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Illinois fishing report 6-18-09

June 18, 2009 at 02:39 PM


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

• Bass fishing at Spring Lake in Tazewell County.
• Farm ponds for bluegill.
• Perch fishing on the Chicago lakefront, with an eye toward Saturday’s perch derby at Northerly Island from 5-9 a.m. Fishing is free. call (312) 225-8538 or go to
• The Rock River for flathead catfish, with several of 20-42 pounds this week and good numbers of 7- to 10-pounders.
• Smallmouth bass on the Indiana shoreline of Lake Michigan and in the Kishwaukee River.
• Wolf Lake for walleye.
• The DesPlaines River for northern pike.
• Channel catfish on the Mississippi River.


• Jake Howard of Yates City caught this 6-pound bass at a strip mine lake near Yates City on June 13 while fishing a 4-inch bleeding tube.
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• Pictured below is Tom Harris with a 14.5-inch perch caught last Thursday on the Chicago lakefront that was Sun-Times Fish of the Week. Harris also has his own Web log.
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• Gabe Sutler, 12, of Peoria caught a 5.5-pound bass out of the Pike Hole at Spring Lake in Tazewell County earlier this week.

• Lisa Karavis caught this 12-pound Lake Michigan steelhead while fishing with Capt. Nick Ganzer out of Winthrop Harbor.
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Crappie fishing opened up Monday. Anglers catching crappie and good-sized bluegill in deeper water, about 10-15 feet, with leeches and waxies more than minnows. A few bass also biting. Some walleye being picked up with leeches and a hair jig, but most walleye too small to keep.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Anglers trolling for walleye with walleye rigs, road runner heads, leeches or crawlers. Walleye in 12-14 inch range, with probably one out of a batch a keeper says Calam. Crappie and bluegill also biting on leeches.

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 spawning in shallow and biting good on waxworms, redworms or leafworms says Triangle Sports & Marine. Bass fair in post-spawn pattern taking plastic frogs in slop areas. Muskies moving deeper and available trolling outside of weedline edges. Cats very good on prepared baits and crawlers in shallow waters. Grass, Petite and Marie are best. Crappie spread out in shallows around piers and overhanging trees using jigs, spikes or minnows.
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, perch finished spawning and starting to pick up all over the lake says Vet’s. Good spots include 31st Street, 39th Street, 63rd Street, Hammond Marina and 95th Street at the park. Bowman reports that Mike Repa at Park Bait said limits are coming on minnows and soft shells (best) at Montrose south rocks and horseshoe. Cal Park and Jackson Park are improving.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan, salmon 120-140 feet out straight out and a little south says the Salmon Stop. Those closer to shore 50-75 feet taking flies and dodgers. Perch 40-70 feet straight out and a little north on large fatheads off the bottom. Starting to see spoons on boats for salmon. Orange a good color. Anglers encouraged to get out and stay patient.
SOURCE: Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• The bite at Winthrop Harbor continues to improve says Ganzer. Water temps fluctuate with the wind direction and speed and are ranging from 47 to 54 degrees. Best fishing continues to be from 60-260 feet. Boats are taking mostly Coho, with Kings, Lakers and Steelhead a bonus. Fish are getting larger- ranging from 4-15 lbs. Best set-ups continue to be Dodger/Fly, from surface to 70 feet. Spoons not as effective. All fish caught are stuffed with alewife.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana, smallmouth can be found in every nook and cranny of lake says Mik-Lurch. Cohos being caught by trollers in 55-65 feet of water. Perch good around weed beds inside Hammond Marina. Cal Park also good spot. Creeks are opening up to steelheads around Michgan City, Trail Creek and Salt Creek.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795) and Bob Rhodes, Rockford Bait (815-226-3515).
Channel cat bite continues to be good on stinkbait by Rock Cut State Park. Plenty of chubs also being purchased, with some live or cutbaits. Bluegill good there also on waxworms. Crappie slowing. Largemouth bass biting along the shores. Walleye slow.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Shabbona produced some huge walleye last weekend, including an 8-pounder and several 4-pounders. Those fish came from the deep trees on leeches fished under slip bobbers. Angel caught walleye in the trees, including a 16-incher on his first cast. He calls fishing fair. Crappie are also fair on deeper cribs and brushpiles. They are suspended just off the bottom. Bass have been fairly slow with a few caught along the weedlines. The picture below is of Travis from Rockford with a 14-inch walleye caught in the deep trees.
• 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.
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Wolf Lake
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
Walleye still the talk here. Plenty of good-size walleye biting on slip bobbers or leeches, with trollers using small Rapalas. State’s stocking program producing good numbers and size. A female angler caught a 10-pound walleye over the weekend. Bass biting but mostly small says Vet’s. Catfish picking up and taking leeches and crawfish.

