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Illinois fishing report 3-25-10

March 25, 2010 at 01:20 PM


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

• The Illinois River for sauger.
• LaSalle Lake for channel catfish, bass and hybrid stripers.
• White bass at Lake Springfield.
• Newton Lake for bass and channel catfish.
• The Kankakee River for walleye.
• Sangchris Lake for crappie.
• Bass at Lake Carlinville or Lake of Egypt.


• An angler caught a 105-pound spoonbill caught recently in a levee lake at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area near New Athens. The anglers hauled in the big fish with 10-pound test line while bass fishing.

• Carlyle angler Carl Zimmerman caught a 62-pound flathead cat late last week on a trot-line using shad.

•  Below the spillway at Lake Decatur, Decatur angler Jeff Doyle caught an 11-pound, 9-ounce walleye using Charlie Brewer sliders.

• Mike Zimmer of Waterloo caught the 4-pound, 5-ounce crappie pictured below out of Kinkaid Lake on March 15.

Illinois hunting and fishing

• Mike Cass caught and released a 8.25-pound bass (below) on the south end of Spring Lake in Tazewell County on March 19 while fishing a spinnerbait made by Steve Grigsby. He was fishing in 4 feet of water over a sandy bottom near a reed bed in 54.8-degree water. The fish was full of eggs.
Illinois hunting and fishing

• Dirk Wyatt (below) caught this 10-pound, 5-ounce walleye on a crankbait on March 10 out of the Kankakee River near Momence. Billy Farmer (right) helps show off the fish at Frank’s Bait.
Illinois hunting and fishing

• Tom Kiger (below) of Momence caught this 9-pound, 6-ounce walleye on the Kankakee River on March 7. He caught another 7-pounder on a crankbait Monday.
Illinois hunting and fishing

• Guide Jason Johns caught one of these big bass (below) at Pinckneyville City Lake and a client caught the other while fishing with jigs on Tuesday.
Illinois hunting and fishing

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Fishing still slow here with weekend cold spell and snow. Reminder: Crappie catch and release here until June 15.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Same report here as Apple Canyon, thanks to weather. Lakes in transition period between ice being gone and water turning over. Reminder: crappie catch and release here until May 15. Trout season begins April 3. Calam reminds anglers to make sure fishing licenses are up to date and trout stamps purchased before going out.

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
• Weeds are already growing in some lakes according to Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times, while northern waters are farther behind. In DuPage County trout season will open April 3 at Pickerel, Grove and Silver lakes which are closed to fishing until that date.
Click here for a Cook County Forest Preserves lake fishing forum.
• Here are links to information on various forest preserve lakes. Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, McHenry County and Will County.

Fox Chain O’ Lakes
SOURCE: Greg Dickson, Triangle Sports & Marine,  Antioch (1-847-395-0813).
Transition to open water is well underway and water is relatively stable reports Bowman. Crappie are biting well in back channels says triangle. Waxworms, hair jigs and spikes a good combination. Walleye are fair to good near bridges.
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 the best locations for perch are still 92nd, 95th and 100th Street bridges says Henry’s. Anglers beginning to powerline fish in harbors for trout and coho salmon, using nightcrawlers or large fatheads. Trout have also been good in Burnham Harbor according to Henry’s, with brown trout up to 27 inches reported last weekend. Bowman said the $10 parking passes for the small fishermen’s lots at Burnham and DuSable harbors are available at Henry’s.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan browns are biting around the Waukegan South Rocks and Government Pier on frozen shad or live small golden roaches. Some cohos beginning to show up, with anglers using spoons and nightcrawlers.
SOURCE: Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near North Point a few browns are being picked up at the Edison Plant. Burns Ditch good for browns.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana Mik-Lurch reports good action on perch at 95th Street and on cohos near the Hole in the Wall. Water dirty, so Mik-Lurch recommends anything that rattles for bait with the cohos. Some coho at the Cal harbor gap. Bowman reports numerous browns in the shipping channel on firetiger jointed Wally-Diver. Salt and Trail creeks are also producing steelhead.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795).
Not much happening here yet says Minihan.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Guide Jay Angel says lake still needs to warm up a little. Look for improved conditions when water temps hit above 45 degrees.
• 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 good on the Indiana side, Maze O Channel. Striper also good on chicken livers.

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)
Water is receding slowly and is just about off the parking lot below the site office. Very few anglers out lately. Even commercial anglers struggled last week.

Argyle Lake
SOURCE:Site manager Robin Hinchee (309-776-3422); The Deck II Bait and Boat Rental shop (309-776-4275)
Some reports of decent crappie fishing here with fish moving shallower on sunny days.

