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Illinois fishing report 8-20-09

August 20, 2009 at 02:38 PM


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

• Channel catfish on the Illinois River, Kankakee River and at Carlyle Lake.
• Perch fishing on Lake Michigan.
• Largemouth bass at the Emiquon Preserve, in the Illinois River and the Fox Chain O’ Lakes.
• White bass at Lake Shelbyville, Carlyle Lake and Clinton Lake.
• Bluegill at Kinkaid Lake.
• Stream fishing for smallmouth bass in any creeks or streams that did not get slammed by Wednesday’s monsoons.


• Nicole Lalka caught and released this 20-inch bass on Aug. 15 while fishing a a small public pond near Algonquin. Her bass was Chicago Sun-Times Fish of the Week.
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• Clay Unes caught this nice bluegill out of a pond near Spring Bay on Aug. 10 while fishing a piece of nightcrawler on a jig head.
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• Jim Bomhold of Bartonville caught a 7-pound bass last Sunday while fishing with waxworms for bluegill in a private pond near Carlock.
• A 50-pound flathead was caught earlier this week at Baldwin Lake.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Fishing is slowing up here but some bluegill and crappie are still biting.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Bluegill ranging from 6-8 inches here. Crappie also biting but most fishing slow and fish are going deeper.

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
In Cook County, Beck Lake bass have been attacking surface baits while Busse Lake panfish action has greatly improved says Mike Jackson of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.
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).
Bass are on a good bite shallow along shorelines using jigs and frogs says Triangle. Look in backwater areas. With the recent rains, the river should produce walleye on leeches and crawlers. In main-lake areas, use spinner rigs with the same baits. Catfish are good throughout the system on crawlers or prepared bait. Crappie slowing. Bluegill can be found along the piers or shaded areas. Use waxworms or spikes. Spring Lake is best. Muskie best with a trolling bite on the outside weedlines. Late in the day, anglers using top-water bite shallow around the weeds. Striper best in basin areas like Pistakee Bay, Lake Marie or even in river system. Use spikes or small minnows. Channel Lake crappie are very active for anglers fishing the 8-foot depths. Same holds true for Lake Marie.
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 can be found just about anywhere — depending on the winds — but the hot spots include Montrose Harbor, Northerly Island and 39th Street says Henry’s. Navy Pier is also producing good sized perch, with boat anglers hauling in some between 12-15 inches. Boaters have also done well off Olive Park says Dale Bowman, who advises the bite is turning toward minnows. Chinook salmon are beginning to come in but not many reports yet. Best has been at DuSable and Montrose according to Bowman. Boat anglers are trolling for salmon in 80-90 feet of water. Smallmouth bass are biting near the Shedd Aquarium.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan the Salmon Stop says perch are still good around piers using minnows or soft shell crabs. Boat anglers using minnows and soft shell crabs jigging off the bottom. Anglers are seeing some salmon and trout off the piers but still too early. Boaters finding salmon in about 40-60 feet of water straight out of the harbor.
SOURCE: Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near North Point salmon and trout fishing continue to be good out of Winthrop Harbor waters. Salmon and trout are beginning to stage off their release sites, with large spawner kings moving into the shallows. Conditions are ideal as west winds have kept our waters cool (48- 56 degrees) for the last two weeks. Best fishing continues to be dawn/dusk or cloudy days. Fishing slows on bright sunny days. However, we are having good action in 130-160 feet during the day using dodger/fly off downriggers/dipsies and leadcore/copper rigs with glow spoons for steelhead and salmon. Pictured below are Ben and Tom Pfeil with two 12-pound steelhead trout caught Aug. 15.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana perch are biting around Navy Pier, Pastrick Marina and Michigan City. Salmon being found in 65 feet of water.
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Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Fishing is fair overall says Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle. Crappie are going deeper in trees in 15-18 feet of water or not quite as deep (10-12 feet) around the no-motor zone. Minnows best. Bluegills biting inside the weedlines around the shoulders or outside the weedlines for boats. Small worms — waxworms, leafworms — best. Catfish biting in the bays on chicken livers. A few walleye being picked up around the rock beds on the norh end bout a foot from the bottom using a floating jig with leeches or in the creekbeds along the south end usaing leeches suspended about 18 feet on a slip bobber. Bass best with plastics in the weeds. Muskie slow but the ones that are biting are on the outside weedlines feeding off blugills. Jay Angel says walleye fishing is fair, but you have to sort through lots of small ones to find a decent sized one. Walleyes are being caught using leeches on the deeper flats and over the deeper rock piles. Dawn and dusk are the best times.
• 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)
Some bass, catfish and bluegill biting here says Vet’s. Bluegill are on the small side. Mik-Lurch says big leeches are bringing some walleye by the tollway on the Indiana side.

