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Illinois fishing report 7-8-10

July 08, 2010 at 01:06 PM


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

• Smallmouth bass fishing in a stream that is not flooded.
• Salmon fishing early mornings on Lake Michigan, since fish have moved shallow due to colder water close to shore.
• Channel catfish at Clinton Lake, at Kinkaid Lake, Carlyle Lake, on the upper Illinois River, at Lake Hillsboro and Sangchris Lake and most of south-central Illinois,
• Largemouth bass at night on Lake of Egypt or at dusk on most lakes and ponds on top-water lures.
• White bass are good at Lake Shelbyville.
• LaSalle or Powerton lakes for blue catfish.


• A 47-pound flathead catfish was caught by a hawger in the Spoon River last week.
• Jon Berhenke caught the steelhead pictured below while fishing with Capt. Nick Ganzer.
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 bluegills and crappie are fair. They are biting on crickets, waxies, jigs and minnows.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Panfish and walleye are fair. Panfish are biting on crickets, leeches and waxies. Walleye are biting on crankbaits and jumbo leeches trolling.

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 are best near the bridges and current-laden areas. They are biting on leeches and nightcrawlers. Bass, smallmouth, bluegill and crappie are fair. Bass will be near the emergent weeds and lay downs. Fishing the shoreline or deep-weeds are 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.
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 season is closed, allowing only children under the age of 16 to catch them, with a limit of ten fish. Perch are biting on soft-shell crab and minnows. Smallmouth are doing fair, biting on golden roaches early in the morning and on crankbaits. Bowman reports that southwest winds have brought cooler water close to shore and has helped improve fishing for kings in particular but also coho, browns and steelhead in 40-60 feet of water from Burnham to off Evanston. That’s according to Capt. Bill Kelly.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan , Capt. Nick Ganzer reports that water conditions continue to be excellent for fishing. Water temps are in the 50s to low 60s because of upwelling from continued west winds. Last week the thermocline was down 35 feet, with fair to good fishing from 35-110 feet. Kings, coho, steelheads continue to be taken mostly off downriggers and leadcore with Glow spoon/ flasher/flies. Pictured below are Phil and Tanner Wedgwood with some kings and cohos.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana, perch are biting near Cal Park by the weed beds in about 14-feet of water. Near Cortege, perch are in around 12- to-30-feet of water. Trolling northwest of the gong, about 15 miles, king, cohos and lakers are in about 55- to 70-feet of water. Smallmouth are doing fair. Some steelhead off Michigan City.
Illinois hunting and fishing

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Bluegill are excellent, with catfish and walleye good and crappie, bass, muskies and hybrid stripers fair. Bluegill are about 6-8 inches long, suspended about the rock piles in around 4-16-feet of water biting on waxworms. Catfish are in the deeper weedlines in around six to nine feet of water biting on Sonny’s super sticky bait and leeches. Bass are also in six to nine feet of water near the deeper weed lines biting on leeches. Nick Bellandi,12, of Aurora caught a 20.5 inch, 4.5 pound bass. Walleye are around the 12- to 16-inch range near the deeper weed lines and rock piles in 4-12 feet of water. Crappie are near the nine camp ground crib and the deeper brush piles biting on minnows. Hybrid stripers are suspended above the rock piles, biting on minnow lures and Rat-L-Traps.
• 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)
Bass are good, while walleye are fair.

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 bank anglers have been out. The boat ramp reopened Tuesday for access.

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 fishing is fair to good in the evenings on weedless top-waters. Lots of weeds on the Main Access. Channel catfish are good on dipbait and chicken liver or shrimp. Redear sunfish were on the beds in shallow water this week, though most were just 6-7 inches long.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Channel catfish are fair says Dozard and so are bluegill on waxies and crickets along weed edges and sea walls. Bass are fair to slow along outer weed lines. Anglers are catching a few hybrid stripers on spoons in the pumphouse area of the lake, but overall they are slow to fair.

