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Illinois fishing report 9-2-10

September 02, 2010 at 03:34 PM


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

• White bass at Lake Shelbyville.
• Largemouth bass at Kinkaid Lake.
• Northern pike on the Kankakee River.


• Luke McCaughey, 7, of Washington is pictured below with a 19-inch bass he caught out of local farm pond on Aug. 29 using a wooden lure made by John Wilkinson.
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 all being used. Crappie are in 11-12 inch range and in deeper water. Tiny bass bait stealers have been getting in the way of some bluegill anglers.

Lake Carroll
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337).
Walleye are biting, but it’s taking a lot of fishing to get to them and most are on the small size. 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).
Bluegill are biting well on waxworms according to Triangle Sports. Target the shallows, as fish have been moving up. Catfish are also good on dipbait, particularly in the early evenings. Walleye are slower this week but still best in current.
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 king salmon are starting to bite near shore along with a few browns and steelhead according to Dale Bowman. He predicts shorefishing for salmon “could bust loose any day.” Perch fishing has slowed. Rock bass are good in harbors.
SOURCE: The Salmon Stop (847-244-2525 or fishing hotline 847-244-9876);  Capt. Nick Ganzer (847-234-7208).
• Near Waukegan the Salmon Stop said a few perch, browns and kings have been biting off the government pier.

Shabbona Lake
SOURCES: Guide Jay Angel (815-739-7030) and Denny Sands, Shabbona Lakeside Bait & Tackle, Shabbona (815-824-2581).
Jay Angel reports that bluegill are biting well over the deep rock piles. Every fifth fish is a keeper of 8 inches or more. Waxies are working best. Crappie are fair and some bigger fish have started taking minnows over the deeper rock piles.
• 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

Anderson Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Ed Oest (309-759-4484)
Trot-line anglers are doing very well for channel catfish right now on cut bait according to Ed Oest, site manager.

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)
Crappie are starting to bite here as they are at many other strip-mine lakes. Minnows and jigs both working. Bass are also moving shallow and biting better but the weeds are dying and water is getting murky according to Adam Jaegle at Presley’s Outdoors. Jaegle said the Main Lake is best right now for bass, with good numbers of fish from 15-17 inches being caught on spinnerbaits and shallow-diving crankbaits.

Lake Bloomington
SOURCE: Larry Dozard
Bass and bluegill are fair along weedlines according to Larry Dozard, who advises plastics and crankbaits for bass and waxies for the bluegill. Crappie are slow to fair on minnows or some on waxies over brush at coves or off points.

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 still slow here according to Del Colvin. Anglers should be aware that the north ramp is closed for work.

Clinton Lake
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730); Clinton Bait and Tackle, (217-935-3851)
Anglers are finding white bass using blade baits. Crappie moving up a bit and are hitting in 7-8 feet of water on minnows and tube jigs. Catfish being caught drifting shallow in 8-9 feet of water. Anglers catching flatheads in 15-20 pound range, says Clinton Bait and Tackle.

Dawson Lake
SOURCE: Leon and Judy Gibson, Moraine View Concession (309-724-8295)
Fishing still slow overall here. Bass biting fair on lures on the south end by the dam. Catfish bite has been good on chicken livers, shrimp or stinkbaits along the shoreline on the north end.

Emiquon Preserve
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094); The Nature Conservancy (309-547-2730)
Very few reports, though fishing should be improving with cooling water. 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
The crappies and saugeyes are really on right now according to Mike Steffa, who has been hearing reports of limits of both species. Crappies are biting on jig and minnow combo near shoreline structure adjacent to deep water, and the saugeye are biting on mostly jig and crawler combo and main lake humps and points. Guide Jay Angel suggests targeting the shoreline opposite of Deer Island. Overall he said 6-14 feet is best with fish schooling in 8-12 feet of water along downed trees in the evenings. Among the crappie caught is a 15.5-incher shown below by Nick Neargarder of Normal. Bluegill are still biting fair, but not like they were. The gills are biting mostly on worms and waxworms best. The catfish have slowed down considerably, with not many reports coming in.
NOTE: The Evergreen Lake Bait Shop and Boat Rental will be open Saturdays and Sundays only (from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) starting Tuesday, Sept. 7. Last day for boat rental is Sept. 26. The bait shop is open until Oct. 17, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Click here for up-to-date lake reports.
Illinois hunting and fishing

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)
The panfish bite is coming on, with crappie minnows best on all lakes. Bass have also been hitting on topwater baits.

