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Illinois hunting and fishing

Ice fishing underway across N. Illinois

December 17, 2009 at 04:10 PM

Hard-water fishing is in full swing through most of northern Illinois and in small ponds in parts of central Illinois.

Anglers are reporting 4-8 inches in the Pool 13 backwaters of the Mississippi River, with South Sabula Lake and Mickelson’s Landing both producing bluegill. There is also 4-6 inches in many Pool 14 backwaters.

Here’s the full report for Pool 13 from the Iowa DNR:

Ice conditions at most backwaters are good with reports of 4 to 8 inches at most lakes.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  River stage in Bellevue is forecast to rise to 4.5 feet, and then remain stable.  Reports of fish being caught in South Sabula Lake and Mickelson’s Landing.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting on ice fishing jigs tipped with wax worms. Anglers are sorting through a lot of small fish.  Crappie - Slow: Not a lot of crappie reports, yet.  But fish jigs with soft plastics or small spoons like L’il Micks for best results.

In Pool 14 backwaters, ice conditions are good with reports of 4 to 6 inches at most lakes.  Ice conditions in sloughs with flowing water will be considerably less and travel on them is not recommended.  River stage in Camanche is stable around 9.35 feet.  Reports of fish being caught in the Rock Creek area.

Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times reports plenty of ice fishing action on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes. Elsewhere lakes are rapidly forming safe ice and should be fishable this weekend. That may include Shabbona Lake. There is also some fishing at Wolf Lake. Click here for his full report.

At Lake Storey, Al Hayden of Al’s Sporting Goods in Galesburg reports groups of up to 10 anglers have been fishing around the water tower. Hayden has also heard of famr ponds with 4-7 inches of ice in the Galesburg area.

Action has been slower in the Peoria area, as many strip-mine lakes in the area have only locked up in the past few days. But brave anglers were out drilling holes in small ponds on Thursday with reports of 2-4 inches of ice.

Also, now that duck hunting is done at the Emiquon Preserve, that bass-filled lake will be open to hard-water fishing once there is safe ice.

 

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2.5 to 3 inches in central illinois atm

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/17 at 07:04 PM

We drove past Lake Storey Saturday and I would think twice before heading out… There was still a large area open due to the geese and we saw nobody out on the ice. It looked pretty sketchy still.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/20 at 03:57 PM

Was out on the ice at Silver Springs SP and there was four inches of ice. Didnt catch anything.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/20 at 07:26 PM

Was out on the ice on 12/20 and had good ice 6” in Central Illinois around the Toulon/Kewanee area. Had a decent day caught 7 nice gills.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/21 at 04:36 AM

anyone been out around Banner Marsh yet?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/21 at 11:41 PM

Went to some local stripmines today. 12-22 and caught a couple crappie and 4 Bass and a bunch of small bluegill. All on small ponds. The big lake only had between 2 and 3 inches of ice. Decided I didn’t want to go ice swimming in 30 foot of water with a gas auger. A few more cold nights and we might have enough ice to get to the honey holes. North of Wyoming. Small ponds had 5 to 6 inches of ice however. Let you know more later.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/22 at 01:20 PM

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