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Illinois fishing report 7-2-09

July 02, 2009 at 03:02 PM

NOTE: Due to vacation, this is an abrdridged version of the weekly fishing report.

HOTSPOTS

Give us our choice of anywhere to fish in Illinois right now and we’d pick…
• The Kankakee River for catfish, where three cats bigger than 12 pounds were reported in the past week.
• Powerton Lake for blue catfish.
• Rend Lake for channel catfish or largemouth bass.
• Lake of Egypt for bass, at night.
• Spring Lake’s north end for bass.
• Sangchris Lake for flathead catfish.

WALL HANGERS

• Jay Angel caught this northern pike at Hennepin and Hopper lakes last weekend on a large bucktail-style spinnerbait.
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• Terry Brown and Mike Blake had a 6.13-pound bass as part of a five-fish sack of 19.06 pounds on June 27 at Evergreen Lake.
• Jerry Trammel of Green Valley and Mike Gilmore of Pekin had a 5.1-pound bass at Spring Lake on June 28, as did Chris Kortemeier and Bill Hurst of Bartonville.
• Ryan McClanahan of Marquette Heights caught two 7.4-, 7- and 6.2-pound bass on a jitterbug on Tuesday while fishing a private lake near Canton.
• Erin O’Neill caught this 40-inch tiger muskie while fishing a plastic worm at Lake Galena with Caleb Svoboda. She earned Chicago Sun-Times Fish of the Week honors.
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NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
You want to be in deep water,15-20 feet, to catch just about anything. Use any artificial bait to get some crappie. You have to torment the bluegill a bit with your jig but they’ll bite. The walleye are slow.

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
Click here for a Cook County Forest Preserves lake fishing forum.
• Here are links to information on various forest preserve lakes. Cook County, DeKalb County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, Lake County, McHenry County and Will County

Fox Chain O’ Lakes
SOURCE: Greg Dickson, Triangle Sports & Marine, Antioch (1-847-395-0813).
Bluegill are best says Triangle Sports. Target shallow structure, docks and brush. Boating restrictions have been lifted. Walleye are very good around bridges on leeches. Catfish fair to good. Some white bass and muskie reported. Bass and crappie best evenings.
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 anglers are reminded that during July perch fishing on the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan is closed for those 16 and older. The bag limit is 10 fish for those 15 and under. Bowman reports good perch inside Montrose Harbor but most action outside the harbors. Rock bass are also biting at Montrose and Northerly Island. For coho, target the R4. Capt. Bill Kelly told Bowman to use three downriggers and two Dipsys with O Dodgers and big flies.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan perch are biting off the docks and near the government pier and salmon and brown trout are best in 90-130 feet of water.
rs are finding some in 20 feet, others in 90 feet.
SOURCE: Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near North Point Ganzer writes: What a weather roller coaster ride its been along the Lake Michigan shoreline this year. The last few months,we have seen mostly onshore (E winds) and intermittent storms. Our water temps last Sunday ( we had 30+ mph offshore West winds), went from 70 to 50 degrees in a day. Not a good scenario for good fishing. Hopefully, July will begin with more settled Summer weather. The past few days we have been catching salmon in 50 to 140 fow. Salmon/alewife remain scattered. Dodger/fly best, some salmon/trout taken on surface yellowbirds and leadcore/spoons. Dawn/ dusk fish most active, action slows on bright days.  As the water warms in the Southern Basin of Lake Michigan Salmon/Trout will begin to migrate to our waters daily. Our World Class Fishing will return.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795) and Bob Rhodes, Rockford Bait (815-226-3515).
There’s been 5-pound walleye caught and some bluegill. It’s been cold but use some big minnows to nab some channel cat. Flatheads have been anywhere from the 20- to 40-pound range.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Crappie have slowed some and moved deeper says Angel. Target deep trees and the fishing cribs north of the old road bed. The bass have been good when using spinners and at the deeper, east side of the lake. Catfish are good. Walleye are fair and use a slip bobber and leeches. Find the lily pads and find the crappie says Sands. Muskie have been slow and found mostly in the weeds with the exception of a 42-incher. Catfish, which are seeing up to 12 pound catches, are going good on chicken liver. If you’re on the shore, cast your line to the bottom for the catfish. On a boat? Head to the weed line. Pier 1 and Pier 2 are the hot spots.
• 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)
Perch are somewhat slow but are producing monsters. Grab a spinner and some soft shell and you’ll be throwing back 12 inchers for 13-15 inch ones. Poor boys are No. 1. There’s plenty of salmon and steelhead to go around.

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)
Trot-lining has been slow and water is backing out slowly.