Powerton Lake
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Jason Grider, Riverside Bait, Pekin (309-347-3793)
Very few reports from here aside from an occasional blue catfish on live bait or cut Asian carp.

Snakeden Hollow SFWA
SOURCE: Nellie Thorne, Depot Bait and Tackle, Victoria (309-879-2401); Site office (309-879-2607)
Fishing is pretty good for crappie, which have improved quite a bit on minnows and Lil Hustlers. A few bass have been reported. Catfish are good on deworms and dip bait.

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 are good, mostly during the evenings. Dipbait is top choice along with shrimp. Target the turnoffs. Bass have picked up some, but the weeds and moss are still very thick. Few reports on bluegill, but they should start biting soon.

Lake Storey
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg (309-342-7776)
A few panfish are coming in, primarily in the mornings. And the crappie bite should really pick up with this cold front according to Al Hayden. Bass are mostly are mostly being caught on plastics early and late. No word on muskie.

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)
Crappie fishing has picked up in many lakes, with fish moving into 6-12 feet of water and taking minnows or tube jigs on a slow retrieve. Several large bass reported last weekend on jigs and bottom-crawling baits. Topwater action has been slower in the morning and just decent in the evening. Bluegill are fair. Catfish seemed slower this past week according to Larry Dozard.

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. Bass bite pretty good on jigs. Try black and blue or green pumpkin with orange in it, says Cuddy. Crappie are biting deeper, mostly on tube jigs.

Lake Decatur
SOURCE: Joanne Lowe, Mike’s Tackle World, Decatur (217-423-0730)
Buffalo and carp is bite picking up, with anglers using cheese baits for the buffalo and alfalfa for the carp. Catfish doing good drifting close to the banks using cut shad. White bass taking blade baits around the bridge corners. Largemouth bass also biting on mid-running crankbaits. Below the dam, catfish also doing good and a few walleye are biting on jigs. One area angler caught a 25 to 30 pound flathead below the dam using spoons.

Lake Glenn Shoals
SOURCE: Jack Rebman, Kink’s Corner, Hillsboro (217-532-5442)
No new report. Last week, Rebman said 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)
Catfish were biting here on shrimp or blood baits.

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 crankbaits and spinners working best. Crappie starting to come around says Pittman. Catfish has also been good. Water clear and temps in high 70s.

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

Lake Sara
SOURCE: Tony Niebrugge, Anthony’s Acres Resort, (217-868-2950)
Bluegill still being caught here under the docks on pieces of nightcrawler or waxworms. Some catfish also being picked up by bluegill anglers. A six-pound bass caught Aug. 27 using crankbaits and shaky tails.

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
White bass biting here on wind lown banks on the main lake flats. Guide Ken Wilson has been using Bue Fox No. 4, in-line spinners and 2-jig rigs. Walleye can also be picked up fishing for white bass as both are feeding on shad. Anywhere the wind is blowing in to the main lake flats is a good area, like Point 3 or Point 6. Crappie also hitting good on jigs. Crappie are shallow early, in 5-8 range, then going deeper to 12-15 feet in the day. Muskie are slow. Largemouth bass fair to good. A local angler caught a 15-pound catfish drifting in the Wolf Creek area on the southeast end of the lake.