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)
Anglers are catching a few white bass on the levee where some water was breaking across. Water is rising again, though. Trot-lining for catfish is fair. The campground remains closed.

Argyle Lake
SOURCE:Site manager Robin Hinchee (309-776-3422); The Deck II Bait and Boat Rental shop (309-776-4275)
Fishing has been good for channel catfish on stinkbait and crawlers. A few rainbow trout reported. Crappie also biting pretty well down around the bend in the lake.

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)
Catfish have been fair to good. Bass fishing has been very good at Banner Marsh for tournament anglers, with several keepers reported in recent tournaments. Last Saturday Dean and David Mahurin topped The Other Club event with five bass weiging 11.14 pounds. Big bass was a 4.11-pounder caught by Jeff Myers.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bass are fair on plastics, jigs and crankbaits around timber says Dozard. Water has been stained, with temperatures of 71-75 degrees. Crappie were fair but scattered along 14-foot breaks with gravel bottoms. Catfish are fair on crawlers, liver and cut bait. Some flatheads reported. Bluegill are fair.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
The only reports trickling in lately have been about channel catfish, which are fair to good. Water is up to 85 degrees on the north end and 92 on the south side.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Walleye still going good on Rapalas above and bellow the spillway says Lowe. Catfish also taking stinkbaits, cutbaits or shrimp. Below the spillway, hybrid striper biting on spoons or Zara spooks. Crappie and white bass also taking usual baits here.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Catfish are biting pretty good on chicken liver and shrimp or the third option is stinkbait says Gibson. Bass and bluegill are fair. But heavy rains early Thursday will impact fishing this weekend.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass fishing remains excellent. Gary Forlines and his wife Ginny caught 90 bass last weekend in a four-hour trip. Weeds have grown in but are not preventing fishing any. 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 head the bill at Evergreen Lake says Wood, who advises anglers to use nightcrawlers. Last weekend an angler caught a 26.25-inch saugeye weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces on a twister tail tipped with a crawler. Water is in the low 70s and clarity is 1-2 feet. Wood says “Crappie fishing has slowed down in recent weeks, however many are still being caught. They are doing best on minnows fished under a bobber.” Bass have been fair. Bluegill are biting. Workers rescued 123 muskie from the spillway on Wednesday.
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Heidecke Lake
SOURCE: Don Stephens, Greybeards (815-941-1504); Guide Greg Heath (815-258-9136)
Stripers are the main catch lately with a few walleye reported early in the week. Recent rains make getting under the bridge fairly unlikely.

Hennepin Canal
SOURCE: Ann Downey, Northside Bait & Archery, Kewanee (309-852-4760)
Fishing has picked up. Water levels have finally stabilized. Catfish are very good in the deeper holes near the culverts. Some bluegill also. Also good action reported in the area in strip mines for crappie and bluegill.

