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Illinois fishing report 6-3-10

June 03, 2010 at 01:58 PM


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

• Bluegill in farm ponds, strip-mine lakes and lakes all over Illinois.
• Perch along the Lake Michigan shorefront.
• Bass in the evenings at Lake of Egypt.
• Walleye or white bass at Lake Shelbyville.
• Crappie at Rend Lake.


• Charlie “Poorboy” Patrick of Oak Forest caught and released this 6.3-pound, 23-inch smallmouth bass on May 26 while fishing a Lucky Strike goby-imitator on the Chicago lakefront to earn Chicago Sun-Times Fish of the Week honors. If weighed on a certified scale, the fish could have challenged Mark Samp’s state record of 6-pounds, 7 ounces.

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• Ralph Carmichael of Peoria caught a 9.77-pound walleye on May 21 while fishing a 10-inch purple worm in a strip-mine lake.

• Jonathan Cleveland caught a 38.2-pound, 42-inch flathead with a girth of 27 inches last week out of Powerton Lake while fishing a nightcrawler.

• Ginny Forlines of Toulon caught an 11-inch bluegill Wednesday evening in a strip-pit at 17 Lakes. She was fishing a small yellow jig with Berkley Gulp grubs.

• Chris Pelka of Peoria caught and released a 5.5-pound bass on Monday while fishing at Timber Lakes Country Club with a nightcrawler. Several other 5-pounders were also reported in central Illinois, including a 5.5-pounder from Eureka Lake and Richard Hummel of Forest City’s 5-pound, 22-incher out of the south end of Spring Lake.

• Trey Keeley (left) of Washington and Alex Goebel took a day off from their baseball season to catch the nice stringer of bluegill pictured below while fishing in a farm pond near Streator last Sunday.

Illinois hunting and fishing

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
Bluegills are on the beds in most lakes and small ponds and are taking crickets, waxies, redworms and bits of nightcrawler. Largemouth bass are improving in many lakes including Bangs Lake, according to Mike Jackson of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Sunrise is best but nice fish are also biting near weeds and docks and sunset. Channel catfish have been good after recent rains on crawlers. Catfish stockings are underway in lagoons says Dale Bowman.
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).
Fishing is good overall says Triangle. Best are bluegill on jigs and waxies, particularly in Pistakee Lake. Channel cats are also good on dipbait, crawlers and leeches. Catfish are coming shallow. Walleye are best in current on leeches and evenings on Petite Lake on shallow flats. Some white bass and muskie are very active and taking top-waters fished over weed edges, with Lake Catherine a good bet. Still no restrictions on fishing The Chain despite recent rains.
Click here to check updates on no-wake status and water levels or call 847-587-8540 .

Lake Michigan
SOURCES: Henry’s (312-225-8538), Vet’s (773-734-6720) and Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.
• On the Chicago lakefront the perch bite is heating up according to Bowman. Soft shells are better with limits coming off the Montrose horseshoe on Monday and good action overall from 63rd to Montrose inside and out of harbors. Shore anglers faring better than boaters right now. Mike Jackson advises some large schools are near Lake Forest in 50 feet of water. Smallies are fair. Bowman said salmon are decent in 70-105 feet of water and mornings are best for cohos.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan perch are fair to good some days off the government pier. Salmon are spotty.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana smallmouth bass are good according to Mik-Lurch and salmon are fair in 50-75 feet.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Bluegill are on the beds and biting well for shore and boat anglers. Channel cats are also good on dipbait, crawlers and chicken livers. A 9-pounder was reported last weekend. Water is in the 70s. Muskie have slowed. Crappie have also slowed but are biting in 12-15 feet near structure.
• 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)
Water is 3-3.5 feet above normal and rising a bit. Trot-lining had slowed with the water dropping but has showed signs of improving.