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 for catfish has slowed this week and almost no other anglers have been out at the site says Oest.

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)
Bass fishing has been good with several nice fish caught in the past week on crankbaits, jigs and top-water offerings says Grider. Crappie fishing has picked up some with the cooler temperatures, though fish remain very scattered.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bass are fair says Guide Paul Center, who advises fishing weedless plastics or wacky-rigging plastics in front of the weed edges. Bluegill are fair but small in pockets in weeds says Dozard. Catfish are fair on liver and crappie are fair to slow on minnows but scattered. Hybrid stripers and walleye are also slow.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Braidwood is running hot, with water at 90 degrees on the north end and 99 on the south.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Fishing is going good here says Lowe. Catfish, walleye and white bass biting on the lake and stiper strong below the spillway. Cats taking shad, cut shad, shrimp. White bass are biting on bladebaits. Crappie taking jig and minow.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass fishing is very good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs. Anglers have moved out of the shallows and into less weedy areas to catch fish. Crappie are showing up with more frequency and most are 11 inches or longer. 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 remain on a fair to good bite on minnows and jigs around deeper brush. Saugeye are slow says Wood, with most fish caught early or late. Catfish are good on chicken liver and crawlers. Water is in the upper 70s. Bass are fair on plastics and tubes pitched into outer weed pockets says Dozard.
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 improved says Greybeards, with decent numbers of channel catfish reported. Hybrids are still spotty but more fish have been caught in the past week.

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); Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Small channel catfish are biting well on shrimp and stinkbait says Grider but there are few reports of other species. Blue cats have slowed, with only a few caught of late on bluegill. Very few reports on smallmouth bass.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Victoria Tackle Shop (309-879-2664)
Bass have been fair in walk-in lakes on plastic worms and Senkos along shoreline weeds says Larry Dozard. But most fish are smaller. Bluegill are scattered but biting and crappie have slowed.

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)
Channel catfish remain the best bet in the evenings off the bank and at the turnoffs. Nightcrawlers, dipbait and shrimp are all working well. Bass fishing has been slow, with a few smaller fish being caught. Very few panfish.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Crappie are biting and have been acting like it’s an early fall says Hayden. Jigs around the moss line have been working and some in deeper water. Most are tipping jigs with waxies. Bluegill are fair on waxies and crikets or small pieces of worm around the moss line. Bass are best on plastics and crankbaits.

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)
Bluegill are fair with bigger fish moving to weed edges in the past few days. Pieces of nightcrawler, redworms and crickets are best. Bass are fair on crankbaits off deeper points and along weed edges. Some on soft plastics. Top-water bite has slowed. More reports of crappie this week with cooler water, though fish are still scattered. Trolling is yielding some nice crappie. Muskie are active.

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)
Anglers were catching catfish, bluegill and redear but recent rains have slowed things to a standstill. Some bass also biting on Bandit lures says Gilmore.

Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
Rip-rap is still being put in around Lake 1, but anglers are managing to continue fishing. Catfish bite good on nightcrawlers with some still using Sonny’s. Bass taking bandit lures or weedless baits. A few decent size bluegill biting on small shiners. Some fishermen still finding bass underneath the moss on Lake 2 by using weedless, snag-proof mice.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Channel cats still on a good bite using cheesebaits or chicken livers. Some large flatheads also being caught using bluegills. Hybird striper, in 1-3 pound range, biting on live bait or lures — crankbaits or jigs.

Coffeen Lake
SOURCE: Scott Withers, Indian Grove Fish Camp, Coffeen Lake (217-537-3001)
Before recent storms slowed things down anglers were catching bass and catfish. Cats were taking worms. More favorable weekend forecasts could improve conditions here.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
White bass and stripers are being caught below the little dam says Lowe. Up on the lake, white bass also being picked up. Catfish biting on shad, cut shad or shrimp around the banks or bridges. Bid dudes, gay blades working for white bass.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Recent nasty storms may changes things a bit, but anglers were catching a few nice bass on deep diving crankbaits in about eigh foot of water. Catfish were taking liver, shrimp and nightcrawlers. Crappie fairly deep and biting on chartreuse colored jigs. A 6-pound bass hauled in recently.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
About the same here as Glenn Shoals says Jack. Catfish also still biting on Sonny’s bait.

