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Illinois fishing report 7-29-10

July 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

HOTSPOTS

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

• The Illinois River for largemouth bass.
• Lake Michigan for salmon.
• Streams and rivers (those not flooded by recent rains) for smallmouth bass.
• Perch fishing on Lake Michigan starting Sunday when the season reopens for all ages and not just youngsters 15 and under.

WALL HANGERS

• Larry and Nancy Nichols of Peoria (pictured below) show off a nice catch of fish taken with Capt. Nick Ganzer, including a 15-pound brown trout, cohos, rainbows, lake trout—everything but a king.
Illinois hunting and fishing

• Rhinda Carter of Peoria caught this largemouth bass with a rubber worm in windy Lake Hanna City on July 11.
Illinois hunting and fishing

•  A 9-pound and a 7-pound walleye were caught on the Rock River near Grand Detour in the past week.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Tom Calam said the lake is currently closed due to high water levels. Declared a flood disaster due to around 17 inches of rain.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Tom Calam said the lake is currently closed due to high water levels. Declared a flood disaster due to around 17 inches of rain.

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).
Greg Dickson said the lake is currently in a high-water state, causing a no-wake boating rule to go into effect. Word is it may be lifted by this weekend. White bass, walleye and largemouth bass are good. White bass are at the river north, biting on crankbaits and small jigs tipped with spikes. Walleye are biting on leeches and nightcrawlers around current. Bass have been shallow.
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, steelhead, rock bass and carp are all fair. Perch season reopens Sunday for all ages. Youngsters have been catching perch in harbors and sizes vary widely. Salmon are in the shallow water due to the unusually cold water. Steelheads are taking nightcrawlers. Dale Bowman reports sheepheads are good at Montrose and elsewhere for shore anglers.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan, Salmon Stop reports salmon and trout are fair for boaters. Boats are going into 90-120 feet of water. Off the piers, steelhead and even some kings are good as well as bluegill, rock bass and perch. Capt. Nick Ganzer reports that salmon and trout fishing continues to be good. Summer lake patterns have stabilized. Generally, west winds have kept our waters calm, cool and comfortable. The threat of severe weather has missed our area and been north and south of us. We are now boating all five species of sport fish (kings, coho salmon, rainbows, browns and lake trout) and they increase in size daily. First and last light trips continue to be the most productive. Once the day brightens, the fishing moves to deep water (130-200 feet). Best lure depths have been above 60 feet . Stealth set-ups like extended leads (50-100 feet) from DR ball to lures; Leadcore (5-10 colors) down the middle and off boards with moonshine glow lures/ deadly. Pictured below is Mr. Penny with a 10-pound brown trout caught earlier in July.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana, perch are spotty, but are being found by Pastrick Marina and Cal Park.
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Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795).
Pam Minihan said catfish are fair. One 30-pound flathead catfish was caught near the Rockford dam on a dead minnow.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Guide Jay Angel said fishing is slow. Crappie are near the campground cribs in around 5 feet of water biting on minnows. Perch are near the deeper weedlines biting on leeches. Numbers are actually better than for bluegills for some says Lakeside. Catfish are by the weedlines in around 8-12 feet of water also biting on leeches. Walleye are fair in the evening, in about 12 feet of water near the flats. Bass are in 12-16 feet of water near the rockpiles. Best fishing is in the early and late hours of the day. Water is running 80-83 degrees.
• 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)
Walleye are fair in the evening hours, biting on leeches.

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)
Some reports of decent crappie for boat anglers fishing near old duck blind debris on the main lake.

