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Illinois fishing report 7-15-10

July 15, 2010 at 10:40 AM


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

• Channel catfish, all over the state, particularly just before dark.
• Salmon fishing out of Waukegan or North Point harbors on Lake Michigan.
• Saugeye at Argyle Lake.


• A 40-inch muskie was caught at the Oregon dam on the Rock River this week.
• Zach Wallin, 16, caught this 24-pound chinook salmon on July 8 while fishing aboard Frank Didier’s Snow Goose boat.
Illinois hunting and fishing

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Tom Calam said bluegill and panfish are good, with crappie, walleye and bass fair. Bluegill are around 6-9 inches long. Panfish are biting on crickets, waxies and leaf and trout worms in around 20-25 feet of water. On Lake Summerset, walleye are spotty, but are coming out at the late hours. Panfish are fair, biting on waxworms and artificial bait.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Tom Calam said walleye are fair with panfish being hit and miss. Walleye are deep by the breaking walls, biting on minnows, leeches and crankbaits. On Lake Le-Aqua-Na, a Kiddies Fishing Pond was opened Saturday for kids 8 and under. Bluegill, catfish, crappie and panfish are good. On the main lake, largemouth bass and catfish are good, bass bitting on leeches and cats on nightcrawlers, dipbait and live bait.

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 and walleye are good. Catfish will be near the river on shallow and flat areas biting on nightcrawlers and prepared bait. Walleyes will be best near the bridges and current areas. They are biting on leeches and nightcrawlers. Bass, smallmouth, bluegill and crappie are fair. Bass will be near the emergent weeds and laydowns. Fishing the shoreline or deep weeds is the best bet. Bass are biting on plastic worms and plastic frogs. Smallmouth are taking crank and spinnerbaits. Bluegills are in the shallow water and the crappie are near channels, so check near the boat lifts and downed trees. For muskie, Mike Jackson of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald said “Channel Lake appears to be the hot spot now for muskies as well as largemouth bass in the weeds.” Try bucktail spinners for muskie.
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 salmon and perch are good, Bass are fair. Salmon are deep, around 100 or more feet off of the shore and are biting on artificial lures. Perch are still off limits to adults, but are biting on minnows, pond crabs, nightcrawlers and artificial lures. Mike Jackson reports, “Lake trout action is very good straight out of Belmont.”
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan Salmon Stop reports brown trout, king salmon and steelhead trout are good in the early and late hours. They are biting on flys and dodgers. Capt. Nick Ganzer reports: “Waukegan/North Point waters continue to enjoy good to excellent chinook, coho and steelhead fishing. Most fish are being taken inside of 100 feet of water. Even though surface temps are in the 70s the thermocline remains down 25-30 feet (50-degree water). Best action continues to be early morning and evenings. Action slows on bright days. Best set-ups: dodger/flashers w flies off DR/dipsies. Leadcore w/ Hey Baby/ Bloody nose/J Plugs/ glow spoons, deadly. Best depths continue to be 40-60 feet Fish continue to hold North and South of Waukegan Harbor. Boats report as many as 10-20 fish on per trip/ boating fish is dependent on angler skill. Several four-year-old kings being caught.”
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana fishing has varied day to day. Fishing has been good off of the Pier, Mount Baldy and New Buffalo. Salmon are good and are in around 40-60 feet of water biting on meat rigs, dodgers and flys.  Perch are also in the weedbeds at around 20-30 feet of water.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Perch, bluegill, Crappie and catfish are all fair. Water temperature is 81. Due to the heat, live baits will work best near weeds or deep by weedbeds and 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

Wolf Lake
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
Mik-Lurch is hosting a fishing derby on Saturday, from 7 a.m. to noon at Wolf Lake Park.

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)
Very few anglers have been out with this hot weather. The river has been dropping about 6 inches every 24 hours. Plan is to aerial seed millet next week if possible in the West Point Area.

Argyle Lake
SOURCE:Site manager Robin Hinchee (309-776-3422); The Deck II Bait and Boat Rental shop (309-776-4275)
Saugeye are very good says Robin Hinchee. Some good action along the boat docks, with 3-4 pounders reported. Crappie and bluegill are also good. Catfish are fair.

