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Illinois fishing report 10-8-09

October 08, 2009 at 10:38 AM

HOTSPOTS

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

• The Rock River for big walleye.
• Crappie at just about any lake where they are swimming.
• The Indiana side of Lake Michigan for salmon.
• Saugeye at Evergreen Lake.

WALL HANGERS

• Ted Reed of Clinton caught a 57-pound catfish using a No. 10 snagging hook with a minnow Sept. 29
•Dave Bales caught a 6.5-pound walleye out of the Kankakee River near Momence.
• Eric Brown, a member of Catfishacademy.com sent this picture of a walleye pushing 9 pounds that his dad landed on an outing on the Rock River on Wednesday.
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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).
Plenty of rain has cooled off the lakes. Temperatures are down and the lake water is clearing. Good current flowing through making walleye, striper and catfish fishing good along the bridges and the Fox River. Crappie moving in. Most are small, but bigger ones should be coming soon. Look in channels or close to shorelines. Bass are in shallow around the docks or edge of weeds. Muskie action good in north areas of channel, like Marie or Catherine, 6-12 feet deep.
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, salmon moving in on the lake front says Henry’s. Glow spoons at night or crankbaits best. Snagging season open, with Jackson Park and Lincoln Park good locations. Anglers finding some salmon using spawn sacks or spoons at Pastrick Marina says Vet’s. Boat anglers also trolling out deep in 100 feet of water. A few perch biting at 95th Street.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan, anglers catching king salmon along the piers throwing spoons. Steelheads and brown trout biting on spawn sacks or nightcrawlers. Snagging season open. Boat fishing slowing down.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana, salmon and cohos very active on spinners and spawn sacks at South Creek and Trail Creek. Pastrick Marina, Hole in the Wall and the Amoco discharge producing king salmon casting glow in the dark spoons and Berkley frenzies. Perch showing up along the inland wall on minnows and perch rigs right off the bottom. The Illinois River is “hot to trot” says Mik-Lurch with white bass, crappie and walleye all biting.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).Crappie and bluegill on fairly good bite says Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle. Bass slow. Water cooling to 55 degrees, as of Wednesday, and water level going down. With cooler water and water going down, walleye and muskie should be feeding soon. Crappie going up shallow along the points and in creek beds. Bluegill moving into the weed lines. Look for walleye along the road beds and tree lines using minnows suspended 18-19 feet.
• 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

Wolf Lake
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
Crappie starting to come into the channels and feeding voraciously says Mik-Lurch. After the cold front, walleye should also be moving into the channels.

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)
Fishing remains slow here says site manager Ed Oest. The last day to fish from a boat here is Oct. 23. After that bankfishing only will be allowed.

Illinois hunting and fishing
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)
Crappie moving up even more shallow, in 5-6 feet, and taking minnows says Keefer. A few bass also biting, but not many big ones, aside from the 23-incher (above) caught by Zac Edwards, 12. Minnows working. 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 to good in 1-6 feet of water on plastic tubs and Marabou jigs says Dozard. Striped bass are fair on crankbaits and grubs throughout the lake. Bass are also fair on plastics, jigs and crankbaits on wood and grass lines. Catfish are slow and bluegill are fair on waxworms.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Bass bite good around the old part of the lake says Colvin. Carolina rigs working as are crankbaits and jig and pig. 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)
Crappie biting good shallow, mostly on minnows but a few on jigs, says Clinton Bait and Tackle. Larry Dozard suggests targeting main-lake brush in 10-12 feet of water, especially on the west side off the cove points and by Mascoutin near the fish attractors. A few catfish also biting on shrimp, shad guts or nightcrawlers. Smaller fish this week. Walleye and white bass being picked up below the spillway. The easterly area of Clinton Lake between the DeWitt and the 48 bridges is closed from mid-October through March 31.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Crappie biting good here on minnows and jigs. Catfish doing good also on chicken livers or shrimp. Walleye and bass fair. Concession stand closes Oct. 19 and re-opens Nov. 4.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass fishing is good with catches of 30-50 fish more common these days. Bass and crappie continue to be on a very good bite here says Keefer. Bass taking Berkley gulp minnows or tube jigs tipped with waxworms. Fish are still relating to ditches but have started moving into the shallows more reliably. Bluegill are deeper, though. 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
Saugeye are biting well here according to Wood, who says most are being caught off of points on the lake and at the pumping station. Crappie like always are on the small side with plenty of sorting being done to get the keepers. A 7-ounce, 8.25-inch bluegill was caught from the pumping station on Monday on a minnow. Bass reports from last weekend were fair. Numbers were being caught, but most fish were small. Bass fishermen are still reporting muskie hitting well. So if you want to catch Muskie try Bass fishing. A recent night electroshocking survey conducted by the IDNR showed hope for the future of bass and saugeye on Evergreen Lake. For the 2009 survey we had 356 bass per hour, the next highest catch rate was in 1998 with 126.5 Bass per hour! The majority of the fish surveyed were under 10 inches and represented two very large year classes. Much of the credit for the high numbers in 2009 can be attributed to the aquatic vegetation project being conducted in the past few years. FYI – The Evergreen Lake Bait Shop will be closing Friday, October 16. Until then it is open from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. daily. Clarity is 2 feet and temperatures are in the mid-60s.

