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Illinois fishing report 8-19-10

August 19, 2010 at 06:27 PM

HOTSPOTS

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

• Strip mine bass fishing.
• Smallmouth bass on the Kankakee River and other Illinois streams.
• Bluegill at Shabbona Lake.
• Channel catfish on the Illinois or Mississippi rivers and at Lake Lou Yaeger, Lake Jacksonville, Lake Springfield, Rend Lake and Carlyle Lake.
• Largemouth bass at Crab Orchard Lake.

WALL HANGERS

• Dustin Logan of Oregon caught a 25-inch walleye west of the Oregon dam on the Rock River.

• Guide Thad Hinshaw of Hudson caught a 20-inch smallmouth bass on the Mackinaw River.

• Scott Dean of East Peoria caught and released flathead catfish of 32 and 54 pounds Tuesday on the Rock River.

• Youngster Caleb Empson of Altona caught a 5-4 bass this week fishing a top-water lure in a strip-mine lake.

• Taya Jones caught this nice blue catfish pictured below at LaSalle Lake with her father, Guide Matt Jones.

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 crappie are fair. Bluegill are decent in size, but crappie are small.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Tom Calam said walleye are good, but small in size. Panfish are slow. On Lena Lake, cafish and panfish are fair, but panfish are small.

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 catfish are good, while white bass, bluegill, bass and walleye are fair. White bass are near the currents and bridges. Bluegill and bass can be found in the weedlines or suspended in the deeper water off of the dropoffs during the day. Walleye are near the bridges. Fish are biting on live baits, crankbaits and plastic baits.
Click here to check updates on no-wake status and water levels or call 847-587-8540 .

Lake Michigan
SOURCES: Henry’s (312-225-8538), Vet’s (773-734-6720) and Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times.
• On the Chicago lakefront, perch are fair, biting near the breakwall and Navy Pier on baby roaches. Dale Bowman said best action is at Montrose, though anglers are catching plenty of small fish. Shoreline salmon should start soon, otherwise boaters arein 90-100 feet for a mixed bag with mostly rainbows according to Bowman and Capt. Bill Kelly.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan perch and steelheads have been good off the government pier and other piers according to The Salmon Stop. Some boat action for perch and salmon are running 65-110 feet deep.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana, perch, salmon and steelhead trout are fair. Salmon are in around 65-70 feet of water biting on meat rigs and spoons. Steelheads are also biting on spoons.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795).
Pam Minihan said crappie are fair and biting on minnows

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Denny Sands said bluegill, catfish and bass are good, muskies, crappie and walleye are fair. Bluegill are biting on leafworms and waxworms. Catfish are taking chicken liver. Bass are biting on nightcrawlers and leeches due to the colder water. Muskies biting on big bucktails. Crappie taking waxworms and minnows. Walleye biting on nightcrawlers and leeches. Jay Angel said water is in the mid 80s and rates bluegill as excellent over rockpiles, brushpiles and deeper weedlines. He advises the best walleye action is in the evening.
• Park hours November to January 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; February to March 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; May to October 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Click here for a Shabbona Lake fishing forum

Wolf Lake
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
Catfish and walleye are fair. Catfish are biting on minnows and nightcrawlers. Walleye are being caught trolling.

NORTH-CENTRAL ILLINOIS South of Interstate 80 and North of Interstate 72/U.S. Route 36