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)
To catch bass you need to show up early or fish late. Scum frog bite has improved and buzzbaits are also producing. Low-light conditions help fishing. Channel catfish are fair to good on dipbait, liver and shrimp.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Channel catfish are fair to good on liver and dipbaits says Larry Dozard. Bass were fair along outer weedlines, off points or near deeper timber on crankbaits, swim baits and plastics. Bluegill are fair and small, taking waxworms and crickets along weed edges and seawalls. Anglers report a few crappie on drifted minnows or small swimbaits near brush in 10-15 feet of water.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Meder said the south ramp is shut down.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Joanne Lowe said catfish are good and white bass are fair. Catfish are biting on stinkbait, shad guts and shrimp. Walleye and stripers are fair according to Clinton Bait and Tackle.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Catfish are good, with bass and walleye fair. Catfish are biting on chicken liver. Walleye are deep and taking jigs and worms.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Frustration is mounting for bass anglers accustomed to huge catches here. Some reports have even come in of anglers blanking. But there are still bass to be caught. Try inside weed edges off deeper ditches with crankbaits. Soft plastics are also good early or in low light conditions. Anglers must obtain a free permit at Dickson Mounds Museum (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) before fishing here. Water levels are well down from earlier this year and there’s much more exposed shoreline.

Evergreen Lake
SOURCE: Brad Wood, operations supervisor, (309-726-2022) or Larry Dozard
Saugeye are still being caught, but they have been slower says Brad Wood. Most are still being caught with crawlers. Crappie limits are still being caught regularly on tubes and minnows. Most crappie reported are in 15-20 feet of water. Larry Dozard said crappie were suspended around brush in west part of lake on points at or in coves about 10 foot water on jig and minnows or small swim baits. Bluegill continue to do OK along weed lines on waxies and crawler pieces. Catfishing continues to be good on livers, shrimp, and stinkbaits. Bass are best on top water baits in the evenings. Water clarity is 1-2 feet and temperature is in the low 80s.
NOTE: The Main Recreation Area (East) Boat Launch WILL BE CLOSED from 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16th, to Noon on Saturday, July 17th, 2010 for the Evergreen Lake International 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, July 17th, 2010. This includes the area around Deer Island, Six-Mile Creek Bay, and around the Boat Rental facility.
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)
Muskies are good, walleye are fair and stripers are still slow says Greybeards. Muskies are biting on crankbaits and walleye are biting on nightcrawlers.

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 and crappie are fair to poor said Del Colvin.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
A few blue catfish early in the week but extremely warm water after that has kept many anglers away. Powerton Lake will close to any public use for additional levee work July 26-28 and will reopen to anglers on July 29 at 6 a.m.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Few anglers out lately due to the heat. Channel catfish are best on bankpoles at night. The few rod-and-reelers catching them are doing best at night on dipbait. A few bluegill have been reported. Crappie have slowed, with a few coming suspended over deep water.

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)
Fishing has been slow. Channel catfish are fair, with a few still biting in the evenings. Anglers are pretty scarce. Best bet is shrimp and dipbait. Fish the shade in the evenings.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Few anglers out lately, though bluegill are still good on small pieces of worm, waxworms or crickets. They are early and late too or in the shade. Bass have been biting well early and late on top-waters on weeds and around outside weed edges with plastics or crankbaits. Few crappie reports, some in 8-12 feet of water. No muskie news. Walleye are slow.

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); Jim’s Bait and Tackle, Hanna City (309-565-9960)
Summer patterns. What’s that mean? Algae blooms. Weeds. Fish early and late for bass with top-waters. Lots of small bluegill along shore weeds and on laydowns, with occasional big fish biting in deeper water. Perhaps best of all are channel catfish on dipbait and shrimp in 4-10 feet of water.

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)
Rick Cuddy said channel catfish are doing good, bass while crappie and stripers are fair. Cats are biting best on cheesebait. Bass are being caught with top-water baits in the early and late hours and jigs. Fish are deep in the water. On the river, largemouth bass are biting on small spinnerbaits, jigs and small plastics.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Joanne Lowe said catfish are good while white bass, crappie and drum perch are fair. Catfish are taking nightcrawlers, shrimp, stinkbait and shad. Fish are shallow. Near the dam, Asian carp, buffalo and catfish are all doing well. Carp and buffalo are biting on doughballs.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said catfish are good, bass are fair and crappie are slow. Catfish are biting on leeches, cheese, shrimp and liver. Bass are taking top-water baits and plastics off of the points. Both fish are doing well in the early and late hours and are shallow.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said catfish are good, bluegill and bass are fair. Bluegill are biting on redworms.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Catfish are doing well on stinkbait and shrimp.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Rick Cuddy said bass are good, with catfish fair. Bass taking plastics and jigs. Fish are in around 8-10 feet of water.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Bass, catfish and crappie are all good.

