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Illinois fishing report 10-1-09

October 01, 2009 at 01:46 PM

HOTSPOTS

Give us our choice of anywhere to fish in Illinois right now and we’d pick…

• Kinkaid Lake for largemouth bass.
•Snagging for salmon on Chicago’s lakefront. No, the action isn’t great yet, but snagging is fun and salmon sure eat better than Asian carp.
• Walleye on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes.
• Muskie fishing at McMaster Lake (Snakeden Hollow), Kinkaid Lake, Fox Chain O’Lakes or just about anywhere else the toothy rascals are swimming.
• Saugeye at Charleston side-channel lake.

WALL HANGERS

• Brad Remington (pictured below) caught and released this big tiger muskie at Apple Canyon lake on Monday while fishing a jointed X-Rap in 15 feet of water over weedbeds. Remington estimated the fish weighed in the high 20s in pounds.
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• Jake Calvin caught this 10-pound, 29-inch striped bass on Sept. 24 bass near Chillicothe along the Illinois River while fishing a Panther Martin lure.
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Fox Chain O’ Lakes
SOURCE: Greg Dickson, Triangle Sports & Marine, Antioch (1-847-395-0813).
Walleye are excellent on fathead minnows and Lindy rigs says Triangle. Some fish reported on crankbaits. Good sizes being caught. Crappie are starting to improve but are still spotty. Best results are in the mouths of coves. Fish are still deeper. Bluegill are good and moving shallow. Muskie are active. Try bucktails. Target windy shores for white bass.
Click here to check updates on no-wake status and water levels or call 847-587-8540 .

Lake Michigan
SOURCES: Henry’s (312-225-8538), Vet’s (773-734-6720) and Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.
• On the Chicago lakefront snagging season opens today for chinook and coho salmon at the following locations: inner and outer harbors at Jackson Park, Lincoln Park Lagoon from the Fullerton Avenue Bridge to the southern end of the Lagoon, Winnetka power plant discharge area and Waukegan Harbor (in North Harbor basin only). No snagging is allowed at any time within 200 feet of a moored watercraft or as posted. Snagging season ends Dec. 31. In other action, Dale Bowman reports that salmon have been spotty while boaters were catching 2- and 3-year-old kings and lake trout in 120-150 feet of water.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan, shore anglers have been catching king salmon, brown trout and steelhead off the government pier says Salmon Stop. Nice fish out of the harbor include the 17.4-pound king (pictured below) caught by Ben Mikrut during the Salmon Unlimited Kids Shore Fishing Derby last Saturday. Mikrut is shown with his son Nicholas, 8, and earned Fish of the Week honors from the Chicago Sun-Times.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana salmon are biting well in deeper water and trollers are also catching fishing at Burns Ditch says Mik-Lurch. Creek anglers are catching cohos, steelhead and chinook salmon.
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Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Crappie fishing is fair with most of the fish being caught over deeper brushpiles using minnows under bobbers says Guide Jay Angel. You need to have the minnow just ticking the top of the brush in order to catch fish. Water temperatures are in the high 60s. The larger crappies were caught over the rockpiles on the roadbed using minnows. This time of the year you need to move around a bit in order to put numbers of fish in the boat
• Park hours November to January 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; February to March 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May to October 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Click here for a Shabbona Lake fishing forum

NORTH-CENTRAL ILLINOIS South of Interstate 80 and North of Interstate 72/U.S. Route 36

Anderson Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Ed Oest (309-759-4484)
The last day to fish from a boat here is Oct. 23. After that bankfishing only will be allowed.

