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Illinois fishing report 8-26-10

August 26, 2010 at 03:11 PM


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

• Fishing with dipbait for channel catfish on the Illinois, Spoon, Wabash or Mississippi rivers.
• White bass fishing at Carlyle Lake or Lake Shelbyville.
• Largemouth bass at Crab Orchard Lake.
• Smallmouth bass on the Kankakee River and on most other large rivers that still have good flow.


• Braidwood resident Matt Leimbech caught a 21.5-inch largemouth bass last Thursday at Mazonia’s Monster Lake.
• Jason Fiddes caught a 39-inch, 15-pound tiger muskie last Saturday while fishing a strip mine near Hanna City.
• Susan Page caught a 2.84-pound crappie Wednesday while fishing with a minnow and jig at Little Swan Lake near Avon.
• A tournament angler caught a 54-pound blue catfish last weekend at Lake Springfield.
• Guide Matt Jones is pictured below hoisting a 31-pound flathead catfish caught and release last week on live bait in a deep hole on the Rock River.
Illinois hunting and fishing

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Overall action slow but anglers are catching a few crappie and some decent size bluegills here. Minnows, waxies, crickets and leaf worms all being used.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Some panfish activity here. Walleye are biting, but it’s taking a lot of fishing to get to them and most are on the small size. One angler caught nine but only one keeper. Leeches best.

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).
Walleye are good in areas with current and near bridges says Triangle Sports. Bluegill are better in the shallows and catfish have been fair.
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 salmon should be moving shallow soon according to Dale Bowman. Boaters have been doing best from the Wilson crib to R4. Perch are slow.
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 salmon/trout fishing continues to be good to excellent. Lake conditions remain perfect for our late summer/fall fishery. Surface water temps are in the high 60’s to low 70’s, with cooler water down in the 30- to 40-foot range. Large 4-year-olds are preparing to spawn and are being taken early/late in the day in 40-60 feet of water (fow). Once action slows boats move out to 150-260 fow for more great action. Fish are being caught from the surface down to 80 feet. Steelhead are hitting spoons especially if they have some orange to them.This year’s hot set-up is a West Coast lure called “Brad’s Super Bait” that is shaped like a cut-plug bait that opens up so canned tuna can be put in it. It has holes in the body that leach the tuna scent, as it is pulled through the water. Salmon/Trout have been going wild over them.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana steelhead are fair at Burns Ditch. Perch are slow.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Catfish are fair to good on dipbait and chicken liver. Dale Bowman reports that the top stringer last weekend was 24.75 pounds for six fish. Crappie are in the cribs and bluegill are still on weed edges.
• 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

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 are decent on top-waters early and then move out later with crankbaits and jigs. Fishing is not where it should be. Few reports on bluegill, crappie or catfish here.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bluegill are fair on waxworms and crickets along weed edges and seawalls says Larry Dozard, though most are running small. Water is in the low 80s in the creeks and mid-80s on the lake. Bass are fair to slow on crankbaits and plastics off points. Catfish are fair. Guide Paul Center reports that crappie are fair to slow and have been coming shallow to the seawalls in the evening, when they are taking tubes and crappie nibbles. A slow retrieve has worked better than vertical jigging.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Some nice blue cats were being caught in the 10-30 pound range, but have been hit and miss lately. Not many good bass reports here.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Catfish decent here on dipbaits and cut shad. Some small walleye and striper biting and a few bass, but catfish is the main draw. Minnows and stinkbaits also good for cats says Clinton Bait and Tackle. A lot of worms also being purchased.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Fishing not that great here with water down and hot. A few bass biting on the south end by the dam. Some anglers finding catfish along the edges using chicken liver and shrimp.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Fishing remains slow to very slow with fewer anglers out in the past week. One decent report on crappie in 6-8 feet of water and moving shallower later in the day. 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 reports have been good for the past week according to Brad Wood. Says Wood, “Some Ccappie are starting to be caught in the shallows, with most still being caught in deeper waters 10-15 feet on minnows. A few smaller saugeye reported from over the weekend in the 10- to 15-inch range caught on crawlers off of points. Catfish have been hitting on crawlers, livers, and stinkbaits. Bluegill have been doing well on small pieces of crawlers and wax worms along deep weed lines. Bass action has started to pick up a bit on crankbaits, spinners, and plastic worms.” Water clarity is 1-2 feet and temperatures are in the low 80s.
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)
Action very slow here says Greybeards. Some yellow and white bass biting on crawlers or jigs. A few catfish also being picked up on stinkbaits. Walleye and crappie slowed way down.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Braidwood resident Matt Leimbech caught a 21.5-inch largemouth bass last Thursday at Monster Lake. Small bass are active, but the bigger ones seem to be hiding. Bass are biting on top water baits or spinner baits, says Meder. Catfish also biting on liver, shrimp or golden roaches. Overall fishing slow, however.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Crappie are biting well but are still deep. Tube jigs are working well. Catfish have been good on dipbait. Oak Run crappie continue to be good, with docks a key.