Banner Marsh
SOURCE: Adam Jaegle, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193); Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Bass were better last weekend, with some keepers reported on Sunday. Action has slowed some this week back to more of the early and late pattern. Shallow-running crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic worms good options says Larry Dozard. Catfish are good.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bass were fair to good over the weekend according to Larry Dozard, who advises anglers use plastics, swimbaits or crankbaits along weed lines and Carolina-rigged plastics off points. Top weight last Saturday was 22.97 pounds for five fish including a 6.45-pounder. Crappie are slow to fair and suspended in 10-16 feet of water. Lots of shad in the lake right now.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Starting Sunday the site closes at 7:30 p.m. Dale Bowman reports catfish are good. Both reactors have been down so current was greatly reduced.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Leon Gibson said fishing is slow. Catfish and bass are slow to fair, biting on chicken liver, shrimp and stinkbait.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass action remains slow compared to last year, with one report of only 10 fish in four hours on plastics. Crankbaits are also a good option. Water levels are very low and some anglers report difficulty launching. 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
Crappie, bluegill, and catfish are doing the best on Evergreen this week according to Brad Wood. Water is down about 2 feet below pool and in the 80s. Crappie are being caught mostly on minnows with some being caught on tube jigs. Most are being caught in 10-20 feet of water mostly suspended midway. Bluegill are hitting wax worms and crawler bits along weedlines. Several nice-sized catfish have been caught in the last week mostly late evenings and into the night on livers and stinkbaits. Bass have been hit and miss on the lake with most of them being caught early mornings or late evenings. Saugeye reports have been slim, with mostly smaller fish being caught.
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 fishing is slow.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
There was a minor fish kill of shad here last week.
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)
A few decent smallmouth have been reported to Jason Grider, but otherwise fishing is slow even though water has cooled from last week’s extreme temperatures. Very few anglers out here.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Crappie have been good here at McMaster Lake and in other strip pits and lakes in the area, including Oak Run where the fish are holding tight under docks. Blue-and-white jigs are good bets. Catfish are also good on dipbaits.

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)
Catfish are biting well and doing best in the early evening from about 4 p.m. and on. Bass have been biting but most are smaller 2 pounds and under. Both ends are producing bass. A few small bluegill are also biting. Weeds have also been sprayed and are dying back.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
The main thing here is bluegill and some crappie says Al Hayden. Crappie are deeper in 8-12 feet of water. Try fishing slip bobbers or slow troll a jig for them.

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)
Bass were much better in most strip mines last weekend, with excellent results on Belly Dancer spinners and wacky worms in 5-8 feet of water according to Larry Dozard. Good numbers of 12-inchers and some fish up to 5 pounds. Roger Woodcock reports that bluegill were good on slip-bobber rigs set at 5-6 feet deep. Pictured below is Orion Woodcock of Farmington with one of those nice 8-inch bluegill. Catfish are fair after sunset.
Illinois hunting and fishing

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)
Catfish and bluegill are good, while crappie are fair. Fish are biting on nightcrawlers.

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

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Rick Cuddy said catfish and bass are fair. Cats are biting on cheesebait and shrimp. Bass are biting on soft plastics and jigs. In the river, catfish and bass are also fair, biting on the same bait as the lake.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
White bass and catfish are doing well. White bass are best in the early and late hours, bitting on Gay Blades and Big Dudes. Catfish are biting on cut shad and nightcrawlers drift fishing 10-12 feet off of the banks.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said catfish are good and bass are fair. Catfish are biting on Sonny’s bait, cutbait and shrimp. Bass are in the 2-3 pound range, bittng on spinnerbaits and plastics off of the points. Water is a little murky.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Catfish are excellent, biting on shrimp and chicken liver.

Lake Lou Yaeger
SOURCE: Denny’s Bait Shop, Litchfield (217-324-2628)
Catfish are excellent, bitting on cutbait.

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 and catfish are fair. Bass are bittng on crankbaits off the rocks and creature baits.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Small bass are biting.

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 white bass are good, crappie and catfish are fair and walleye are slow. Some muskies are bittng below the dam, but are slow. White bass are biting on crankbaits, such as Bandit 300’s, in a shad color. Catfish can be found at the north end of the lake driftfishing.
• For a daily report on Lake Shelbyville call (217-774-2020).