Lake Jacksonville
SOURCE: Tom Holmes, Military Surplus Outlet, Jacksonville (217-243-6161) and Lake Jacksonville Campground (217-479-4646)
Fishing slowing down here. Some anglers still looking for catfish at night. A 6-pound was bass caught using waxworms on Aug. 9.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Bass bite OK here says Cuddy. Soft plastics, crankbaits best.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Fishing slow here. Anglers wanting to pick up any fish should try close to the banks says Shiley

New Gillespie Lake
SOURCE: John ‘Pappy’ Knowles, Gillespie Lake Police (618-362-6363)
Good-sized catfish biting on nightcrawlers. Bass picking up on plastic lures and crappie hitting on jigs.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Slow here with rains and heat. Anglers still finding some bluegill on waxworms and a few crappie deep using minnows. A 5-pound, 2-ounce bass was caught last, as well as a 4-12, using plastics and crankbaits. Catfish slow.

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
A good summer bite continues here says Welch. White bass and crappie are best bet. White bass are moving out onto the main lake. Welch is using slab spoons on the ledges. Wilson says trolling crankbaits also working for white bass. Crappie started to return to normal pattern and can be found about 4 feet deep. Bigger ones found trolling crankbaits on main lakes. Minnows can also be found using a slip bobber back in the coves. Wilson finding minnows 10-12 feet deep using a chartreuse jig. Muskie and walleye bite both slowing down. Bass biting. Welch caught a 5-pounder with a large minnow fishing for crappie. Buffalo, up to 30 pounds, are also biting on spoons.
• 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)
Rain and the fair are slowing things down but anglers were still catching catfish on shad or stinkbaits. Crappie slow. Bass also tough lately.

Lake Taylorville
SOURCE: Lindsey’s Bait & Tackle, Taylorville (217-287-7550)
Channel cats best bet here as fishing very slow right now. Some crappie also being caught about a foot deep around structure.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
According to Henkel’s the catfish bite is very good on the lake using cheese baits or crawlers. Drift fish with shrimp or cut baits. Bluegill good around rip rap with waxworms, redworms or crickets. White bass also very good around silo and island areas on the north end. Early morning or late afternoon best. Crankbaits, slab spoons or Little Georges combined with a twister tail above best baits. If fishing from the bank, Henkel’s recommends an in-line spinner like a Mepp’s, roostertail, Vibrax or Panther Martin with the twister tail combo to keep from getting snagged in the rocks. White bass and catfish also very good below the spillway. Night-time white bass fishermen using minows and floating light whilte trying off on the cables. During the days, white taking in-line spinners combined with curly tails. Crappie fair both in the lake and spillway on tube jigs or minnows. In the lake, fish deep and suspended in brush.
• 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)
Look for bass using deep-diving crankbaits or Carolina rigs says Garner. Green pumpkin, watermelon candy good colors. At night, 10-inch black power worm working. Red shad color best.

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)
Fishing is slow here with some crappie, bluegill, catfish and bass biting but not a lot of anything says Reed. Bass in weeds in the morning taking frogs, buzz baits, spinner baits. In the afternoon, plastic worms working flipping weed beds and in the lay downs.

Devil’s Kitchen
SOURCE: Ron Reed, Cooksey’s Bait, Marion (618-993-3366)
Trout best here using minnows and worms.

East Fork Lake
SOURCE: Sharon Long, Long’s Tackle Box, Robinson (618-544-2709)
Bass taking 10-11 inch red shad colored plastic worms. Crappie biting here and there but mostly slow with the heat.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Plenty of schooling fish chasing bait. Bass biting on shaky head jigs, top waters. Numbers are decent but quality is down. Jason Johns says Carolina rigs are working during the day and top-waters have produced decent fish at night and early. One crappie angler found success late evening vertical jigging with a minnow around a brush pile off a hump.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Crappie, catfish and warmouth best bet here. Catfish taking liver, nightcrawlers. Crappie biting on minnows and jigs. Striper also being caught on minnows or chicken liver but nothing very big. Cooler weather should help conditions improve. A couple 10-16 hybrid stripers caught on Aug. 16. Bass fair on crankbaits fished on points or around brushpiles. Bluegill fair on red wigglers, crickets in shady shorelines.

