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Illinois fishing report 5-6-10

May 06, 2010 at 12:44 PM


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

• Bluegill at Apple Canyon Lake, Lake Carroll, strip-mine lakes and Crab Orchard Lake.
• Crappie at Apple Canyon Lake, Lake Carroll, Lake Mattoon and Rend Lake.
• White bass on the Kaskaskia River above Lake Shelbyville and on the Illinois River near Bath.
• Largemouth bass at Lake of Egypt.
• Smallmouth bass on Lake Michigan.
• Walleye at Dawson Lake.
• Channel catfish at Rend Lake, some strip-mine lakes.


• Rob Currie, 8, of Chicago caught the 21-inch walleye pictured below at Lake Rice in Knox County on May 2.
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• Bill Peak of Canton (pictured below) caught this 22-inch bass, estimated at 6.5 pounds, on May 4 at a private strip pit near Canton.
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• Tyler Johnson of Abingdon caught and released the bass pictured below last Sunday out of a farm pond outside Abingdon. The fish weighed 7.2 lbs, was 23 inches long and had a 17.5-inch girth.
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• Tim Martin of Morton caught the 6.8-pound largemouth bass pictured below on Saturday out of what he called “a Fulton County lake.” Hmm. Looks a little bit like the Emiquon Preserve, now doesn’t it?
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• A 35-inch striper was caught recently by an angler using a fly rod at Heidecke Lake.

• Manito angler John German caught a 2 3/4-pound crappie at Mark Twain Lake on a minnow Friday.

• A Palmyra angler caught a 3-pound crappie on Monday on Carlinville Lake.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Bluegill and crappie going crazy here says Calam

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Bluegill and crappie going crazy here says Calam

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
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).
Bluegill are good on waxworms says Triangle Sports & Marine. Shallow water is best. Catfish are fair but improving on nightcrawlers and dipbaits. Walleye are good at the mouth of the river. Try minnows or leeches.
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 Dale Bowman says smallmouth are good downtown and at Burnham Harbor and Northerly Island. Try plastics on the bottom fished slowly. Some brown trout and cohos around harbors according to Henry’s.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
With water temperatures hovering in the low 60’s the crappies are going to move shallow by the thousands anytime now at Shabbona Lake. Jay Angel caught numerous 8-12 inch fish over the campground cribs on minnows fished under bobbers. He said fishing will only get better.
• 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)
Bluegill biting fair to good along the rip rap areas near the campground. Catfish had been slow. Some white bass being caught near the dam.

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 has been very inconsistent, as some bass are on the beds, some are spawned out and some have not even headed to the beds yet. Doug Starr won a tournament last weekend using jigs, spinnerbaits and wacky rigs. Overall bass are just fair. Some nice crappie caught but numbers are down considerably in the past few days.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Catfish and bluegills best here says Meder. Cats taking liver, shrimp or cheesebaits. Bluegill good on waxworms or redworms. Some crappie biting on minnows and jigs.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Crappie good here on minnows and jigs. White bass also biting on rooster tails, curly tails, Mepps and Blue Foxes. Channel cats being caught around the 48 bridge on shad guts, whole shad, nightcrawlers, chicken livers or dipbaits. The lake is also producing walleye drifting crankbaits.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Walleye really good here, but it’s anybody’s guess what baits the anglers are using says Leon. Crappie also good on jigs and waxworms. Catfish good on chicken livers and shrimp. Anglers also picking up good sized bass on lures.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Windy days making a good boat necessary says Dink’s. Bass biting in clear water areas on spinner baits using a repeat jerk-and-pause motion. Good numbers but not many keepers being caught of bass. Good reports also coming on bluegill and crappie. Best panfish action north of the boat ramp. Bluegill moving up around shoreline getting ready to spawn. A pink head jig with a white or peal twister tail tipped with a waxworm or minnow working. 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
Crappie are biting the best said Brad Wood, with water in the low to mid 60s and clarity 6 inches to 1.5 feet. Average crappie being caught are in the 8- to 9-inch range with many larger fish being reported. Hot baits right now are minnows and tube jigs. Fish are being caught in 2-5 feet of water near structure. A 14-inch 1-pound, 4-ounce slab (pictured below) was caught on Monday near the shore on a minnow. Reports of saugeye continue to trickle in. Most are being caught either early mornings or evenings off of points and drop offs near shallow flats. Med. minnows and crawlers tipped on a jig with green or white 2-3” curly tail plastics seem to be working well. Bass reports are few and far between. Many smaller ones being caught, but no lunkers being reported. Catfishing has started to pick up a bit with some being caught by accident while crappie fishing. Muskie reports continue to come in with mostly smaller ones being caught while bass fishing on spinnerbaits. Also, the bait shop is open seven days a week. 8-4 Mon.-Thur. and 6-4 Fr.-Sun. They sell minnows, waxworms, nightcrawlers, leeches (starting Friday), and various tackle.
Click here for up-to-date lake reports.
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Heidecke Lake
SOURCE: Don Stephens, Greybeards (815-941-1504); Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667); Guide Greg Heath (815-258-9136)
Fishing picking up a little here but it hasn’t exploded yet says Heath. A few white bass, striper, walleye and smallmouth bass being picked up. Fish seem to be in a holding pattern with water temperatures staying in the mid-60 degree range. Anglers using crawler harnesses for the walleye.  Crankbaits, jerk baits, soft plastics also working for fish here. A 35-inch striper was caught recently by an angler using a fly rod.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Bass, some between 4-5 pounds, taking jig and pig and minnows. Crappie also hitting on minnows under a bobber and jigs around weeded areas.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Crappie bite slacking off in the shallow lakes but still going good in deeper lakes. Minnows still best. Bluegills hitting good on crickets. Bass also good on spinnerbaits.