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 picked up some in the past week, as tournament anglers have done better. Top-waters and soft plastics still good. Bluegill are also improving, with smaller fish finally biting. Channel catfish are still good. Dipbait and shrimp are top choices.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Fishing has been a bit quiet with some bluegill and crappie action picking up. Worms and small pieces of worm are working for bluegill on weed edges. Crappie have been mostly deep but are starting to move shallow in the mornings.

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)
Reports have picked up for crappie according to Merle Keefer, particularly in the mornings. Minnows and tube jigs working and fish seem to like it moving. Larry Dozard said catfish are fair in the evenings and keep biting after sunset. Bass still surprisingly slow, with a few decent catches on jigs. Smaller fish taking crankbaits, Senkos and soft plastics.

SOUTH-CENTRAL ILLINOIS South of Interstate 72/U.S. Route 36 and North of Interstate 70

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Catfish bite good here on cheesebaits. Stripers also hitting on chicken livers. Largemouth bass have been good on plastics or crankbaits.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Large flathead cats hitting below the dame, with one angler catching a 30 to 35-pounder and another in the 25-30 pound range. Shrimp and dipbaits best for cats. Hybrid striper and white bass also biting below the dam. Spoons and jigs working, with white bass also taking minnow-type crankbaits.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
A few bass biting here in 6-8 feet of water off points. Most taking jigs. One angler had a good run on crappie, catching 15 with the biggest a 12-incher. Minnows best. Another angler caught a 9-pound channel cats using blood baits.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
A few catfish biting here on shrimp or blood baits. Not many other reports coming in.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Bass have been pretty good here, with jigs best. Try black and blue or green pumpkin with orange. Rumors spreading the crappie bit is picking up, but Cuddy believes water needs to cool down a little more for good action. A few catfish also biting says Pittman.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
A lot of crappie biting here down deep in 10-13 feet of water says Big Red’s. Some bass also biting.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Bluegill best here. Decent size fish being caught on pieces of nightcrawler or waxworms in shallow under the docks in the shade. Bass biting up close. Crappie anglers are going out but water temps are still a bit warm.

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
Fishing mostly the same here as last week says Wilson. Crappie bite starting to pick up, with plenty of little ones biting in deep brush on jigs. Brown and chartreuse or black and chartreuse working. Check main lake areas as crappie starting to stage up. Water temps at 85 degrees and level is at normal pool. Catfish anglers drift fishing with cut bait on the north end. Nothing to report on muskie. Walleye slow. No action below the spillway with the water being shut off. Steve Welch reports if you find schools of shad you will find white bass. The river still has plenty of food and whites. Welch has been using half- and 5/8th-ounce Candy Striper blade baits. Coves with gravel banks should be good soon for whites.
• 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 (217-679-1800) and Tater’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-2208)
Catfish best here on just about anything you want to throw at them says Peter’s Bait. A few white bass also biting on crazy blades and blue Foxes. Weekend tournament winner hauled in a 54-pound blue cat.

