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Illinois fishing report 6-25-09

June 25, 2009 at 02:39 PM


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

• Rend Lake for bass, crappie or catfish.
• The night bite for bass at Lake of Egypt.
• The Kankakee River for channel catfish, not to mention about 50 other lakes.
• Evergreen Lake for crappie.
• The Emiquon Preserve for bass.
• Powerton Lake for blue catfish.


• Lee Nomichit of Creve Coeur caught a 5.48-pound bass Monday at Banner Marsh.
• Lance Zimmerman caught this 50.5-inch muskie on a Black Widow Top Raider on June 15 while fishing Catherine Lake in the Fox Chain O’ Lakes with his daughter, Autumn.
Illinois hunting and fishing

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Using leeches and tube jigs will catch you some bluegill. Some crappie between 10-12 inches along with bass up to 10 inches are being caught. But only one of every dozen walleye are keepers.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Using leeches and tube jigs will catch bluegill. Some crappie between 10-12 inches along with bass up to 10 inches are being caught. But only one of every dozen walleye are keepers.

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
Summer patterns are taking over in small lakes and ponds, with top-water baits good early and late for bass. Bluegill are along weed edges and taking live baits. Crappie are scattered.
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 shallow and catfish have been biting on nightcrawlers says Triangle. Walleye are very good around bridges on leeches and crawlers. Muskie are active and taking jerkbaits and top-water offerings. The Fox Chain O’ Lakes and the upper Fox River are at no-wake status and the lower Fox River is closed to boating.
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 bank and boat anglers are catching fair numbers of perch. Top spots are Montrose, Diversey, Belmont, 39th, 95th and Northerly Island. Bowman says perch have not poured into harbors yet. Rock bass are best and are excellent at Northerly Island says Bowman. Coho and kings are spotty in 40-60 feet of water says Capt. Bill Kelly. Kings and lakers are biting in 120-140 feet.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan perch are spotty. Bank anglers are taking a few says The Salmon Stop. Minnows are best. Boat fishing for perch also slow.
SOURCE: Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near North Point
Poteshman reported decent action in 70-130 feet, best early mornings; there’s still a mixed bag out in 200-300 feet.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana perch are good near Cal Park says Mik-Lurch. Soft shells a good bet. Pastrick also good.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795) and Bob Rhodes, Rockford Bait (815-226-3515).
Late evening has been good for channel catfish on crawlers says Minihan. Some night bite for bluegill and flathead catfish, also. Stinkbait producing channel cats says Rhodes, with catches of a 15-pound channel and a 40-pound flathead in the past week.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Crappie fishing has been very good over the campground fish cribs and deeper brushpiles says Jay Angel. Crappies are ranging from 7-10.5 inches with lots of fish from 7-8 inches. Mini Mites and minnows are working well. Bass fishing was slow during the bass open competition last weekend, which Tyler Fulk won with a 3.75-pound largemouth. Since then bass are better and biting along weedlines and in standing timber. Lakeside says top-waters are working well in the lily pads and over weeds.  Angel caught several on leeches last Sunday while walleye fishing in the deep trees. Walleye fishing is fair in the deep trees and over the rock piles on leeches. Catfish action has been good and a 40-inch muskie was caught over the weekend. Pictured below are James and Carl Redick of Sycamore with crappies they caught while fishing with Angel last Saturday.
• 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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NORTH-CENTRAL ILLINOIS South of Interstate 80 and North of Interstate 72/U.S. Route 36

Argyle Lake
SOURCE:Site manager Robin Hinchee (309-776-3422); The Deck II Bait and Boat Rental shop (309-776-4275)
Catfish are the best bet on stinkbait, doughballs, dew worms, minnows and livers. Bass are fair. Crappie have slowed but are best near the dam. Larry Dozard says trolling small crankbaits has yielded some crappie.

