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Illinois fishing report 7-1-10

July 01, 2010 at 10:22 AM


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

• Channel catfish. Just about anywhere you go, catfish are biting.
• Spring Lake or Banner Marsh for largemouth bass.


• Brent Kosowski of Farmington and his buddies from Farmington caught the 35 fish of up to 40 pounds pictured below on June 26 while bankpoling on the Rock River near Prophetstown.
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• Dr. Brad Cotton caught the 6-pound bass pictured below at Mission Oak Inn in Henry last Sunday.
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• Rusty Stear of Mapleton caught a 6-pound bass last Sunday at Banner Marsh.

• Seth Heberer and Tim Feicke of Pekin caught an 8-pound bass last Sunday at north Spring Lake in Tazewell County.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Bluegills are very good and are biting on leeches, waxworms, and leeches says Calam. Crappie are good. They are biting on minnows and artificial bait in 15-20 feet of water. Bass fishing is fair.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Walleye are fair, biting on jumbo leeches near the point breaks.

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).
Catfish are doing well on cheesebaits, particularly in shallow mud flats. White bass good at Bluff and Marie lakes said Triangle. Walleye taking leeches and nightcrawlers near current. Largemouth bass are near the shoreline or along weed edges taking plastic worms or plastic frogs. Bluegill are shallow by deadfalls taking waxworms. Crappie are deep but moving to shallow areas, so check connecting channels. Crappie are biting on minnows. Evenings are best.
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 are off limits to anyone 16 and older, which is a shame since fishing had just picked up of late. Anglers are opting instead for rock bass and other panfish along weeds. Salmon are fair to good early.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan kings, cohos and steelhead continue to frequent Waukegan waters says Ganzer. West winds have kept water cool and fish close to shore (35-60 feet deep).  Dodger/flasher/ flies best baits fished from downriggers/dipsies, and spoons off leadcore deadly. Boats are averaging 5-10 fish per trip. Salmon Stop said salmon are decent in 70-90 feet on glow spoons or white glow Dodgers and glow tinsel flies according to Dale Bowman.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana Mik-Lurch said perch were good inside the Cal Park breakwall. This weekend should be good. Bowman said steelhead are hitting spinners or floating shrimp under bobbers.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795).
Crappie are not biting.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Clarity of the lake is improving, with about 12 inches of visibility. Bluegills, walleye, crappie and bass are all good. Bluegills are near weed-lines biting on leeches and waxworms. Walleye are near the rock piles in 4-16 feet of water taking leeches. Crappie are by the brushpiles and measuring up to 12 inches taking minnows. Bass are very good near the dam base and deep weed-lines. Bass are biting on Yum dingers and there is top-water action in the evening.
• 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

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 were excellent last weekend with 43 teams combining for 156 fish of 317.45 pounds last Sunday during a Bass 25 Peoria tournament. Tim McCoy and Adam Jaegle of Bartonville won with six fish of 24.75 pounds and big bass was a 6-pounder caught by Rusty Stear of Mapleton. Jigs, tubes, frogs and lizards all produced fish. Catfish are also good here on chicken liver, dipbait and leeches.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Crappie are fair to good and suspended 5-7 feet from shore says Dozard. Tube jigs worked well and “color did not seem to matter as much as the retrieve needed to have some horizontal motion to get them to hit.” Bass are slow.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Catfish are doing extremely well said Colvin. They are biting on nightcrawlers, roaches and some bluegill.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Catfish are good with crappie and walleye fair. Catfish biting on shad. Crappie are taking minnows and jigs. Walleye biting on worms. Water is high. Jimmy G caught the walleye pictured below in the spillway this week but reported fishing was slow overall.
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Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Walleye, catfish, bluegill are all good. Cats biting on shrimp, cheese and liver. Bluegills are taking worms.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
The boat ramp is fine and launching is not a problem, but bass fishing has been slow for the past week. Several anglers report average catches of 5-15 fish which is below normal for Emiquon. Lots of water being pumped out of the site which could have an impact. 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 with lots of small fish caught and reports of fish 18.5 inches long and 25 inches long on Tuesday, according to Dozard. Anglers are doing best with jigs and twisters or crawlers. Crappie are fair on main lake points and near the creek channel. Trolling crankbaits is working for crappie. Trolling also yielded a pair of small muskie this week.
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 decent on leeches drifted under bobbers.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Blue catfish are fair in the deeper holes with fish up to 12 pounds. Mik-Lurch said hybrids are taking chicken liver in the first pool.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Del Colvin of Bert’s Bait said that bass are doing very well. Bass are biting on spinnerbaits and top-water walk-the-dog baits. Bluegills are also biting around 10 feet deep on waxies and small redworms. Catfish are doing well here, taking nightcrawlers and roaches.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Blue catfish are fair but most are running 10 pounds or less said Keefer.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Unexpected news is that crappie are biting on minnows again said Thorne. Catfish are best and have been taking dipbait very well. Good numbers and decent-sized fish. Bass are fair on top-water lures. Bluegill have slowed some and backed off the shallows.