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 doing well, biting on stinkbait and leeches.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Bluegill are good, while catfish and bass are fair. Bluegill are biting on nightcrawlers. Cats are biting on nightcrawlers and redworms. Water temperature is around 86.

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 said trolling for crappie is best in 15 feet of water. White bass are in 18 feet and are also being caught by trolling Bandit crankbaits. Walleye are slow. The lake is running about 86 degrees and is slightly above summer pool.
• 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 doing well, biting on stinkbait and leeches.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Catfish, bluegill and crappie are good. Catfish are biting on cut shad and leeches. Bluegill are biting on crickets and worms. Crappie are taking jigs and minnows.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Josh Adkins; Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Buddy Langenhorst said catfish, white bass and bluegill are good with largemouth bass fair. Catfish biting on cutbait, nightcrawlers, shrimp, Geno’s cheesebait and dipbait. White bass taking crankbaits, curly tails, tube jigs, spinnerbaits and rooster tails. Bluegill biting on waxworms and mealworms. Largemouth taking crankbaits, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits. Trotliners are using cut bait. On the river, catfish, white bass and bluegill are good. Catfish taking cheese, shad, cut bait and leeches.. White bass biting on minnows, curly tails and rooster tails. Bluegills biting on waxworms and mealworms.
• 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)
Ron Reed said bluegill, crappie, bass and catfish are good. Bluegills are around the bank biting on crickets and waxworms Crappie are deep and biting on minnows and jigs. Bass are biting on artificial worms and spinnerbaits.Catfish are biting on leeches, cheese and cut baits and are by the bank or deep.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Jason Johns said bass are extremely good at night. Crappie are fair in the early and late hours, suspended around 10-15 feet. Bass are biting on shaky-heads and Carolina rigs off the points.

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Jim Melton said channel catfish are fair, biting on nightcrawlers and liver drift fishing in the middle. Crappie are spotty, but can be found by the trees in deeper water. Jigs are best for them.

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 are very good and bass are good while bluegill, walleye and crappie are fair. The water is too warm for muskies, with temperatures running 85-89. Catfish are at a depth of 10-14 feet during the day and in the shallow water, around 18 inches, at night.. Cats are biting on nightcrawlers, shad, cut bait, small bluegills and large minnows. Bass are biting on Carolina rigs and deep-diving crankbaits and are in about 8-12 feet of water. Walleye are being caught trolling and on deep-diving crankbaits at a depth of around 14-16 feet. Bluegills are taking pieces of nightcrawlers, redworms and crickets.

Little Grassy Lake
SOURCE: Shirley Lowery, Little Grassy Boat Dock (618-457-6655)
Bluegill are very good, while catfish and bass are fair. Bluegill are spawning again and are taking crickets near the shore. Cats are deep, biting on chicken liver, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bass are in about 6 feet of water 10 feet off of shore taking buzzbaits and dark rubber lizards.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Water is hot. Catfish are fair.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Jason Johns said catfish are good, with bass fair and crappie slowed down. Cats are on the main lake flats and drop offs bitting on cut bait. Bass are near the rocks and deep, taking Shaky heads, plastics and crankbaits. Crappie are best in the early and late hours, biting on white jigs and minnows. A surprising number of big fish are being caught up to 16 inches, including the slab below caught on July 8 by Nick Palentino of Chicago.
Illinois hunting and fishing


Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE: Andrew Ragas
The river is up and muddy, but not flooded. Water temperatures are warm and running near 80-degrees. Gauge height is at a .6, with flow rates at a 690 over 430. Wade with caution due to the dark water, but take note that the river is still completely fishable.

For now, the best options to catch anything from the river is to either fish early or late in the day, and take advantage of low-light

Northern Pike and Channel Catfish are providing anglers with the best excitement. Before the most recent wave of rainfall, there were unconfirmed reports of Pike being caught in the mid 30-inch range, along with the standard small snakes around everywhere too.

Most Pike are now relating to the deepest and coldest water possible, whether it is deeper pools, in the middle of current, mid-river channels and the edges, weedbeds, shaded shorelines, and downed wood. For the most part, fish are running small in the 15 to 25 inch range. Spinnerbaits, inline spinners with #3 and 4 blades, shallow running crankbaits, and buzzbaits have been catching fish.