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 bite has shifted to later in the evening most days. A 7-pounder was reported two weeks ago. Bluegill have still been on the beds. Water is in the low 70s and closing time is 8:30 p.m.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Channel catfish are coming out in good numbers on shrimp, stinkbaits and cut bait. Hybrid stripers have started biting well again, with shrimp also working for them. A few smallmouth bass reported. Crankbait bite is on, with Danny Cunningham of Pekin recently catching a 4-pounder on a crank.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Victoria Tackle Shop (309-879-2664)
Fishing has been very good in McMaster Lake, with good action for bluegill, crappie, catfish and muskie. Water is up to 74 degrees and fishg are biting. One pair of muskie fishing brothers from the Peoria area report they are up to 10 muskie for this year, with the largest 54 inches. Catfish are also spawning in McMaster, as evidenced by the 7- and 6.5-pound fish caught by Mark Sellon on dipbait. Walk-in lakes have produced nice bluegill and redear, including a 1.25-pound redear caught by Jack Crum on a tube jig and waxworm.

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)
Bass fishing is very good right now, with lizards and soft plastics working as usual but more fish also coming on weedless top-waters fished in the mosst beds says Karnes. Scott Montgomery and David Snyder won last weekend’s Gary Lee Weber tournament with a two-day total of 41.56 pounds. They also had big bass of 4.79 pounds. Overall anglers caught 186 bass averaging 2.8 pounds. Catfish are good on stinkbait in the early evening until dark and then again from 3 a.m. to daylight. Bluegill are biting well but most are smaller fish. Gabe Sutler of Peoria caught a 5.5-pound bass out of the Pike Hole earlier this week.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Bluegill and crappie still biting and some crappie still have eggs. Anglers also report occasional walleye catches while fishing minnows. Muskie are active.

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 are on a better bite of late, though the action is starting to shift toward early and late on sunny days. Soft plastics also a good bet along weedlines. Top-water and buzzbait bite is here. Bluegill still bedding and shallow in some lakes, with smaller fish reported. Crappie have moved deeper and are scattered but can still be caught.

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 and bluegill best, with crappie slowing says Kim Eggers. Minnows, crickets and red wigglers working. Cats also taking dipbaits. A 5.5-pound and 7-pound cat caught recently. Pictured below is Mackenzie Lyerla with her first bass, a 3.5-pounder caught on June 13 while fishing with her father Frank at Beaver Dam. The 17-inch bass hit a crankbait at dusk.
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Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
Lake 1 had been produced good numbers of catfish over the weekend on nightcrawlers but recent thunderstorms have slowed things to a near standstill says Gilmore.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Channel cats remain on a real good bite and flatheads picking up says Cuddy. Chicken livers, cheesebaits, cut shad best. A few crappie biting. Bluegill bite real good on live baits — crawlers, red wigglers.

Coffeen Lake
SOURCE: Scott Withers, Indian Grove Fish Camp, Coffeen Lake (217-537-3001)
Bass biting still on centipedes or plastics worms says Indian Grove Fish Camp. Catfish beginning to pick up on stinkbaits or cutbaits. Bluegill decent on waxworms. Lake is full and running over the spillway. Hot water arm reaching 100 degrees.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Crappie and white bass biting says Lowe. Below the spillway, hybrid striper taking spoons, jigs, twister tails, snadblasters or gayblades. Drum perch also being picked up.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Channel catfish bite still good on shrimp and mud leeches but not as strong as last couple weeks says Jack Rebman at Kink’s Corner in Hillsboro. Bass spotty. Crappie slowing and going out deeper, in 6-8 feet. A few decent bluegills biting but gills better in area farm ponds.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Crappie bite not as strong but anglers still picking up nice ones on minnows says Rebman. Crappie going deeper. Some bass being picked up.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Channel catfish best here on shrimp, shad and chicken livers says Military Surplus Outlet. Anglers still catching crappie with minnows.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Bass still good here on baby brush hogs says Cuddy. Dark colors, like black emerald or june bug, working best. Crappie slow.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Bluegill bedding and biting if you can find them says Mill Creek Lake Park. Plenty of little bass biting off the banks on soft plastics along the weedlines. Larger bass out deeper and taking soft plastics. Catfish slowing down.