Guide Steve Welch said he is chasing white bass on flats where is also finding walleye up to 6 pounds. Look for areas where wind or boat traffic stir up the water to find the fish. South winds make the fishing better. Welch prefers Blue Fox Vibrax No. 3 spinners or Big Dude quarter-ounce blade baits, or his own Candy Stripers if he has to fish ledges on windless days,.
• 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 fair to good 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. Crappie hitting in 10-12 feet deep on minnows.

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)
White bass and catfish best here. Anglers finding good success on white bass using Candy Striper tail spinners. Cats being caught either with stinkbaits or drifting with shrimp. A smattering of largemouth bass and bluegill also being picked up here.
• 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 crankbaits 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)
A few crappie biting on jigs and minnows in variable depths says Reed. Bluegill can be found up and down the banks, mostly in the rocks. A few bass hitting on topwaters, spinners, buzzbaits and frogs. Catfish taking stinkbaits, minnows and cutbaits. Jason Johns said crappie are starting to move shallow and bass are on a decent bite.

Lake of Egypt
SOURCE: Guide Matt Strobel (618-922-0354)
The bass are eating everything according to Guide Jason Johns. If you want to cast crankbaits you can catch them. If you want to catch them on flukes in the weeds you can do that. They are just tearing up the water down there.

Forbes Lake
SOURCE: Site manager Glenn Wegener (618-547-3381); Mike Polcyn, Mike’s Bait & Tackle Shop, Louisville (618-665-3209)
Channel catfish are good on chicken liver along weedlines and off points, particularly at night said Glenn Wegener. Most other species are fair. Water is running 80-85 degrees and is clear on the south end and murky on the north end. The thermocline is at 10-12 feet.

Kinkaid Lake
SOURCE: Janet Graeff, Top of the Hill Bait Shop, Muphysboro (618-684-2923); Guide Al Nutty (618-694-4897)
Largemouth bass are on a good bite, with topwaters working in the early morning back in the weeds. A few are also biting on plastic worms and Carolina rigs. Angers have caught 6- and 7-pound bass here on topwaters. Crappie are fair to good. Some 11-12 inch fish being caught, and even a few bigger. Look deep and around heavy brushpiles. Catfish always good here. Nightcrawlers, cut shad and chicken liver working. Cats are shallow at night, but in 8-12 foot range during the day. White bass are spotty. Bluegill fair to good on crickets, waxworms or mealworms. A few walleye biting on deep diving crankbaits. Water temps are still too high for muskie

Rend Lake
SOURCE: Todd Gessner (618-513-0520); Jason Johns (618-927-3432); Bill Hudnall, Rend Lake Sporting Goods, Mount Vernon (618-242-2191)
Crappie are starting to turn on at Rend Lake. Shallow is the best bet, with 0-8 feet best, though you can still catch fish deep. Word and brush works better and laydowns. Jig and cork is working well on shallow stumps. Minnows are working good too. Bass are decent and are chasing shad big time. Shallow spinnerbaits, beaver baits and shallow-running crankbaits are doing well.


Click here for water level information.

Des Plaines River
SOURCE: Andrew Ragas
Water levels are very low, surface temperatures are high, there is more than usual weedgrowth all along the river, and unless you are fishing a dam or set of riffles, don’t come to the river with high expectations.

Right now, most fish are concentrating themselves in and around areas with current. With the warm water temperatures of 79-81 degrees, flowing water can be cooler by as much as 3 to 5 degrees as compared to elsewhere on the river. Concentrate on these types of areas for all species of fish.

No Pike reports, but both Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are surprisingly active with the heat, as are the usual Channel Catfish.

Friend, Dan Sims, found the time over the weekend to get out on the river and this is what he had to say: “With all these colder nights lately I figured the DPR would have some fish starting to move around again. Wasn’t the case, kind of. I don’t know if it’s bad timing on my part or maybe I just plain lost it?!”

He notes that Pike fishing has been difficult this summer due to the warmer than usual water temperatures.

“Every time I hit the my favorite spot on the DPR, I always have at least one Pike on the line. I must have tied 5 different lures just trying to get something going. I’m going to let the water cool down, or wait for a good rain before getting back out there again.”