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)
Big news here is that roads and boat accesses are reopening. The Main and Bell’s Landing launches are open and fresh gravel is being dumped at East Point, which should have at least one lane open by Thursday.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Lake temps are near 80 says Dozard who advises that bass and bluegill are fair. Catfish are also biting on dipbaits, shrimp and liver. Crappie have also been biting fairly well in 15-19 feet of water on tinsel jigs and medium shiners. Most are 8-11 inches long. Anglers have also reported some hybrid stripers on jigs or roadrunners.

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 been into the 90s on the hot side and fishing pressure has died off says Colvin. Some catfish reported.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Very few catfish or walleye reports Lowe. Leeches, worms and chicken liver working for cats which included a 43-pound flathead recently says Clinton Bait and Tackle. Walleye poor, but a 12-pounder was weighed in this week.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Catfish are very good around the edges on the north end in shallow water says Gibson. Anglers are using shrimp and chicken livers and dipbait. Walleye are also pretty good near the dam in deeper water. Bluegill are fair and bass have started hitting better.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Despite limited fishing pressure, the Emiquon Preserve keeps churning out bass. Ken Brostowitz of Germantown Hills fished the lake last Sunday with a friend and caught about 60 bass up to 18 inches on bright-colored spinnerbaits. Most were 12-14 inches long. 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 are good says Wood, with best action in 10-15 feet and numerous three-fish limits reported, some in less than 45 minutes. Crawlers still seem to be working the best. Water is in the upper 70s with clarity of 1-2 feet. Crappie are fair in deeper water on minnows and tube jigs. Bass fishing has been fair to good in deeper water. Terry Brown and Mike Blake had a 6.13-pound bass as part of a five-fish sack of 19.06 pounds on June 27 at Evergreen Lake Catfish are good on crawlers, livers and stinkbaits.
Click here for up-to-date lake reports.

Heidecke Lake
SOURCE: Don Stephens, Greybeards (815-941-1504); Guide Greg Heath (815-258-9136)
Guide Mike Lynch said warmer weather helped the trolling bite this week with walleye and muskie caught. Lynch was trolling over 3 mph and said fast trolling will work. Both sides have been producing.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE:Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Fish kills of mostly shad have been reported in the past week but water has cooled from 97 to 86 degrees on Monday.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
The top-water bass bite is very good early and late says Colvin. Bass up to 5 pounds have been reported. Low-light conditions are best. Bluegill are also good along weed edges and channel catfish have been active on crawlers and dipbaits. Crappie are few and far between.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Blue catfish are very good in deep holes and ditches says Grider. Black Macbeth of Pekin caught six blues of 8-21 pounds last Sunday. Top baits are shiners, live bluegill and cut baits. A few anglers have been catching smallmouth bass near the intake point on crankbaits, Mepps spinners and small minnows. Cooler weather should help the smallmouth bite. Bluegill are fair to good in the rocks on waxworms. The lake will be closed July 20-22 for levee repairs and maintenance and will reopen July 23 at 6 a.m.

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)
Shrimp sales are strong as channel catfish have been biting well most evenings. Numerous six-fish limits reported. Bass are also good on both ends, but the top five weights on Sunday came from the north end. Bass 25 Peoria had three six-fish sacks over 21 pounds, with the best a 23.3-pound limit caught by Chris Kortemeier and Bill Hurst of Bartonville. Lots of fish caught on frogs, lizards and worms.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Crappie and bluegill are biting but have been running small. Better fish are deeper. Few reports on bass or catfish. Anglers dragging crawler rigs have caught a few walleye, though most are running small.

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 good early and late on top-waters and soft plastics. Fish up to 7 pounds have been reported. Ryan McClanahan of Marquette Heights caught two 7.4-, 7- and 6.2-pound bass on a jitterbug on Tuesday while fishing a private lake near Canton. Bluegill have been biting but anglers have to go deep for them. Try tight-lining with crawlers, redworms or crickets right off the bottom. Deeper weed edges are also good. An angler had a 1-pound, 5-ounce redear near Canton.

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)
The only thing that seems to be biting is the catfish, some around 10 pounds, most 5-7 pounds. Dipbait best, crickets and crawlers also working. Crappie and bluegill slowed way down.

Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
You’ll need some bandit and white lures to catch any bass. They are using some crickets to nab the yellow belly.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
There’s mostly channel cat being caught using cheesebait. Bass have slowed down considerably.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Main lake fishing is slow but head to the dam and you should be able to snag a channel cat or two.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Bass fishing is fair, with fish coming off weed edges and taking top-water baits early and late. No-wake zone has produced the most fish over the past two weeks. Some catfish also hitting in the marinas on stinkbait and cut shad. Tony McCoy of Elmwood caught this 21.25-inch bass Sunday evening on a black and blue Senko fished along a weed edge.
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Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
There’s some bass being nabbed in the brush using baby emerald bait, black and blue jigs and small crankbaits. Channel catfish in the 8-9 pound range are biting well in the weeds on crawlers and shrimp. Water levels are almost back to normal and that means using wax worms to drop in some bluegill.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Believe it not, hot dogs are the bait of choice for catching catfish. Sounds like the catfish enjoy a good cookout.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Use crankbaits for bass, stinkbait for channel catfish. Flatheads are biting best in evenings.