New Gillespie Lake
SOURCE: John ‘Pappy’ Knowles, Gillespie Lake Police (618-362-6363)
Catfish best here on nightcrawlers. Heat keeping many anglers away, though.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Bass still being picked up here on plastics says Miller. Green colors best, green pumpkin or watermelon.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Bluegill bite good on waxworms says Anthony’s Acres Resort. Crappie slowed. Channel cats biting good off the banks using livers and nightcrawlers. Some bass being picked up in the weeds on overcast days using buzzbaits. White bass spotty but should starting hitting soon.

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
Walleye and crappie biting says guide Ken Wilson. Walleye can be found on main lake points or flats trolling 15-16 feet of water. Crappie taking minnows and casting jigs in 10-12 feet around stranding timber, in lay downs along the banks or in willows. Crappie are post spawn. White bass can be found in back of creek arms in the evenings, with Scoal Creek, Wolf Creek and Sand Creek good locations. Largemouth bass still in the bushes. A few muskie can be found below the spillway. Sauger are biting but not as good as they were on leeches and minnows. From guide Steve Welch: As is every year in this water temperature range, live bait is the key. My crappie definitely want a minnow. In the willows I have been just fishing a slip bobber with a gold hook and a lively minnow. In deeper water I have been using roadrunner type jig heads or fuzzy grubs or Bob Folder tensile jigs. All three are good tipping jigs over traditional jig and tube combos.
The walleye and white bass have been coming trolling for the most part. They are just off big main lake flats in the mid lake area. Best depths have been about 15 feet deep in deeper water. Look for schools of bait then adjust accordingly. Keep your baits slightly above the bait. As the bait grows you will see the larger fish bury into the willows as well. Walleye also good below the spillway using crawlers and leeches.
• 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 shrimp, stinkbaits says Miller. Bass also good using green colors — green pumpkin or watermelon. With darker, thick water, darker colors best. Crappie going deeper.

Lake Taylorville
SOURCE: Lindsey’s Bait & Tackle, Taylorville (217-287-7550)
Some crappie being picked up on minnows. Crappie were shallow earlier in week. Catfish biting on worms, nightcrawlers or stinkbait.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Bass slowing down but bluegill decent says the site office. Catfish average but crappie poor. Bass angler Mike Hoercher caught a 56-pound flathead catfish here on May 29.
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Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Sauger biting on lake humps says Lavish’s. Anglers trolling jigs and crankbaits. Catfish taking Geno’s stinkbait. Rod and reel anglers also using Sonny’s dipbaits. White bass also biting with trolling crankbaits. Trotliners using leeches and cutbait for cats. Some drifting shrimp for cats also. On the Kaskaskia River, channel cats taking Geno’s and Sonny’s says Henkel’s. Anglers trolling jigs and crankbaits for sauger. White bass taking rooster tails, curly tails and jigs. Asian carp taking slab spoons and curly tails.
• 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 good on topwaters in morning and evenings says Garner. Some anglers using Carolina rig lizard and worms off points or frogs around clay points. Deep crankbaits, shad patterns, good around clay points. Anglers encouraged to vary depths.

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)
Bass biting on half-ounce jigs flipping weeds in main lake points says guide Strobel. Bluegill and catfish also biting but not as many out due to weather conditions says Reed. Texas rig worms pitching into grass working for bass says Garner.

East Fork Lake
SOURCE: Sharon Long, Long’s Tackle Box, Robinson (618-544-2709)
Heavy rains slowing things down here says Sharon Long. Before recent rains, crappie, bluegill and catfish were biting here says Polcyn.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Bass taking jigs or Carolina rigs off the shore line along poitns or ledges.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
More rains making things a ‘muddy mess’ here says Polcyn. Anglers still getting crappie in good numbers deep using minnows. Catfish also taking chicken livers and crawlers.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Overall fishing good, with most anglers going early morning or late evening due to weather conditions says Top of the Hill Bait. Bluegill excellent 4-6 feet deep on all sorts of worms. Bass very good using spinners or buzz baits turning on the surface in grassy areas. Catfish good off the docks and around necks of lakes at night. Jug anglers using worms and crickets and rod and reel fishermen using stinkbaits and nightcrawlers. A few walleye being picked up 15-18 feet deep. Muskie shutting down as temperatures go up. No reports on smallmouth.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Despite extreme wet conditions, anglers still catching catfish using stinkbaits and large minnows says Ruth Rauch. Bass being picked up but not great. Some bank fishermen catching bass off the dam about 14-15 feet suspended. Bass taking plastic worms and buzz baits in the evening. Crankbaits also being purchased.