Horseshoe lake, Alexander County
Anglers still picking up a few crappie on tube jigs in deeper water around brush piles. Channel cats begin caught drift fishing in the middle with nightcrawlers.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Bluegill are extremely good says Top of the Hill. Good-sized bluegill 4-6 feet deep and taking waxworms mostly. Catfish have come off the shallows except after dark. Nightcrawlers best. A few also biting on cut shad or stinkbaits. Look 8-10 feet in day and a foot to a foot and a half deep at night. Crappie bite also good on minnows and jigs. Muskies should pick up after Sept. 1. Walleye slow. Largemouth bass fair on deep diving crank baits or Carolina rigs. Better ones are out deeper at about 12-20 feet. White bass on good bite. Some occasionally on jumps. Use in-line spinners with small crankbaits. Two groups of crappe says Nutty. One about 6-10 feet and better one 18-22 feet deep. Look for heavy brush piles for both groups.

Newton Lake
SOURCE: Ruth Rauch, Rauch’s Bait & Tackle, Newton (618-752-2151)
Bass biting off the points using plastic worms. Catfish taking nightcrawlers or stinkbaits. Water temps at 90 degrees.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Bass are biting well in the shallows on spinnerbaits, smaller soft plastics and smaller crankbaits says Jason Johns. Crappie are very slow, with a few shallow and the deeper fish not biting well or holding on long enough to set a hook. Channel catfish are good on dipbaits.

Sam Dale Lake
SOURCE: Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Catfish, redear and bluegill biting here. Catfish taking liver. Bass slow

Sam Parr Lake
SOURCE: Sharon Long, Long’s Tackle Box, Robinson (618-544-2709)
Catfish best here on nightcrawlers.


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
Additional rain should help the bite for smallmouth and walleye says Mike Jackson, who advises fishing around Aurora and Elgin.
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 came up 2 feet and delivered some much-needed current. Fishing has been good at the dam for channel cats on dipbait and cut Asian carp says Buster Culjan. White bass are also better at the dam on blade baits, though most are 10- and 11-inchers. “Over the next few weeks it should get even better up here,” says Culjan. He also reports better numbers of largemouth and smallmouth bass mixed in with the white bass. Prior to the rains the Vermilion had been good for channel catfish and smallmouth bass on spinners.
SOURCE: Baitshop Bob, Riverview Marine, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley catfish are good in holes or around brush on cut shad or herring. White bass are fair along channel edges. Trolling for sauger is best on flats.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria catfish are very good on cut baits or wherever you can find shad. Top weight at a tournament out of Liverpool last weekend was 36 pounds. Largemouth bass fishing is fair around Peoria and better from Pekin and south. White bass are running good, with excellent reports last weekend out of Duck Island says Merle Keefer. Bladebaits are producing well. Asian carp snagging has picked up at the dam.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana largemouth bass and white bass are biting wherever you can find shad says Dinkheller. Catfish are also good on stinkbait and nightcrawlers.
SOURCE: Tom’s Bait Shop in Beardstown (217-323-BAIT)
• Near Beardstown fishing has been fair for crappie in the marina on minnows and waxies. But you can’t get in from the river. Catfish are good on the river on stinkbait.

Illinois hunting and fishing
Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
Penny at Greenwood Bait, near English Lake reported weighing in a 24-pound flathead catfish on catalpa worm by Adam Howard, of North Judson, Indiana. It was caught from Bogus Ditch (Bogus Ditch flows into the Kleinert Arm Ditch that flows into the Kankakee near the “Point”). Smallmouth bass are being caught with crawlers in the river at the Point. Some northern pike from Hanna Ditch also. Catfish being caught out of Yellow River.
• Mike Lee at Frank’s Bait in Momence reported that Tom Wiatier of Beecher caught a limit of walleye this past weekend. Also, Mike weighed in a 4 lb. 1 oz. smallmouth bass caught from the Momence area by Dave Rohder, Momence (which is shown in the picture above).
Rohder caught his fish Wednesday while working a 3-inch white twin tail grub.
• From the Kankakee River Dam through Johnson Fisherman’s Park, rock bass are good on minnows*crawlers * rubber spiders* popping bugs. Crappie just out from Soldier Creek in Fisherman’s Park on minnows *small Beetle Spins. Catfish good on *cheesebaits *crawfish *minnows.
• Kankakee River State Park: Nick at the Trading Post tells us that *smallmouth bass are fair, fishing in the oxygen filled riffle areas the best now. Catfish good throughout river especially right at dark.  He measured a 13.25-inch crappie caught from the Court St. Bridge in Kankakee by Andy Wilkens.
&bull Wilmington Area through DesPlaines F&W Area: Catfish continues good through area on cheesebaits* minnows* crawlers *crawfish.  Smallmouth Bass fair from Island Park through Des Plaines F&W Area.

