Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers finding nice sized fish with minnows or a jig tipped with a Rosie in upper Kincaid lake in deeper water. Reports of very nice sized fish reeled in.   BLUEGILL: Good: Ponds are producing with crickets near weed bed edges.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Anglers had good luck recently with a double bladed lunker lure buzz bait.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting on minnows and night crawlers along the edges. Flathead Catfish are Good: several caught this past week.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting on gold fish. Set your drag loosely for the big ones.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Picking up a few with minnows; the cooler temperatures have increased activity.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Pretty Good: Fish being taken with stink bait and some night crawlers.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fish biting on Sonny's stink bait and night crawlers in the deeper holes.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Minnows are selling; put them near brush in medium water levels.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Fish are biting on wax worms near weed lines and structure.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Favorite baits are stink bait and night crawlers in the Rock River.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots are being caught!! Lake George is producing nice sized fish with minnows. Fish are still running deep but biting!

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Cooler water temperatures have fish a little more interested in biting on minnows.   WALLEYE: Fair: Fishermen have been successful in the Savanna Pool by vertical jigging or using a 3-way rig. Nice sized fish were caught recently.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers using dip bait and a few night crawlers.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Steel Dam, Milan Bridge, and the Rock River from the deeper holes, have been producing on stink bait, live bait, liver, and crayfish.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are starting to get hungry at Gladstone Lake and biting on minnows.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Catching fish from the river with minnows, night crawlers, or dip bait.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Getting bites with stink bait, skip jack, and worms anywhere. Good eating sized fish are being taken. Flathead catfish are also biting on live bait or crawdads and being caught.   CRAPPIE: Fair: More anglers are trying to catch them with a jig or minnow since the weather is cooler.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: The bait shop continues to sell lots of crickets!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Sonny's stink bait and worms are the best baits in the deeper holes this week.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Fish being taken from holes with stink bait, skip jack, gold fish or night crawlers. Anglers using bigger hooks and bigger bait for bigger fish. An angler reported catching a 45 pounder this past week!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: catfish eating up night crawlers, gold fish, skip jack, shad, cut bait, Sonnys stink bait, backwater holes, and at mouths of creeks.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Decent sized fish are being caught with stink bait, medium shiners, cut bait, gold fish, and night crawlers along edges. Shad and cut carp are popular baits in Pool 26.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Lots of crickets are selling at the bait shop! Gillespie Lake is producing.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  CRAPPIE: Fair: The cooler temperatures are increasing fishing activities.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Ssome fish have been taken from along the banks with wax worms.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Cast cut baits or minnows near the rip rap.   YELLOW PERCH: Good: Look for them in deeper levels with worms and night crawlers.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Put stink bait or a night crawler near mouths of creeks or in a deeper hole; A nice sized Flathead catfish weighing 35 pounds was pulled out recently.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Lots of fishing activity! Creeks producing some: Lusk creek is the most popular with buzz baits, and poppers. A recent tournament was held; The big fish of the day weighed 5.23 pounds.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair to Good: Deeper holes are producing good sized fish with shad, skip jack, stink bait, gold fish, and live bait.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Fish biting near weed lines and pockets on crickets and wax worms in area lakes and ponds.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fishermen are catching some nice sized fish with cut shad mainly; also night crawlers, or stink bait at mouths of creeks and from holes.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Shad guts minnows, stink bait, and night crawlers are producing from both a boat and bank fishing.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Biting on night crawlers and meal worms along weed lines and pockets in area lakes and ponds during later evening hours.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CRAPPIE: Spotty: some have been taken from area lakes and ponds, but just a very few from the river with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Area ponds and lakes have been producing with wax worms or red wigglers near submerged weed lines.   WALLEYE: Good: Breaking loose! Best down stream near Oregon and should be better near Dixon by mid week; anglers casting from the shoreline with minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Success is improving! Fish biting on mostly cheesebait this week.   FRESHWATER DRUM: Good: Several being taken with night crawlers.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots of nice sized fish are being caught at Lake George on minnows. Fish are still running deep but biting.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Starting to come on and move in; a few decent ones are biting on minnows in medium depths.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Area Lakes are producing on wax worms and night crawlers. Look for pockets and holes in the weed beds.   WALLEYE: Fair: Anglers finding some fish in the channel mouths with Red heads and twistertails. Mepps spinners are popular; Also mini mites in colors that glow - pink and white, red, blue, and orange are requested the most.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: fishermen are picking up some from the back creek mouths and channel mouths with leeches.