Lake Springfield
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674) and Tater’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-2208)
Jack Raymond said catfish are excellent while white bass are fair to good. Catfish are biting on stinkbait, shad, bluegill, leeches, chicken liver and nightcrawlers.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Fishing is slow. Water temperature is over 100.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Josh Adkins; Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Buddy Langenhorst said catfish and white bass are good, crappie and bluegill are fair and sauger are slow. Catfish are biting on cutbait, shrimp and nightcrawlers. White bass are taking inline spinners, rooster tails, curly tails and minnows. Crappie biting on minnows and tube jigs. Bluegill biting on waxworms and mealworms. On the river, catfish and bass are good, crappie, bluegill and sauger are fair. Catfish are bitting on stinkbait, dipbait, shad and nightcrawlers. White bass are taking curly tails, tube jigs and minnows. Crappie biting on minnows and tube jigs. Bluegill bitting on waxworms and mealworms. Sauger being caught jigging and trolling.
• 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 catfish and stripers are good, bluegill and bass are fair and crappie are slow. Bass are very good shallow in the grass or tight to wood said Guide Jason Johns

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Guide Matt Strobel said bass are good. Bass are biting on deep-diving crankbaits, flutter spoons, LTB jigs and LTB ledgeheads with plastic worms. Fish are schooling in open water and can be found around the points and weedlines. Jason Johns suggests fishing shaky heads and Carolina rigs off points. Crappie can also be caught by anglers trolling crankbaits over brush in 12-14 feet of water.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Channel catfish are good on chicken liver and dipbait off points and weedlines in the evening and at night. Stripers are busting shad early in the morning and are rated as fair. Most other species are also fair according to Glenn Wegener and water is running 86-90 degrees. Clarity is better than last week. For crappie target brushpiles 6-10 feet deep.

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Catfish are fair, with crappie being spotty. Catfish are being caught in the middle driftfishing with nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Crappie are in the deeper water, near the bottom.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Catfish are good, with bass fair to good. Walleye and bluegill are fair. Crappie are spotty. Catfish are best in the late afternoon and evening hours, biting on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and shrimp. Bass are best in the early and late hours. Walleye are deep, in the 25-30 foot range. Bluegill are biting on waxworms, mealworms and red wigglers. Crappie are deep biting on minnows.

Little Grassy Lake
SOURCE: Shirley Lowery, Little Grassy Boat Dock (618-457-6655)
Bass are good, with crappie fair. Bluegill and catfish fishing has slowed down. Bass are biting on chartreuse lizards and frogs. Crappie are good.

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 are starting to bite over shallow brushpiles says Jason Johns. Target 4-8 feet of water with jigs or minnows. But the transition is just starting, as big fish are still deeper. For bass fish shallow around wood with small spinners, flukes, beaver baits or pocket craws. Dark colors are best. Catfish are very good. But they are almost always good here.

RIVERS

Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE: Andrew Ragas
Warm water temperatures have led to less anglers fishing, but don’t let that discourage you. As it has been for much of this summer, the reports are few and far between from everyone.

River is running at a normal flow 3.4 on gauge, and safe for wading, while the creeks still have some high water for some reason. Water clarity remains dark and stained throughout as surface temperatures are still pushing at 80-degrees. If night fishing, this could be a good thing.

Right now, the fishing is poor for most species. For the best chance at catching fish, go during the low-light hours whether it be morning or night. Northern Pike and Channel Catfish from deep water with wood and current are good bets, while Largemouth Bass from the backwaters and deep weedbeds are another viable option.

Although small in size (go figure), Pike are responding to bright colors: topwaters, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, shallow crankbaits. Same applies for Bass as well.

