Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Good: It's time to fish!! They have moved up with the cool temperatures; get the magic minnows that catch fish good!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers are finding fish along the river banks near ledges, deep holes, and drop offs, with stink bait.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good; Mostly smaller sizes biting on minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Anglers using wax worms, crickets, and red wigglers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Bank poles are being baited with night crawlers.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Anglers are catching a few with night crawlers on bank poles.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Spotty: a few minnows are being sold at the bait shop. Stable water levels are needed for increased success.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Fishing success is slow but, night crawlers are selling.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots! Lake Storey and Lake George are producing on minnows; clearer water areas best.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Look for fish near docks, weed lines, and structure with a cricket, or wax worm under a bobber.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good: Anglers finding some fish in the Green River and in the Canal with small crawdads.   WALLEYE: Fair: a few are being taken from the slough and toward Hampton with a jig and minnow.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Stink bait, worms, and liver are popular baits in this area.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  STRIPED BASS: Fair: Anglers finding some fish at Sylvan Slough chasing minnows. Could use an inline spinner or Mepps. The recent largemouth bass tournament reported several boats caught 1 or 2 fish; limits were hard to catch; big fish weighed in at 3 pounds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: A tournament was held with lots of fish being caught with dip bait and some on night crawlers. Sunset Marina should be a hot spot until the water drops.   CRAPPIE: Fair: Minnows are attracting attention at area lakes; Lake Storey, Lake George, and Summerset Lake.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers using cut bait and worms mostly on bank poles.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Look for nice ones in the river holes with live bluegill bait.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few fish are being reeled in from area ponds and lakes with minnows: prefer clearer water conditions.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Stink bait and worms are popular on bank poles or drifting in a boat.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Anglers are finding fish with live bluegill bait in holes and near the dam.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Cooler weather temperatures have improved fish feeding activities; offer a minnow as fish start to come up shallower.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers are doing well especially on private ponds in the area.   BLUEGILL: Good: Wax worms, rosies, and red wigglers are popular and attracting attention.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: success is improving; Zoom plastic lures and Brush hogs are popular.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: A few are being reeled in with night crawlers, shad, cut carp and large shiners. Skip jack is the most popular if available. A 62 pound blue catfish was caught this past week.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are biting! don't miss out!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: A few are being taken with night crawlers.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers are finding fish with minnows in clearer water; creeks best; Big Grande Pierre & Lusk Creek are popular.   BLUEGILL: Good: Crickets are selling at the bait shop!   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Several boats fishing this past week.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Stink bait and night crawlers are favorite baits.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Anglers using crankbaits.   CRAPPIE: Fair: Area ponds are producing some fish with minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Chicken liver and night crawlers are being used on bank poles.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Fish are biting on crickets, wax worms, and red wigglers under a bobber near structure.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Anglers are looking for fish in the main channel with shad sides, minnows, and night crawlers; the fall feeding activities should begin soon with the cooler weather temperatures. Put a boat in the middle of the river and sit there; no current.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CRAPPIE: Spotty: Mostly smaller sized fish hitting on minnows in the dam area.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Night crawlers and small sized minnows are getting hits near the mouths of creeks and close to brush.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers using several different baits and quite a few fish being reeled in.   WHITE BASS: Slow: Cast a night crawler or minnow in the dam area. mostly smaller sizes.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast a night crawler or minnow near the mouths of creeks or close to brush.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Some finding fish with a jig and minnow below the dam.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair to Good: Using shad, chubs, and bluegill; look for holes; success is improving.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots of fish being reeled in at Lake Storey and Lake George with minnows; the clearer water areas are best.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Toss a wax worm or cricket near weed edges, docks, or structure.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good: Anglers are finding some fish in the Green River and in the canal with small crawdads.   WALLEYE: Fair: A few fish are being taken from the slough and toward Hampton with a jig and minnow.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Stink bait, worms, and liver are popular baits in this area.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Area lakes are coming on and producing a few decent sized fish; Fish are moving some; look for them with small jigs or straight line jig in 12 to 15 feet of water.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fish are being taken from the Pecatonica River and area lakes in shallow waters with leeches, waxies, and minnows.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Favorite baits are larger fat head minnows and crawlers with a harness. Best area of the Rock River is near Oregon above the dam for bigger decent sized fish or below the dam for smaller sizes.

Rock - Milan —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Pieces of dew worms are being used to catch 1/2 pounders at Sunset Marina.  STRIPED BASS: Fair: The Mississippi River is producing 1.5 pounders on jigs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Stink bait is being used near the dam; average size fish being reeled in is 4 pounds.

Rock - Rock Falls —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are finding some fish in the Mississippi River with minnows in 10 to 12 feet of water   WALLEYE: Fair: Fish are hitting on white twister tails at the lower dam.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Bank poles are being baited with stink bait. Look for holes, ledges, or drop offs.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Rock Cut State Park is producing a few fish with minnows since the weather temperatures have cooled downs some.   BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers reported catching two 9 inch sized fish and an 11 inch fish on wax worms in the Rockford dam area; some also using red worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Red worms are attracting attention in the Rockford Dam area.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good: Best success with crawlers or minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Stink bait is a favorite; Flathead catfish being pulled from the holes after the sun comes out with 7 to 8 inch suckers. Fish are beginning to move around better.   NORTHERN PIKE: Good: Anglers reported catching a 42 inch fish with a shiner around the dam area; also using suckers.   WALLEYE: Good: Fish are hitting everywhere on crawlers or minnows; get out away from town for better success.