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 was good last weekend with 60 fish of 177.81 pounds caught at a Central Illinois Bass tournament at Spring Lake north. Seth Heberer and Tim Feicke of Pekin won with six bass weighing 23.13 pounds and had big bass of 8 pounds. Catfish are fair to good on the south end with the best results on dipbait and shrimp says Karnes. Some on nightcrawlers, but you’ll get bothered by smaller fish on the crawlers. Bluegill are biting but have been running smaller.

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 have backed out of the shallows and are fair for most of the day until they decide to start biting. “All the sudden when they start hitting they’ll go real good for an hour and then they’ll back off again,” said Tim Presley of Presley’s Outdoors. More small fish reported this week. Bass are good early and late and shallow. Frogs, top-waters and shaky head all working well early. Zara spook bite has also been strong. Later in the day plastics are working fair on weed edges and crankbaits or jigs can produce fish off points.

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)
Bass doing very well and are in the five-pound range, while catfish are fair. Bass biting on Bandit 200s. Catfish taking worms and Sonny’s super sticky bait. Fish are at a depth of 8 feet.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Rick Cuddy said channel catfish and largemouth bass are doing well. Cats are biting on cheese and shad. Bass are biting on plastics and plastic worms.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
White bass and largemouth bass are doing fair. Catfish are doing well. Some carp are also biting. Largemouth are biting on jigs and plastic worms. Cats are taking shad, shrimp and stinkbait.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said bass and catfish are good in the early and late hours. Bass are in the two to three-pound range biting on spinnerbaits and crankbaits at a depth of 1-2 feet. Cats are doing good, biting on mud leeches and cheesebait at a depth of two to three-feet. A few crappie still biting deep during the day on small jigs.  Bluegills are fair, taking crickets and redworms.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Catfish, bass and crappie are all fair. Catfish biting on mudleeches and cheese. Bass taking spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Crappie taking jigs.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Water is high.

Lake Lou Yaeger
SOURCE: Denny’s Bait Shop, Litchfield (217-324-2628)
Catfish are good. Biting on leeches, minnows, worms and some stinkbait.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Rick Cuddy said the bass and catfish are doing well, at a depth of about 8 feet. Bass biting on Zoom baby brush hogs and spinnerbaits. Catfish biting on cheese.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Jack Raymond said catfish are doing very well, with crappie and bluegills doing fair. Catfish biting on stinkbait and shrimp and are about eight-feet deep. Crappie are by the dam at a depth of fourteen-feet taking minnows. Bluegills are biting on crickets, the overflow is a good place to look.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Tony Niebrugge said bluegill and catfish are doing very well. Bluegills are biting on nightcrawlers and the catfish are biting on anything. Fish are running around two to three-feet deep.

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
Guide Ken Wilson says white bass are biting very well on crankbaits, Bandit 200’s with splatter-back coloring, rooster-tails and sandblasters at around 12-13 feet. North end has been excellent. Walleye fishing has slowed but a few keepers are still biting. Few crappie biting on minnows in 14-16 feet of water. Catfish are also good, biting on crankbaits. The lake level is up 10 feet and rising but launches are still open.
• 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)
Jack Raymond said catfish and bluegill are good. Catfish are biting on stinkbait and shrimp and are at the bottom. Bluegill are by the shore and biting on nightcrawlers.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Catfish are excellent, bluegill are good and crappie are slow. Cats are biting on nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Bluegills are taking waxworms and mealworms.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Josh Adkins; Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Buddy Langenhorst said white bass are really good, walleye, bluegill, catfish and largemouth bass are all good. White bass are around the brush, 4-8 feet deep biting on crankbaits and curlytails. Walleye also taking crank and curlytails, as well as Bandit 200s. Bluegill biting on waxworms and mealworms around 10-15 feet deep. Catfish are taking shad, leeches and stinkbait around two feet from bottom. Cats have finished their spawning here. Largemouth bass are taking crank and spinnerbaits.
• For the latest water level information call (618-594-4637).

