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Illinois fishing report 8-27-09

August 27, 2009 at 01:22 PM


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

• The Emiquon Preserve for bass and crappie.
• The Rock River for channel catfish and trophy flathead catfish.
• Carlyle Lake and Glenn Shoals Lake for channel catfish.
• Largemouth bass at Cedar Lake.
• Crappie at Crab Orchard Lake, Little Grassy Lake, Shabbona Lake and in strip mines.
• Kinkaid Lake for bluegill.


• Tim Griffin caught this 42-pound, 10-ounce flathead catfish on the Rock River last weekend on the Rock River.
Illinois hunting and fishing

• Bob Tortolano of Crown Point, Ind. caught a 24-pound, 10-ounce chinook salmon on Aug. 14 with Capt. Ralph Steiger out of East Chicago Marina to earn Chicago Sun-Times Fish of the Week honors. The fish hit on an Eddie Fly Meat rig on a wire dipsy 155 back on a 2.5 setting in about 85 feet of water.
Illinois hunting and fishing

NORTHERN ILLINOIS North of Interstate 80

Apple Canyon Lake
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Fishing quiet here. Some bluegill being caught using waxworms, minnows or crawlers but most on the small side.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Anglers catching a few walleye trolling crankbaits around the rock beds or using lindy rigs with leeches. Most fish still on small size. Changing weather patterns making fishing difficult. Fish can be found but you have to work and move around to find them.

Forest Preserve Lakes
SOURCE: Lee’s Bait and Tackle of Elk Grove Village (847-593-6424); Henry’s (312-225-8538)
Catfish and bluegill reports good here. A 21-pound catfish caught recently at Calumet River.
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).
Recent rains have produced current in channel. Walleye have been caught in the river or south side of Fox Lake. Other hotspots include the Route 12 bridge and spots in the Spring Lake channel. Top bets, though, are white bass and bluegill says Triangle. Target laydowns or piers for bluegill. White bass 8-12 feet deep. Bass and northerns being caught in weed edges. Panfish shallow around the shore or docks. Muskie decent out deep or in the shallows on Lake Catherine says Mike Jackson of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald .
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, recent southwest winds could bring perch back says Henry’s. Some good-sized perch still biting along the shorelines and around Navy Pier for boaters. Dusk hours working better. Smallies, bluegill and largemouth biting along the lake. Crawfish working good for smallies. Good spots include Montrose Harbor, Belmont and behind Soldier Field. King salmon also coming to shore says Dale Bowman, including a pair of 17-pounders caught by Anthony Johnson Saturday mornining off the Montrose horseshoe. Some browns and steelhead at Montrose, also. Steelhead showed up at Burnham says Bowman.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876)
• Near Waukegan, perch still good around piers using minnows or soft shell crabs. A few kings and browns being spotted, but still early. Spoons working. Boat anglers finding perch in 20-30 feet of water south of the Waukegan Harbor using minnows and soft shell crabs. Boaters catching salmon 60-80 feet deep south of the harbor on glow in the dark spoons and dodgers.
SOURCE: Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana, perch slowing down since Saturday. Dog-days of August fishing setting in here. Some anglers are finding a few salmon by the Michigan line when weather permits.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Crappie bite good here says Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle. Long stringers of fish caught, with some up to 14 inches. Crappie moving around the trees but also can be found in shallow cribs around points. Bass slow and staying in lily pads and weeds. Catfish in weeds and taking chicken livers or nightcrawlers. Walleye being caught on the north. Look for road beds and rock piles.  Muskie slow and roaming around trees and weedlines. Guide Jay Angel says this is panfish time, with bluegill good in the rockpiles on the roadbed and suspending over rocks in 8-16 feet of water. Angel says crappie are still deeper or suspending over fish cribs. Minnows on Aberdeen hooks working best. Garret Partington, 18, of Aurora caught the crappie pictured below using a Mini Mite and a minnow last Saturday while fishing over a brush pile in Shabbona Lake with Angel.
• 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
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Wolf Lake
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
Bass taking crawlers, leeches and crawfish says Vet’s. Bluegill biting on bee moths. Some walleye also being caught trolling crankbaits or using crawler harnesses with nightcrawlers says Mik-Lurch.