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)
Channel catfish are best bet here and are taking dipbaits. Evenings are best. Bass have been tougher, at least if you want keepers. You can catch plenty of 10- to 12-inchers on Senkos. But for bigger fish, go top-water early and late and then fish jigs along deeper weed edges.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Fishing is fair for most species says Larry Dozard, with an added bonus of hybrid stripers and white bass active on the surface late in the day according to Guide Paul Center. For catfish use liver or dipbait. Bass are along weed lines and wacky worms are best during the day. Bluegill are targeting shade, weed edges and seawalls. Crappie are best in 8-16 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)
Fishing is slow.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Joanne Lowe said catfish and white bass are good. Cats are taking cut shad and shad guts in the evening hours. Crappie are slowing down. Below the dam, stripers are taking top-water offerings early. Otherwise heavier jigs with minnows are producing fish.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Leon Gibson said catfish are good, while bluegill, bass and walleye are fair. Catfish are along the edge, biting on liver and shrimp. Bluegills are biting on nightcrawlers.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass fishing has picked up some in the past week but is still behind last year’s torrid pace. Low-light conditions are best. Anglers must obtain a free permit at Dickson Mounds Museum (open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) before fishing here.

Evergreen Lake
SOURCE: Brad Wood, operations supervisor, (309-726-2022) or Larry Dozard
Fishing on Evergreen has been fair in recent weeks says Wood. Water is running in the low to mid 80s with clarity of 1-2 feet and levels about 1 foot low. Crappie limits are still being caught on a regular basis using minnows in 20-25 feet of water suspended midway. Saugeye reports have been few and far between with some smaller ones being picked up here and there on humps and off of points. There are some nice reports of bass being caught during early morning hours or late evening on top-water baits around weed beds and laydowns. Catfishing has been fair with most being caught at night using livers and stink baits.
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)
Don Stephens said that fishing is slow. However, catfish are good. Catfish are bitting on stinkbait, dead minnows, chicken liver and nightcrawlers near the bottom.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
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)
The lake reopened to anglers today after being shut down for levee repairs. Few reports in recent weeks other than anglers noting the hot water and small catfish.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Large minnows have been good for bass with best action deeper along weed edges says Nellie Thorne. An angler at Oak Run reported catching 130 crappie fishing deep with waxies. Some crappie in deeper water also at Snakeden’s lakes, including McMaster. Walleye have been biting on nightcrawlers in McMaster. Catfish are very good. The largest is a 13-pounder caught by Annie at Cabin Fever. Dipbait is the best bet right now. Bluegill are slower, most coming from deeper 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 with few anglers out. Some reports of bass on top-water weedless lures on the south end Thursday morning. Channel catfish are still best, with the evening bite best. Shrimp and dipbait are top choices. Shad would work but has been in short supply. Few reports on bluegill or crappie.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Few anglers have been out with the hot weather. Decent reports on bluegill and crappie, some even in 3-4 feet of water. A few walleye have also been reported on the outside edges of weedlines, most on minnows. Some catfish but not great reports.

Strip Mines
(Fulton, Knox, Peoria and Stark counties)

SOURCE: Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193); Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); and Larry Dozard; Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793); Jim’s Bait and Tackle, Hanna City (309-565-9960)
Mixed reports on crappie, with some surprisingly good action on fish in deeper water this past week. Good sizes and numbers reported. Catfish are fair to good on dipbaits fished under a bobber or jug along outer weedlines early or late in the day says Larry Dozard. Bass have been good on Senkos or jigs for larger fish says Adam Jaegle. Target deeper weed edges. Wacky worms will also work if you can wait long enough for them to get down to the deeper fish. Bluegill are fair but have also been deeper.

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)
Bass are fair in 6-8 feet of water.

Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
Bass and catfish are fair. Catfish are biting on shrimp.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Rick Cuddy said channel catfish are fair. Catfish are biting on cheese and shrimp in the evening hours.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Joanne Lowe said white bass, catfish and buffalo are good. Cats, while good, are small in size. By the dam, Asian carp, hybrid stripers and buffalo are good.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said bass and catfish are fair. Catfish are biting on Geno’s cheesebait, Sonny’s bait and chicken liver. Bass are biting on crankbaits and plastics in around 5-6 feet of water.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said catfish are good. Catfish are biting on Geno’s cheesebait at about 4-5 feet in the early and late hours.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Rick Cuddy said catfish are good while bass are fair. Bass are biting on soft plastics and jigs.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Bass fishing has slowed

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Catfish and bluegill are good. Crappie and bass are slow. Cats are biting on chicken liver, stinkbait and nightcrawlers. Bluegill are taking waxworms and nightcrawlers. Bass are being caught on various top-water lures.