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. Water temperature is 108 degrees, causing catfish to come up near the surface of the lake. Bluegill fishing has slowed and bass are not doing well.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Catfish are doing very well. White bass, largemouth bass, strippers and Asian carp are also doing well. Catfish are biting on shad guts, cut shad, dip bait and nightcrawlers. White bass are biting on sandblasters, cicadas and big dudes. Largemouth are taking buzzbaits, jigs, worms and crankbaits. Stripers are biting on top water and carp are biting on shad bodies and plastics. The fish being caught deeper are larger.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Bass, catfish and walleye are good with bluegill and redears fair. Bass are biting on spinnerbaits, jigs and top waters, cats are biting on shrimp, liver and cheese. Catfish are coming shallow to feed along the banks. Walleye are also coming shallow to feed, but are biting on nightcrawlers.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Very few anglers have been out here lately. Fishing has slowed, with most anglers reporting fewer than 10 bass per trip. Don’t show up expecting 30-50 bass right now. Weed coverage is thick. Very few panfish reports of late. 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 is good overall according to Wood, with catfish and bass heading the bill. The saugeye have slowed down a bit. Catfishing has been great with several nice fish being caught on mostly liver, shrimp or cheese bait (Yes, we sell these at our Bait Shop!). Bass continue to hit artificial lures on the lake. Many anglers are switching up lures often. Crappie are biting well but are being caught in 15-20 feet of water suspended at about 10 feet. The saugeye are biting, but anglers are reporting having to work hard for them. Jig and crawler or jig and leech still best. Bluegill continue to be caught along weeds and rip rap with wax worms and crawler pieces.
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)
Fishing has slowed. Water temperature was 81 degrees Fahrenheit early. Catfish are fair, biting on nightcrawlers and stinkbait near the shoreline.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Blue cats of 20-30 pounds have been reported on cut bait drifted 3-6 feet off the bottom according to Jordan Hubinsky of Time on the Water Marina, Spring Valley (815-663-1000).
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Bass are biting well on top-waters on shad and spinnerbaits. Check the weeds as well. Bluegill are fair, but have moved deeper into the water, biting on redworms. Catfish are slow. Water is high.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Blue catfish are biting better here, with bluegill a top bait says Merle Keefer. Ryan Schmidt and Terry Norman of Pekin combined to catch a 40-pounder this week while several 20-pounders were also reported.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Bass fishing has been fair on top-water and weedless baits. Crappie are fair over deep water in McMaster Lake, suspended at about 5 feet. Waxworms are working well. Dipbait working well for catfish in most lakes.

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 has been fair on both ends of the lake, with lizards a good choice for the past week. Also some on top-waters and other weedless plastics. Channel catfish are very good on shrimp and dipbait in the evenings. “When the sun goes down behind the trees it shades the whole park road and the fish start biting,” Larry Karnes said.  Bluegill reports have slowed down some.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Last Saturday was a very good day, with one angler reporting seven walleye, one muskie, several bass and 14 catfish on the same outing. In the past few days very few anglers have been out. A few catching bluegill, which are fair and off the weed edges. At Oak Run fishing has been slow. Lakes have an algae bloom. Crappie have slowed and have moved into 10-12 feet of water on minnows or jigs and waxies.

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 Kennedy, Jim’s Bait and Tackle, Hanna City (309-645-8318)
The evening bass bite is much better than the morning bite, with nice reports in the past week of fish topping 20 inches. Larry Waughop of Elmwood had a pair of fish over 20 inches this week. Outside the evening frog and top-water bite, fishing for bass is best on outer weedlines in 6-8 feet of water on crankbaits or soft plastics. Some frogs working during the day on weed mats, which have been late in developing. Catfish were fair to good this week says Dozard, who found them shallow on dipbait. Redear are on the beds but bluegill are off weedlines. Very mixed reports on crappie: some finding good numbers of suspended fish in 10-12 feet of water says Tim Presley, others struggling mightily.