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)
Fishing good here on white bass and catfish. White bass can be found on the humps and around silos. They are also by the sand banks chasing shad. Try rooster tails, road runners or shallow diving crankbaits. Catfish anglers good drifting with shrimp and cutbait. Pole and line anglers using cheesebaits.
• 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)
Crappie bite has been fair on points or brush piles in 12-18 feet of water, mostly on jigs. Blue and white, red and white or black and white colors working. Bass good in the same areas on the points or bluff banks using deep diving crank baits with shad patterns. Ten to 12-inch worms in black or red shad colors good after dark. Shaky heads also working.

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)
Fish biting better says Reed. Crappie picking up on jigs mostly but also on minnows or jigs and cork over brush piles in 6-12 feet of water. Catfish biting everywhere on cheesebaits, cutbaits or leeches. Bass taking top waters, artificials and buzzbaits. Top waters best in morning, with soft plastic worms and tubes working around laydowns in the day. Along Route 13 good for bass and crappie. Bass are good shallow on wood says Jason Johns. “We pounded them the other day on soft plastics shallow, dark colors,” he said.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
The bass are starting to bite well says Jason Johns. Big schools of fish are out there chasing and you can catch them on top-waters or Rat-L-Traps. Or try points with Carolina rigs. The fall feeding pattern is on.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Bass are taking top water frogs, both early and late says Kyle Garner. Soft plastics, deep diving crankbaits working off the points during the day. After dark, anglers finding success with 10-12 inch black and red-shad-colored worms

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 biting from 1-8 feet of water, but you need to be on wood. Stakebeds are also producing and jigs and minnows are working. Bass are decent. It’s taking 15-18 pounds to win now and the fish are shallow on wood or schooling and taking Rat-L-Traps, square-billed crankbaits and plastics.Catfish are good.


Click here for water level information.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica water warmed up a degree and levels are very low. White bass are biting well from about 6-10 a.m. and then the bite goes “kaput” according to Darrell “Buster” Culjan. There are stripers up and down the river and some days they are doing good on sauger and some days they aren’t. Trolling is the key. The Vermilion is extremely low and the only way to fish it is to hike and fish the holes. Catfish and smallies are biting in the holes.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria channel catfish are good on dipbait. Best action is on channel ledges according to Larry Dozard. Largemouth bass have been good, but anglers report mostly smaller fish are biting. Best has been spinnerbaits. Crappie have been biting at Duck Island according to Ed from Ed’s Chum Bucket Bait & Tackle in Peoria.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana channel catfish are excellent on dipbait according to Paul Dinkheller. “If you want to have a fish fry, channel cat on stinkbait is your best bet,” he said.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• From Indiana to Momence Dave Zack of the Momence Conservancy District said smallmouth and largemouth bass are good from the state line to Momence. Target Lake Alexander RV Camp, Glorydale and the 4th Ave. Boat Launch. Pike are good at mouths of ditches and bayous on spinners, spoons and minnows. Catfish are good on minnows, crayfish, crawlers and cheesebaits.
• Near Kankakee smallies are biting at River Road Park and Cobb Park according to Ed Mullady. Good baits are Mr. Twister weighted keeper hooks, jigs and minnows, imitation crayfish and jointed plugs. Catfish are good on cheesebaits, chicken liver, hamburger and catalpa worms.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park smallmouth bass are good at the Altorf Area and at Rex, Carly and Mickey islands. Catfish are good throughout. Fish weedbeds with redworms, minnows and spinners for crappie and rock bass.
• Near Wilmington smallies are good on minnow-shaped plugs, spinners, fly-rod nymphs, streamers, poppers and imitation helgramites. Walley are fair on jig and minnow.
• NOTE: You can buy the latest, larger Sportsman’s Letter at bait shops, sport stores that are Kankakee River oriented! To subscribe, mail check or money order for $6.50 for next 4 issues to: Sportsman’s Letter, 726 S. Elm, Kankakee, IL 60901. Each issue covers much river information.

