Rend Lake fishing report for July 4

July 04, 2013 at 09:32 AM
Rend Lake fishing report for July 4:

Largemouth bass

Fishing is good on worms, black and blue jigs and minnows.

Fish for bass in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes, around bridges and along the rocks. Fish are reportedly being caught around Jackie Branch and Sandusky cove.

There is a 14-inch minimum limit, six daily creel limit. In ponds, there is a one-fish daily creel limit with a 14-inch minimum length.

Crappie

Crappie fishing is good

Jigs are working well. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs. Also small and medium minnows and meal worms.

Fish are in flooded brushy areas. Set bait two-feet deep. Reports of fish being caught shallow in buck brush in any cove and also deep water ( 8 – 17 feet) around brush piles. Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, and Marcum Coves, and North Marcum Boat Ramp.

There is a 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer.

Bluegill

Fishing is excellent on crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms.

Fish in the back of necks in shallow water or along rocks. The hot spot is off the rocks under the sailboat harbor bridge in one to four feet of water.

There is a 10-fish daily creel limit in ponds.

Channel catfish

Fishing is excellent on Sonny’s stink bait, Hoss’s Hawg Bair, leeches, nightcrawlers and large minnows.

Creeks running into the lake are hot spots. Also try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line three to four feet from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water.
Six-fish daily creel limit in ponds.

Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.

White bass

Fishing is good on worms, black and blue jigs and minnows. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch and Sandusky Cove.
Twenty fish creel limit. No more than three fish 17-inches or longer daily.

Lake information as of July 4:

Lake level: 409.06

Average pool for this date: 406.88

Water temperature: 78 degrees