Banner Marsh
SOURCE: Adam Jaegle, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193); Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Fishing for crappie and bass has been very spotty so far says Jaegle. “If it would stay nice for a few days it would go nuts,” he said. Anglers are reporting some days of filling a five-gallon bucket with crappie followed by a day without a bite. When the bite is good, crappie are coming shallow. Bass are still spotty. The few fish being caught are mostly off main-lake points and are hitting on jigs and crankbaits with a few on jerkbaits. The road to the Bell’s Landing Access at Banner Marsh is closed and in need of repairs. Site staff has put in a request for $25,000 to repair the rutted road.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Crappie were little better this week but still a little slow at times says Dozard, who predicts improvement in the next couple weeks

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Catfish, bluegill and bass best here says Henry’s. Anglers are getting bass off the docks using plastics and jigs says Colvin. Water has warmed into the mid-70s on the north end and 90 on the south end. Closing hours change to 7:30 p.m. starting Sunday.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Crappie, white bass and channel cats biting here says Lowe. Below the spillway, anglers catching “a little bit of this and a little bit of that” says Lowe. One angler hauled in la arge walleye, caught below the spillway, but didn’t get it weighed. 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)
Water temperatures reached into the mid 40s this week and water is just slightly stained says Larry Dozard. Saugeye have been fair on jig and minnows in 9-11 fee oft water with most 13- to 16-inch fish.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass have been fair to slow this week. A group went out Wednesday and caught just eight fish from 8-11 a.m. says Dink’s. Bass are definitely longer and plump so far this year but most are still well below the 18-inch minimum. Parking remains an issue, with anglers relegated to parking along the sides of the turn-offs into the site. 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
Wood reports that fishing has been off to a slow start. Larger crappie have been caught in deeper water ranging from 15-30 feet, with many smaller ones being caught near the shore around structure. A few saugeye have been picked up while trolling or slow drifting over humps, and off of points. No reports on how the muskie, bass, or catfish have been doing. Water clarity is fair and in the low to mid-40s with some water flowing over the spillway.
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)
Lake opens April 1. Bert’s Bait is sponsoring a Muskie Mafia Tournament on May 8 with $2,000 pay out to first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third if 50 boats are registered.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
The catfish bite is very good here says Henry’s. Guide Jay Angel says water temperatures are at 90 degrees on the warm side and 55 degrees around the boat ramps. On sunny days, hybrid stripers can be found in Pools 2 and 3 in the shallow flats in 5-9 feet of water. Trolling shallow-running crankbaits is working best. Look for bass on cloudy days in 1-10 feet of water around rip-rap shoulders. Bass best in 72-85 degree water temperatures. If bass are biting, they’ll take any type lure says Angel. Bowman warns anglers to be careful while launching since DNR attempts to fix the north and south ramps has not avoided the problem of props hitting while loading and unloading. The cooling lake south of Seneca opens at 6 a.m., and closes at sunset. In March, LaSalle Lake is open Wednesday through Sunday.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Water temps are moving up to 50 degrees, with bass and crappie moving says Colvin. Bass are coming in shallow. Closing time is 7:30 p.m. starting Sunday.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
The lake has produced nice blue catfish this week on shad and bluegills says Keefer. Fishing has improved for them in the warm-water arm.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Site office (309-879-2607)
Few verifiable reports on fishing here as we wait for completion of the new bait shop in Victoria’s old railroad depot, located two blocks south of the former bait shop.

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)
Few anglers have been out this week says Karnes, though Mike Cass of Peoria did catch an 8.25-pound largemouth bass last Friday on the south end while fishing a spinnerbait. Most anglers are reporting smaller catches of crappie in numbers and sizes. Adam Jaegle did not have luck on the south end while fishing Wednesday but caught some keeper crappie (and a few bass) on minnows while fishing the north end. One big crappie had a smaller 4-inch crappie in its gut. Muskie anglers are still out on the north end, as well.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
A little bit of evertyhing has been biting, crappie, bluegill bass and a few catfish
On nicer days crappie have been very good with fish coming shallow on the sunny banks says Hayden. Most are faring best with minnow. Bluegill are also biting some on waxworms fished under a bobber. Catfish have been best on meaty baits, redworms or crawlers mostly. Bass have been slow to fair on a little bit of everything from crankbaits to spinnerbaits to jigs. Last week a Rockford angler caught a 5-pound bass on a spinnerbait, Hayden said.

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; Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Crappie and big bass head the bill in strip mines. Crappie are ranging from 2-12 feet depending on conditions, with best action still on minnows. But fishing has been very spotty, good some days and slow the next. No consistency yet. Bass are fair, with some coming on jigs. Jaegle has reports of anglers around Farmington catching limited numbers but usually hooking at least one 5-pounder per outing. Now is also a good time to target walleye or sauger in strip mines that have them.

