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Illinois fishing report 5-20-10

May 20, 2010 at 02:20 PM


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

• Bluegill in small ponds, strip mines and at Lake Kinkaid.
• Smallmouth bass fishing on Lake Michigan, particularly in northwest Indiana.
• Powerton Lake for blue catfish.
• Walleye at Dawson Lake, Lake Shelbyville, on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes and at Wolf Lake.
• Largemouth bass at Newton Lake.
• Crappie at Lake Glenn Shoals.
• Channel catfish at Lake Lou Yeager.
• Bullheads at Rice Lake and other Illinois River backwaters.


• Kyle Helferich caught the 22-inch bass pictured below on the north end of Spring Lake last Sunday while fishing a black-and-blue jig tipped with a beaver trailer. His father, Gary Helferich, caught a 21-incher on a buzzbait.
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• Anglers in northwest Indiana fishing Lake Michigan recently caught smallmouth bass of 5 pounds, 5 ounces and 5-8.

• Steven Coleman caught the 10-3 walleye pictured below from Wolf Lake on May 12. Click here to read more about his big catch.
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Calam reports fishing average here, with some crappie, bluegill and walleye being caught “here and there.” Anglers jigging with waxworms around brushpiles for bluegill. Leeches working for walleye. Crappie taking minnow and catfish have been picked up on nightcrawlers. Trollers have been using suckers to catch and release muskies.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Some crappie and bluegill biting here but fishing mostly average says Calam. Some decent size muskies biting. Walleyes taking crankbaits and artificials. Any catfish being picked up have been mostly on nightcrawlers.

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
href=“” title=“Click here”>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).
The Fox Chain O’ Lakes is under a no-wake restriction, but that doesn’t mean fishing has to suffer says Triangle. Walleye are very good in current on leeches or fatheads fished under a bobber. Bluegill are good along shallow shorelines. Catfish are also good on nightcrawlers and some on stinkbait. White bass are better and Lake Marie has produced some nice catches.
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 northeast winds making things difficult says Vet’s. Lake perch are beginning to show out deeper off the shoreline in open waters. Minnows are working. Smallmouth are still bedding. Dale Bowman said smallmouth bass remained strong from shore and reported that Capt. Bill Kelly had browns and coho off Chicago Light, coho off the Evanston Landfill, a mixed bag off the R4 in 50-60 feet of water and limits of lakers east of Diversey.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan perch and salmon are biting at the end of piers, with Government Pier the hot spot. Perch taking large fathead minnows jigging off the bottom or a slip bobber a few feet from the bottom. Perch from boats being caught about 20-40 feet of water just north or just south of the Waukegan Harbor, depending on the day. Salmon from the boats being caught in anywhere from 20 to 100 feet of water using dodgers and flies.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana king salmon and coho are setting up very good in 62 feet of water and taking magnum spoons and meat rigs. Smallmouth action is ‘‘five-star’’ with 5-pound, 5-ounce and 5-8 bass recently caught. Perch moving into the shallow weed bedgs and drop offs near shore. Coho and kings are good says Mik-Lurch. Target Gary Light in 50-80 feet or Burns Ditch, 25-40 feet.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795).
Crappie starting to pick up on minnows or redworms around Rock Cut State Park.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
With 80-degree temperatures forecast, water temperature should increase and force crappie and bass along the shoreline to spawn says Angel. No motor zone still very muddy now but should improve. Angel expects south and east side of the lakes to be best, but just look for the clearest water. Fishing poor overall now but should improve this weekend. Crappie and bass fishing should be very good this weekend says Lakeside Bait & Tackle. Crappie mostly taking minnows. For live baits, bass taking leeches and nightcrawlers. Those using lures should look for something light, such as blue Rat-L-Traps or white spinners. Walleye about 16 feet deep around the dam face and taking leeches or deep diving baits. Muskies taking in-line spinners. Cats best on stinkbaits but also taking chicken livers
• 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)
Drifting black floating jig heads with jumbo leeches producing nice-size walleye, with a 9-pound, 10-ounce fish caught recently.