Cedar Lake
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366); Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354); Kyle Garner, Crappie Pro Shop, Carterville (618-985-8277)
Crappie, bluegill and catfish are good. Crappie are 10-12 feet deep biting on jigs and minnows. Bluegills are by the bank at a depth of around 10 feet, biting on crickets and waxworms. Catfish are biting on stinkbait, leeches and cutbait and are near the rocks. Bass are slow, but still biting on worms and spinnerbaits.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Catfish are good, with both largemouth bass and crappie doing fair. Catfish are in the 5- to 10-pound range at a depth of four to six-feet biting on minnows, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers. Bass are biting on crank and plastic worms and are around lay-downs and points. Water is clear and slightly murky; the water temperature is in the upper 80s.

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Crappie still slow, will be close to bottom and near the tupalo tree clumps biting on jigs. Channel catfish are in the middle biting on nightcrawlers.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Guide Al Nutty said catfish, bluegill, walleye, largemouth bass, white bass, crappie and bluegill are good. Catfish and crappie are at a depth of 6-8 feet. Cats are biting on cut shad, nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Crappie are in the weeds, brush, and laydowns biting on minnows and jigs. Walleye are 14-18 feet deep and are being caught trolling with tail-dancers. White bass of 17 to 18 inches are biting on inline spinners and small-diving crankbaits. Largemouth bass have seen some surface action near the weeds. They are biting on Carolina rigs and off the points on deep-diving crankbaits. Bluegills are bedding and biting on crickets mainly, but also on red-wigglers, nightcrawlers, mealworms and waxworms.

Little Grassy Lake
SOURCE: Shirley Lowery, Little Grassy Boat Dock (618-457-6655)
Catfish, bass, and bluegill are good. Some catfish are still shallow, those who are not still bedded will be around twenty-feet deep. Biting on liver, shrimp, and nightcrawlers. Bass are 4-6 feet deep biting on black rubber lizards and frogs. Bluegills are biting on crickets and mealworms and are three-feet deep.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Bass, catfish, and bluegill are all good. Bass are biting on minnows and deep-diving crankbaits at a depth of around 14-16 feet. Catfish are taking large minnows, shrimp and jigs. Bluegills are biting on large redworms. Water temperature is 93 degrees.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)


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 Jim Hardy said catfish are fair near the banks, biting on cutbait and worms. The water is starting to drop.
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica Starved Rock State Park has reopened and the river is dropping fast. The main action is for for carp and catfish. Water is dirty.
SOURCE: Celeste Pollack, Wolf Hollow Archery Bait & Tackle, Chillicothe (309-274-9653)
• Near Chillicothe catfish are still hot according to Jeff Simmons of Galesburg, who caught 107 in two days this week while fishing with his 12-year-old grandson Shelton Adcock one day and Jon Nelson the next. Fish are still in the trees and along the river edge. Launching is tricky due to the high water.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria channel catfish are very good in the flooded grass on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Edges of flooded timber are also good.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana channel catfish are excellent on the river side of the Emiquon Preserve levee, particularly near where water from Emiquon is being pumped into the river. Dipbait, leeches and crawlers all working.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
Ed Mullady reports that the river and tributaries are clearing and dropping. He advises, “Try areas near the bank, at creek and ditch mouths, along weed beds and riffles.”