Banner Marsh
SOURCE: Adam Jaegle, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193); Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
The lakes are producing some nice catches of big white crappie, but numbers are not there yet says Merle Keefer. Bass are fair and bass anglers report muskie are active and following baits. The last day to fish from a boat here is Oct. 17. After that bankfishing only is allowed. And starting Oct. 31, bankfishing will only be allowed after 1 p.m.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Crappie are fair but many small fish are being caught on jigs and minnows around brush or timber says Dozard. Bass are fair on plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits along points. Walleye were slow last weekend, with best results along points and breaks at about 9-12 feet of water.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Last day of fishing is Oct. 13.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Nice eater-sized channel catfish are biting all over the lake. Some crappie, though they are spotty. White bass are decent says Lowe. Bass are fair to slow says Larry Dozard, with best results on plastics and crankbaits off points at coves. He rated crappie as fair to slow on jigs and minnows and just coming into the shallow timber. The easterly area of Clinton Lake between the DeWitt and the 48 bridges is closed from mid-October through March 31.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Fishing remains very good for bass, with best action along the sides of the old ditches in 6-8 feet of water. Crankbaits are working very well and white or silver are good colors. Rat-L-Traps are also good and fish will take plastics. Water clarity is improving and weeds are starting to die back. Most bass are still ranging 12-15 inches. Merle Keefer reports good catches of bluegill in deeper water. Some crappie also reported, though action has slowed for them. Anglers must obtain a free permit at Dickson Mounds Museum (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) before fishing here.

Evergreen Lake
SOURCE: Brad Wood, operations supervisor, (309-726-2022) or Larry Dozard
The report is similar to last week, with crappie doing well on tube jigs and minnows says Wood. Several keepers being caught, with a lot of sorting. Fish still seem to be holding in 10-15 feet of water around brush. Saugeye are really turning on. Many reports of Saugeye in the 10- to 16-inch range. Anglers reporting catches around the Pump House, point by the Boat Rental/Bait Shop, and other main points around the lake. Saugeye are being caught on crawlers, minnows, and gulp artificial minnows. Bass reports have been pretty good lately. One angler reported he and another caught about 20 in an outing, with a couple of them being keepers. Another gentleman caught a 20-inch lunker on buzz bait. Many anglers have been out trying their luck with the muskies lately with the cooler weather. Many follows and a few being caught. A 42-inch muskie was caught last week by a gentleman crappie fishing. Haven’t heard too many reports on how the Catfishing has been in the last week. Bluegill continue to be caught with very little size to them, mostly on wax worms and crawler pieces. Water clarity is 1-2 feet and water level is about 3 feet down with temperatures in the 70s. Bowfishing is closed on Evergreen Lake from October 1 through January 17. Also, the north and east sides around Deer Island and all of Six Mile Creek Bay are off limits to gas motors from Oct. 15 to Jan. 1. Trolling motors only will be permitted in this area.
Click here for up-to-date lake reports.

Heidecke Lake
SOURCE: Don Stephens, Greybeards (815-941-1504); Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667); Guide Greg Heath (815-258-9136)
The last day of fishing is Oct. 6.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE:Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Last day of fishing is Oct. 15. In October, lake is open Wednesdays through Sundays.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Last day of fishing is Oct. 13. Monster Lake at Mazonia South stays open year round.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Good reports on largemouth bass in the past week, but very few reports on smallmouth bass says Keefer. Channel catfish are biting well. The last day to fish from a boat here is Oct. 23. The last day to bank fish at Powerton is Oct. 30. Bankfishing will reopen Dec. 28 and boat fishing reopens Feb. 15.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Victoria Tackle Shop (309-879-2664)
The last day for fishing is Oct. 18.

Spring Lake
SOURCES: Troy Galvin, Galvin’s Spring Lake Market (309-267-6538) and Larry Karnes, Larry’s Restaurant and Family Bar, Manito (309-968-9500)
Anglers are starting to catch some crappie on the south end. No great big ones but they are starting. The bass are picking up some on the south end. Better than they were. The north end has been more consistent. Very few bluegill reported, though. Channel catfish have backed off some too, thought that might be due to fewer anglers being out. The last day to fish from a boat in the hunting zone here is Oct. 23. Starting Oct. 31, bankfishing is closed until 1 p.m. daily in the hunting zone. Boats are allowed north of Maple Island and in the Pike Hole, though the Pike Hole is open to small, portable boats only.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
The lake has been dropped pretty low and clarity has improved some. Crappie are still biting and a few walleye have been reported of late. Crappie are on jigs and minnows both, some jigs tipped with waxworms and fish are fairly shallow. Walleye are hitting crankbaits fished by bass anglers and on minnows. Bass are just so-so. No reports of big muskie. Bluegill are fair but mostly smaller.