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.

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)
Crappie biting on minnows at Ponderosa. Reports of big pike being spotted at Eagle. 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)
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)
Muskie have been slow. 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)
Best thing here lately has been muskie on the north end using muskie jigs or Rat-L-traps says Karnes. Bass and catfish both slowing. Crappie picking up but most small. Minnows best. Others using pink jigs with white curly tails tipped with waxworms or black and chartreuse tube jigs. 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)
Muskie fishing slow but bass are active says Chef Todd.

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)
Bass on an upswing says Tim Presley at Presley’s Outdoors in Bartonville. Most on jigs and slow moving spinners, but the occasional spinner bait working also. Not much to report on catfish or white bass. Crappie bite good on minnows and jigs. Crappie moving in brush piles about 6-8 feet deep in clear water says Dink’s. White twister tails with a pink head jig working also.

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 starting to bite on Rat-L-traps and a few on jigs and twister tails says Cuddy. Crappie good on tube squirts or jig heads. Catfish, channel and flatheads, biting. Mostly channel being taken on nightcrawlers, cut shad.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Crappie bite picking up on minnows and tube jigs. Anglers catching limits. White bass biting on big dudes, Mepps, rooster tails, gay blades. Below the dam, largemouth bass biting on topwater lures, rapalas. Crappie and asian carp also biting below the dam.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Lake closed for fishing Oct. 18.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Bass picking up, some in 14- to 15-inch range, on plastics or crankbaits. Crappie biting on tight-line minnows in tree top laydowns.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Crappie starting to come on here in 6 feet of water and taking minnows says Big Red’s. Catfish deeper on shad. Bass taking soft plastics, green pumpkin or black shad colors. Bluegill “going crazy for crickets.” Larger bluegill in 10-12 feet of water.

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
Recent two-day tournament produced 15 muskie from 28 boats, with largest catch 45 inches. Bucktails and topwaters best baits. Crappie going good on main lake brush piles and ledges says Wilson. White bass can be found on wind blown flats. Walleye slow. Below the spillway, some white bass and crappie being picked up. Very few walleye and muskie biting. Bass also on points, laydowns in shallow says Welch. Bass taking white spinner baits. Pearl white crappie jigs working for crappie.
• For a daily report on Lake Shelbyville call (217-774-2020).

Lake Springfield
SOURCE: Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674) and Tater’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-2208)
Catfish biting good on shad or liver says Big Red’s. Crappie taking minnows in 12 feet of water. A 59-pound blue catfish caught by a Decatur angler Saturday.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Catfish good on nightcrawlers or stinkbaits. Bluegill pretty good on waxworms or crickets. Bass good on a variety of baits. Crappie poor.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Crappie taking minnows and jigs says Lavish’s. Catfish anglers drifting with shad and shrimp. A few white bass biting on the rocks with plastics or crankbaits. Also a few largemouth biting on spinners and crankbaits.
• 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)
Bass being caught in 8-14 feet of water. Shad colored crankbaits, Carolina rigs, green pumpkin colored jigs good around grassy areas. Crappie biting 6-8 feet deep in grass points using minnows or tube jigs. Blue and white, red and white or red and chartreuse colors best. Anglers using topwaters for bass in the mornings.

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 biting around beaver huts or brush piles. Look 4-6 feet deep says Garner. Crappie taking tube jigs (orange, pink or black and chartreuse) around the Route 13 bridge or in brush piles 8 feet deep along the spillway. Bass taking spinner baits and buzzbaits along the laydowns and weed beds.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Bass scattered and chasing bait here. Shaky head jigs working. Crappie moving up into grassy points.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Crappie are biting here says Polcyn. Anglers trolling with jigs. warmouth and bluegill also can be found.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Muskie bite very good says Top of the Hill. Anglers trolling spinning lures or sub-surfaces lures along grass beds. Jerk or glide baits good, with Hellhound “hot” says Nutty. Walleye slow at best trolling deep water lures. Bass action dropped with not many numbers or size. Bass should begin to pick up again soon. Crappie biting but also not good in numbers. Minnows and a few jigs working. Crappie about 10-12 feet deeper over a 15-18 foot bottom and around heavy brush piles. Bluegill taking waxworms, mealworms or crickets. Look around docks at the marina or most of the lake around outer weed edges in 4-12 feet deep says Nutty. A few catfish being caught on nightcrawlers, cut shad or chicken livers.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Things are beginning to pick up here says Rauch. Catfish biting on nightcrawlers and shrimp, with some anglers still trying stinkbaits. Bass biting but most on the small side. Crankbaits and plastics being used. Some trolling deep running crankbaits but Rauch expects bass to come in more shallow.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Crappie and bass best here says Gessner. Crappie taking jigs or minnows. With cooler weather, more jigs will be used. Bass taking about anything shad colored, crankbaits, spinners.Look around rocks with deep diving crankbaits, shad colored, or 6-7 feet deep around old stumps in the middle of the lake says Hudnall. Some still picking up bluegill on crickets and red wigglers.