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 are slow and deep according to Jaegle. Not many fish shallow. Crappie have slowed. Best report from here this week is an 18-pound sheephead. Catfish are decent for boat anglers on dipbait. Fish the humps.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bluegill are fair to good says Dozard, with most small and taking crickets along inside weed edges. Water is in the 70s. Bass improved this week on mid-running crankbaits and plastics along outside weed edges. Crappie were fair in the mornings and suspended at about 8 feet deep in 10-14 feet of water in coves on jigs with minnows or crappie nibbles.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass are good and are relating to ditches again, but not always in the deepest water. Sometimes 6-10, sometimes shallower, sometimes deeper for the best bite. Crankbaits will find them fast and then you can settle in and catch them on plastics. The frog or other top-water bite has also been decent early and late. Some good reports on bluegill, others very frustrated. Such is Emiquon. Crappie are scattered with some caught by trollers and a few moving to inside weed edges in 8-10 feet of water. Joe Egli caught the two below trolling Hot N Tots. Anglers must obtain a free permit at Dickson Mounds Museum (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) before fishing here.
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Evergreen Lake
SOURCE: Brad Wood, operations supervisor, (309-726-2022) or Larry Dozard
Crappie fishing has been good with most in 14-20 feet of water on tube jigs and minnows. Good numbers of fish 9 inches and under. Saugeye are also hot according to Wood, with lots of keepers being caught in the last few weeks, mostly on crawlers. Bluegill are doing well along weeds and rip rap with wax worms. Catfishing has started to pick up with some good size to them. Water clarity is 1-2 feet and the temperature is running in the 70s.
NOTE: The Main Recreation Area (East) Boat Launch will be closed from 6 p.m. on Friday to noon on Saturday for the Tri-Shark Triathlon. Fishermen/Boaters are asked to use the White Oak (West) Boat Launch during these closure times. Campground facilities remain open. Also, a portion of Evergreen Lake will be closed to all watercraft traffic. The area from the Boat Rental south across the lake and east will be closed from Midnight to approximately 10:00 a.m. Saturday. This includes the area around Deer Island, Six-Mile Creek Bay, and around the Boat Rental facility. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
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)
Walleye fair says Greybeards. Crawlers working well, a tip confirmed by Dale Bowman. Catfish good but running small right now.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Catfish are fair as are hybrids according to Guide Pete Riedesel (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)). Bass are slow.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Channel catfish are biting well and a few trophy flatheads and blue cats have come in over the past week. Jonathan Cleveland caught a 38.2-pound, 42-inch flathead with a girth of 27 inches last week out of Powerton Lake while fishing a nightcrawler.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Catfish are good with some nice-sized fish coming in off chicken liver and dew worms. Bluegill are also very good on crickets. Bass have improved in the past few days, with a few 5-pounders reported in the past day and numerous 2-3 pounders. Weeds are up so there’s a lot of top-water fishing going on.

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 have picked up some on the south end Karnes said, with everyday anglers catching some fish on top-water and weedless lures. Richard Hummel of Forest City caught a 5-pound, 22-inch bass this week and numerous other keepers have been caught, including a 4.5-pounder out of the north end. Bluegill are up on the shoreline and biting fair to good on waxworms and crickets. Catfish are good with numerous six-fish limits reported. Shrimp and dipbait are both working. Nice fish coming off the park road on the south end. No-wake zone in effect on the south end from the spillway to the Pike Hole.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Bluegill are on a good strong bite at the lake says Hayden. They just hit the beds good last week and have been biting well since. Crappie are still decent, coming in and out and slowing some. Channel catfish have been good following the recent heavy rains on crawlers or leeches or redworms.

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)
Bluegill are up shallow and spawning hard right now and are the best bet by far according to Jaegle. Crawler bits, waxies and redworms or crickets are best on small jigs. Big bulls are up now, so get out. Crappie are spotty. Some still have eggs and are shallow but most have backed into 12-14 feet of water. Bass are better in most lakes, but most are smaller fish. Early and late pattern is ready to start soon with warmer weather here. Frog bite has been good early over weeds for better fish. Some channel cats on dipbait or crawlers.

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

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Catfish are best here and are rated as fair to good on dipbait and some on cut shad. A few bass have started biting in the river on small jigs and soft plastics. A Wooly Hog Tail has been working. A few saugeye reported on white twister tails on jigs. Some good bass fishing at Mattoon Lake on crankbaits and soft creature baits.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Catfish are biting well here says Raymond. Crappie have slowed. Some bass moving shallow early on top-waters.

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
White bass are very good says Wilson, who puts the water temperature into the 80s some days. Water is at summer pool and fairly clear. Crankbaits will get white bass during the day or target them when you see whites busting shad at the surface. Run and gun the flats says Steve Welch, who is catching whites and largemouth. Walleye also good to very good right now, with lots of keepers reported over the 14-inch minimum. Welch suggests targeting stumps on the flats to find walleye. Points 3 and 5 are also hotspots. Welch likes quarter-ounce glow jigs and twister tails with 1-inch of crawler, Bib Dude blade baits or Blue Fox Vibrax spinners in chrome. Crappie still fair but finicky. Spillway fishing is good for walleye.
• 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)
Catfish are biting very well here and in the Sangamon River. Lots of fish on crawlers and a few on dipbait. Fish toward the bank. Crappie have moved 8-12 feet deep and are more scattered. They will bite if you find them.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Josh Adkins
Carlyle lake-  the lake is still stained with the recent heavy showers Tuesday and Wednesday, but should clear up this weekend as they are calling for hot temps in the 90’s and clear skies. Lake temps are at 78 degrees and rising. Patterns for all fish on the lake should be steady from last week.