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)
Trot-liners are catching good numbers of bullheads. Bullheads are outdoing channel cats 25-5 on most lines. Dew worms are working for bait. The campground is flooded and closed until further notice and Memorial Day is out for sure.

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)
Bass fishing was tough last Saturday for the Illini Lunker Hunters Bass Club, which had a winning three fish sack of just 5.47 for Fran Bourdeau of Pekin (that included a 4-pounder). Larry Dozard said some bass were fair on plastic worms fished in shoreline timber with a couple nice fish caught from shore over weekend. But fishing continued to be slow Thursday for bass. Woody Dees caught a 4.87-pound walleye on Wednesday.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bluegills are fair to good on jigs and nibbles in shallow water throughout the lake says Dozard, who reports some of the fish are nice. Crappie are slow to fair and scattered in deeper water. Bass are fair to slow in 5-8 feet of water on crankbaits and plastics. There was a 5-pounder caught in a tournament last Thursday when spinnerbaits were working well on windy shores.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Weather causing some issues but anglers still catching some bass and catfish here says Meder. Recent bass tournament produced decent numbers.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Anglers using top-water lures to catch hybrid stripers below the dam. Up on the lake, white bass, crappie, walleye and catfish are all being picked up.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Walleye excellent here on jigs, mealworms or worms. Catfish very good on shrimp and livers. Bass very good on lures. A 19-inch walleye recently caught.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass fishing has been good. Keepers lately included 4-8 and 3.75-pound bass caught Tuesday, both weighed at Dink’s. Crankbaits and soft plastics among the most popular options. Bluegill should be coming shallow again any day. Before fishing here anglers must obtain a free permit at Dickson Mounds Museum (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

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Evergreen Lake
SOURCE: Brad Wood, operations supervisor, (309-726-2022) or Larry Dozard
Crappie have slowed some and are just fair this week says Dozard, who advises fishing jigs and minnows around laydowns for numbers, though better fish are suspended in 16-20 feet of water. Crappie caught recently include a 14 3/8-inch fish pictured below that weighed 1-4 and was caught by Jason Thomas of Lexington last week. Bass are fair in coves on plastics, spinners and minnow baits though many are in the 12- to 14-inch range. Saugeye are fair on jigs and twisters around the swimming area. Most are 14- to 15-inchers.
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)
Crappie the best bet here on minnow and/or jigs all over the lake says Greybeards. Some small walleye also being picked up. Channel catfish and walleye are fair to good says Mik-Lurch.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Some decent hybrid action being reported here but not much else.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Crappie best in Monster Lake area on minnows says Meder. Closing time moves to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday through the end of June.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Blue catfish are biting very well, with three fish of 47-50 pounds caught in the past week alone. Dewey Banks started the run last Tuesday with a 55-pounder caught on Asian carp. Next came Kurt Mooore of Pekin with a 47.5-pounder on Saturday that also took Asian carp. And on Wednesday Ernie Lang of Gavla boated a 50-pounder while fishing with G&S dipbait out of a boat. Jason Grider says fish have been caught all over the lake. Channel catfish have been slow. Smallmouth bass were better than expected last Sunday when John Garrett won a River City Casters bump-and-run tournament with six fish of 17.5 pounds and Thad Altman of Manito had big fish of 4.8 pounds.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Walleye are biting well on leeches and worms jigged on stinger hooks. Bass are just starting to bite good. Bluegill are coming off the beds on Lake McMaster but should be coming back there and in the smaller lakes, some of which have true trophy gills. Catfish still biting fair in walk-ins on chicken livers.