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Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica, striper biting good and plenty of smaller sauger being picked up says Cajun’s. Look anywhere around structure or drop offs. Jig and minnows good or blade baits. Crappie also biting on jigs. The picture above is from the Illinois Walleye Trail event last weekend, when sauger were biting well. Many were small. Frank Zator and Barry O’Flynn hand-lined upstream from Henry for six sauger weighing 12.94 pounds. Most of their fish came out of 9-11 feet of water. Big fish honors went to Robert Jones and Scott Anzulas with a 3.66 Sauger worth $260.
SOURCE: Baitshop Bob, Riverview Marine, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley, white bass biting toward the dam and sauger being caught up river.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria, sauger biting on minnows and jigs says Keefer. River crappie biting along the tributaries, especially in Bath and Havana areas says Presley.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana, catfish best on cut baits says Dink’s.
SOURCE: Tom’s Bait Shop in Beardstown (217-323-BAIT)
• Near Beardstown, catfish slowing but anglers still catching them on shrimp or cheesebaits. Crappie biting good in the backwaters on jigs or minnows, mostly on minnows. Bass can also be found around the marina near stumps.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• From Indiana to Momence Mullady says smallmouth Bass good on spinners, top-water baits near shorelines, minnows. Catfishing good. Largemouth Bass fair on plastic worms, spinnerbaits, nightcrawlers and minnows.
• From Kankakee Dam to the state park, smallmouth bass good on top-water baits in slower pools, minnows, crankbaits, jig and twister tails and for fly-rod anglers on streamers, nymphs, small spinners and poppers. Rock bass good on worms, spinners and flies. Nick at the Kankakee River Trading Post reported weighing a recent catch by a local fisherman of a 17-pound catfish in the state park area.
• Near Wilmington, fishing is improving for smallmouth bass, catfish and walleye. Best from Wilmington Dam through end of Island Park.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR
Mississippi River Pool 13
River level in Bellevue is 4.81 feet and is forecast to rise to 5.2 feet over the next week.  Water temperatures are in the mid 50s and water clarity is good.  Channel Catfish - Fair: A few catfish are still being caught around snags and wing dams on stink bait and cut baits.  Crappie - Fair: A few fish being caught off of brush piles in side channels and backwaters on small jigs or minnows.  Reports of fair fishing in Middle Sabula Lake, as well.  Sauger - Fair: Sauger are starting to move into the tail waters.  Sauger are coming on three-way rigs or jigs tipped with minnows.  The action should only get better as water temperatures drop.  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 9.50 feet and is forecast to rise to 9.8 feet over the next week.  Water temperatures are in the mid to high 50s and water clarity is fair.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are still biting on stink bait and cut shad.  Crappie - Fair: Crappie coming off of snags in side channels and backwaters on minnows or jigs.  Larger crappie are coming from deeper water (+6 feet).  Sauger - Fair: Sauger are starting to move into the tail waters.  Sauger are biting on three-way rigs and jigs tipped with minnows.  The action should only get better as the water temperature drops.  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.  A few are being caught in the tail waters by sauger anglers, too.

For information about fishing Pools 12 to 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 5.32 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 - Fair: There have been some reports of white bass being caught in Sylvan Slough casting jigs and twisters or small crankbaits.  Bluegill - 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 - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on the wing dams by Credit Island on three-way rigs. Most of the fish have been caught towards the ends of the wing dams next to the main channel. Some fish are also being picked up on jigs and minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.13 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 - Slow: White bass fishing has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in the backwaters fishing shallow water around brush.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Big Timber fishing around brush piles along the bank on minnows and tube jigs. Some crappies are also being caught in the Muscatine Harbor.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 5.16 feet.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are being caught on night crawler and shad fished above the wing dams and at the mouth of the Iowa River.  White Bass - Slow: 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: Crappies are being caught in shallow water around brush using small minnows or tube jigs.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on the wing dams using three-way rigs. Some fish are also being caught on jigs and minnows.

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 2.43 feet.  Channel Catfish - Slow: Fishing for channel catfish has been slowing down. Some fish are being caught on night crawlers and cut shad fished above wing dams and log piles in the main channel or side channels.  White Bass - Slow: 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 to 20: River levels have risen some due to recent rains and water clarity is fair. River levels are forecasted to slowly rise over the next few days. Main channel water temperature is around 57 to 59 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16 to 20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

 

Rock River
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon, walleye are on a good run.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon, things beginning to break though after a few slow weeks says Ray. Channel cats decent to good on cheesebaits. Flathead slow on chubs and bluegills. Nice size crappie being reported taking minnows by the dam. A few carp and sheephead biting, with carp takind dough balls or worms and sheephead taking worms. A few walleye biting but more expected in the area next week.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• Out of Prophetstown Matt Jones reports that flathead fishing is just about done for the year. Water temps are down into the low 50’s and after this weekend, they will be in the 40’s and the flathead bite will be over. The good news is the channel cats are feeding like crazy. Cheese baits and shad are excellent choices still and the cats are not being shy when they hit it. A sure sign of the fall is when us catfisherman start hanging into these giant pesky walleyes.

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