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)
Those fishing in bass tournaments have been doing very good on bass using Rat-L-Traps, spinners or even top water weedless. Channel cat bite is about medium says Karnes, with cats taking nightcrawlers and shrimp. Early evening best time. Beginning on June 1, 2010, from the South Spring Lake Spillway to the south end of South Spring Lake, trolling motors will only be allowed for use in this specific region of the lake            

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 fishing is still inconsistent, though some better reports have come in this week. Senkos still performing well, as are crankbaits, flukes and lizards. Plenty of crappie being picked up and a few bass says Dink’s. Catfish excellent on cut shad, shad guts or nightcrawlers says Presley’s. Bluegill are emerging as the best bite and should stay steady for the next few weeks.

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)
Nice crappie and bluegill biting here. Crappie going deeper than last week. Catfish also going good on Lake 2. Some fish taking nightcrawlers but the hot bait of choice seems to be medium minnows. A Palmyra angler caught a 3-pound crappie on Monday.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Saugeye in full swing here, with a six-pounder caught last week. Rat-L-traps, jigs and twister tails working. Channel cats biting on nightcrawlers or cheese baits. Crappie bite a little off from previous
weeks. In the river, bass are hitting good on green pumpkin tubes, plastics or jigs.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Crappie taking minnows, tube jigs or Charlie Brewer sliders. Channel cats also biting on shad guts, whole shad, nightcrawlers, chicken livers or dipbaits. Below the spillway, anglers catching hybrid stripers, white bass and crappie. Fishing good overall says Lowe.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Everything is starting to come around here says Pittman. Bass bite picking up on crankbaits says Cuddy. Crappie going real good, with some 14-15 inchers being caught, on minnows and jigs. Catfish biting on shrimp, nightcrawlers or shad

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Big crappie, some 15 to 16 inches, being caught on minnows and a few on jigs says Pete’s. Crappie biting about 4 feet deep. Catfish also good on leeches and crawdads.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Plenty of small crappie being caught shallow says Tony. Bluegill being caught anywhere and everywhere here on waxworms. White bass also good on crankbaits. Good numbers of bass being caught on crankbaits or plastics but none with much size.

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
Crappie still going good here on either jigs or minnows, deep or shallow. Most of the big ones biting shallow in about six feet of water. Crappie getting ready to spawn. White bass bite also good on
crankbaits, slab spoons or tube jig rigs. Walleye beginning to pick up trolling crankbaits in 14-15 feet of water. Walleye about another week away from a real good bite says Wilson. Up on the Kaskaskia River above the lake, Ryan Hahn reports white bass are very good on 3-inch twister tails. Most were caught in the back current of the bends in the river, but they are biting well all over.
first and most certainly will not be the last time that has to ride home in his spiderman under-roos :D. Anyway, pictured are myself (Ryan Hahn), my son (3 yr old Drake Hahn), my brother (yellow shirt, Eric Hahn) and my father (Jim Hahn). Steve Welch reports crappie are best in 8-10 feet on the north end and 20 feet deep on the south end. He has had several over 14 inches this year.
• 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)
Short crappie biting here on minnows or jigs. Bluegill bedding up and taking waxworms or crickets. Asian carp also can be found in the shallows.