Kishwaukee River
SOURCE:Bob Rhodes, Rockford Bait (815-226-3515)
Channel cats and smallmouth biting on nighcrawlers says Rhodes. Water is going down so anglers may need to hunt for a good spot.

Mississippi River
• Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 5.14 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slightly rise over the next week.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the mid to high 70s.  Channel Catfish - Good: The catfish bite has slowed a little since last week, but they are still biting well.  Catfish coming on stink bait fished around wing dams and in side channels around rock and/or wood throughout the pool.  Bluegill - Fair: Reports of a few bluegills coming around snags in the side channels and sloughs and around wing dams with low current.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Crappie - Slow: Reports of a few crappies coming from off of snags in sloughs and side channels.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams or other areas with rock.  Throw crankbaits or fish three-way rigs with spinners or floaters tipped with crawlers.  Fishing below the mouth of the Maquoketa River has been tough due to very turbid water.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Fish a night crawler on the bottom in areas of moderate current.
• Mississippi River Pool 14
River stage at Camanche is 10.16 feet and is forecast to drop about a foot 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 baits, around wing dams.  Some anglers are having luck on cut bait, as well.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has slowed with the increase in turbidity.  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 6.18 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers and stink baits around wing dams and log piles. Stink baits have been working the best. Some fish are being caught along Sunset Marina and at the mouth of the Rock River. Catfish are also being caught in Andalusia Slough and Velie Chute fishing brush piles.  White Bass - Slow: White bass fishing in Sylvan Slough has been hit or miss. Anglers have been catching a few white bass casting jigs and twister tails or in-line spinners. Some white bass are being caught while trolling crankbaits for walleyes on the wing dams.  Bluegill fishing has been slow.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: Some fish are being caught on wing dams trolling crankbaits or on three-way rigs with half a night crawler.
• Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 4.95 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught on crawlers, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log piles.  White Bass - Fair: White bass fishing has been hit or miss. Some fish are being caught up by the dam and spillway on crankbaits and jigs/twister combinations. Some white bass are also being caught while trolling for walleyes on the wing dams.  Bluegill - Slow: Some bluegills are being caught in Big Timber floating pieces of worm or small minnows under a bobber.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: Some walleyes are being caught trolling crankbaits along the fronts of wing dams or anchoring above them and casting. Walleyes are also being caught on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler slowly trolled on the front sides of wing dams.
• Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 6.51 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished above wing dams and around log piles.  White Bass - Fair: A few white bass are being picked up by the dam fishing jig and twisters and small crankbaits. Some white bass are also being picked up while trolling crankbaits for walleyes on the wing dams.  Bluegill fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Crappie fishing in the backwaters has been slow.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow. Some fish are being caught trolling crankbaits or dragging three-way rigs with half a night crawler on the wing dams.
• Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 3.90 feet and rising.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on night crawlers, cut shad, dip baits, and chicken liver fished around wing dams and log jams.  White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being picked up by the dam casting a jig and twister or small crankbait.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - Slow: A few walleyes are being picked up on the wing dams around Burlington trolling crankbaits and on three-way rigs tipped with half a night crawler.
• Mississippi River Pools 16-20:  River levels are once again on the rise due to recent heavy rains. Main channel water temperature is around 78 degrees. For more information on fishing Pools 16-20 of the Mississippi River contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

Pecatonica River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Fishing quiet for most part here, with a few catfish still biting. Weekend tournament produced five boats. Father/son tandem Chezem hauled in the big fish of 9.16 pounds and finished third at 10.25 pounds total. Winners were Holman/Voolman (10.86 pounds), with Rothscadl/Diffenderfer third (10.5).

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford channel cats are biting well on stinkbaits and flatheads also biting again says Rhodes. Flatheads between 40-50 pounds being caught.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon few anglers have been out of late. Best report has been a 4-pound catfish caught on a leech at the dam. A few big carp caught also. Otherwise there have been very few reports.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• Fishing slowed Thursday for flatheads but had been good with fish up to 29 pounds last week. Channel catfish have been biting better. Dipbaits are good.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Channel catfish are biting well on dipbaits. Anglers finally got on the Bernadotte Dam earlier this week and managed a few 25- to 30-pound flatheads before heavy rains forced them off the river again.


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