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

Argyle Lake
SOURCE:Site manager Robin Hinchee (309-776-3422); The Deck II Bait and Boat Rental shop (309-776-4275)
Fishing has been good says the Deck II for a mixed bag. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers and dipbait. Crappie are active near the dam in deeper water. Some reports of perch being caught this week. A few saugeye being reported.

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 are biting but the lure of choice depends entirely on the weather conditions says Jaegle. Cloudy days are best for top-waters, namely buzzbaits and frogs. Sunny days are better for jigs and other deeper-diving baits. Weeds are starting to die back some and the fish should start feeding if water temperatures drop as predicted. No reports of crappie yet, but they should be biting soon.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Fishing is similar to last week with bass fair on plastics and crankbaits along outer weed edges says Dozard. Bluegill are also fair along weeds and catfish have been biting best on liver. Crappie are fair to slow and scattered.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Fishing slow overall says Colvin. An eight-pound catfish recently caught on dead roaches. Bass hit and miss. Bluegills sporadic. Weeds have been dying off, which has changed fish patterns. Colvin expecting things to pick up in next few weeks as cooler weather comes in.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Anglers catching catfish on shad guts, shad, stinkbaits or shrimp says Lowe. White bass also biting on twister tails, Mepps, bluefoxes or gay blades. Crappie starting to hit shallow on minnows and jigs says Clint Bait and Tackle. Walleye taking either crankbaits or nightcrawlers. Bass on a decent bite with spinner baits or jigs.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Catfish are best says Leon Dawson, with fish taking shrimp, liver and stinkbait and moving shallow in the evenings. Bluegill are decent and have been medium-sized most of this year. A few crappie showed up Wednesday and were moving shallower. Bass and walleye are slow to fair at best.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass fishing is excellent, with best results in 8-12 feet of water on crankbaits, spinnerbaits, tube jigs and Texas-rigged worms or jigs. Crappie have also been fair to good in 6-10 feet of water near submerged weed lines. And for the first time this year, bluegill have been reported, though most are small. 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 are fair on minnows and jigs in deeper water around brush during the day and have been moving shallower at night says Dozard. Some decent reports on bluegill along weeds or suspended near the pumphouse. Channel catfish are fair on chicken liver. Few reports on muskie or saugeye.
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 is slow with a major shad hatch underway says Gregybeards. A few walleye reported by trolling worms. Best bet now is to use crawlers instead of minnows since there are so many shad out there. The last day of fishing is Oct. 6.

Hennepin Canal
SOURCE: Ann Downey, Northside Bait & Archery, Kewanee (309-852-4760)
Some reports of catfish biting in holes, but you really need to know the canal well to find the right spots says Downey. Casual anglers not doing well. Blood baits and other stinkbaits are working best.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE:Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Fishing was slow last weekend reports Jim Hartley, who trolled for 7.5 hours and caught three fish, one 8-inch stiper, a sheephead and a possible blue catfish they lost. Water was 79 degrees at the launch and 94 in Section 3. Hartley said there were clouds of baitfish everywhere. Don Dziedzina says blue catfish are biting on shad. He suggests drifting whole baits 3-4 inches long on a heavy Carolina rig in 15-20 feet of water.
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
A 5-pound bass was caught at Eagle Lake, but fishing overall slow here. Bluegills best bet using trout worms around deeper humps. Bass suspended and taking soft plastics slow.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tom Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Channel catfish are biting well here says Toby Berchtold of Riverside Bait on dipbait, shrimp, shiners and bluegill. Most of the fish are smaller. Blue catfish are slow, with occasional fish reported on bluegill.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Victoria Tackle Shop (309-879-2664)
Catfish slow for bank anglers says Terri Whiteside, but boaters are picking up cats in the back (north end) of McMaster Lake on dipbait or crawlers. Crappie are still fair to good in the walk-ins and in Lake Victoria on minnows and plastic jigs. Some big redear also being reported by crappie anglers. Bass have been fair to good on top-waters in the walk-in lakes. No reports on muskie.

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 still pretty good for bank anglers along the park road says Karnes. Nightcrawlers and shrimp are working well. Bluegill have picked up along the park road on the turnoffs. A few bass are being caught but sizes are not all that good. Crappie are slow.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Fishing has been very slow says Hayden. Even crappie, which had been good heading into last weekend, have backed off the bite.

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)
The crappie bite is picking up says Adam Jaegle, with fish in 8-10 feet of water and moving shallow toward evening. Minnows are best. Bass are fair with better results on cloudy days along weed edges on crankbaits and plastics says Larry Dozard. Al Hayden reports some good channel cat action in strip mines on dipbait and chicken liver. Bluegill are fair to good on waxworms and have started biting better in the past week.

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)
Rip rap still being put in around Lake 1, but anglers managing to continue fishing. Crappie and catfish still best here.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Hybrid stripers biting on live bait or crankbaits says Cuddy. Catfish also good on chicken livers or nightcrawlers.

Coffeen Lake
SOURCE: Scott Withers, Indian Grove Fish Camp, Coffeen Lake (217-537-3001)
Catfish and bass were biting over the weekend, with cats taking nightcrawlers.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
A few white bass and crappie biting on the lake. Carp, buffalo and drum also being caught. Channel cats running small. Below the dam, anglers catching a little of “this and that” says Lowe but nothing big.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Catfish bite going good says Rebman. Anglers using shrimp or cheesebaits. A 10-pound channel cat recently caught. Bass picking up on plastic worms off points, about 7-8 feet deep. Crappie slowing.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Some crappie biting in the brush on white or green jigs.

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.

Lake Lou Yaeger
SOURCE: Denny’s Bait Shop, Litchfield (217-324-2628)
Catfish biting and crappie starting to pick up here. A few 9-10 pound channel cats caught using nightcrawlers. Crappie taking minnows and jigs in about 5-6 feet of water. Crappie starting to make their way up the banks.

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. Should be about time for bigger crappie to start biting but no reports yet says Shiley. Some late-night anglers saying they’ve had success catching big bass between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

New Gillespie Lake
SOURCE: Gillespie Lake Police (618-362-6363)
Catfish biting good on nightcrawlers. Bass picking up some but still slow. Plastic lures best.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Bluegill biting good on waxworms. Crappie starting to pick up on minnows around the docks. Recent club tournament produced a 6-plus pound bass and a couple 5-pounders. Most anglers using crankbaits and plastics.

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
The white bass bite is good on Point 6, on the west side of the island. Watch for seagulls. Crappie both deep and shallow in main lakes and back in coves. Welch using minnows in the coves and jigs in the main lake ledges. Water temps at 75 degrees. A 40-inch muskie caught at the 9th Street boat ramp on a spinnerbait. Bass also biting good. It took more than 21 pounds to win a tournament over the weekend. Jig and worms working best off points and in the main lake. Big Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League two-day tournament this weekend using the 9th Street boat ramp.
• For a daily report on Lake Shelbyville call (217-774-2020).

Lake Taylorville
SOURCE: Lindsey’s Bait & Tackle, Taylorville (217-287-7550)
Some crappie biting here in minnows and jigs. Catfish still good on shad, crawlers or shrimp. Bass slow.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Catfish good on shad, shad guts. Bass good on worms. Crappie poor.

Carlyle Lake
SOURCE: Buddy Langenhorst, Lavish’s Bait Shop , Carlyle (618-594-4413); Henkel’s (618-594-4818)
Catfish bite terrific says Lavish’s. Nightcrawlers, shad and shrimp best. White bass biting around the silos and humps by the marina on rooster tails, crankbaits. Trot-liners catching cats with shad, nightcrawlers and drifting shrimp. Bluegill bite OK. Largemouth biting on spinners, buzzbaits or crankbaits. Try the south shore early. Crappie OK deep, 10-12 feet, using minnows, tube jigs or hair jigs.
• 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)
Bass have been on fire during the day says Garner. Top waters, frogs, buzzbaits, spinners. Plastic worms, green pumpkin or red shad colored, working also in bluffs banks or main late points in 8-18 feet. Crappie bite steady in grassy areas 6-12 feet deep using minnows.

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)
Crappie on a steady bite using black and chartreuse or red and chartreuse tube jigs or minnows in 8-12 feet of water around brush piles. Bass taking black and blue jigs, spinners or buzzbaits in the morning around weed beds.

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)
Walleye anglers headed out loaded with leeches and shiners says Long. Bass tournaments beginning to wind down.

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. 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 and catfish had been good but fishing overall flat now here with festivals and other things going on in the area.

Horseshoe Lake, Alexander County
SOURCE: Jim Melton, Melton’s Fish Camp (618-776-5504)
Channel cats biting good here says Melton. Cats on outer edges of the tree lines and are better off the bottom of the late using nightcrawlers. East side of lake best. Crappie spotty but best with a jig.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Bluegill extremely good all over the lake says Top of the Hill. Gills taking waxworms or mealworms. Most bluegill not very big, though. Catfish also very active, with most bites in 2-5 pound range. Nightcrawlers and stinkbaits best. Bass fair on spinners. Walleye being caught by anglers, about 1-2 a day, on deep diving crankbaits anywhere from 12-20 feet of water. Trolling crankbaits working in main lake basin on points and humps says Nutty. A few crappie being caught, with one 2 1/4-pounds and another 2 1/2-pounds caught 18-22 feet deep in heavy brush pile. Muskie bite should pick up in September.

Little Grassy Lake
SOURCE: Shirley Lowery, Little Grassy Boat Dock (618-457-6655)
Bass starting to bite off points with spinnerbaits. An eight-pounder hauled out of the lake on Wednesday. Crappie bite excellent in flooded woodlands using minnows. Bluegill also everywhere on the shoreline and taking red wigglers, nightcrawlers, crickets. Some bigger cats being caught in deeper waters using shrimp, nightcrawlers.

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: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Crappie are biting but many of them are small says Guide Todd Gessner. You really have to sort through lots of little ones to get some keepers. Some of the bigger crappie have been hitting small crankbaits. Bass are better and have been biting well shallow on crankbaits, jigs, worms and spinnerbaits. Catfish are very good on dipbait. Larry Dozard reports that Hoss’s Hawg Bait had seven of the top 10 teams plus big fish last weekend at a manufactured-bait-only event with 69 teams. Channel edges have been good.

Sam Dale Lake
SOURCE: Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Fishing very slow here.

Sam Parr Lake
SOURCE: Sharon Long, Long’s Tackle Box, Robinson (618-544-2709)
Catfish are 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
• Below the Dayton Dam has been good for catfish and smallmouth bass.
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Jim Hardy of Big Jim’s Bait & Tackle in Ottawa (815-434-3921)
• At the Marseilles dam fishing is very slow aside from a few catfish on cut bait and sheephead. A few guys have caught smallmouth bass up the river. But few anglers are out.
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica there is getting to be a better bite on white bass on bladebaits for two hours in the morning. Catfish are spotty. Water is down to 75 degrees and the river is low but clean. Crappie are biting up and down the river along pilings and at bridge piers or any snags in the river with 4-5 feet of water.
SOURCE: Baitshop Bob, Riverview Marine, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley catfish are best says Baitshop Bob. Winning weight Sunday was 36 pounds for a five-catfish tourney. Some white bass are biting on channel edges, at creek mouths and at rocky areas. Sauger are on the flats and doing best for trollers. Crappie decent around barge pilings.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria catfish are still in deeper holes and along the edges of the channel. Bigger fish are best on cut bait says Toby Berchtold of Riverside Bait. Very few white bass reports this week says Presley’s. Merle Keefer heard of a few white bass up in the Mackinaw River. Snagging has also been slow at the lock and dam.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana there were reports of a 3-pound crappie caught this week at Chautauqua Lake, which is being drained for duck season.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• From Indiana to Momence, Smallmouth Bass good on *Top water baits *Jig & Twister tails *Spinners *minnows *crawfish.  **Largemouth Bass fair on *Crankbaits *Spinnerbaits *plastic worms.  **Rock Bass good on *redworms *minnows *small spinners.
• Near Kankakee, Rock Bass good on* minnows*spinners*fly rod poppers *red worms.  **CATFISH good on downstream on *Cheesebaits *minnows *crawfish * hamburger.
• Near the Kankakee River State Park, Catfish good. Nick at the Kankakee River Trading Post reports good catches of Smallmouth Bass fishing in or next to the main currents. Good baits include: *minnows *Rattlin’ Rogues *Keeper Hook & Twister Tail *Crankbaits. 
• Near Wilmington through DES PLAINES CONSERVATION AREA: Catfish good on *minnows *crawfish.  Smallmouth Bass fair on *spinners *crawfish minnows *streamer flies.

Kishwaukee River
SOURCE:Bob Rhodes, Rockford Bait (815-226-3515)
Channel cats and smallmouth biting on nightcrawlers says Rhodes. Water is going down but anglers still finding a few holes to snag smallies.

Mississippi River
Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 8.23 feet and is forecast to remain stable to slightly rise over the next week but the forecast may change as rain moves through the area Thursday.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the mid to low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite has slowed, but fish are still being caught on stink bait around wing dams and snags.  Bluegill - Slow: Reports of a few, but nice, bluegills being taken around snags in side channels on crawlers or small jigs.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits along rocky and rip rap shorelines have been producing.  Try the backwaters around woody structure or in the evening when they are working schools of shad.  Crappie - Slow: A few fish are being caught around snags in side channels and backwaters.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: Fish crawlers on the bottom in areas with moderate current for small drum or use crawfish for monsters.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 5.64 feet and is forecast to remain rise with rain moving through the area.  Water clarity is fair.  Water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: 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 - Slow: Reports of a few bluegills coming around snags in the side channels and backwaters.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Throw crankbaits along rocky shorelines with current or below the dam in Bellevue.  Crappie - Slow: Reports of a few crappies coming off of snags in sloughs and side channels.  Walleye - Fair: Walleyes are on the wing dams on three-way rigs tipped with leeches.  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 10.22 feet and is forecast to rise with heavy rain moving through the area.  Water clarity is poor.  Main channel water temperature is in the low 70s.  Channel Catfish - Fair: The catfish bite has slowed but fish are still being caught on stink bait.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the muddy water.  Freshwater Drum - Fair: 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 6.9 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 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 5.45 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 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.  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 6.75 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 - Slow: Some bluegills were starting to be picked up in the backwaters on jigs and small minnows fished around brush piles.  Crappie - Slow: Some crappies were starting to be picked up around brush piles in the backwaters on jigs and small minnows.  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 - Slow: 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. River levels are forecasted to rise 2 to 3 feet by the weekend. Main channel water temperature is around 74 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. Cats not very big and many anglers moving around and using nightlines.

Illinois hunting and fishing
Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford catfish are biting on dip baits, cut baits or liver says Calam. A few walleye also being picking up trolling crankbaits or using lindy rigs with leeches. Stinkbaits and worms also working for cats says Rhodes. Flatheads can be found also.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon catfish were biting best on worms but so were carp and sheephead. A few anglers tried minnows for walleye but there were no reports of success or failure. Andy Kandefer of Chicago caught the 34-and 10.5-pound flatheads p[ictured above on suckers south of the dam in Oregon. Another group near Grand Detour had a stringer of large catfish that included two 30-pound flatheads. Water is running in the mid to high 70s but should drop with cooler weather ahead.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon channel catfish are pretty good for hte first time in awhile. Best action is down river from the dam on chicken liver and cheesebait and some on cut bait. Dead minnows are also working. Flathead catfish have been decent, with bigger fish at Rock Falls and Oregon on goldfish and chubs or bluegill. Walleye are biting a bit better, with some real nice reports below the dam near the bridge on minnows. An angler caught a 4.5-pounder near Grand Detour on a nightcrawler. White bass and crappie are slow overall, but crappie are very good at Cattail Slough. Largemouth bass are best near the railroad bridge. Carp and drum are very good on corn to doughbait. The river is down some with not much debris and we can use this latest rain.
SOURCE: Guide Matt Jones (815-537-5506 or 815-590-1469 cell) and Doc at Kodiak Outdoor Sports in Dixon (815-284-3075)
• Near Prophetstown, flathead fishing was great this week and the channel cat bite was even better says Guide Matt Jones. Flatheads were crushing live baits and peeling drag. Channel cats were all over cheesebait as well as cut baits and live baits like chubs and minnows. Water remained stable and a little stained, just wonderful for catfishing. Big fish here was 42 pounds, 10 ounces caught by Tim Griffin and the other was a nice healthy fish I caught the day before just shy of 20 pounds.The Manufactured bait tourney we ran here in Prophetstown last weekend had 16 boat with a 7-fish limit. 14 teams of the 16 weighed in limits. In all 105 fish were weighed at over 300 pounds, all released to fight again someday. We raised 525 dollars for Juvenile Diabetes research. Thanks Everyone.


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