken liver. Largemouth fair, with fish up to 5 pounds hitting plastics.


    Blue catfish of 12 and 18 pounds caught his week on shad says Grider. Smallmouth bass spotty; some action on crankbaits, tube jigs and minnows. Channel cats best on nightcrawlers and shad says Keefer.


    Largemouth bass fair on plastics and spinnerbaits and big bluegill hitting waxworms and red worms says Terry Whiteside at Victoria Tackle Shop. Some walleye taking large minnows in McMaster Lake. Steve Direicky caught a 36-inch muskie on a black spinnerbait.


    Bass best near lily pads on top-waters, buzzbaits and scum frogs says Larry Karnes at Larry’s Family Restaurant. Big bass Tuesday was 5.27 pounds and white plastic mice are working well says Troy Galvin at Galvin’s Spring Lake Market. Catfish good on stinkbait and shad guts. Howard Cooper of Manito caught three 5- to 6-pounders on crawlers this week.


    Small bluegill fair on crickets and worms along the weed line says Al Hayden at Al’s Sporting Goods in Galesburg. Crappie best in 9-12 feet on jigs tipped with wax worms. A few catfish being caught on dipbait. Bass best early and late on crankbaits, top-waters and plastics.


    Senkos shining for bass says Klasing. Best fishing early and late. Crankbaits and 10-inch plastic wormds good bets during the day. Catfish fair on stinkbait and crayfish. Bluegill fair.


    • At Anderson Lake bluegill are fair along the shoreline. A few catfish are being caught on crawdads.
    • At Argyle Lake some catfish are being caught at night on Sonny’s dipbait and hand-size blue gill are taking crawlers says The Deck II bait shop.
    • Spoon River water levels are good and bankpolers are catching channel cats on leeches and minnows. Dipbait good for rod-and-reelers.
    • At Oak Run bluegill good on crickets and small pieces of worm says Hayden. Catfish best on chicken liver and dipbait.
    • Chautauqua Lake fair for catfish on dipbaits says Keefer.
    • At Clinton Lake catfish of the 5- to 12-pound range are being caught on shad gut and bait shrimp says Joanne Lowe of Mike’s Tackle World in Decatur. Hybrid stripers up to 8 pounds hitting top-waters early in the spillway. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits.
    • Fishing better at Lake Shelbyville where white bass up to 1.5 pounds are taking small twisters says guide Steve Welch. Water still 14 feet over pool Crappie best in standing timber on minnows.
    • On the Mississippi River walleye fair on the wing dams on three-way rigs with leeches and nightcrawlers. Bass fair but small says Larry Monehan at Miller’s Sports.


      Steve O’Neal of Elmwood caught a 24-inch, 7.2-pound largemouth bass Sunday on a 10-inch purple plastic worm in a Fulton County strip-mine lake.

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my son and I had good luck recently flyfishing the spillway of a nearby lake.During the summer hot months if you can find a lake with flowing water going in or out, you should be able to find some fish.We caught a bunch of nice red ear,gills and a few crappie last week while fishing a real small creek that a spillway ran into.
A good friend also reported good luck fishing at the mouth of a creek that feed into a local lake.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/31 at 07:16 PM

We also stayed a few nights up near Henry at Condits ranch,few small farm ponds.My son tore the gills up with a size #16 still born midge pattern and I landed a few nice bass and broke off on a bigger bass. I was using a size#8,purple hair leach.

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