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)
Bass are biting well here, with nice totals posted Monday night during tournament action says Adam Jaegle at Presley’s. He and partner Tim McCoy caught 25 bass that were 17 inches or longer on swim baits and won with three that weighed 9.59 pounds. Big bass was a 5.48-pounder caught by Lee Nomichit. Fish hit shallow and in deeper water on swim baits, jigs and other plastics including Senkos. Catfish are also biting well.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bass are biting plastics, jigs and crankbaits around timber. Lake is fairly clear with a temperature near 80 degrees. Catfish are fair on dipbaits, shrimp and cut bait. Crappie are best in 14-16 feet of water on medium shiners. Most are 8-10.5 inches. Bluegill fair. A few hybrid stripers caught by drifting shiners.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Water temperatures have soared into the 90s on the north end.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
The hot weather has limited most anglers to just catfish on mud leeches and shrimp. Bass are best early and late.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Catfish are the best bet and are biting stinkbait, liver and shrimp throughout the lake. Evenings and early mornings best. Gibson says walleye are also good towards the dam. Try bottom rigs with crawlers or minnows. Bluegill good with numbers of small fish. Other species are slow.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Algae has bloomed and weeds are growing in well. Bass are still biting but anglers have turned more and more to plastics instead of spinnerbaits or crankbaits. Scattered reports of crappie. 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
Fishing is good overall with crappie still biting well on minnows and tube jigs and some anglers catching 100 or more on an outing. Saugeye are good on crawlers. Catfish are also good on stinkbaits and chicken livers. Bass are fair with numerous smaller fish caught. On Saturday the park will hold a run and boaters are asked to use caution and to watch for runners when approaching the west boat ramp. Water is in the upper 70s and lower 80s, just over capacity and has clarity of 1-2 feet. Picture below is Dennis Glavin of Peoria with a 38.5-inch muskie he caught last Saturday with guide Thad Hinshaw. The muskie is Glavin’s first. Hinshaw has backed off of Evergreen now, though, because water temperatures are too high to safely catch and release muskie.
Click here for up-to-date lake reports.
Illinois hunting and fishing

Heidecke Lake
SOURCE: Don Stephens, Greybeards (815-941-1504); Guide Greg Heath (815-258-9136)
Water is 87 degrees in places but fishing is pretty good overall says Greybeards. Walleye are good again and hitting on worm harnesses fished off the bottom throughout the lake. Stripers are fair on chicken livers, with most fish running 4-6 pounds.

Hennepin Canal
SOURCE: Ann Downey, Northside Bait & Archery, Kewanee (309-852-4760)
Catfish are good in deeper holes near culverts, with the evening bite best. Stinkbaits performing well as are shrimp and livers. Bluegill fair around brush. Flatheads spawning.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE:Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Water near the launch had reached 90 degrees by Tuesday and Pete Riedesel reported a minor fish kill involving shad and some game fish.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Bass best on plastics and action has been largely limited to early and late. Water temperatures are into the 80s.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Fishing has been surprisingly good despite hot water. Catfish are best right now says Grider, with plenty of channel cats active in the intake. Blue cats are also good. Last Sunday Brian Grider and his buddy Blake caught 40- and 25-pound blue cats on live bluegills in the coolest water they could find in the back of the lake. Toby Berchtold caught six blue cats ranging from 20-30 pounds. Anglers are also reporting some keeper bluegill in the rocks of late, though you have to sort through lots of short fish. And don’t give up on smallies. Crankbaits fished near the intake point are still yielding fish. Three fish over 5 pounds have been verified this year, which is the best big fish this lake has produced in several years.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Victoria Tackle Shop (309-879-2664)
Bass are fair in walk-in lakes early and late. Plastics top choice right now along with weedless frogs. Bluegill still biting but bigger fish have moved deeper. Weed edges the best bet. Channel catfish fair. Crappie scattered but still biting in 10-14 feet on McMaster Lake.

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)
Channel catfish up to 6 pounds are great on dipbait, crawlers and shad. Action is best in the evening, though fish have been biting all day Karnes says. Bite runs until 10 p.m. then they slow until 3 or 4 a.m. Bluegill are also very active but have been running small. Few reports on bass. Early and late had been working in the pads and weedy areas. Weed growth is not as bad this year thanks to the state spraying regime.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Bass fair on top-water lures in the weeds and also on plastics. A few on crankbaits. Few reports on channel catfish. Bluegill biting well on crickets and then waxworms. No walleye reports.

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 fair to good most mornings and evenings on plastics, with lizards and senkos producing well. Day-time is a good time to flip into heavy cover. Moss is bad many places, causing many anglers to opt for weedless frogs and top-waters. Bluegill still biting but largely off the beds. Weed edges are holding fish. Crickets working well. Channel catfish bite has been better in the evenings.

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 are being caught on Sonny’s stinkbait and crawlers. Bullheads are also biting.

Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
Catfish are being caught using Sonny’s dipbait and nightcrawlers.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Anglers are catching some bass up to 6 pounds using jigs and soft plastic including green pumpkin tubes. The channel cats are being trot-lined on cheesebait and chicken liver but only in the early morning and later evening.