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

Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
Crappie deep and the bite good using minnows says Gilmore Bait & Marine. Bass bite very good, with bass even taking minnows. Bluegill hitting on waxworms.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Crappie getting good on tube jigs or Charlie Brewer sliders. Some catfish biting on shad guts, chicken livers or a few on nightcrawlers.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Action still slow on the lake, with a few crappie biting. Below the spillway, Decatur angler Jeff Doyle caught an 11-pound, 9 oz. walleye using Charlie Brewer sliders.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
No reports coming from here says Rebman. Ponds best in the area on crappie and bass. Crappie going deeper.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
An occasional bass biting here on spinnerbaits, with best around 3 pounds. Crappie a little deeper and not that big says Rebman.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Crappie coming on strong and taking minnows. Bass also biting on minnows. Crappie limit lowered from 25 to 15 this year.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Crappie bite was going good last week but poor weekend weather has slowed things down sayd Pittman. Some short bass being picked up by crappie anglers.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Crappie biting all over the lake on minnows says Pete’s Bait. Bigger crappie biting around the 104 or the Strawkis Boat Ramp.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Crappie starting to bite around wood, fallen tree areas on crappie nibbles or minnows. Bluegill also biting and decent size on waxworms. Not many reports yet on bass.

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
Water is down at winter pool and decent size crappie, in 12-14 inch range, being caught around stick-ups 3 to 5 feet deep says Marv & Kathy’s. Water temps at 48 degrees. Crappie bite good says Wilson, best in early morning until around 11 a.m. and then again in the evening. Some are shallow off main lake ledges. Walleye below the spillway slow. Steve Welch reports the north end is slightly muddy with water clearing nicely as you move to the south end. Fish are shallower on the north end but are hard to catch. At the present time Welch is fishing river channel banks with wood and downed trees in at least 15 feet of water. Crappie are suspending at 10-15 feet around standing trees in 30 feet of water. Best banks have had wind on them for several days. Mouths of smaller spawning coves are also good right now. Welch is using light-colored jigs on sunnry days and pink and chartreuse on cloudy days. Action below the spillway has slowed.
• For a daily report on Lake Shelbyville call (217-774-2020).

Lake Springfield
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674) and Tater’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-2208)
White bass are still going crazy here on crazy blades in the hot ditch areas says Pete’s Bait. Earlier the better to get best location. Crappie moving out of the hot ditch area.

Lake Taylorville
SOURCE: Lindsey’s Bait & Tackle, Taylorville (217-287-7550)
Crappie biting above the brush six feet deep says Lindsey’s. No reports yet on bass.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Small and largemouth bass biting good on spinners or crankbaits along the rip-rap. Bluegill action slow. Catfish good on nightcrawlers or a variety of baits.
A 105-pound spoonbill was caught recently in a levee lake at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area near New Athens. The anglers hauled in the big fish with a 10-pound test line while bass fishing.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Small crappie being found around the marinas and boat docks using minnows and tube jigs. Catfish OK on nightcrawlers or shad. Bluegill around trees on waxworms or minnows. Largemouth bass slow.
• For the latest water level information call (618-594-4637).

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 spotty here says Strobel. Crappie small and moving up on wood. Use 1/16 ounce tube jig. Water temperatures at 51-52 degrees. Look in 8-10 feet of water by the dam in brush piles or around the bridge at Rout 13 about 6-8 feet deep. Medium minnows also working says Garner.

Devil’s Kitchen
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366)
A few bass reports here says Reed.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Crappie slow and spotty, but anglers are catching them using 1/8 ounce jigs says Strobel. Guide Todd Gessner is catching crappie suspended over brushpiles in 20 feet of water. Strobel says bass picking up and biting on crankbaits, spinners, jigs, jerk baits and Rat-L-traps in shallow. Look around power plant off points or bays near the golf course, around Elks Cove or Market Street areas. In mid-lake areas, bass around Eagle Point Bay in 10 feet of water. Black and blue rigs working as are Carolina rigs in green pumpkin, black neon or black and blue plastics. Look for crappie off points near brush piles in 10-14 feet of water says Garner. Smoke and clear color jigs working as well as blue and white.