Lake Taylorville
SOURCE: Lindsey’s Bait & Tackle, Taylorville (217-287-7550)
Just about everything hitting good here says Lindsey’s. Crappie are up on the banks and taking minnows as are the bass. Bluegill are also good. Catfish taking worms, shrimp, chicken livers.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Crappie biting on minnows or tube jigs says Lavish’s. A few white bass being picked up on Little George’s or some on slab spoons. Catfish going very good. The shad are moving into the rocks and the cats are chasing and taking nightcrawlers or shad. Largemouth biting on buzzbaits or crankbaits. Bluegills taking waxworms or mealworms. Trotliners doing good on shad or cut shad. Below the spillway, sauger taking crankbaits tipped with minnows or night crawlers. Hair jigs, curly tails tipped with minnow or nightcrawler also working. Cats taking stinkbaits, leeches, Sonny’s dipbaits, cut shad, shad. White bass on in-line spinners, curly tails tipped with minnows or tube jigs.
• 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)
Bluegills best here on waxworms or crickets says Reed. Crappie still biting on minnows and jigs but bass has slowed. Crappie are in the weeds. Jig colors include blue and white, red and chartreuse or black and chartreuse says Garner. Bass taking spinners, soft plastics in the weeds. June bug colors, green pumpkin or black neon working. Buzz baits or spinners doing good in the morning says Garner, with crankbaits working along the rip rap. Rains over the weekend have scattered some fish, but most are up on the banks.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Bass very good here on just about everything, from top waters to spinners, soft plastics, shaky heads. Crappie also good here as they have yet to spawn.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Crappie bite getting better says Wegener. Crappie biting on minnows or some on jigs in two feet of water or less. Water still a little murky with a 10-inch visibility. Water temps in upper 60s to 70 degrees. Small bass being caught but not many keepers. Catfish caught by crappie fishermen using minnows. Some saugeye action using crankbaits or 2-inch curly tail jigs up shallow on the points, but saugeye are hit and miss.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Bluegill on a good bite. Anglers seeing a better average bluegill this year than in past years says Nutty. Crickets, waxworms, mealworms, red wigglers all working for bluegill. Largemouth bass also good on plastic worms, crankbaits, spinners around weed edges. Most have spawned, but there are a few late spawners. Should peak around mid month. Muskie good casting or trolling. There has been good topwater action. Look around weed edges. Bucktails, spinner baits, crankbaits are all taking fish. A few walleye are being picked up by crappie anglers using minnows near the shore or heavy brush. Crappie bite is fair. A few decent size crappie still biting on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on nightcrawlers, cut shad, shrimp, chicken livers—just about anything you want to throw at them.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Crappie going good here but bass have slowed says Gessner. Crappie can be found about anywhere, some deep, some on the banks. Try minnows and jigs. Good numbers biting. Try something dark for bass says Gessner. Best bet says Johns is soft plastics real shallow for bass, but crankbaits and spinners have been working also. Might try flipping and pitching around bushes. Bluegill bedding up and better size than they have been. Catfish always good but moving into the rocks. In shallow, try shad guts or nightcrawlers. Anything suspended under a bobber around the rocks. Try bucktails around brush.


Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE: Andrew Ragas
It’s been a pretty good overall week of fishing for most anglers. Best bets at this writing are for Pike, Largemouth Bass, Crappies, and Channel Catfish.

A lot of Pike anglers have been putting forth their focus on casting shoreline areas whether it be near shore or out in mid-river if the channels can be reached. Most fish are running 18 to 25 inches, and are taking a variety of baits such as Mepps spinners with #3, 4, and 5 blades. Gold and firetiger seem to attract more fish than other styles. In addition, a few are having success with jerkbaits, white and gold spinnerbaits, and the reliable live bait under the float method. At this writing, a lot of the fish are scattered and it takes some coverage of water in order to find multiple fish per outing. Best areas to look for are log jams, deep pools, current, and the newly emerging weedbeds (possibly the best option right now). Early mornings and late afternoons best for action and feeding activity.

Mike Planthaber reports that small fish are extremely active up north in Lake County. Late last week he enjoyed a 20-fish outing with his partner as most fish fell victim to the spinnerbait.

Meanwhile, some decent Largemouth Bass are being found accidentally while targeting Pike. Fish up to 18-inches are being caught from southern stretches of the river while smaller fish populate the north towards Lake County. Spinnerbaits and shallow diving crankbaits matching the profile of shad are working best. Don’t forget the jig and plastic either. Expect the rare and surprise Smallmouth Bass to be caught as well.