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 Steve Welch said white bass are extremely good, possibly best in Illinois. Bass are bitting on candy stripers, a bait invented by Guide Steve Welch, that can be found at http://www.lakeshelbyvilleguide.com. Bass are in around 10 feet or less of water, near the north end of the lake. White bass have also been a nuisance for Guide Ken Wilson while he is trolling for crappie. Some reports of nice catfish on the north end for anglers who are drift fishing.
• 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)
White bass and catfish are doing well. Bass biting on Cicadas and crazy blades. Cats biting on stinkbait, leeches and nightcrawlers.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Fishing has slowed. A few crappie have been caught on jigs. Water temperature is 92 degrees.

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 and catfish are excellent, while crappie, largemouth and sauger are fair. White bass are biting on Little Georges and plastic curly tails. Catfish are biting on cheesebait and Secret Seven. Largemouth bass are taking crankbaits near the rocks and plastics near the wood. Sauger are in the river biting on hair jigs and crankbaits.
• 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 fishing is slow. Catfish are fair with crappie very slow. Catfish are biting on leeches, cheese and cutbaits by the rocks or under the bridges. Crappie are 5-6 or 10-12 feet deep over the open sets biting on jigs and minnows. Bluegill are off the bank at around 4-5 feet. Bass are biting on spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Guide Jason Johns said the best spot for bass is shallow in the grass.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Jason Johns said bass are excellent at night. They are off the main lake points and bridge corners.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Catfish are good, while bluegill, largemouth and crappie are fair, with stripers slow. Cats are biting on liver and stinkbait in the evening hours. Bluegill are in about 4-6 feet of water biting on red wigglers. Largemouth bass are taking plastic worms and crankbaits near the brush iles, laydowns and off of the points. Crappie are biting on jigs and minnows.

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Jim Melton said catfish are good and crappie are spotty. Catfish are in biting on nightcrawlers drift fishing in the middle of the lake over deeper water. Crappie are biting on tube jigs and minnows deep in the middle of the lake.

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 crappie and catfish are good, while bluegill, walleye and largemouth bass are fair. Crappie are measuring around 9-11 inches in length and being found in about 12-18 feet of water biting on small minnows. Catfish are 12-15 inches deep at night, 8-12 feet during the day. Cats biting on nightcrawlers, cut shad and stinkbait near the brush piles and laydowns. Bluegill are biting on crickets near the outside edge of the weeds but are small. Walleye are down by the dam in around 7-9 feet of water, biting on deep-diving crankbaits. Largemouth bass are biting on deep-diving crankbaits and Carolina rigs off of the points.

Little Grassy Lake
SOURCE: Shirley Lowery, Little Grassy Boat Dock (618-457-6655)
Bluegill are very good and catfish are good with bass fishing slow. Bluegill are spawning and are biting on crickets and red wigglers. Cats are deep, biting on chicken liver and shrimp. Bass are biting on chartreuse lizards and light-colored buzzbaits.

Mermet Lake
SOURCE: Shawnee Bait & Tackle, Creal Springs (618-996-3089)
Catfish are good and bass are fair.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Catfish are good. Water is hot, but trolling deep at around 16-18 feet during the day and shallower during the night hours has been shown to work.

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 white bass and catfish are great, but largemouth bass and crappie are slow. White bass are biting on jigs and rooster tails. Cats are biting on cut shad and leeches. Largemouth are by the rocks, taking shaky head rigs and crankbaits. Crappie are best in the morning and evening hours.