Sam Dale Lake
SOURCE: Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Catfish biting good here on liver, stinkbaits and crawlers says Polcyn. Crappie being picked up but most small. A few bluegill biting.


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Des Plaines River
SOURCE:Andrew Ragas
Fishing for pike and walleye has been good in the recent week. Pike up to 32 inches (skinny, but long) have been reported throughout the system, especially in the southwest suburbs, and a few walleyes up to 25 inches have been seen as well. Best bets for pike are throwing crankbaits and minnowbaits in areas with hard bottom near current and also in the wood. Spinners and blades also working equally well from mid-river and shoreline areas with weeds. Some anglers also drifting minnows under float are seeing action from smaller fish. Creek mouths are worthy of a try too. Walleye and sauger have been present along with the Pike - hitting minnowbaits. With the water temperatures encroaching to 70-degrees, it’s about time to start night fishing. At the moment, water levels are at a good flow rate for wading but if more rain comes through at some point within the weekend, consider fishing the traditional high-water areas you are accustomed to - a strong possibility. If this rain doesn’t effect the river much during the upcoming days, the river will be the better option rather than the smaller water.
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

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

Fox River
Catfishing is the top choice says Dale Bowman.
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica catfish are best with some drum also coming in. White bass are spotty.
SOURCE: Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
• Near Peoria catfish action has been fair, but the best bite has been north near Lacon says Grider. Anglers in last Saturday’s tournament won with 39 pounds that was caught near Lacon. Cut bait, crawlers and stinkbait all working well.
SOURCE: Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
• Near Liverpool white bass have been good on crawlers and shrimp with some nice-sized fish being caught.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
Fishing had improved prior to more rains Tuesday evening.
• From Indiana to Momence catfish are good on crawlers and blood bait with fish ranging from 4-9 pounds. Rock bass are good on worms and spinners. Smallmouth bass are fair on minnows, crankbaits and jigs tipped with twister tails.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park, smallmouth bass are good, especially around rock riffles. Bryan, Myrtle and Gordon islands have all been good. Walleye are fair. Catfish are very good throughout the area on minnows, crawlers, shrimp and chicken liver. Rock bass are taking small leeches, worms and spinners.
• Near Wilmington big catfish have been caught. Smallies are fair on minnows, spinners and bright-colored plugs and spoons. Rock bass are good on worms and spinners.
Click here for a Kankakee River fishing forum.

Kishwaukee River
SOURCE:Bob Rhodes, Rockford Bait (815-226-3515)
Smallmouth have been excellent on spinners or small crankbaits, twister tails, or even worms says Rhodes. Flatheads also biting. Rockford angler Steve Lawrence caught a 35-pound flathead over the weekend with sucker minnows.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR; Todd Baker of Todd’s Bait & Tackle in Thomson (815-973-2378)
Pools 13-14:
In Pool 13, river stage at Bellevue is 6.28 feet and is forecast to slowly fall but that will likely change with rain moving through the area Wednesday through Friday.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait or leeches under a bobber along rip rap.  Reports of good numbers being caught on trot lines, too.  Flathead Catfish - Good: Live bait or large jigs fished below the dam in Bellevue below the dead lock is producing.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegill coming out of Middle and South Sabula lakes.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Reports of smallies being caught around rocks below the dam in Bellevue and around the mouth of Mill Creek.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines or below the dam in Bellevue.  Using top-water frogs around vegetation has also been producing.  Crappie - Slow: A few crappies are being caught in South and Sabula Lake.  Fish are biting on minnows or jigs under a stick bobber.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on wing dams on a wide variety of baits.  Three-way rigs tipped with worms, crawlers, or leeches are producing, as well as crankbaits.  Larger fish are coming on cranks.  Good numbers of fish in the 20-27 inch protected slot reported.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.  There is good shoreline access at Pleasant Creek Recreation Area south of Bellevue.