Strip Mines
(Fulton, Knox, Peoria and Stark counties)

SOURCE: Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193); Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); and Larry Dozard; Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Crankbaits and spinnerbaits (on windy days) are producing some nice bass as they feed up for fall. Sizes have been better in the past week with some up to 8 pounds reported. Bluegill are fair to good but are running small in many lakes. Bigger bluegill are still in deeper water. Crappie have slowed some but anglers are still catching a few here and there on minnows. The bite should rebound soon.

SOUTH-CENTRAL ILLINOIS South of Interstate 72/U.S. Route 36 and North of Interstate 70

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Saugeye have turned on here on Rat-L-Traps, quarter-ounce to half-ounce chrome sided are best. A 26-incher was caught the other day that weighed about 6 pounds. Crappie are also better on white-colored twister tails and some live bait. Catfish are also good on nightcrawlers. The cooler weather has helped out.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
It has been poor all year even for white bass. They are starting to catch some crappie, with a few reports of a good day last Saturday. Fish are moving shallower. Most anglers are still going below the dams for catfish, white bass, hybrid stripers and crappie. Top-waters will catch plenty.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Bass fishing was slow last weekend during an Illini Lunker Hunters bass club tournament when Bill Steele of Mapleton managed just five bass of 10.79 pounds as the winning weight and the big fish was a 3.49-pounder caught by Ryan Maddox. Lake closed for fishing Oct. 18.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Crappie are good. Bass remain elusive as they have been for much of this year. Channel catfish are still good.

Lake Shelbyville
SOURCE: Guide Ken Wilson (217-774-5756 or 217-454-2672) at Lithia Springs Guide Service; Margie Oliver, Marv and Kathy’s Bait & Tackle, Sullivan (217-728-4044); Guide Steve Welch (217) 762-7257 or (217) 840-1221
White bass and crappie are good and anglers have also been picking up walleye on occasion. Crappie have moved shallow into the trees big-time. Joanne Lowe says this is one of the best years at the lake in a long time. Dozard says bass are fair on plastics, crankbaits and jigs on points or near deep structure. Walleye are fair to slow on jigs and crankbaits with some on spoons along breaks off wind-blown flats or points.
• For a daily report on Lake Shelbyville call (217-774-2020).

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Catfish and white bass are very good says Henkel’s. Cats taking cheesebaits or nightcrawlers from the banks or shrimp, cut bait drifting. White bass moving into the rocks, with early morning and late afternoon best. Crappie good. In the spillway, white bass and catfish also very good. Whites taking a combination of curly tails. Cats taking cheesebaits. Crappie and sauger both fair in the spillway.
• For the latest water level information call (618-594-4637).

Cedar Lake
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366); Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354); Kyle Garner, Crappie Pro Shop, Carterville (618-985-8277)
Crappie are good in 6-12 feet of water on the edge of grass on blue and white, red and white, orange and chartreuse and pink and chartreuse. Fish are also coming off weedbeds and flooded treetops. Dorothy Simkins caught a 3-pound, 4-ounce crappie out of the lake back on Sept. 9.