Dan and his friend could not find the Pike, but Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass up to 14” were found from mid-river channel areas, as well as downed wood adjacent to flowing water. Crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and X-Raps did it for them.

Meanwhile, Channel Cats up to 5-pounds have been active on most nights. Find deeper areas with current, and pools, and you will find the fish. Slip bobber rigs during the daytime, and bottom rigs during the nighttime fished with nightcrawlers and chicken livers are offering the best results.

USGS in Riverside at 242, gauge height at 3, and water is safe for wading. If fishing the river, keep an open mind, and maybe it can be worthwhile.
Click here for a Des Plaines River fishing forum.

Illinois River
SOURCE: Carol Culjan at Cajun Sporting Goods in Utica (815-667-4222)
• Near Utica the river is clean and low and sauger fishing has been improving for anglers trolling crankbaits. White bass are good early at the dam on blade baits. Channel catfish are also good along channel edges on dipbait and cut shad.
SOURCE: Jordan Hubinsky, Time on the Water Marina, Spring Valley (815-663-1000)
• Near Spring Valley, white bass are biting well at the Peru rip-rap and on gravel bars. Channel catfish are good.
SOURCE: Celeste Pollack, Wolf Hollow Archery Bait & Tackle, Chillicothe (309-274-9653)
• Near Chillicothe catfish are excellent on dipbait, cut mooneye and cut skipjack herring. Drifting baits is working well.
SOURCE: Merle Keefer, Pekin Bass & Bow (309-347-3334); Tim Presley, Presley’s Outdoors, Bartonville (309-697-1193)
• Near Peoria catfish are fair, but the best action has been above Peoria Lock and Dam. Cut mooneye, skipjack herring and Asian carp is working well drifted along the channel edge. Dipbait also good.
SOURCE: Paul Dinkheller, Dink’s, Lewistown (309-547-1094)
• Near Havana the best channel catfish bite has been in and around the Bath Chute. Dipbait is best according to Paul Dinkheller. Fish are just pan-sized.

Kankakee River
SOURCE: Ed Mullady, Sportsman’s Letter (815-932-7285)
• Mike Lee of Frank’s Bait Shop in Momence reported northern pike of 36 and 32 inches caught recently. Ed Mullady said pike are biting better all along the river. Smallmouth bass are also biting well. Diana at Kankakee River Trading Post said action has been good between the Lookout and Rock Creek mouth. Crankbaits are working well. Guide Matt Mullady had an 11-fish outing recently with Lee Roski and Maria Chavez. Catfish are better in holes that still have decent amounts of water.

Mackinaw River
SOURCE: Guide Jonn Graham (309-399-7055)
White bass and sauger are biting very well in the lower river according to Merle Keefer of Pekin Bass and Bow. Gay blades and small crankbaits are working best. Channel catfish have also been good on dipbait.

Mississippi River

Al Hayden said channel catfish have been good on the river, off wing dams and in stump fields. Dipbait is best.

Here’s the in-depth Iowa DNR report:

Mississippi River Pool 11
Water level at Guttenberg is 7.9 feet.  It is expected to remain stable but fall slowly over the next week.  Water temperature is near 77 degrees.  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.  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 77 degrees. River levels are expected to remain stable but fall slightly over the next week.  Water levels are: Lansing 9.3, Lynxville 16.2 and Guttenberg 7.9. Floating vegetation may be a problem in some areas.