Crappies are now in spawn mode, or almost there. Schools of fish are being found in wooded shoreline areas that provide some form of a current break. Fish up to 12-inches are being caught but most are in the 9-11 inch range. Live bait under float, and small jigs with plastic working best.

Lastly, Channel Catfish up to 6-pounds are providing action for anglers who are trying during the nighttime hours. Cut baits on bottom rigs are the choice of many, but hook-up percentages have been low.

At this writing, river flow rates are at 720 CFS with the gauge in Riverside at 3.6. River is perfect for wading and boating activities but water clarity is terrible at less than 6-inches.

Creeks? Don’t expect much. They (Salt and Hickory) haven’t been producing.
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

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

Fox River
SOURCE: Batavia Bait & Tackle (630-879-1302)
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica, water level is down to normal as is clarity. White bass, catfish and drum best bets here. Run is about three-fourth over, with fish getting ready to spawn. Fish taking jigs and minnows and nightcrawlers.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria, white bass just starting to bite on twister tails, gay blades says Presley’s. Catfish also good on cut shad, shad guts or crawlers.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• Near Momence Pike Fair at bayou and creek mouths *shoreline logs on *minnows * jointed plugs *weedless Dr. Spoons #5Mepps spinners.
*Rock Bass good along shorelines on #2 Mepps Spinners *small jig and minnow *rubber spiders. *Dave Zach, Momence Conservancy District reported many smallmouth and largemouth bass were caught in this area last weekend by bass fishermen. All fish were released back into the river. Be sure to check the Illinois 2010 Illinois Fishing Information booklet…Effective:April 1, 2010 thru March 31, 2011.  The booklet is available at stores selling fishing licenses in Illinois.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park, *Rock Bass good in entire area on #1,#2 Mepps Spinners *small jig & minnow *rubber spiders. *Catfish good on *minnows *nightcrawlers *cheesebait
* Walleye fair on *jig and minnow *Rattlin’ Rogues *Mr. Twister weighted Keeper Hook & Twister tail. * 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” Regulations are different in Indiana. Check out their Fishing Information for Indiana regulations….Kankakee River guide Matt Mullady and his son Zach Mullady were catching many smallmouth bass from the Kankakee River up to 3 lbs. In size. All were put back immediately after being caught! To arrange guided fishing trip call (815) 932-6507.
• Near Wilmington *Walleye good on *jig and minnow *crankbaits *nightcrawlers…try especially along shorelines. *Rock Bass, Croppie good. Catfish good.

Mississippi River
Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.42 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches and dip baits fished on the bottom. Places to try are Sunset Marina, the Davenport Riverfront, Sylvan Slough, and the mouth of the Rock River.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught casting small crankbaits and jigs/twisters in Sunset Marina and up by the Lock and Dam. Fishing is usually best early in the morning or right before dark.  Bluegill - Slow: Fishing for bluegills in backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are starting to be picked up on the wing dams on jigs/minnows or by pulling three-way rigs with a floating crankbait.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.94 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: There are reports of channel catfish being caught at GPC on crawlers.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been fair. A few fish are being picked up along the Muscatine Riverfront casting jigs and twisters.  Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught on the wing dams towards the dam. A few fish are also being picked up along the Muscatine Riverfront casting jigs and twisters. Some walleyes are also being picked up by GPC on large minnows and leeches.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 8.38 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, dip baits, and shad guts.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Fair: A few bluegills are being picked up in the backwaters floating a piece of crawler under a bobber.  Crappie - Fair: A few crappies are being picked up in the backwaters on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber.  Walleye - Fair: There are reports of some walleyes being caught on wing dams on jigs and minnows or by pulling crankbaits on three-way rig

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.30 feet. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers fished along the bottom.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels have been falling over the past week. Main channel water temperature is around 65 degrees.  For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

Illinois hunting and fishing
Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Fishing has slowed some says Calam, but a few catfish biting on cutbait or nightcrawlers. Walleye being picked up trolling with shiners orfathead minnows
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon, fishing has slowed down here, but anglers are still catching catfish on liver. A few crappie also biting. Water levels have dropped and look to be in good shape.
Robert Geiken caught the 12-inch crappie (pictured above) at the dam in Oregon on small minnow
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon, crappie bite picking up on jigs and minnows. Everything else doing about the same as last week says Bunny’s.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Nice size channel cats, in 3-5 pound range, biting near Bernadotte says Dink’s. Flatheads also biting for bank polers. Dew worms working best for channel cats.


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