Rock - Milan —  CRAPPIE: Fair: 1/2 pound average sized fish are being caught with minnows at Sunset Lake.   STRIPED BASS: The canal is producing on crankbaits.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Anglers are reeling is some fish with crankbaits from the Canal.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for the fish around the dam with stink bait.

Rock - Rock Falls —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Night crawlers and stink bait are the favorite baits in the deeper holes.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are picking up some with minnows, wax worms, and worms since the cooler temperatures have arrived.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Anglers are picking up some with big suckers from the Rock River and the Kishwaukee River.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good: Fish are hitting on Big Suckers, and a jig with a split shot tipped with a night crawler; bounce it down through the rapids or near big rocks. Selling lots of suckers.   WALLEYE: Good: Fish are starting to bite! 9 to 13 inch fish are being taken from the Pecatonica in the deepest water with a flat jig with a night crawler or minnow on it; touch the bottom and lift up.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers are catching fish with stink bait - mostly Sonny's stink bait; Lots being sold!   BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers are picking up some with minnows, wax worms, and worms from Windsor Lake gravel pit.

Wabash - Grayville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen are drifting or trolling down the river with the current, baiting their hooks with stink bait or cut bait.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Bank poles and boat fishermen are successful with stink bait, night crawlers, or cut baits. Look for fish in the deeper holes, off points, or near ledges.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen are catching fish in the channel and eddies with cut baits, leeches, and stink bait. Flatheads and blues area also being reeled in.

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Toss a night crawler, stink bait, med. sized minnow, or chicken liver near an eddy; fiddlers are biting on night crawlers. Reports of anglers using cooked macaroni for bait.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Nice sized fish are being pulled from the pot holes with live bait, bluegill, and stink bait.

Northeast

Michigan-North, Lake —  CHINOOK SALMON: Use mainly spoons and a little bit of bait for the kings.   LAKE TROUT: Use mainly spoons and a some shrimp for trout. Fishing is closer to the bottom.

Michigan-South, Lake —  COHO SALMON: Coho mixed in with the king salmon. Spotty reports all up and down the lake. Fish are taking crank baits during the day and glow spoons at night.   CHINOOK SALMON: As mentioned, Chinook mixed with coho. Spotty reports all up and down the lake. Fish are taking crank baits during the day and glow spoons at night.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: on plastic (flukes), spinnerbaits, and jigs around timber or submerged weed edges.   BLUEGILL: Fair: on wax worms and nibbles.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: on dip baits, cut baits and liver in evenings.   CRAPPIE: Fair: on minnows with a few on jigs around and over brush.

Charleston Side Channel —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair to Good: A few Nice sized fish have been biting on cheese bait or live bait in the holes on the river.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Look for fish along the shorelines and weed beds with cheesebait or night crawlers.

Clinton Lake —  BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Anglers finding some fish in the coves and near the docks and weed lines with red wigglers or wax worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Off points and near shoreline stumps, and downed trees with Mepps, frogs, and swim baits. White Bass are Fair to Good: hitting on spoons and twister tails. Striped Bass are Fair: at the Spillway on top with cut carp.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: On shrimp along the shorelines and in holes.

Dawson Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Some fish biting in deeper water levels near brush piles on a wax worm, jigs,and minnows. Nice sized fish!   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fishermen getting a few bites with down the middlr of the lake near the dam in deeper water.

Decatur, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Some fish are being caught on trot lines baited with cut carp and skip jack.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Anglers are getting some bites using Mepps in the dredging area.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Slow: on plastics, jigs, and spinnerbaits around submerged timber or on points.   BLUEGILL: Fair: on jigs and/or wax worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: on cut baits, dip bait, or liver in evenings.   CRAPPIE: Fair: with many small fish on minnows and some on jigs around or over brush.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen are using chicken livers and night crawlers near the edges.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Biting on red worms and some crickets under a bobber near weed lines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fishermen have been successful from the bank and from boats with top water lures, spinners, and worms.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are hit and miss; some biting a bit better; look for them in 6 to 7 feet of water with wax worms and minnows over brush; lots of angling activity.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Angling success is hit and miss; using a night crawler under a bobber off the banks when the fish are feeding.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers are fishing along the banks with stink bait, night crawlers, chicken liver or suckers. Later evening hours are best.