Mississippi River Pool 13
The river stage at Bellevue is 8.6 feet and steady due to recent rains.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being taken using stink bait and crawlers.  Don’t be afraid to move around, if fishing slows in one area move and find active fish.  Areas to try are side sloughs, main channel border and the upstream side of wing dams.  Bluegill - No Report:  Crappie - No Report: With water still high for summer levels fish are still scattered making it difficult for anglers to find good catches.  Fishing should improve as water levels drop.  Walleye - Fair: A few fish are being caught on the wing dams using crawlers.  Sand flats have also been producing a few fish, trolling crankbaits in 10 to 12 feet of water.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are being caught in a variety of places including the tail waters, inside edge of wing dams and side sloughs.  When fishing drum if you haven’t caught a fish in 10 to 15 minutes move to find active fish.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The river stage at Clinton is 8 feet and stable.  Channel Catfish - Good: Stink bait and crawlers are producing decent catches of fish.  Try fishing side sloughs, wing dams and main channel borders.  Move to find fish, if you haven’t had a bite in 10 minutes move.  Walleye - Fair: Walleye fishing has been slow but, with dropping water a few fish are being caught of the wing dams and an occasional fish caught in the backwaters.  Freshwater Drum - Good: Numbers of drum are being taken in a variety of places.  Try fishing the wing dams. Move until you find the right spot, current plays a big part as to where the fish are on the dam.

The Mississippi River this year has been if nothing but challenging for the angler, the water levels are starting to go down, but are still high for summer levels.  The river temperature is around 76 degrees with slightly rising to stable water levels due to recent rains.

Mississippi River Pool 16
River stage at Lock and Dam 15 is 8.38 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on dip baits and crawlers fished around brush piles and logjams along the main channel and side sloughs.  White Bass - Slow:  Bluegill - Slow:  Crappie - Slow:  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing on the wing dams has been slow due to high and muddy water.

Mississippi River Pool 17
River stage at Lock and Dam 16 is 7.06 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 - Fair: Some crappies are being caught on minnows in Big Timber fishing shallow along brush piles.  Walleye - Slow: Walleye fishing has been slow due to high and muddy water.

Mississippi River Pool 18
River stage at Lock and Dam 17 is 8.98 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 5.86 feet.  Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are being caught on stink 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 Pools 16-20: River stages are still above normal throughout Pools 16-20. Water clarity is still fairly 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.

Pecatonica River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
Anglers are catching northerns and catfish here, with cats in 2-3 pound range.

Illinois hunting and fishing
Rock River
SOURCE: Tom Calam, Tom’s Bait & Tackle, Freeport (815-232-3337)
• Near Rockford River turning back on, with nice size catfish biting on dipbaits and cutbaits.
SOURCE: Jan Prose at TJ’s Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental in Oregon (815-732-4516)
• Near Oregon Jan Prose reports fishing improved as the river dropped to a normal level and cleared up pretty fair. Catfish are biting on liver, dipbaits and shrimp. Walleye seem to be more active, John Brown from Chicago caught a 26-inch walleye on a night crawler, and I heard of a few others being caught on worms and minnows.  The picture is of Tony Giambelluce from Rockford with a 35-inch northern brought in on 4-pound test line with a minnow.
SOURCE: Ray and Irene Hays, Bunny’s Bait Shop, Dixon (815-288-3812)
• Near Dixon channel cats doing well on dipbaits, crushed minnows or chicken livers. Little cats being found by the shoreline. Three flahead reports, ranging from just under 40 pounds to 11 pounds. Bluegill and goldfish being used. Some white bass, striper and crappie biting below the dam using bigger minows. Smallmouth action near Lowal Park and by the railroad bridge. Minnows working for them also. Carp best, with some saying mulberry flavor best bait. Walleye running deep and very spotty on minnows.

Spoon River
SOURCE: Al Hayden, Al’s Sporting Goods, Galesburg and Paul Dinkheller at Dink’s in Lewistown (309-547-1094)
Channel catfish are good on dipbait and white bass have been red hot at the Bernadotte dam on 3-inch twister tails according to Dinkheller. Most catfish reports in the upper river have been turned in by bankpolers, who are using minnows.


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Does anyone else find the Kankakee River report a bit odd? ” Smallmouth bass are also biting well, with one angler reporting five fish of 36 pounds”. That sounds like someone caught an average of 5 smallies over 7 pounds, seems a little odd too me with the state record being not quite 6.5 lbs.

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thats not what i read jakeb

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Looks like it has been edited since yesterday morning.

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