Coffeen Lake
SOURCE: Scott Withers, Indian Grove Fish Camp, Coffeen Lake (217-537-3001)
Some catfish are being caught using night crawlers and bass caught but mostly in early morning or late evening

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
The hot weather has limited anglers to catfish on leeches and shrimp.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Crappie are very slow but the catfish and bass are being caught using plastic worms and crankbaits. Use some redworms or meal worms to snag some bluegill. All are being caught in the early morning.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Catfish are biting well on stinkbait and shrimp. Bass have been biting well on soft plastics. Crappie have slowed.

Lake Lou Yaeger
SOURCE: Denny’s Bait Shop, Litchfield (217-324-2628)
There’s been 8- to 9-pound catfish being caught using Sonny’s stinkbait and shrimp. A 10.5-pound catfish was caught earlier in the week.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Bass are biting using jigs and soft plastic including green pumpkin tubes. The channel cats are biting on cheesebait and chicken liver but only in the early morning and later evening.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
You can catch crappie at 7-13 feet. Grab your stinkbait and some shrimp and you’ll be reeling in catfish like crazy. The panfish and bass are also biting.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Catfish are hitting chicken lives and minnows. Head to the weeds and use a few minnows to snag some crappie. There’s reports of 10-pound channel cats. The bluegill have been awfully spotty.

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
The lake is 16.5 feet over summer pool but there are white bass biting in the willows says Welch. Wilson agrees that white bass of 10-12 inches long are in the bushes chasing minnows. Fishing is good at first light and up to 8 or 9 p.m. All the creek arms and some main lake flats are the best spots. Friday’s water temperature was 85 degrees. Only small walleye are being caught with very few keepers. Target 10-15 feet deep off the flats on 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)
You can catch crappie in 7-13 feet of water. Stinkbait and shrimp are working well for catfish. Bass also biting well.

Lake Taylorville
SOURCE: Lindsey’s Bait & Tackle, Taylorville (217-287-7550)
Shad guts and stinkbait producing catfish.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Crappie are average. Bass slowed. Mealworms are producing some nice bluegill.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
The lake is 3 feet above pool but an angler caught a 35-pound flathead catfish. White bass are good on minnows and are also taking crankbaits, crawlers and rooster tails. Channel catfish are good on shrimp. Sauger have been slow below the dam.
• 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)
Few anglers have been out. Those that are have been catching crappie under the bridge.

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)
Some crappie have been biting on deeper brushpiles. Bass active on plastics early and late but daytime fishing has been dead.

East Fork Lake
SOURCE: Sharon Long, Long’s Tackle Box, Robinson (618-544-2709)
Crappie are fair on small spinners or jigs. Catfish are active.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
The bass bite is awesome at night says guide Jason Johns. Bass are hitting anything black: spinnerbaits, worms and top-waters. Johns had four over 4 pounds the other night and numbers are also very good.

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Crappie have been fair in the middle of the lake on jigs. Bluegill are biting well early but only small fish are hitting during the day. Bass are good at daylight.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Anglers have been catching numerous 4- and 5-pound bass says Nutty. Crappie also fair in 8-15 feet of water around brush. Catfish are good on stinkbait or chicken liver.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Fishing is excellent overall says Johns. Bass fishing has been good, with 37 limits out of 52 boats at a tournament two weeks ago says Allen at Rend Lake Sporting Goods. Plastics and crankbaits are best. Some fish moving to the rip-rap and to the weedbeds. Johns says shad-colored or chartreuse-and-browk crankbaits diving in the 5-8 foot range near rocks will catch fish. Rat-L-Traps, buzzbaits and frogs also good bets. Channel catfish are biting well all over the lake on stinkbait, leeches and crawlers. Jug fishing good on fresh cut shad, which have been hard to find. Crappie are good in deeper water around brushpiles and bridge pilings. Johns said minnows are best and most fish have come in 8-12 feet of water on tight lines fished over brush. A Chicago angler had a 2.9-pound crappie this week. White bass still not biting much. Should be active soon and schooling.


Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE:Andrew Ragas
Fishing was good at the river before the weekend storms came. Northern pike and 20-inch walleyes were hitting jerkbaits from deeper areas with current, and even catfish too. Now with the high water levels and a flow rate of 3900 over 580 in the western suburbs, you might want to stay completely away from the river. For the creeks, same situation. Let’s wait a week, hope for no rain, and maybe we might be able to start working the shoreline areas again. Unless you are good at finding fish in flooded backyards or forest preserves, this week is a washout.
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

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

Fox River
The river is closed to boaters from the Montgomery dam to the McHenry dam.
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 Starved Rock the river bumped back up and is dirty and swift. Very little bait sold in the past week. Fox River a better bet. Had been some smallmouth bass biting at the Marseilles dam. Those who are catching catfish are using cut baits and nightcrawlers.
SOURCE: Baitshop Bob, Riverview Marine, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley the river is up and dirty but anglers are catching good numbers of channel catfish. Cut herring has been producing very well. Target deeper holes. Rolando’s has a tournament out of Hennepin this Sunday from 6 a.m. to noon. Lots of small cigar-sized sauger being caught. Shad just coming out of backwaters but are small.
SOURCE: Marge Hankins, Hankins Riverview, Henry (309-364-3617)
• Near Henry white bass have been biting some in the creeks. Catfish are fair on shrimp and stinkbait. Sauger have slowed with the rising river.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria the rising river has spurred some catfish and bullheads to bite in backwaters. Cut baits, leeches and dew worms are producing. This has also been a good year for white bass says Presley, who advises the best fishing comes when the river is dropping.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Near Havana white bass have been good around the Liverpool area on beetle spins. Fish are running bigger than usual. Catfish are fair.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
The river is in better shape heading into the Kankakee River Fishing Derby, which starts Friday and runs through July 5.
• From Indiana to Momence catfish are good on almost any catfish bait. Rock bass are hitting on worms, popping bugs and spinners.
• Near Aroma Park catfish are good on crayfish and minnows and crappie are biting at the mouth of the Iroquois River on jigs and minnows and small white spinners.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park catfish are good with catches of 6-13 pounds. Try big minnows and cheesebaits. For smallmouth bass fish around Nature Island or the shoreline near Timothy Island. Rock bass are hitting on spinners, minnow-shaped plugs and live minnows.
• Near Wilmington catfisha re good and some nice smallmouth bass and stripers have been reported.
Click here for a Kankakee River fishing forum.

Kishwaukee River
SOURCE:Bob Rhodes, Rockford Bait (815-226-3515)
River was closed to recreational use due to the ethanol spill up river.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR; Todd Baker of Todd’s Bait & Tackle in Thomson (815-973-2378)
Pools 13-14:
Pool 13: River stage at Bellevue is 6.22 feet and is forecast to rise to 6.6 feet by Saturday then begin to slowly fall.  Water clarity is fair to poor.  Water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are starting to bite on stink bait or leeches under a bobber along rip rap.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegill coming out of Middle and South Sabula Lake.  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 - Good: 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.
Pool 14: River stage at Camanche is 10.26 feet and is forecast to slowly fall over the next week.  Water clarity is poor.  Water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: 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 a small jig with a crawler or wax worm under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: The bass bite has slowed recently, probably due to decreased water clarity.  Fish crankbaits along rocky shorelines or fish spinnerbaits and soft plastics in the backwaters.  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)
Pool 15-16:
Pool 16: River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 7.94 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend.  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 - Slow: Fishing for bluegills has been slow in Sunset Marina and the Andalusia Island complex.  Crappie - Slow: Fishing for crappies in Sunset marina and the Andalusia Island complex has been slow.  Sauger - Slow: Fishing has been difficult on the wing dams due to muddy water conditions.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been difficult due to muddy water conditions. 
SOURCE: Iowa DNR; Jim and Flo Seaman, Dry Dock Bait & Tackle, Gladstone (309-627-2769)
Pools 17-18
Pool 17: River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 7.44 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend. Fishing has been difficult due to muddy water conditions.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver 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 - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been difficult due to muddy water conditions.
Pool 18: River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.76 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend. Fishing has been difficult due to high and muddy water.  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 - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:
Pool 19: River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.97 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend. Fishing has been difficult due to high and muddy water.  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:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Illinois hunting and fishing
Rock River
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon last weekend’s fish kill did not have any impact, since the dam is located 12 miles north of Grand Detour says Prose. Water did come up 4 feet by last Saturday which spurred a good flathead bite, with fish of 42, 37, 35 and 33 pounds reported. Most came on bluegill. Channel catfish are also biting well on dipbait. Overall fishing action has been slow. Chad Miskell caught the 37-pound flathead catfish pictured above on bluegill last Sunday while fishing below the dam at Oregon.
dipbait is working best for channel catfish.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon the fish kill hit hard says Hays. Prior to the rain and the train derailment fishing had been good. But Hays said, “The fish kill was astronomical.” So was the debris that passed through. Anglers are just starting back onto the river. Time will tell how many fish are left.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Flatheads are spawning and hawgers report good action this week for fish up to 35 pounds says Dinkheller. Channel catfish also taking redworms and stinkbait.


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