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)
Catfish and bass are doing well. Catfish are deep, biting on shrimp, worms and liver. Bass are biting on lures and minnows in 3-4 feet of water. Bluegill are also at this depth, biting on red wigglers.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Channel catfish are doing good, biting on cheesebait, nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Crappie are slow, biting on small worms and tube jigs. Largemouth bass are fair, taking small plastics and jigs. Fish are in around 6-8 feet of water.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
White and largemouth bass, carp and catfish are doing good. Largemouth are biting on buzzbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are taking mud leeches, cheese, shrimp, stinkbait, dipbait and shad. Fish are deep. Near the dam, white bass, stripers, carp, crappie and catfish are all doing well.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Catfish and crappie are doing well. Catfish are biting on leeches and shad and are shallow in the early and late hours, deeper during the day. Crappie biting on minnows and light-green jigs. Bass are fair, biting off the points on spinners and deep-diving crankbaits.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Catfish and crappie are doing very well. Catfish are biting on leeches and shad. Crappie biting on minnows and light-green jigs. Bass are fair, biting off the points on spinners and deep-diving crankbaits.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Catfish and bluegill are fair. Cats are biting on stinkbaits and shrimp. Bluegills are taking crickets.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Bass fishing is good. Bass biting on crankbaits in a baby bass or shad color, plastics like 10-inch worms or creature baits, like Baby Brush hogs. Bass are in around 8-10 feet of water.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Bass and catfish are good. Bass are around weed lines biting on spinnerbaits. Catfish taking shrimp, stinkbait and liver. Fish are around 5-10 feet of water.

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, leeches and worms near the bottom. Bluegill are also biting on crickets, but are only fair.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Catfish are doing well, biting on nightcrawlers and chicken liver in about 6-8 feet of water. Largemouth bass and bluegill are doing fair, largemouth near the weeds biting on small jigs and bluegill taking wax worms off of the sandy banks. Both are in around 3-6 feet of water.

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 that white bass are doing well, biting on crankbaits, Bandit 200’s with splatter-back coloring, rooster-tails and sandblasters at around 14- to 18-feet of water and are probably the best bet. Crappie are also doing well, biting on crankbaits trolling at a speed of 1.5 mph to 2.8 mph gps speed at a depth of 12- to 15 feet. Stay on the main lake near the river channels on the south end. Largemouth bass are fair, taking plastics and Carolina rigs. Catfish and walleye are slow. Lake is on the fall and all boat ramps are 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)
Catfish are doing well, biting on stinkbait, leeches and worms near the bottom. White bass are slow.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Josh Adkins; Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Catfish, white bass and largemouth bass are good. Catfish biting on cut shad and dipbait. White bass taking crankbait, curly tails and rooster tails. Largemouth taking crank, spinners and jigs. Bluegill are fair, biting on waxworms and mealworms. Walleye are slow, but taking crankbaits trolling. On the river, Catfish and white bass are good. Catfish taking nightcrawlers, shrimp, shad, leeches and stinkbait. White bass biting on minnows, crankbaits, curly tails and rooster tails. Some crappie near the old riverbed biting on tube jigs and minnows.
• 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)
Catfish are good, biting on leeches, cheese and cutbaits. Crappie are fair, biting on minnows and jigs in around 10- to 12-feet of water. Bluegills are around the bank by the rocks, biting on crickets, waxworms and red wigglers. Bass are biting on artificial worms, buzzbaits and spinnerbaits.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Bass fishing is extremely good at night. Fish are biting on Shaky-head jigs and Carolina rigs off of the main points and drop-offs.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Channel catfish are fair, biting on liver and nightcrawlers at the bottom. A few crappie deep near bottom.

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. Catfish are at a depth of 6-10 feet during the day and in the shallow water, around 1 to 1.5 feet, at night when they will be looking for food. Stinkbaits are the best bet this time of the year due to the heat. Bass are biting on Carolina rigs and deep-diving crankbaits. Still some surface action, some smaller bass being caught by the weeds. Walleye are spotty but being caught at a depth of 14- to 16-feet on crankbaits. Crappie are fair and can be found around the outside edge of weed beds and brush piles. They are biting on jigs. Some 15- to 17-inch white bass have been caught. Bluegill are doing fair, biting on crickets and red wigglers near the outside weeds.