Crab Orchard Lake
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366); Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354); Kyle Garner, Crappie Pro Shop, Carterville (618-985-8277)
Crappie are fair but there are fewer anglers out says Reed. The fish at Crab are in brushpiles in 6-8 feet of water on orange and chartreuse tube jigs. The west end of the lake has been good, with the dam area very good. The refuge has closed to fishing as of Oct. 1, so catfishing has slowed. That’s one of the prime areas for catfish.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Crappie have picked up at Lake of Egypt says Reed.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Murphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Muskie had been good but the recent cool front slowed things some says Al Nutty. Fish had been good on bucktails, also shallow crankbaits like the SS Shad were producing. A 49.5-incher was caught three days ago by Jeff Hodges from Springfield Mo. A 50.5-incher was reportedly caught two weeks ago by Ray Simms, father of Colby Simms. Largemouth bass have been good on deep-diving crankbaits off main-lake points and Carolina rigs. The better fish have still been in the 10-14 foot range, occasionally shallow. Walleye have been fair in 14-18 feet of water, and trolling diving-crankbaits has been the best method. Bottom bouncing a crawler will also work. Crappie are good and starting to head up some, but still best in 10-16 feet deep around heavy brushpiles on minnows. Catfish remain good. There’s word of a few flatheads being caught.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Bass are fair on spinnerbaits, crankbaits and on baits being trolled.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
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Des Plaines River
SOURCE:Andrew Ragas
The fishing is now starting to get a lot better on the Des Plaines River and its main tributaries. Last week, the rainfall came, this week the fish started moving again, and the cooling off in weather and water temperatures is finally signaling a good period of change for both, fish and the fisherman. Pike and Bass are providing anglers with the most consistent catches throughout the wooded forest preserves in Lake, Cook, and Will counties. Time of day does not appear to be a factor but rather location and presentation. Pike up to 30″ (long but skinny) are responding well to smaller bucktails, swimbaits, spinnerbaits, jig and big plastics, and roaches worked through mid-river pools and shoreline cover such as wood and weedbeds. Most fish averaging around “action size” up to 25 inches, and white/silver seems to be the hot color of late. Likewise, Largemouth Bass are relating to similar areas as the Pike, but are being more frequently found in slackwater areas and deeper pools. Swimbaits, white/gold or chartreuse Spinnerbaits, minnowbaits, and anything resembling the forage species of fish are providing anglers with the best results. Lastly, Walleyes and Sauger will be soon to follow. It’s still not their time as water temperatures are in the 65-70 degree range and few reports have been coming in with not many trying either. Give it at least another week before things become more predictable. As for the creeks and tributaries, with Salt Creek being one notable to name, Northern Pike are quite active in the Cook and DuPage co. preserves. Use thin wire leaders with your offerings, because I had three quick bite-offs on an assortment of jig & plastics in a span of 15-minutes of fishing over the weekend. Two of them appeared to have size. Water levels are safe for wading, and temperatures are dropping at an almost-daily rate. As a result, the fish are responding.
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica sauger are better and the jig bite is also improving says Darrell “Buster” Culjan. Best results have been reported by those pulling three-ways or jigging in 8-10 feet of water along channels. Overall the river is low and clarity is good. White bass are good when there is water flowing through the dam, slow when the plant is not generting power. Blade baits are still the ticket. Cooler weather should improve the white bass bite.
SOURCE: Baitshop Bob, Riverview Marine, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley, last Saturday’s white bass tournament had 11 pounds for 10 fish as the top weight. Sunday the Chicago walleye tournament out of Spring Valley took 12 pounds to win. So sauger are still good. The bigger fish are from Hennepin and on down. Water should help the white bass bite. There are good numbers of 11-12-13 inch crappie from around the pilings. Trolling live bait is working for catfish, which are still biting.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria and downstream toward Havana Keefer reports largemouth bass are biting well. Channel catfish have slowed some this week but should pick back up on flats and along channel edges. A frustrating season of snagging at Peoria Lock and Dam winds to a close with few large fish being snagged according to “Photo Joe” Egli. “It’s been simply terrible. I have not seen fins up near the dam yet this year.” Pictured below is Kurt Karnes with a 16-pounder Egli snagged last Wednesday from the rocks on the Peoria side.
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Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• From Indiana to Momence, Mullady says largemouth bass are good on plastic worms, Mepps No. 3 Spinners, imitation crawfish, jointed lures, nightcrawlers and top-water baits. Smallmouth bass are good on chug bugs, imitation crawfish and spinners, Walleye are fair on jig and minnows, crankbaits and Rattlin’ Rogues.
• Near Kankakee from the dam through Sawmill Creek, walleye are fair on crankbaits, jointed minnow-shaped lures, Rattlin’ Rogues and jigs and minnows. Catfish are good on cheesebaits, minnows and chicken liver. Smallmouth bass are good on chug bugs, Mr. Twister weighted keeper hooks and twister tails, minnows and imitation crayfish.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park smallmouth bass are good in pools around islands, rock riffles, creek mouths on chug bugs, weighted keeper hooks and double twister tails, Mepps No. 2 or 3 spinners. Fly fishermen are doing best on nymphs, streamer flies and poppers.
• Near Wilmington walleye are fair on jigs and minnows, minnow-shaped baits and jigs and crawlers. Smallies are good on spinners, minnows, jigs and twister tails and Rattlin Rogues.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR
Mississippi River Pool 13
River level in Bellevue is 3.56 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water temperature is in the low 60s and water clarity is good.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish being caught off of brush piles in side channels and backwaters on small jigs or minnows.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are coming off of wing dams with good current on three-way rigs tipped with leeches or on crankbaits.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The river level in Camanche is 8.82 feet and is forecast to remain stable over the next week.  Water temperature is in the low 60s and water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are still biting, but have slowed compared to last week.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies coming off of snags in side channels and backwaters on minnows or jigs.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are coming off of the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches, jigs, or crankbaits.  With low water levels, target dams that have good current or focus on the tips of the dams.