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 white bass (some up to 3 pounds) are busting at the surface hitting on rigs with two jigs. As for the crappie, there’s hardly any biting at all.
• 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)
Bass are biting pretty good on crankbaits and plastics. Most of those can be found on the banks. Catfish are coming in the shallow areas. Crappie are best deep. White bass
are also fair.

Lake Taylorville
SOURCE: Lindsey’s Bait & Tackle, Taylorville (217-287-7550)
Catfish are good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Crappie are fair on minnows with most around 7 to 8 inches.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
The catfish are excellent using cut shad. The bass and bluegill are good. Use crankbaits for bass and worms for bluegill.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Some white bass and catfish in the river but not much to report on the main lake.
• 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)
Long worms are best here for bass during the day says Guide Jason Johns. At night, black spinners and black top-waters are best for bass.

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)
There’s a good amount of catfish being caught says Reed. But crappie are small and spotty. Bass are best shallow says Johns. Find them from 6 inches deep to 2 feet deep on spinnerbaits.

Devil’s Kitchen
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366)
Bluegill were very good early in the week but had slowed.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
The bass are awesome and especially at night says Johns. Use Carolina rigs to snag them during the day and black baits at night. Crappie aren’t great
but you still can find some in brush piles in 18 feet and deeper.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
The water temperature is 84 and clear with the channel cat biting. Use chicken liver or night crawlers to catch some up to 6 pounds. The crappie are hiding around in the fallen trees and sunken brush. There’s some largemouth but they come only by the weed-ridden areas. There’s some pound bluegill being caught.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
The catfish are biting best with nightcrawlers, stink bait and large minnows says Nutty. There’s a fair amount of crappie being caught from 8-15 feet deep. The bluegill are fair to good and on
the outer edges of the lake. Use waxworms to snag one or two of those. The white bass are schooling but can be found in the flats and humps.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Bass are turning out very few keepers. But if you’re going to try to catch some use plastic worms. The catfish are good while there’s ‘a zillion’ bluegill swimming around. There’s been reports of catching walleye but Ruth says there hasn’t been any of those around in 20 years.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Jason Johns (618-513-0520); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Johns couldn’t stop raving about how well the bass are biting. Look for them shallow on the rocks and the banks of the coves. Catfish are also excellent. Use stinkbait, cut shad and nightcrawlers to
snag fish up to 6.6 pounds. You can find crappie along the brush and between 8-15 feet deep. Hudnall advises fishing under the bridges. Fish are also biting up in the bushes, with bass up to 6 pounds reported. Bigger bass have been on the points. Leeches good for cats.

RIVERS

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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.

Fox River
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica anglers are catching some white bass. White bass are best early. Water has cleared up and is dropping nicely. Drum and catfish have been better.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria white bass have started biting well at Duck Island on cicadas and blade baits. Catfish are active in the backwaters.
SOURCE: Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana the bullheads are biting well in backwaters and anglers have been hand-fishing some nice flatheads up to 34 pounds. White bass have still been good in the Liverpool area.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
Fishing has been good for catfish with the river clearing and dropping says Mullady.
• From Indiana to Momence catfish are best on chicken liver, nightcrawlers and crayfish. Smallmouth bass are fair.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park the Trading Post has weighed in 40 different catfish ranging from 6-10 pounds. Nightcrawlers, minnows and cheesebaits are producing fish. Smallmouth bass are fair to good, particularly around Nature Island and Timothy Island. Baits include minnows, live and imitation crayfish, Mepps No. 3 silver blade spinners and streamer flies at dusk.
• Near Wilmington catfish are good on crayfish, crawlers and minnows. Rock bass are good on rubber spiders and Mepps No. 2 spinners or fly rod poppers. Smallies are fair.
Click here for a Kankakee River fishing forum.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR
Mississippi River Pool 9

Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing rocky shorelines with minnows and night crawlers. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead can be caught along the channel fishing small bullheads on the bottom.  Bluegill - Fair: Some fish are being caught by the power plant at Lansing. Use a night crawler under a bobber.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish rocky shorelines and backwater areas with top-waters and crankbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been fair trolling the faces of wing dams.  Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are being caught in many areas using a night crawler on the bottom