In Pool 14, river stage at Camanche is 10.05 feet and should rise over the next week with recent rain.  Water clarity is fair to poor.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfishing is starting to pick along rocky shorelines.  Leeches under a bobber have been producing.  Stink bait is also producing.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are starting to bite in the backwaters.  Try small jigs with crawlers or wax worms under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass bite has slowed recently, probably due to decreased water clarity.  Use crankbaits along rocky shorelines or spinnerbaits and soft plastics in the backwaters.  Tossing top-water frogs around vegetation is also producing.  Walleye - Fair: The bite has slowed considerably with the muddy water.  Look for fish to be on the wing dams.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

SOURCE: Iowa DNR; Carbon Cliff Bait & Tackle (309-792-3460)
Pools 15-16:
In Pool 16, river stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.07 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, and dip baits around wing dams. Some channel catfish are also being caught floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines. Some channel catfish are being picked up along the Davenport Riverfront. Fishing has also been good for catfish in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been slow.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island backwater complex on small jigs and pieces of worm.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina on small minnows. Crappies are also being caught in shallow water around brush piles in the Andalusia Island backwater complex.  Sauger - Fair: A few saugers are being picked up on the wing dams while trolling crankbaits for walleyes.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits around the wing dams throughout the pool.

SOURCE: Iowa DNR; Jim and Flo Seaman, Dry Dock Bait & Tackle, Gladstone (309-627-2769)
Pools 17-19
In Pool 17, river stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.90 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver. Some channel catfish are being caught along the Muscatine Riverfront on night crawlers. Some channel catfish are starting to be caught fishing leeches under a bobber along riprap shorelines.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and on the wing dams on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in Big Timber on pieces of worm floating under a bobber. Some sorting will be required.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters floating minnows under a bobber and on tube jigs. Areas to try are Big Timber and Eagle Fill.  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught on crankbaits and three-way rigs with crawlers fished on the wing dams.

In Pool 18, river stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 8.28 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver. Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches under a bobber along rocky shorelines.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught in the tailwaters of Lock and Dam 17 on jigs and twisters with a minnow and small crankbaits. White bass are also being caught at the outlet structure of Lake Odessa at the Toolesboro landing.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught in the backwaters on small worms.  Crappie - Good: Crappies are being caught in the backwaters on jigs and minnows or floating minnows under a bobber.  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are starting to be caught trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs tipped with a minnow or half a night crawler on the wing dams.

In Pool 19, river stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.34 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver. Some channel catfish are starting to be picked up floating leeches and night crawlers under a bobber along the riprap shoreline at Ft. Madison.  White Bass - Slow: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam casting jig and twister tails.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being picked up trolling crankbaits on the wing dams.

Pecatonica River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Catfish coming on more than anything else says Calam. Anglers using trolling harnesses have been catching cats. Nightcrawlers have been working more than dipbaits lately here. Walleye and northerns slowing.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford catfish best using cutbait, shrimp, dipbaits or cheesebaits. Some flatheads up to 20 pounds biting.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon David Corson caught a 42-pound flathead Wednesday night on the west side of the dam on a bluegill. Channel catfish are very good on cheese bait. Big walleye have come in from an undisclosed location. Smallmouth bass are fair on spinnerbaits along the rocky shoreline.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon channel catfish are still a bit slow. Shrimp is best and some on cut bait. Chubs and bluegill cut are working well. Chicken liver and cheesebait fair. Some walleye have come from below the dam, the first in quite awhile. Water levels are down to slightly over normal. Few bass reports except from creek mouths. Flatheads are running small again. Lots of 7- to 8-pounders. A 36-pounder was caught at the dam earlier this week and near Rock Falls. Crappie and white bass are both hard to find.


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Alright, we all know a 54 is possible at snakeden. Right now its a rumor but when we see the picture, we shall beleive. What about the girth? Just wondering. I dream about 54 inch muskies.

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