LARGEMOUTH: bass are still shallow and tight to cover. Anglers are still having luck with good numbers and size of largemouth hitting shad like crank baits/chartreuse spinners/ chatter baits/Crawdad colored jigs with c-dad trailers. With the stained water, white or chartreuse seem to be working best.
WHITEBASS- white bass are picking up a little on the main lake as the water temps are on the rise. If you can’t follow the birds to the shad, check creek mouths or flats, double jig rig with your personal favorite will work just fine(grubs, little George’s, sassy shad) chartreuse/black or white. Chartreuse seems to be working best..
CATFISH: Cats are really getting hot, good numbers being caught on the windswept rocks on just about anything, minnows/crawlers/ cut shad/dough baits.  Cats are up shallow. There are some good flatheads also being caught shallow so the spawn is near as long as the weather pattern holds. Also drifting rocky points with same baits listed above is producing. Backwater areas are also producing some good catches
CRAPPIE- crappie fishing has is still solid even with the high/murky water, best luck is any brush pile /shoreline wood structures, or the wood shallows on the north end of the lake. Crappies are shallow in 4-8 feet of water. Anglers are having their best luck with bright colored jigs (chatruce, red, yellow) or just plain old minnows. 

Carlyle dam/Kaskaskia River
With hardly any water releasing from the dam, the White bass slowed down a bit, however the cat fishing has picked up. Recent rains should open the gates for at least a few days depending upon rain amounts received Wednesday and Thursday.
WHITE BASS- With low water and low release rates, the WB have slowed a bit. If you can find any crawdads to seine, use them on the bottom with a small hook and weight.  People are also 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 temps continuing to warm, the spawn run is on now and should continue for awhile.
CATFISH- both channels and flatheads are biting. Flatheads are moving up shallow to spawn as are the Channels. 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.  The warmer weather will heat up the fishing for cats as well and they are moving up shallow early and late in the day.  Trotlines with shad/crawdads and leeches will also do the trick.
SAUGER- the sauger bite has cooled down a bit this week with low water levels and the hotter temps. Anglers still catching them vertical jigging chartreuse/black and good old white jigs tipped with some meat. Better size saugs can still be caught trolling crank baits in between the dam and swinging bridge.
ASIAN CARP- both huge numbers of bigheads (10-40lb range) and silvers (5-20lb) range are being taken as long as the water is on. Bow fishers are having lots of success as well as anglers using Spoons and double jig rigs.
BOWFISHING- no problem finding numbers with the water on or off. Gar, buffalo, carp and Asian carp are everywhere ,all shallow and are abundant as well as great sizes and numbers. Main channel against the rocks and all backwater areas are producing fish.
• For the latest water level information call (618-594-4637).

Crab Orchard Lake
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366); Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354); Kyle Garner, Crappie Pro Shop, Carterville (618-985-8277)
Crappie are good, with an angler reporting 40 keepers in 8-10 feet of water Thursday morning according to Reed. Bluegill are still fair and shallow. Bass are slow and there is a major tournament planned for this weekend. Water temperatures running into the upper 80s. Jason Johns reports there’s a a good bite for bass on buzzbaits and spinnerbaits in the grass in the evening.

Devil’s Kitchen
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366)
Bluegill are still very good here says Reed.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Jason Johns (618-927-3432)
Night fishing is going crazy says guide Jason Johns. Black single-bladed spinnerbaits and big worms are good and dark-colored shaky heads and senkos are also working. You can catch them down there during the day on Carolina rigs.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Fishing has slowed, with water up to 93 degrees at the boat dock this week. Channel catfish are biting, but most other species have backed off some. A few smaller bass. Bluegill are also biting but are small. Fishing is kind of at a stalemate right now.

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 best of all are the crappie on Rend Lake. They are better than excellent. We’re catching big numbers of big fish. Most of them are in 8-15 feet on minnows and shad-colored jigs. You can fish brush, stumps or stakebeds. I’ve never seen the numbers of crappie and big crappie that we’re seeing now. Bass at Rend Lake are OK on main lake points on crankbaits and in the bushes on spinnerbaits and dark-colored beaver baits or pocket craws. There’s also a pretty good frog bite if you can find grass. Catfish are very good.


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.

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
Channel catfish are biting up and down the river along the trees on crawlers, dipbait and cut bait says Buster Culjan. Plenty of drum perch also biting. The river is high and dirty, though.
SOURCE: Jordan Hubinsky, Time on the Water Marina, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley catfish have been good despite the high water. Last weekend’s winning weight for a five-fish tournament was 47 pounds. Most are coming on herring which is hard to find. Next best is cut shad and then dipbait for smaller fish. Some white bass but the run is pretty much over and largemouth bass are also scattered.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria catfish are up in the willows and trot-liners have been catching them on leeches and crawlers. Backwaters are flooded.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
Here’s Ed Mullady’s latest report: OVERALL, the KANKAKEE and tributaries are still high in most areas, with water covering some shorelines.  Fishing along flooded shorelines can be good! Live bait, bright artificials work well now!

*MOMENCE AREA; Smallmouth bass good at creek mouths, forming weedbeds, Rock bottoms. Try *jig and minnow *jig and twister tail *Chug Bugs *Rattlin’ Rogue, Mepps #3 Spinners *imitation crawfish or helgramites. Pike fair along shorelines, around islands, ditch and bayou mouths.Rock Bass good on above baits. Catfish good.

KANKAKEE RIVER STATE PARK: Smallmouth Bass good on *minnows *Rattlin’ Rogue, Jointed lures, jig and double twister tails, imitation crawfish. Rock Bass good on baits listed above. Walleye fair on *jig and minnow *jig and crawler *jointed baits. Catfish good. 

WILMINGTON ISLAND PARK THROUGH DES PLAINES AREA: Smallmouth Bass good on Spinners * Keeper Hook & Double Twister tail. Walleye fair on jig and minnow *jointed lures. Catfish good on above baits. *Largemouth Bass on *minnows *spinners in backwater areas. Rock Bass good throughout!

Mississippi River
Mississippi River Pool 11
Water levels are at 5.7 feet and expected to drop slowly over the next week.  Water clarity has improved, and temperature is in the upper 70s. Good shoreline bank fishing can be found at Guttenberg below the DNR fish hatchery and at Mud Lake Park, just north of Dubuque.  Northern Pike - Fair: Some pike are being caught in the Mud Lake and Sunfish Lake dredge cuts, using gaudy spinners.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Catfish biting well on stink bait or worms near woody debris and rocky areas.  Flathead Catfish - Excellent: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught near both sides of the dam.  Large-sized live bait or heavy jigs reaching the bottom have produced quite well.  Smallmouth Bass - Good: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth being caught along shorelines with woody debris.  Bass are bunching up in the pocket and in the emergency spillway.  Yellow Perch - Fair: A few nice yellow perch being caught on worms.  Walleye - Good: A few walleyes being caught trolling on wing dams.  Some large fish were reported this week although not always a lot of numbers.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A lot of drum being caught along shoreline in the Guttenberg area fishing a worm on the bottom.  Drum are excellent eating fish especially when prepared fresh.

Water temperature at Guttenberg has warmed up to the upper 70s and, near Lynxville, to the lower 70s.  River levels are expected to fall slowly over the next week:  Lansing 8.4 feet, Lynxville 14.1 feet and Guttenberg 5.7 feet. Water clarity is good right now throughout these areas.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 6.9 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on crawlers, leeches and dip baits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Good: White bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough. Fish are being caught casting shallow running crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps, and jig/twister combinations.  Bluegill - Good: Bluegill fishing has been good towards evening in Sunset Marina. Most fish are being caught floating pieces of crawler or wax worms under a bobber.  Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught in Sunset Marina around the docks. Most crappies are being caught floating minnows under a bobber or drifting with a split shot and minnow. Fishing has been best towards evening.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes are being picked up trolling crankbaits on the wing dams or using crawlers on three-way rigs.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.9 feet and falling. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on leeches and night crawlers fished along rip rap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught casting crankbaits or jigs/twister at GPC.  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught casting crankbaits or jigs/twisters at GPC.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 8.2 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on leeches and night crawlers fishing around snags and rock in the main channel or sloughs.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 5.98 feet and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfishing has been good on night crawlers.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16 to 20: River levels continue to slowly fall. Main channel water temperature has risen to 77 degrees. Main channel water clarity is still fairly muddy. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

Rock River
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon the river has come up just about an inch and catfish are biting well along the shoreline on shrimp and dipbait. A few flathead are being caught mostly on suckers and bluegill.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon catfish have been slow and are spawning. Target rocky areas with chicken liver and a few on dipbait and also in swifter water as of Wednesday with some on minnows. No walleye reports. Drum are biting well on crawlers. Crappie and white bass are fair, moving in and out. Mostly on minnows, with bigger minnows producing better. Corn and worms and dough ball on carp, which are fair. Water is normal but dirty.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
The river is out, muddy, high and ugly.


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