RIVERS

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: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica water has dropped down and is cleaning up nicely. Catfish are good on crawfish and cut shad or dipbait. The dam has been a hotspot for cats. Early and night is best along the edge of the channel. White bass are biting early 5-9 a.m. on blade baits and panther martin silver spinners or rooster tails. No reports yet from the dam on white bass, but they may be moving up with clearer water says Darrell “Buster” Culjan. A few smallmouth and largemouth are also biting. The Big Vermilion is very low and clean and spinners and leeches under a bobber are working well for smallies.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria white bass are still slow but largemouth bass have picked up nicely as water has dropped says Adam Jaegle. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are producing nice catches. Channel catfish have slowed some with the dropping water and are moving to channel edges during the day. Dipbait on flats in the evening is still a good producer.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana catfish are fair on dipbait but the real story has been largemouth bass, which are good on crankbaits says Paul Dinkheller. Plastic worms will also work well early around structure. White bass are not as easy to find, though if you can find shad you will catch white bass.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• Ed Mullady reports that the Kankakee is up and down depending upon how much rain reaches it! In Indiana, area around the Point north of English Lake, smallmouth bass have been good on minnows and spinners with some largemouth there and at nearby Kankakee State (Indiana) F&W area on minnows, plastic worms and imitation frogs. From the LaSalle F&W Area (Indiana Rt. 41 to the Illinois line) fair to good on largemouth bass at quieter water shorelines on above baits. Some pike on big minnows, Dr. Spoons here, also very close to the bank.
• In Illinois,  catfishing is good up and down the river. Best at night on minnows, cheesebaits, chicken liver. Some caught during the day near weedbeds, logs on cheesebaits, plastic catfish grub with cheese hamburger. In the Momence area, good for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Smallies best on jig and twister tail, medium minnows, crankbaits, Mepps No. 2, 3 spinners, imitation frogs, helgramites. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits, Jitterbugs, Rattlin Rogues, fly-rod bass-size poppers, streamer flies and plastic worms. Smallmouth bass are also good around Kankakee River State Park in Illinois especially around Nature, Carly and Gordon Islands.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR
Anglers from the Galesburg area have been frustrated by high water on the river during what should be a hot time for catfishing most years.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 11.18 feet and rising.  Water clarity is fair and water temperature is 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.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been biting on top-water frogs around vegetation in the backwaters and sloughs.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been good around Steamboat on crankbaits in 12-20 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 10.09 feet and rising. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is 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 crankbaits or spinners into the frenzy and hold on.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been biting well on top-water frogs dragged over vegetation in backwaters and sloughs.  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 12.18 feet and rising. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are biting on stink bait or shrimp fished around snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass have been biting on top-water frogs dragged over vegetation in the backwaters and sloughs.  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
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 9.37 feet.  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 - Slow:  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 on minnows. Fishing has been best towards evening.  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Wing dam fishing has been slow due to recent high and muddy water.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 8.40 feet. Big Timber access is open. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught using stink bait and crawlers fished around snags. Some channel catfish are also being caught from shore along the Muscatine riverfront using night crawlers and stink bait.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 10.71 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
Tail water stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 7.44 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 stink bait.  White Bass - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20:  River conditions are improving. Some of the boat ramps are still closed. Main channel water temperature is 82 degrees. Fishing has been slow throughout the pools. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds. 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 currently closed due to high water levels. Declared a flood disaster due to around 17 inches of rain.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford, Tom Calam said the river is currently closed due to high water levels. Declared a flood disaster due to around 17 inches of rain.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon Ray Hays said the water is high, warm and contains debris. The river is currently closed to boats. However, Carp are good, catfish and walleye are fair. Cats are small, but bitting on shrimp, chicken liver and crushed minnows in the backwater. Walleye are bitting on minnows and roadrunners with worms. A 9-pound and 7-pound walleye was caught near Grand Detour

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Spoon River has been fishable prior to Wednesday’s rains, which bumped the level back up. Depending on rains, anglers should be back on the dam at Bernadotte by this weekend. They have been catching a few flatheads and good numbers of channel cats on dipbait says Dinkheller.

 

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lmao..ole steve welch at it again.. his candy striper is nothing more then a copy of a lil george, he didnt invent a thing

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yeah i dont think much was invented there besides a copy of the lil george, and as far as the whitebass bite being best in the state, that is disputable.

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