Mississippi River
Mississippi River Pool 11
Water levels at Guttenberg are 10.6 feet and expected to remain steady over the holiday weekend.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s, and water clarity is quite good except near the mouth of the Turkey River.  Northern Pike - Slow: A few pike beginning to gather at the mouths of cold water tributaries and springs although the high water has pushed them out some.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing is best during high water conditions like those being experienced now.  Try fishing along the shoreline or edges of flooded vegetation for best results.  You do not need to cast far out to catch nice catfish.  Stink baits or chicken liver are the baits of choice right now.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught below the dam jigging heavy spoons or “one eye’s”.  Bluegill - Fair: Small bluegills and other sunfish are being caught along the bank with bobber and worms.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Largemouth Bass - Fair:  Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris.  Small largemouth’s can be seen chasing minnows along the bank.  Small spinners or jigs will work best.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Good catches of drum still being reported in the upper part of pool 11.  During high water fish will often be found near shore in eddy area but away from the strong current.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is in the mid 70’s. River levels are high and expected to remain high over the next week: Water levels are: Lansing 11.8, Lynxville 19.4 and Guttenberg 10.6. Water is generally clear except near mouths of Upper Iowa, Yellow and Turkey Rivers.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 11.92 feet. River stage is forecast to fall slowly over the weekend.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on night crawlers, leeches and dip baits fished along riprap shorelines and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught casting crankbaits, spinners, and jigs/twisters in Sunset Marina.  Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing pieces of worm under a bobber.  Some fish are also being picked up casting small spinners. Fishing has been best right before evening.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being picked up in Sunset Marina casting in-line spinners and Road Runner’s. Fishing has been best right before evening.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 11.77 feet. Big Timber access is closed.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stink bait and crawlers.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.17 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on stink bait, crawlers, and shad.  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 10.5 feet. River stage is falling.  Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers and stink bait.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River conditions are still high and muddy. Many of the boat ramps are under water. Main channel water temperature is 77 degrees. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools. There is debris floating in the river so take caution when boating. For more fishing information contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

Pecatonica River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Tom Calam said the river is starting to go down. Catfish are fair, biting on nightcrawlers, cutbait and dipbait near banks.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Flathead catfish are spawning and can be caught in the 10-15 foot range. Channel catfish have finished spawning, biting on cut bait and cheese. Bluegills and bass are good.
• Near Rockford Calam said the river is starting to go down. Catfish are fair, biting on nightcrawlers, cutbait and dipbait near banks.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon channel catfish fair and are near the shoreline biting on shrimp and cut bait. Flatheads are slow, but are biting on nightcrawlers and goldfish by the banks.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon channel catfish are in shallow water near the shoreline biting on cheese, chicken liver, and redworms. Flatheads are taking goldfish. Smallmouth bass are by Lowel Park and the northside boat ramp. Crappie are below the bridge and by the Nelson railroad bridge biting on minnows. Some stripers are also taking minnows by Nelson. Drum perch are biting on worms and carp are taking mulberries.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Spoon River is dropping nicely and anglers have started catching channel cats again on leeches and crawlers. Leeches are best says Dinkheller. Hawgers are also handfishing some nice flatheads on the spawn.


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tw67 - What type of tape were you using. I can’t find a tape that will stick to a wet fish. OK, now how are you doin? Very little fishing going on here at the present.

Posted by fishinpals on 07/02 at 12:54 PM

What a shame to the Farmington bank pole group for traveling over two hours to take several nice flatheads out of a river that has been severely hit by a fish kill less than a year ago. Makes me sick. Why even publish this prairie state outdoors?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/06 at 11:37 AM

drenkes i’m with you! I’m disgusted by PSO and these so called fisherman! To take 35 fish is way to much to begin with IMO, but to take them from a river system that was devastated by a fish kill is absurd! If it were up to me bank poles and limb lines would be illegal.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/06 at 05:41 PM

PSO, how about more articles about the devastation that the Rock River has been through and it’s slow painful recovery!

I believe that if we can get the word out about SMART fish conservation this river might someday (not in our lifetime) be what it once was.

As for the Farmington fish slaughter… I’m glad you posted their picture. And I’m glad that people are disgusted. Now lets try to educate them and others like them.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/07 at 07:46 AM

The Rock River is NOT suffering from a massive fish kill.  This river is infested with flatheads.  It is by far the best fishing of any river with in hundreds of miles of the Peoria area.  This is if you know what the heck you are doing.  The Rock River does not get commercial fished like the Mississippi and Illinois rivers do.  The Mississippi and Illinois rivers are suffering due to over commercial fishing.  “If it were up to me bank poles and limb lines would be illegal.” guitarcs By the way bank poles are not the same as limb lines,  and if you had any idea what you were talking about you would know that any form of a “Limb Line” is very Illegal!

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