Mill Creek Lake —  BLUEGILL: Good: Fish hitting on wax worms, crickets, and red wigglers near weed lines, docks, or structure.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Spinnerbaits, frogs, and topwater lures are popular cast near weeds during early morning or late evening hours.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting on chicken livers and stink bait along the edges during early morning or later evening hours.

Mingo, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Once in a while one is caught with chicken liver.   BLUEGILL: Slow: Anglers are using Bee moth (wax worms)near structure and weed lines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slow: Toss a spinnerbait or crankbait near shallow laydowns, stumps, or brush. Early and later hours best.

Paradise, Lake —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers are getting bites near rocks, docks, and weed lines with crickets, red wigglers, and wax worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers are using both crankbaits and top water lures. Hit and miss success.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: putting stink bait, cut bait, or night crawlers along the banks and in holes.

Paris Twin Lakes —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Fishermen using anything shad shaped; Dare Devil Spoons in red and white or silver color. Regular tournaments three evenings a week provides lots of fishing activity. Fish are biting pretty good! Lots of fishing activities.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for fish on both lakes by fishing off the banks with night crawlers or chicken liver during later evening hours and in the deeper holes.

Shelbyville, Lake —  WALLEYE: Fair: Check out the area below the dam with spoons. Cooler weather temperatures have improved fish activity.  STRIPED BASS: Fair: Mepps spinners are getting hits during early or later hours. Watch for fish feeding. White seems to be a popular color.  WHITE BASS: Fair: Trolling white colored Mepps spinners has been productive.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers have been finding some fish in the deeper holes, near timber laydowns, or drifted brush with stink bait, shrimp, ckicken liver, or night crawlers.

Vermilion, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Anglers are catching just a few recently. Look for fish near brush or cover around the shorelines with stink bait, night crawlers, or liver during later evening hours or in deeper holes during day time hours. A fisherman caught 3 pretty nice fish this past week.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Slow: Look for fish to start biting anytime; just a few are being caught; waiting for better conditions and for the water to clear up.

Walnut Point Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish near brush and downed trees with minnows or tube jigs tipped with a wax worm; best during early morning or later evening hours.   BLUEGILL: Good: Bigger ones are in 1 to 4 feet of water on wax worms and red wigglers   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fish hitting on a rubber worm; mainly smaller sized fish.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for fish biting on chicken livers in approximately 2 to 7 feet of water.

West Central

Sangchris, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using most baits. Shore anglers doing ok near the spillway.

Silver Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using jigs, crankbaits & spinnerbaits.   CRAPPIE: Excellent using minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Excellent using Sonnys Super Sticky Dip Bait.   BLUEGILL: Good using crickets.   SAUGER: Fair using jigs.

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics (worms and flukes), crankbaits & a few on swim jigs.   BLUEGILL: Fair   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using dip baits, liver & cut baits in the evening.

South

Crab Orchard Lake —  BLUEGILL: Fair using wax worms, red wigglers, crickets & jigs.   CRAPPIE: Fair to spotty, but small using minnows & jigs.

Little Grassy Lake —  BLUEGILL: Fair to good using crickets

Newton Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using spinnerbait & rubber worms

Rend Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Excellent using worms, black/blue jigs, minnows & spinnerbaits. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam.   CRAPPIE: Excellent using qtr oz pink/white tube jigs, meal worms, small & medium minnows. Fish the main lake drop off areas. Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp.   BLUEGILL: Good using crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms & small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. From shore try Sailboat Harbor.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Excellent using Sonnys Stink Bait, Hoss Hawg Bait, leeches, nightcrawlers & large minnows. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3 to 4 feet from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats.   WHITE BASS: Fair using jig/curly tail grubs & inline spinners. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and dropoffs. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges.