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Illinois fishing report 8-5-10

August 05, 2010 at 01:25 PM

HOTSPOTS

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

• Largemouth bass on the Illinois River.
• Frogging in a small farm pond before the season ends Aug. 31.
• Channel catfish on the Illinois River, at Rend Lake and ...
• Walleye and white bass on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes.
• Bluegill at Shabbona Lake, Lake Sara, .
• Blue catfish at LaSalle Lake.
• White bass at Rend Lake, Carlyle Lake and Lake Shelbyville.

WALL HANGERS

• Altona angler Eric Hall’s son caught a 6.5-pound bass on a top-water bait in a private Knox County farm pond on Wednesday night.
• Kory Brink of Mount Olive and his daughters Emma and Gracie show off a nice mess of bullfrogs they collected recently. Frog season ends Aug. 31.
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, biting on minnows and leeches.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Tom Calam said fishing is average.

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 the lake is currently in a high-water state, causing a no-wake boating rule to stay in effect. Walleye and stripers are excellent, bass are good and panfish are fair. Walleye are near the bridges or in the south river biting on jigs with leeches or nightcrawlers and gold roach minnows. Stripers are biting on jigs with leeches or nightcrawlers, gold roaches and zip lures. Bass are by the weedlines and docks, as well as in the north river. Panfish will be shallow, by the rock shoreline or in the weeds.
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 fishing reopened Sunday and the bite has been fair, with fish hitting near the docks and piers on baby roaches, waxworms, mealworms and minnows. Action improved by Tuesday according to Dale Bowman, with weed beds at Burnham producing well that day. Some boaters have also been fishing weed beds off Navy Pier. For salmon, Bowman quotes Capt. Bill Kelly as saying “60-80 feet is producing a mixed bag with lots of small lakers, then in 90-120, there are bigger lakers and rainbows. “
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan, perch and steelhead trout are good. Perch are being caught off of the government pier on soft-shell crab and fat-head minnows. Steelhead trout are off of the pier bitting on frozen shad minnows and shrimp. Boats are in around 60-70 feet of water. Bowman said some lakers are starting at the Waukegan reef.
SOURCE: Mik-Lurch (219-989-0575)
• Near Indiana, salmon and perch are good. Salmon are in Illinois waters, between 65 and 74. Perch are best by Chicago and near Burns Ditch.

Pierce Lake
SOURCES: Pam Minihan, Dora’s Bait & Tackle, Rockford (815-963-1795).
Pam Minihan said catfish are spotty but best near the dam.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Guide Jay Angel said bluegill fishing is excellent, walleye are good and bass and crappie are fair. Bluegill are near the shallow rock piles and weed beds in around 4-8 feet of water, near the bottom, biting on waxworms. Walleye are best in the evening, in deeper waters, around 6-16 feet, near the rock piles and deeper flats biting on leeches. Bass are shallow. Crappie are near the deep brushpiles and cribs. Muskie have been fair, including the 40-incher pictured below that was caught and released by Guide Pete Riedesel, who can be reached for guide trips at (815) 433-6109 .
• 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)
Walleye are good bitting on leeches and medium roaches.

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 fishing has been fairly slow with mostly smaller fish under 14 inches reported. Top-water bite has slowed some. Channel catfish remain underutilized and are biting well on dipbait and shrimp.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bluegill and catfish head the bill according to Larry Dozard, with both species rated as fair. Catfish have been running smaller this week, with best baits liver or dipbait. Bass are fair to slow along weed lines on plastics and crankbaits along weed lines and on small top-water baits. Crappie are fair to slow on jigs and crappie nibbles drifted in 12-20 feet of water.

Braidwood Lake
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103); Jon Meder, Jon’s Bait & Tackle, South Wilmington (815-237-2822)
Fishing is slow according to Colvin.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Catfish are doing fair, biting near the 48 bridge and the wing dam by the Power Plant.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Judy Gibson said catfish, walleye and bass are slow.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Bass fishing remains slower than most expect. Water levels are very low during the ongoing construction project and that appears to be impacting fishing. Paul Dinkheller has spoken to numerous disappointed groups from as far away as Chicago. But some are still catching fish in smaller schools off flats near deep water. Most are coming on spinnerbaits, lipless crankbaits and crankbaits. Good results in 3-6 feet of water. Don’t back off the ditches too far, though, or you won’t catch as many fish. Fish are also relating to drop-offs and taking plastics. 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 remains the same on the lake this past week according to Brad Wood. Crappie have been found deeper during the day and closer to the shore as evening approaches. Mostly being caught on minnows. Saugeye have become elusive with the warm weather. Bass remain to be caught mostly in the evenings. Bluegill fishing was good over the weekend on wax worms and bits of crawlers. Catfishing has been good in recent weeks mostly on livers and stink baits. Water is in the 80s, 1 foot below pool and has clarity of 1-2 feet.
NOTE: The Swimming Beach and the concession stand will be closed weekdays starting Monday, August 9 and will be open weekends only through Sept. 6. Also, the Main Recreation Area (East) Boat Launch will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The Main Recreation Area and Campground facilities remain open. Also, a portion of Evergreen Lake will be closed to ALL watercraft traffic. The area from the Boat Rental south across the lake and east will be closed from Midnight to approximately 1:00 P.M. Saturday, August 7, 2010. This includes the area around Deer Island, Six-Mile Creek Bay, and around the Boat Rental facility.
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 catfish and smallmouth are fair. Water is high and hot. Cats are down low, biting on meat. Smallmouth are at the north side biting on black buzz baits or jigs tipped with nightcrawlers.

LaSalle Lake
SOURCE: Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times; Guide Mike Lynch (708-655-7667)
Blue catfish action is very good according to Guide Matt Jones of Prophetstown. He has been averaging three fish or more per day in the 20-pound range, some up to 29 pounds and “tons of fish in the teens.” Jones is drift fishing with cut shad and cut bluegill. “Right now water is in the low 90s and their metabolism is through the roof and they are feeding and hitting hard.”
Click here for a LaSalle Lake fishing forum.

Mazonia Lakes
SOURCE: Del Colvin, Bert’s Bait, Essex (815-365-2103)
Brian Walley finished in 1st place in the bass tournament this past weekend, catching over 8 pounds of fish with one weighing 4.75 lbs.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Blue catfish are still biting well according to Merle Keefer. An anger reported four over 20 pounds on cut bait the other day.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Crappie are good at Oak Run, with fish under docks, in the shade and deep 10-12 feet. Bass are fair. Bluegill have been fair to good in 7-8 feet of water. Catfish are better evenings. Eric Hall’s son caught a 6.5-pound bass on a top-water bait in a private farm pond on Wednesday night.

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)
Fishing is very slow, with a few anglers reporting bass. Channel catfish are fair to good in the evenings when shade hits the west side of the lake. Shrimp and dipbait.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
Panfish are biting fair. Most are bluegills from the bank on outside weed edges. Some crappie in the evenings and mornings close to the bank, otherwise most are out 8-12 feet deep. Jigs tipped with waxies are working. Bass are decent on plastics and crankbaits. Not so much top-water action lately. Walleye are biting along outside weed edges on jigs or jigs and spinners tipped with a minnow. Slow troll the outside edges. Catfish picked up some this week on dipbait and worms.

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)
Bluegill and crappie are better this week in many lakes reporting in Peoria/Fulton/Knox counties. Bluegill are lingering in 6-8 feet of water while crappie are surprisingly good according to Tim Presley and Larry Dozard. Best action is 12-14 feet deep for crappie, with jigs and waxies a good choice. Dozard said catfish were good at the Fulton County Recreational Area this week on dipbaits. Bass are slow overall with mostly smaller fish reported.

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)
Bass are fair, but deep.

Carlinville Lake
SOURCE: Gwen Gilmore, Gilmore Bait & Marine, Carlinville (217-854-8136)
Bass are fair, but down deep due to hot waters. Fish are in around 10-12 feet of water.

Charleston Side Channel Lake
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770)
Rick Cuddy said channel catfish are good but small, biting on cheesebait. In the river, bass are good but small, biting on small jigs and plastics.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
White bass are doing good, biting near the 36 bridge and humps. Largemouth are doing fair.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said catfish and bluegill are fair, crappie are spotty. Catfish are biting on shad, cheesebaits and Sonny’s bait.

Lake Hillsboro
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
Jack Rebman said catfish and bluegill are fair, crappie are spotty. Catfish are biting on shad, cheesebaits and Sonny’s bait.

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

Lake Lou Yaeger
SOURCE: Denny’s Bait Shop, Litchfield (217-324-2628)
Catfish are fair and biting on shad.

Lake Mattoon
SOURCE: Rick Cuddy, Prairie Outfitters, Charleston (217-348-6770); Joel Pittman, Mattoon Parks Department (217-254-6680)
Rick Cuddy said bass are fair and deep, biting on plastics, jigs and creature baits.

Mill Creek Lake
SOURCE: Dennis Shiley, Mill Creek Lake Park (217-889-3901)
Catfish are doing well.

Sangchris Lake
SOURCE: Jack Raymond, Peter’s Bait, Springfield (217-528-9500); Trevor Miller, Big Red’s Bait and Tackle, Springfield (217-820-9674)
Catfish are doing well, with crappie being spotty. Catfish are biting on large minnows, leeches and stinkbait. Crappie are by the dam and deep, around 15 feet.

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Bluegill are excellent, catfish are good, bass are fair and crappie are slow. Bluegill are biting on waxworms, catfish taking nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Bass are being caught top water fishing in the early and late hours, using jigs near the weeds.

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. White bass are biting on crankbaits and tube jig rigs. Crappie are also taking crankbaits. Catfish can be found at the north end of the lake. All boat ramps are currently open and the water level is at 605.17.
• 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)
White bass and catfish are doing well. Bass biting on cicadas and crazy blades. Cats bitting on stinkbait, leeches and nightcrawlers.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS South of Interstate 70

Baldwin Lake
SOURCE: Site office (618-785-2555)
Fishing is poor. 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)
White bass, sauger and catfish are good. White bass are near the humps, ridges and islands biting on curly tails, little georges and crankbaits. Sauger are also taking crankbaits. Cats are biting on cut shad and Sonny’s bait.
• 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.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
Jason Johns said bass are good and schooling, allowing for a good bite.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Glenn Wegener said catfish are good, bluegill, crappie, and bass are fair and walleye, stripers, and muskies are poor. Catfish are biting on chicken liver and stinkbait near the points and weedlines in the evening and night. Bluegill are biting on crickets and red wigglers near the shady weedlines. Crappie are taking minnows near the brush piles 6-10 feet deep. Bass are biting on crankbaits and plastic worms around the brushpiles and laydowns around 4-8 feet deep. Walleye and stripers are biting on crankbaits off of the points.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Guide Al Nutty said catfish and bluegill are good, crappie and bass are fair and walleye and white bass are spotty. Catfish are biting on cut shad, stinkbait, nightcrawlers and chicken liver. Bluegill are near the outer edge of the weedlines, biting on crickets and pieces of nightcrawlers. Crappie are in around 14-20 feet of water near the heavy brushpiles biting on minnows and jigs. Bass are off of the points biting on deep-diving crankbaits, carolina rigs, primarily motor-oil colored and plastic worms. Walleye are deep, around 26-28 feet. White bass are biting on small-diving crankbaits, red wigglers and in-line spinners.

Mermet Lake
SOURCE: Shawnee Bait & Tackle, Creal Springs (618-996-3089)
Catfish are good and bass are fair.

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Jason Johns said white bass and catfish are excellent. Bass and crappie are fair. White bass are biting on rooster tails, white grubs, and tube jigs. Bass and crappie are being caught in the early and late hours. Bass are taking crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits off of the points. Crappie are in around 6-10 feet of water biting on minnows and jigs.

RIVERS

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
Click here for a Fox River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica catfish are the best and only real option right now as water came up Wednesday and is running high and dirty according to Darrell “Buster” Culjan. “We’re not flooded but the water is high and dirty,” Culjan said. Nightcrawlers, Sonny’s cheesebait, shad and chicken liver are all working. White bass are backed off right now and probably will be for at least another week.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria catfish are improving and a rising river should help matters after levels had dropped to near-normal. Bass fishing has been very good on spinnerbaits, ringworms, beaver baits and square-billed crankbaits. Catches of 20-30 keepers per day not unheard-of. White bass have been biting well at Duck Island on Gay Blades and jigs tipped with minnows.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana white bass were good, with very good reports from Sanganois. Reef Runners and other spoons have been good. Catfish are good on stinkbait and dew worms.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• River fishing has been good and the Kankakee has remained in good shape according to Ed Mullady, who reports:
In quieter parts of the river in Indiana, numerous bluegill on worms have been caught. Nice sized smallmouth and largemouth bass also good in Illinois through Momence. Smallmouth and largemouth bass are being caught on spinnerbaits, jig and double twister tails, minnow-shaped crankbaits and live minnows. Guide Matt Mullady reports nice smallmouth bass in the Kankakee area and battled an 8-pound channel catfish on an imitation helgramite. Spinners, plugs and plastics worm. Smallies are also good in the Kankakee River State Park and Wilmington areas.

Mississippi River
SOURCE: Iowa DNR
The river is dropping some and Galesburg area anglers have been catching fish on dipbait.

Mississippi River Pool 12
River stage at Dubuque is 11.01 feet and falling. Water clarity has improved as water levels are dropping and is fair.  Water temperature is in the 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 - Fair: Channel cats are biting on stink bait in side channels around snags and near the mouth of catfish creek.  White Bass - Fair: Look for white bass on current breaks along rocky shorelines.  Sampling crews have seen good numbers and sizes this week around Catfish Creek, Peosta Channel, and the head of City Island.  Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are biting on crawlers under a bobber in shallow water around vegetation and wood.  Also look for them in marinas around docks.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass are biting on top-water frogs fished around lily pads and vegetation.  Bass are also biting on crankbaits along rip rap shorelines around Dubuque and in Peosta Channel.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow the past week with the high, dirty water, but look for fishing to improve as conditions do.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting good on crawlers fished on the bottom in areas of moderate current.

Mississippi River Pool 13
River stage at Bellevue is 10.12 feet and falling. Water clarity is fair and water temperature is in the low 80s.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on stink bait fished around snags in the side channels.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow with the high water the last week, but look for fishing to improve as the conditions do.  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 12.82 feet and falling. Water clarity is poor but improving and water temperature is in the low 80s.  With poor water conditions, fishing has been slow over most of the pool, but a few fish are being caught in the sand pits where water clarity is better.

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 11.76 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  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. Fishing along the flooded islands can be good as well.  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 11.68 feet and falling. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Fair: Some channel catfish are being caught on dip baits and crawlers fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and sloughs.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water. There is a lot of debris floating in the water that makes trolling wing dams difficult.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 14.10 feet and falling. Flood stage is 15 feet. Fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - No Report:  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pool 19
River stage at Lock and Dam 18 is 10.27 feet and falling. Flood stage is 10 feet. Fishing has been tough due to high and muddy water.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits, crawlers and shad. Try fishing along brush piles and snags along the main channel and sloughs.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report:  Walleye - No Report:

Mississippi River Pools 16-20: River conditions are still high throughout Pools 16-20. Many of the boat ramps are underwater. Fishing has been tough throughout the pools due to high and muddy water. There is lot of debris floating in the river so take caution when boating. For more fishing information on 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)
Tom Calam said the water level has fallen and fishermen are just starting to go out. The river was closed last week due to high waters.

Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford Tom Calam said the water level has fallen and fishermen are just starting to go out. The river was closed last week due to high water.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon Jan Prose said that river is still high, but going down slowly. Catfish are fair, biting on suckers, nightcrawlers and dipbait. By the dam, carp are fair.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon Ray Hays said the river is still high and there is some runoff. However, catfish and carp are doing good, walleye and buffalo are fair, with crappie, white bass, drum and sheephead slow. Catfish are biting on worms near the shoreline, but bigger fish are deeper in the channels biting on crushed minnows. Walleye are biting on minnows and twister-tail jigs.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
The river has been down and fishable and bankpolers are out in force. Channel catfish are the best bet right now, as flatheads have slowed. Smallmouth bass are better in tributaries in the river’s northern reaches.

 

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