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)
Bluegill are starting to bite well, with nice thick, hand-sized bluegills coming in along the shore in the turnoffs. Most are on waxworms and small tube jigs. Catfish are fair to good on nightcrawlers and some on dipbait. Numerous complaints about bass on the south end. While bass anglers are struggling on the south end of Spring Lake, the north end continues to produce nice fish, as evidenced by the 21-incher picture below and caught by Gary Helferich last Sunday on a buzzbait. Senkos and jigs also working, though the bite has been fairly light. Muskie active on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Kevin Moore also caught fish of 5-5 and 4-5 on a Zoom lizard this week. The north end has been pounded this week, though, with more than 30 boats in Tuesday’s tournament.
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Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Some anglers out for crappie on Wednesday, with few reports of how they were doing. Crappie and bluegill have been fair. Catfish were very good after the rains last week. Warm weather should help. About 600 kids showed up for last weekend’s fishing derby.

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)
Bass better and taking Senkos, chatterbaits, wacky worms, jigs, tubes and some on crankbaits in 4-6 feet of water on weed edges. Water levels are up again in many lakes and fish have moved tight to shore. Bluegill are poised to go strong with warmer, stable weather says Adam Jaegle. Bluegills were biting well despite the rain Thursday with some nice redear mixed into the bag as well. Crappie still biting in some deeper lakes, but the bulk of the shallow fishing is over in most lakes. Catfish are active and reports have been better on chicken liver and dipbaits.

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

Beaver Dam Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136); Kim Eggers, Beaver Dam Bait Shop, (217-854-6688)
Catfish starting to bite on Sonny’s stinkbaits or blood Powerbaits. Crappie slower than it had been but bluegills still biting good. Crickets, mealworms and minnows working for baits.

Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
Not much happening here with rain and winds keeping most anglers away. Water extremely muddy on both lakes.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Catfish bite picking up on shad, cut shad, chicken livers or cheesebaits says Cuddy. Some saugeye still biting on white twister tails with a quarter-ounce jig head. A few bluegill being caught using live baits. Crappie slowing down.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Crappie being caught on minnows and jigs on the lake. Largemouth bass also good on spinnerbaits. A few channel cats being picked up on shad guts or mud leeches. Below the spillway, a few Asian carp biting. Catfish and crappie also biting below the spillway.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Crappie still going very good, mainly on minnows but some using white curly tail jigs. Bluegill are decent, though not very big, on crickets or waxworms. Channel cats beginning to move into the rip rap areas. Cats are taking mud leches very shallow, about a foot to a foot and a half deep right on the banks. Bass taking plastic worms, spinners and some jigs.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Plenty of crappie can be found here but most on small side. Bass, in 1- to 2-pound range, biting on plastics, spinners or crankbaits. Some decent bluegills also being picked up here.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Rainy weather slowing action here but bass and crappie still fair. Bass biting on crankbaits mostly, with crappie taking jigs fairly deep.

Lake Lou Yeager
SOURCE: Denny’s Bait Shop, Litchfield (217-324-2628)
Channel cat bite is on here, with cats taking minnows, shrimp and leeches. A 10-pounder recently caught. Bluegill starting on beds and biting better. Waxworms working, but crickets best thrown right on the beds.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Bass have still been good on a combination of creature baits, sweet beavers or crankbaits. Rainy weather has kept some anglers away. Water temps in low to mid 60s. Lake pool is full and clarity pretty good says Pittman. Crappie were in shallow before the recent rains.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Anglers still getting crappie on minnows. Catfish being caught on nightcrawlers or stinkbaits.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Some big bluegills being caught on waxworms, pieces of nightcrawler or redworms. Crappie have been small but still biting on minnows. A 20-inch channel cat caught by angler fishing with worms.