Channel Catfish seem to be all over the place right now as well, and providing anglers with the most consistency. It’s an all-day bite, but the fishing tends to pick up in early mornings, and at around sunset into dark. Dunk some live or cut bait in the deeper pools with current, and enjoy sipping a cold beer from your lawn chair on shore! Majority of these fish are small, with the decent fish running in the range of 3 to 5 pounds.

Not much action taking place amongst other species of fish, and likewise on the feeder creeks and streams.
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

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

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica the water is clean and the weather is hot. Catfish are biting early morning on cut bait shad and dipbait and some shrimp. Early is 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. and then they are done. No reports of white bass this week. The water was still 3-4 feet high down by Hennepin and Henry and still draining out of backwaters. Once the water drops a bit more the whites should be good.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria, the river is dropping and catfish are good on the river and in backwaters like Duck Island. Dipbait will give you all the cats you want, though you’ll have to sort through some small fish. 
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana there have been few reports, aside from decent catfish action on flats in the evening on dipbait and cut Asian carp. Some largemouth bass on spinnerbaits, but action is not great.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• Ed Mullady reports smallmouth and largemouth bass are good in the Momence area. Smallmouths are also good from the Kankakee River State Park into Des Plaines Conservation Area. Use weighted keeper hooks and twister tails, live minnows and Mepps spinners.

Mississippi River
The Missisippi River is still high, but you can put a boat in says Al Hayden.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 11.17 feet and falling.  Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the low 80s. Anglers should be on the lookout for radio tagged white crappie in Pool 12. Tags are attached externally to the dorsal fin and we ask that these fish be released or the tags returned from harvested fish.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting well on stink bait around snags in sloughs and side channels.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting the backwaters and marinas around snags, vegetation beds and docks on crawlers under a bobber.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been good around Steamboat on crankbaits in 12 to 20 feet of water.  Some fish are also coming off of wing dams.  With the high water, look for dams or sections of dam that have less current.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 10.30 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperatures are in the low 80s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats have been biting on stink bait fished in the sloughs and side channels.  White Bass - Fair: The white bass have been working schools of bait fish along the river front in Bellevue. Cast minnow imitating crank baits or spinners into the frenzy and hold on.  Walleye - Fair: With the high water, look for walleyes on wing dams or sections of wing dams with less current.  Fish are biting on cranks or three-way rigs tipped with crawlers.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers fished on the bottom.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 12.88 feet and falling. Water clarity is poor and water temperatures are in the low 80s. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel cats are biting on stink bait fished around snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Walleye - Fair: A few walleyes are being caught in the sand pits.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of flowing water.

For fishing information in Pool 12-15 of the Mississippi River contact the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 10.63 feet and falling. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are biting on crawlers, leeches and dipbaits 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. A few white bass are starting to be picked up in front of the Dock restaurant casting jigs and twisters.  Bluegill - Slow: 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 caught in Sunset Marina. Fishing has been best towards evening. Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 10.36 feet and falling. Big Timber access is closed. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stinkbait and crawlers fished around snags. Some channel catfish are also being caught from shore along the Muscatine riverfront using night crawlers and stinkbait.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 13.29 feet and falling. Floodstage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.80 feet and falling. Floodstage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers and stinkbait.  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 81 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 catfish are good, biting on worms and chicken liver. Some trot-liners have been catching catfish. Walleye have slowed down.
Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford Tom Calam said catfish are good, biting on dipbait and nightcrawlers.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon catfish are good, bitting on leeches. Some snapping turtles have been caught. A 40-inch muskie was caught south of the dam on the east side. The water level of the river is still dropping at a steady pace.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon catfish are good and walleye are fair. Channel catfish are biting on chicken liver, cheese, worms and shrimp near the shoreline. Flatheads are below Rock Falls and near the shore biting on nightcrawlers.. Walleye are by Lowe Park, Peoria Ave. bridge and the old railroad bridge biting on minnows. Crappie are near Nelson railroad and Lowe Park biting on minnows.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• From Rock Falls to Quad Cities, Guide Matt Jones said fish are off and on. Flathead catfish are biting on live bait. Channel catfish are still shallow and biting on cutbait and cheese. Water the level is still dropping. Fishing should pick up soon.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Channel catfish have been good on dipbait and chicken liver says Hayden. Dipbait is working well downstream says Paul Dinkheller. Some are dipping dew worms in the bait even. Handfishing has been going strong for flatheads, which are in the holes. Bankpolers are getting out again. But the Asian carp are very bad.


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