Mackinaw River
SOURCE: Guide Jonn Graham (309-399-7055)
White bass are biting well up into the lower portion of the river according to Merle Keefer of Pekin Bass and Bow. Smallmouth bass action has been fair, with mostly smaller fish reported this week.

Mississippi River
Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level at Guttenberg is 10.6 feet.  It is expected to remain high but begin to fall by early next week.  Water temperature is near 82 degrees.  With changing water levels anglers will have to deal with a lot of floating vegetation.  Northern Pike - Fair: A few nice pike being caught.  Look again at cold water inputs such as spring areas or tributary streams.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 crawlers are the baits of choice.  Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some nice flathead catfish have been caught below the dam jigging heavy spoons or one-eyed jigs.  Bluegill - Excellent: Larger bluegills and other sunfish are being caught right now along the bank with bobber and worms. The DNR fishing walkway in Guttenberg has been a popular location.  Edge of weed lines throughout the pool especially in areas of brush piles has also been popular.  Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Some smallmouth are being caught fishing near rock in good current.  Try drifting night crawlers or using artificial lures such as in-line spinner.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be caught along shorelines with woody debris. Small spinners or jigs will work best.  Some places to try bass fishing in Pool 11 are Mud Lake by Dubuque, Bertrum Lake by Cassville and Swift Slough by Guttenberg.  Many anglers are using plastic frogs and worms to eliminate problems with floating weeds.  Crappie - Fair: Some Crappie are being caught on minnows in Mud Lake and Sunfish Lake in Lower Pool 11.  Yellow Perch - Fair: There have been some reports of good catches of yellow perch in the sloughs around Guttenberg.  Some very large yellow perch can be found in the Mississippi River.  Sauger - Slow: There have been some reports of sauger being caught in the tail waters and out on the wing dams.  Walleye - Slow: The walleye fishing should start to pick up.  Wing dams are a little too deep with the high water.  Hopefully anglers can start to concentrate on fall wing dam walleye fishing.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Some drum are 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 right around 71 degrees. River levels are expected to continue to fall over the next week.  Water levels are: Lansing 10.1, Lynxville 17.8 and Guttenberg 9.3. Floating vegetation should be becoming less of a problem now.

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 10.80 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: Some bluegills are being caught at dark in Sunset Marina casting tube jigs.  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow due to high and muddy water.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 9.99 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 11.87 feet.  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 8.40 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stink baits, crawlers, and shad fished around brush piles along the main channel and side sloughs.  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.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford some catfish are biting on dipbaits, but overall fishing is very quiet.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon, the water has dropped to eight feet and catfish are best on liver, dipbait or nightcrawlers.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon, channel cats are good on dipbaits or crushed minnows. Some small ones are being picked up around the shoreline on nightcrawlers. Chicken liver bite slowing up. Walleye can be found below the dam on minnows, but not very many and they are spotty. Whit bass and crappie both fair on bigger minnows. A lot of small drum biting, but carp still the best bet on your favorite bait. River clearing but still dirty.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• In the Sterling/Rock Falls area, guide Matt Jones reports good-sized flatheads being caught on live bait in deep water. Channel cats are also good on cheesebaits. Pictured below is Tom Walker with an 11-pounder he caught and released this week and Bruce Sanders with a 9-pounder. Both were caught on live bait in deep holes.
Illinois hunting and fishing

Illinois hunting and fishing

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Catfish are good on the Illinois River, with stinkbait producing fish all day long. “If you want to have a fish fry, channel cat on stinkbait is your best bet,” Dinkheller said. “They are catching 30-40 at a time on any kind of stinkbait.” That’s the Illinois and the Spoon rivers.


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