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
Anglers catching plenty of walleye on Points 3 and 5 trolling crankbaits or tipping a jig with a nightcrawler. Look on wind blown flats in back of coves on the main creek arm. Crappie still being caught shallow in 6-8 feet of water. Minnow and jigs, but most on minnows
• 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)
A few crappie and bluegill being caught here. Catfish taking stinkbaits.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Overall, fishing good here. Anglers catching catfish on shad, crappie on minnows, bass on crankbaits and soft plastics, and bluegill on crickets.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Josh Adkins reports: The lake is stained with recent rains and more in the forecast today and Friday, a couple days of rain in a row has brought the lake up as the Carlyle area received 2.7 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The rains however don’t seem to be affecting the fish much and a warm front coming Sunday should help warm the fishing up. LARGEMOUTH: anglers are still having luck with good numbers and size of largemouth hitting shad like crank baits/chartreuse spinners/ Crawdad colored jigs with c-dad trailers. With the stained water, the more noise/vibrations the bait makes the better, fish are still shallow in cover. WHITE BASS: still haven’t picked up much on the main lake. Should be getting going here soon with some warmer weather rolling in Sunday, if targeting them check creek mouths or flats wherever the baitfish are, double jig rig with your personal favorite will do the job (grubs, little George’s, sassy shad) chartreuse/black or white. Chartreuse seems to be working best. Head below the dam (report below) if looking for numbers and sizes of whites until the water warms up and the weather stabilizes. CATFISH: Cats are picking up, good numbers being caught on the windswept rocks on crawlers/ cut shad/dough baits.  Cats are moving up shallow. Also drifting rocky points with same baits listed above is producing. Backwater areas are also producing some good catches on trotlines/jugs on leeches if you can find them and shad. CRAPPIE: crappie fishing has picked up a bit even with high/murky water, best luck is any brush pile /shoreline wood structures, or the wood shallows on the north end of the lake in 4-8 feet of water. Anglers having best luck with bright colored jigs (chatreuse, red, yellow) or minnows.

Below the dam, Adkins says:All species were solid this week as all 4 gates were open most of the week bringing fish up the river. With the recent heavy rains, release rates should be stable all weekend and it should bring good fishing. White Bass are starting to pick up. WHITE BASS: with 4 gates open the Whites are starting to run up river.  Good numbers and sizes were being caught this week on any double jig combo (curly tails or sassy shad), Black and chartreuse, white/red seem to work best.  Also people are picking up a good number of keeper size whites on floats with cut Asian carp or shad which seems to be catching on as the” go to” white bass method. With the recent rains and temps warming up the big spawn run is not too far in the future. If you can find any crawdads to seine they are also a good ticket. CATFISH: cats have slowed a bit with the high water. Anglers catching decent amounts of keeper channels on cut bait (Asian carp/shad) , worms and your favorite stink baits in the backwaters and side channels.  Not a lot of flatheads being caught yet. Warmer weather will heat up the fishing for cats as well.  Trotlines with shad/crawdads and leeches will also do the trick.
• 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 have finished spawning and can be caught around grass points in 8-10 feet of water using white, pearl or chartreuse colored curly tails. Bass have been taking topwaters, such as frogs or buzzbaits, or spinner baits in grassy laydown areas.

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 bite good here shallow, but some are moving deeper in 8-12 feet of water around brush and stumps. Medium minnows or tube jigs working. Weekend bass tournament produced 28 pounds from the winner. Bass biting on soft plastics pitched in weeds or laydowns. Top-waters, frogs or buzzbaits, also working. Bluegills looking for a place to bed. A few have already spawned and fish are taking crickets or waxworms. Catfish biting on nightcrawlers along Wolf Creek Road area.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Crappie bite slowing down here, but some can be picked up on the backside of the spillway using minnows and/or jigs. Anglers are also out snagging for fish.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Muskies are on a good bite trolling weed edges with shallow-running baits like SS Shad or shallow raiders, shallow jointed raiders. Spinners, bucktails also working. Largemouth bass also on a very good bite. Crappie have spawned out and are biting on minnows and jigs in heavy brush piles. Bluegills very good, with crickets best. Red wigglers and bits or nightcrawlers also working for gills. Big white bass, 17- to 18-inchers, biting out on the flats on small crankbaits, in-line spinners like Rooster Tails or Mepps. Some incidental walleye being caught.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Bass are excellent in the shallows on spinnerbaits and some soft plastics. Numerous fish in the 4- to 5-pound range. Channel catfish are very good on crawlers and minnows. Plant is up and running again, but may shut down again in two to three weeks.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
The crappie fishing is very good and bass fishing is starting to pick up too says Gessner. Some crappie are on the bank and some are still deep. Jigs or minnows are working.


Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE: Andrew Ragas
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

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

Fox River
SOURCE: Jim Hardy, Big Jim’s Bait & Tackle, Ottawa (815-434-3921)
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Jim Hardy of Big Jim’s Bait & Tackle in Ottawa (815-434-3921)
• Above the Starved Rock dam
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica the river is dropping 6 inches per day and clarity is 6-8 inches. A few catfish and stripers right now but should be better by this weekend.
SOURCE: Jordan Hubinsky, Time on the Water Marina, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley the river has crested and white bass are starting to bite again. Not as well prior to the rise but they are biting. Channel catfish are better, with fish up to 6 pounds hitting on herring. Both shad and herring are very hard to come by.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• North of Peoria catfishing was good on Wednesday along flooded trees using Hoss’s Hawg Bait dipbait says Larry Dozard. Peoria’s wicket dam is down again after only being up for a few days.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana backwaters are producing nice 2- to 3-pound bullheads on crawlers. Channel catfish are biting well in backwaters on trot lines baited with leeches.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• From Indiana to Momence Mullady says rock bass good along shorelines of river and creeks on *minnows *nightcrawlers *#2 Mepps Spinners * CATFISH good near in-water trees, logs, creek mouths up on flooded shorelines. Pike fair along flooded shorelines, any quieter waters on *4-6” minnow *bright colored Dardevle, Mr. Twister Spoons *#5 Mepps Spinner *Jointed plugs. Smallmouth Bass will be improving as water recedes…try shorelines, islands when reachable.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park catfish are good on minnows, cheesebait on catfish worms or grubs or on nightcrawlers. Rock Bass good along shorelines on *worms *minnows *spinners. *Smallmouth Bass fair, better as water recedes and clears.Keep in mind that on the Kankakee River in Illinois and its tributaries between April 1,2010 and June 15,2010, all “smallmouth bass caught, must be immediately released”.
• Near Wilmington and at the Des Plaines Conservation Area catfish are good on *worms *minnows *Cheesebait on catfish worm or grub * WALLEYE GOOD ON *jig and minnow *jig and crawlers *Silver or Fluorescent Spoons * ROCK BASS GOOD on *crawlers * minnows *Small Spinners *smallmouth bass fair on *spinners *minnows *Jig & twister tails.

Mississippi River

Pecatonica River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Heavy rains slowed things way down here. Waters levels just now beginning to trickle back to normal. Second annual catfish tournament June 12 at DeMascus Landing, from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Entry fee is $20.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford heavy rains have slowed fishing.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon the river is dropping and has come down 3 feet or better since last week. Not many anglers out lately. Crushed minnows or dipbait is producing some catfish. Smallmouth bass are biting in the backwaters. There was a nice muskie caught at the dam when the water was up. And lots of huge carp on corn. Suckers and drum perch also active.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon channel catfish are biting better on worms says Ray Hays. Fishing near the shoreline is best. Some also on dipbait. Water is dropping and cleaning up faster than expected. No reports on flatheads this week. Crappie are slow and high water has chased them away from the dam. White bass are also slow. Few reports on smallmouth bass. Drum perch are very active and taking worms but carp have slowed.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Fishing below the Bernadotte dam had been excellent this year prior to recent rains that really muddied the water and shut off the fishing. Flathead catfish had started biting prior to the recent rains.


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Wow, what a report for Carlyle Lake! smile

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No kidding!  Hope it continues!  Thanks….

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the largest inland lake in illinois deserves a worthy fishing report! i will continue to send em in once a week. glad everyone is enjoying it and hopefully it will help someone put a few extra fish in the boat! sounds like some warm temps are finally on the way this week so things should really get going! if you want a report mid week on a certain species or all, shoot me an email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and i will respond as soon as i can with the best report i got.

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