Little Grassy Lake
SOURCE: Shirley Lowery, Little Grassy Boat Dock (618-457-6655)
Catfish are good. Cats are deep, in about 20 feet of water, biting on chicken liver, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Bass are in about 4-6 feet of water taking lizards, frogs and large minnows. Bluegills are biting on crickets. Redears are on the bottom, about ten feet, biting on nightcrawlers.

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

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Crappie have slowed but are still fair. Biting on minnows and jigs around brush in about six to ten feet of water. Bass are fair, biting on Shaky head jigs and crankbaits. Catfish are good.


Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE: Andrew Ragas
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

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

Fox River
SOURCE: Jim Hardy, Big Jim’s Bait & Tackle, Ottawa (815-434-3921)
Jim Hardy said catfish are fair and near the shade. Cats are biting on cutbait. Water level is below normal.
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica the river is still dropping, the park is open and catfish are biting well on Sonny’s cheesebait asys Darrell “Buster” Culjan Catfish are on channel edges and best in the mornings and evenings. Fishing is actually decent and the river is in pretty good shape if heavy rains hold off. Catfish and smallies are biting in the Big Vermilion River. A few white bass and smallies on the Illinois on blade baits. No reports yet on sauger on crankbaits.
SOURCE: Jordan Hubinsky, Time on the Water Marina, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley the river is fishable and good numbers of catfish are coming in. An angler had five over 60 pounds the other day on cut bait and circle hooks on the flats. Herring is best with some using cut Asian carp.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana catfish have been biting well on the east side of the Emiquon levee where the pumps are dumping into the river.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• The river is in good fishable condition says Ed Mullady, with smallmouth bass and largemouth bass fair to good east of Momence on minnows, plastic worms and crayfish. Near the Kankakee River State Park crappie and rock bass are good on minnows, worms, spinners and twister tails. Catfish are good throughout the river on cheesebaits, chicken liver, minnows and nightcrawlers.

Mississippi River
Fishing in the Oquawka pool is good on dipbait, particularly up near the dam.

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-eyed jigs.  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. One-eyed jigs or night crawlers have been working well.

Water temperature at Guttenberg is in the mid to upper 70’s. River levels are high and expected to remain steady over the next five days.  Water levels are: Lansing 11.1, Lynxville 18.8 and Guttenberg 10.7. Water clarity is fair except near mouths of Upper Iowa, Yellow and Turkey Rivers. There has been a large mayfly hatch this past week.

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 11.68 feet. Fishing has been slow. Most fishing reports are coming from area lakes and ponds.    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.  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 - Slow:  Sauger - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 11.47 feet. 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.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow:

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.22 feet and rising. Flood stage 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 10.44 feet. Flood stage 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 78 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 fair, biting on cutbait, dipbait and leeches.

Illinois hunting and fishing
Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford, Tom Calam said catfish are fair, biting on cutbait, dipbait and leeches.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon, catfish are fair. They are biting on shrimp, leeches and dipbait near the shoreline. Flatheads are biting on bluegills and suckers. Carp are biting on nightcrawlers. A 26.5 pound flathead catfish was caught at the dam with a bluegill by Tyrus Trambel (pictured above with a friend). Water is a little murky, but has fallen one foot from last week.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon, channel catfish are good and biting on chicken liver and cheese. Flatheads are spotty, but biting on chubs and goldfish. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow. Drum are also slow, but biting on worms. Crappie are below the bridge, by the Nelson railroad bridge and up around the park biting on minnows. Carp are doing very well and taking mulberries. Water is high but fairly clear.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• Elsewhere. From Rock Falls to Quad Cities, Guide Matt Jones said flathead catfish are off and on, but are biting on live bait. Channel catfish are still feeding with cutbait and cheese. Water is clear and the level is dropping. Within the next week, fishing should become more consistent.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Flatheads are in their holes now and hawgers are out in force, with the biggest a 47-pounder last week. But the Spoon is supposed to come back up quickly and get out of the banks.

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