The fishing isn’t all that great right now and the fall season couldn’t come any sooner. Besides that, the only noteworthy thing to provide is the possible removal of the Hofmann Dam in Riverside. As anglers, are we for, or against this proposed plan? http://www.rblandmark.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=6172&TM=83416.2” title=“Click here”>Click here to learn more.
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)
Catfish are doing excellent, stripers and sauger are fair says Jim Hardy. A few large flatheads have been caught on cutbait and shad.
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Jim Hardy of Big Jim’s Bait & Tackle in Ottawa (815-434-3921)
• Above the Starved Rock dam catfish are doing excellent, stripers and sauger are fair. A few large flatheads have been caught on cutbait and shad.
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica saugers are biting, with the best bet trolling crankbaits in 10-12 feet of water. Stripers have really started good on blade baits early. Water is at 80 degrees and has cooled off about 5 degrees from last week. That has helped fishing. But the river is very low right now at Starved Rock. Catfish are biting well on dipbait and cut shad, especially on cut shad. A few are even taking blade baits at the lock and dam.
SOURCE: Jordan Hubinsky, Time on the Water Marina, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley trolling the flats is good for sauger with lots of small fish reported. Catfish are also very good and white bass are spotty, with spinnerbaits near rip-rap and logjams a good option.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria catfish are good to very good on dipbait and cut shad. The wicket dam is up at Peoria and white bass and carp should start massing below the dam next week. The mouth of the Mackinaw and the hot-water discharges have also been good for catfish. Largemouth bass are good in main-river habitats on spinnerbaits and ringworms.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana channel catfish are very good on dipbait and cut shad, with some of the best action in and around Bath.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
The river is good and Ed Mullady reports there are fair to good catches of smallmouth bass from Momence to the state line. Other good smally spots are River Road Park and Cobb Park near Kankakee and at Kankakee River State Park at the Altorf Area, at Carly Islands and Mickey Island. Smallies are also good near Wilmington. Guide Matt Mullady and his sons Mickey and Zach caught and released 17 smalles on Monday. Catfish are good throughout the river.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR
Catfish are the main bite here with most action on backwaters due to the strong current.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 12.21 feet and is forecast to remain stable this weekend before beginning to slowly fall next week.  Water clarity is poor and temperature is in the high 70s to 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 have been biting on stink bait and crawlers around snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Cats are also being caught around Steamboat.  Bluegill - Fair: A few reports of bluegills being caught on crawlers around vegetation, snags, and docks in backwaters and marinas.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed with the increased river stage and turbidity, but a few are being caught on crawlers around Steamboat.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 11.12 feet and is forecast to stabilize around 11.4 feet this weekend before beginning to slowly fall next week. Water clarity is poor and temperature is in the high 70s to low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats have been biting on stink bait and crawlers in the side channels and sloughs around snags.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum have been biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 12.77 feet and is forecast to rise to 13.7 feet this weekend before beginning to slowly fall next week. Water clarity is poor and there is a lot of debris in the water.  Temperature is in the high 70s to low 80s.  The high muddy water has made fishing difficult over much of the pool.  A mixed bag of fish (walleye, white bass, northern pike, and crappie) are being caught in the sand pits where water clarity is better.  Fish are biting on crankbaits, spoons, jigs, and live bait.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are biting on stink bait fished around structure or snags in the side channels and sloughs.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Drum are biting on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

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
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 10.38 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits and crawlers fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and side sloughs.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow due to high and muddy water. There is debris in the water that makes trolling tough.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 9.78 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Some channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, green worms, crawlers, and shad fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and sloughs. Channel catfish are also being caught at GPC.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. There is some debris in the water that makes trolling difficult.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 12.09 feet. The Toolesboro landing is still closed due to water over the road.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, crawlers, and shad fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and side sloughs.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 9.12 feet. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been slow due to the high water conditions.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River stages are still above normal throughout Pools 16-20. Water clarity is poor. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water conditions. Main channel water temperature is around 77 degrees. For more fishing information on Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

Ohio River
SOURCE: Bill Parrish, Fort Masac Fish Market, Metropolis (618-524-3152); Golconda Marina Bait Shop (618-683-5875)

Pecatonica River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Tom Calam said catfish are doing well on dipbait.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford Tom Calam said catfish are doing well on dipbait.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon, Jan Prose said catfish are doing excellent and are bitting on chicken liver and dipbait. A 25-inch walleye was caught west of the dam by Dustin Logan from Oregon.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon Ray Hays said channel catfish and carp are good, crappie and white bass are fair and drum are slow. Catfish are bitting on cheese and dead minnows. Crappie and white bass are taking large minnows. Walleye are by the dam. Water is a little muddy.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• Matt Jones reports a good bite for flathead catfish on cut shad. Read Friday’s Big Fish Fridays story for more details and pictures.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Fishing has slowed at the Bernadotte dam, where high waters washed out a part of the areas anglers regularly fished.

 

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