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Crappie biting in the spillway area, with minnows working better than jigs says Melton. Channel cats being picked up in the East side campground area. Anglers are drift fishing off nightcrawlers.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Nutty reports crappie bite is fair, with some anglers finding success and others not. Minnows and jigs both working. Largemouth bass, a few in 4-5 pound range, biting. Anglers throwing Rat-L-traps for muskie and catching some bass and spinner baits for bass and picking up some muskie. Catfish fair on cut shad, large minnows or nightcrawlers. No real reports on walleye, though some incidental ones have been caught on minnows are rip rap areas. Bluegill bite has been tough, with very few keepers. Muskie fair, but cold fronts have slowed them down. All fish are pre-spawn says Nutty. A near record 4-pound, 5-ounce crappie was caught on the north end of the lake on March 15.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Fishing is good here, with catfish and bass bite both excellent off the banks says Rauch. Bass biting on minnows not too deep and cats taking shrimp and minnows.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Crappie are just fair says Johns. They were biting well last week and were packed under the bridges and on some main-lake flats. But there’s a lot of fresh water being dumped in the lake and the fish are suspended and scattered all over. This usually happens in April. We had such a rapid warm-up that the fish just go and suspend. I bet you could catch them over 18 feet stakebeds in about 10 feet of water. But they are pretty much on and off so Johns has backed off the crappie right now.


Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE: Andrew Ragas
Fishing is surprisingly goof for northern pike, crappie and channel catfish. Pike are along shorelines near deeper pools, eddies, log-jams, entrances to creek mouths and ditches. Most fish are running in the 20-inch range, but a few larger fish of 28 to 30 inches are being reported, and nearly all appear to have spawned out thanks to these optimal shallow water conditions and their access to it. The best baits as of late remain live shiners and minnows drifted under a slip float through the current and eddies. Likewise, some fish are responding to jerkbaits and jig and plastic offerings. Crappie are starting to get active around backwater areas and log jams. Good numbers of Channel Catfish are being found from muddy backwater areas and near shorelines with heavy cover. Nice fish up to 6 and 8-pounds are being reported. Walleye and sauger should improve soon.
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

DuPage River
SOURCE: Click here for a DuPage River fishing forum.

Fox River
• Ken Gortowski reports the river is high and fast but surprisingly clear and advises very slow presentations tight to shore, cover and structure—particularly if there is sun shining on the structure.
SOURCE: Jim Hardy, Big Jim’s Bait & Tackle, Ottawa (815-434-3921)
Not much happening here, but anglers are catching some decent sized sauger and walleye near the mouth of the Illinois says Hardy. Jig and minnow working best. Water levels just now getting back to normal.
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica the sauger bite is very good, with clean water all the way downstream to Spring Valley. Things look excellent for the 24th annual MWC tournament out of Spring Valley. The river will be loaded with boats Saturday and Sunday, so beware. All methods are working, with anglers jigging, trolling and pulling crankbaits. Even bank anglers have been hauling in some fat sauger up to 3.5 pounds says Carol Culjan.
SOURCE: Time on the Water Marina, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Water is a bit higher here but clarity is good and fish are biting well. Visibility has been 8 inches or better says Angel.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana shad guts are producing some nice catches of catfish but shad are hard to find. Trot-liners are getting ready to get out.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
The river was receding and clearing midway through the week says Mullady.
• From Indiana to Momence walleye are good on crankbaits, jigs and minnows or crawlers and Rapalas. Tom Kiger caught a 7-pounder on a crankbait Monday that was weighed at Frank’s Bait in Momence.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park walleye are active, as guide Matt Mullady caught a 5.5-pounder on Saturday out of a quiet pool.
• Near Wilmington Angelo’s reported walleye and catfish hitting good in this area.

Kaskaskia River
Sauger biting on hair jigs, curly tails tipped with nightcrawlers or minnows. Catfish being caught on nightcrawlers or shad. Minnows and tube jigs working for crappie. White bass biting on plastics or rooster tails. Some bluegills being picked up on waxworms or minnows. Carlyle angler Carl Zimmerman caught a 62-pound flathead cat late last week on a trot-line using shad.

Mississippi River

Ohio River
SOURCE: Bill Parrish, Fort Masac Fish Market, Metropolis (618-524-3152); Golconda Marina Bait Shop (618-683-5875)
River up four feet above normal and continuing to go up until Tuesday says Golconda Marina. Most anglers just hitting local ponds for now.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford, river cresting and water levels should be going down but no fishing reports recently. Calam hopes weekend could improve but rain and snow in the forecast.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon, the river is up about four feet but anglers still catching some walleye and catfish says Prose. One angler hauled in 24-inch and 20-inch walleye recently. Jig and minnow, twister tails, 3-inch Shad Body working. Orange and brown or chartreuse colors best. Carp and drum are active.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• The river is up but anglers still catching catfish — in 2-7 pound range — using shad, redworms and cheese baits says guide Matt Jones.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
A few reports of catfish on dipbait already says Hayden. Normally this time of year redworms are still the preferred bait. The river is not fishable from Lewistown and south.



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