For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 4.06 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfishing has slowed down but some fish are being caught on night crawlers, shrimp, crawdads, and stink baits around wing dams and log piles.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill fishing has been slow.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie fishing in the backwaters is starting to pick up. Some crappies are starting to be caught around the Andalusia Islands fishing brush piles with small minnows or tube jigs.  Walleye fishing has been slow but a few fish are being caught on wing dams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or a leech. Some fish are also being caught casting crankbaits on the wing dams. With the low flow, look for wing dams with deeper water and fish more towards the tip of the dam.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 3.30 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Channel catfishing has slowed down but some fish are being caught on crawlers, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log piles.  White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Big Timber fishing around brush piles along the bank on minnows. Some crappies are also being caught in the Muscatine Harbor.  Walleye fishing has been slow but some fish are being caught on the wing dams using three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler or leech. Some fish are also being caught casting crankbaits to the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 3.84 feet.  Fishing for channel catfish is slowing down. Some fish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles in the main channel or side channels.  White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being picked up fishing jigs and small minnows around brush piles in the backwaters.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught on jigs and small minnows fished around brush piles in the backwaters.  Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 1.67 feet.  Fishing for channel catfish has been slowing down. Some fish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and log piles in the main channel or side channels.  White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies are starting to be caught around brush piles in the backwater areas on minnows.  Walleye fishing has been slow on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are low so take caution when boating. Main channel water temperature is around 65-66 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.


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Rock River
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon walleye have been good with a few 5-pounders caught last week and the 6-12, 27-incher pictured above, caught by Holly of Rochelle. She caught her fish at the dam on the west side of the river at mid-day. Black jigs and twister tails are good. Tip them with a minnow. Rooster tails and countdown Rapalas are also working well. There have been some nice catfish on worms lately. Flatheads are good on big suckers, particularly north of the dam.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• Elsewhere, Jones said flatheads are starting to winter up and channel cats keep hitting on cheesebaits and cut shad. Pictured below is Catfish Academy member Dan Raney with a flathead that went well over 40 pounds and was released back into the Rock.
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