Mississippi River Pool 10

Bullhead - Fair: a few bullhead a being caught below the Lynxville dam.  Northern Pike - Fair: Some anglers catching pike fishing for bass in flat weedy areas.  Also try fishing nears the mouths of any springs or cold water streams.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Many catfish are being caught in some of the rocky shorelines above Lock and Dam number 10 by floating a bobber and night crawler along the shores.  White Bass - Good: Fish are being caught on the wing dams using small inline spinners.  Bluegill - Fair: A few fish are being caught in the Sny Magill and Bussey lake areas. Use a night crawler and bobber. You may also want to try fishing a small popper in some of the shallower areas.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass can be caught using tube jigs around some of the woody structures along the side channels. Also try fishing spinnerbaits along the wing dams and rocky shorelines.  Walleye - Fair: Fish the wing dams trolling a three-way jig tipped with night crawlers or tipped with leaches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: use a night crawler on sand flats or side channels

Mississippi River Pool 11

Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught along the channel using stink bait rigs.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: A few flathead are still being caught below the dam using small bluegill. A few are being caught below the spillway.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish are being caught on wing dams and rocky shorelines using tube jigs or small spinners.  Largemouth Bass - Slow: A few fish are being caught in the backwaters using tube jigs or spinnerbaits.  Walleye - Fair: Some fish are being caught on the wing dams trolling three-way rigs. Fish are also being caught trolling crankbaits along the edge of the channel.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Use a night crawler on the bottom along sand flats or side channels.

River gauges: Lansing 7.89; Lynxville 13.7; Guttenberg 5.3. Water temperature at Guttenberg has fallen to 72 degrees.  The water levels in pools 9-11 steady to starting to fall. Call Guttenberg fisheries station for current conditions at (563) 252-1156.

Mississippi River Pool 12

River stage at Dubuque is 8.07 feet and is forecast to remain stable.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good number being caught on stink bait fished in 10-12 feet of water in side channels and around wing dams.  Leeches along rocks are also producing but mostly male fish.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills have been coming on crawlers fished around rocks on wing dams with slow current in 6-9 feet of water.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Shallow crankbaits along the floodwall up by the dam.  Also cranks on rocks along the channel.  A few fish also being caught in the harbors.  Crappie - Slow: Crappie fishing has been very slow with very few reports of any being caught.  Walleye - Fair: Fish are being caught on the wind dams on three way rigs tipped with leeches or crankbaits with a lot of reports of fish over 20 inches.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13

River stage at Bellevue is 5.62 feet and is forecast to slowly fall.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70s.  Northern Pike - Good: Pike are biting on spinners and crankbaits at the mouth of Mill Creek in Bellevue.  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.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines or below the dam in Bellevue.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on wing dams.  Three-way rigs tipped with leeches are producing, as well as crankbaits.  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.

Mississippi River Pool 14

River stage at Camanche is 9.82 feet and is forecast to slowly fall over the next week.  Water clarity is poor.  Main channel water temps are in the high 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Good numbers being caught on stink bait.  A few fish coming on leeches along rocky shorelines, too, but are mostly male fish.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are coming off rocks and woody structure around current.  Crankbaits have been working well.  Walleye - Fair: The bite has been slow with the muddy water, but a few fish are being caught on wing dams or mussel beds on leeches and crankbaits.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a piece of crawler on the bottom in areas with moderate current.

For information about fishing Pools 12 - 15 of the Mississippi River, call the Bellevue Fish Management and Research Station at 563-872-4976.

Mississippi River Pool 16

River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 6.54 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 - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina on pieces of worm fished under a bobber.  Crappie - Slow: Fishing for crappies in Sunset marina and the Andalusia Island complex has been slow.  Sauger - Fair: Some saugers are being picked up on the wing dams trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs with half a night crawler or leech.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits on wing dams. Some fish are being picked up on three-way rigs with half a night crawler or leech fished on the front side of wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 17

River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 5.32feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams or log jams. Some channel catfish are being caught along the Muscatine Riverfront on night crawlers. Some channel catfish are starting to be caught fishing leeches under a bobber along riprap shorelines.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and on the wing dams on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - Fair: Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along the fronts of wing dams. Anchoring above wing dams and casting crankbaits has been producing some fish as well.

Mississippi River Pool 18

River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 7.65 feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend.  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 - Slow: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam fishing jig and twisters and small crankbaits.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Sauger - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19

River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 4.63feet and falling. River levels are forecasted to fall throughout the weekend.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, leeches, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  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:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River levels are forecasted to continue to fall throughout pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River. Main channel water temperature is around 77 degrees and water clarity has improved. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.
Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford there’s finally some fishing happening in the towards the upper area areas of the Rock. The DNR is putting some catfish and bass back in the river. Use cut bait for the catfish.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon catfish are good at the dam on cheesebaits. A few anglers have been catching walleye up to 20 inches on nightcrawlers in creek mouths. The river is dropping to a good level and is still muddy but clearing near shore. No flathead reports this week. Cold snap has not helped.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon there is little to report. Few anglers have been out. Many reports are of smaller channel catfish, with decent action in the Rock Falls area. One small flathead came from the Oregon dam.

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