Wabash - Grayville —  BLUE CATFISH: Good: Troll down the river and bounce your bait off the bottom, then bring it up to approximately 8 feet off the bottom; lots of fish being caught with stink bait; look for the holes.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  BLUE CATFISH: Good: Put stink bait on a hook; either on a bank pole, trot line, or from a boat; look for the deeper holes or troll just out of the current.

Wabash - New Harmony —  BLUE CATFISH: Good: Bounce stink bait off the bottom as you float or troll of the river near the current. Bank poles and trot lines are also producing. Check out the deeper holes!

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers using stink bait on both bank poles and fishing from a boat. The fall feeding activities should begin soon with the cooler weather temperatures.

Northeast

Michigan-South, Lake —  CHINOOK SALMON: Chinook salmon continue to work their way into the harbors of Chicago. Fish are biting on spoons and crank baits.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: along shoreline weeds or timber on plastics, spinners, and crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Slow: and small on waxies near docks and weed edges.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: on cut baits and Hoss's Hawg Bait.   CRAPPIE: Slow: and small on jigs and/or minnows around brush and timber.

Charleston Side Channel —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Mostly smaller sized fish are biting on minnows; cooler temperatures are helping in some places.   BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers using crickets, wax worms, and red worms in area ponds.   CARP: Fair to Good: Look for fish below the dam in shallow water with cheesebait and cut bait.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Look for fish moving up with the cooler weather temperatures and biting on a minnow.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Wax worms and red wigglers under a bobber have been attracting attention around the docks.   HYBRID STRIPED BASS: Fair: Look for fish with chartreuse curley tails in the area of the bridge.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Cast a night crawler or stink bait near the edges of wood or weeds.

Dawson Lake —  CRAPPIE: Pretty Good: Catching fish on crappie jigs and minnows. Most fish are small sized and still a little deep. Bluegill are biting along the edges.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Pretty Good: Look for fish in the middle of the lake channel across from the beach in 10 to 12 feet of water with spinnerbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Pretty Good: Worms and Stink bait are producing along the edges near wood, weed, and structure.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few fish were being taken near the bridges and under the bridges with minnows during early morning hours. Waiting for the fall feed to begin.   WHITE BASS: Fair to Good: Anglers are using white twister tails on the flats.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Look for fish on Route 105 in the current near the bridge with shad during early mornings. Blue catfish hitting on worms.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Slow: on plastics, spinners, and crankbaits along the shoreline weeds, and areas of rock and timber.   BLUEGILL: Fair: but smaller fish this week on waxies along shore weeds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: on cut baits, liver, and dip baits.   CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: but scattered around and over brush.   SAUGER: Slow to Fair: Saugeye are slow to fair with a few small fish caught on crankbaits and jig/minnow.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Starting to biting well on minnows or a jig near wood. Activity is improving!   BLUEGILL: Good: Bluegill and Redear are biting on crickets around the docks and weed edges.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Stink bait is a favorite near weeds and timber laydowns, both deep and shallow.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few are being caught with minnows by bank fishing; success should improve with the cooler temperatures.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A recent tournament reported only 4 boats participated. The winning stringer weighed 9 pounds. Plastic lures and crankbaits are popular.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Fish are coming up some and biting on minnows and white spinnerbaits; also try beetle spins up to 1/8 oz. The beautiful weather may have an improved impact on fishing activity.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Decent sized fish have been caught recently with white spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Good sized fish in the 13 inch range are biting on minnows near cover; fish are moving up a little more.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slow: Just a few have been taken recently with plastic lures or crankbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Look for fish around the edges near brush with stink bait.

Paradise, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: A few are being taken with minnows over submerged brush. Success should improve as temperatures cool.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers using plastic lures, frogs, and crankbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Look for fish staying in and around laydowns with a night crawler or stink bait; getting bites both from a boat or a shoreline bank pole.

Paris Twin Lakes —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A few nice sized fish are being caught with topwater lures, plastics, and spinnerbaits during early and later hours.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish on the East Lake with a jig and minnow near the banks; some nice sized fish being caught.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Bank poles are being put close to the shoreline and weed beds baited with chicken liver.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots of minnows selling! Anglers catching limits of fish from the Okaw River with minnows and silver flake and chartreuse jigs. Fish are coming up a little more into 8 feet of water on Lake Shelbyville. An angler reported catching 21 recently.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Look for fish with white twister tails.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Decent sized fish are biting on minnows; the cooler weather temperatures have improved activity some.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Cast a red wiggler near docks or weed edges.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Nice fish have been taken with stink bait and night crawlers.

Walnut Point Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: The fall feeding activities are coming soon with the cooler weather temperatures, Offer a minnow or tube jig in approximately 4 feet deep around the docks.   BLUEGILL: Good: Cast a wax worm or cricket along the shoreline; reporting nice sized fish. Very early or late is best.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Nice sizes are being caught on plastic lures.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers are getting hits close to the bank.

West Central

Coffeen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using artificial lures.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using Sonnys Stink Bait.   BLUEGILL: Fair using minnows.

Prairie Lake (Site M) —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good this past weekend.   MUSKIE: Good this past weekend.

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, swim baits & crankbaits along weed edges and near deep timber.   BLUEGILL: Fair to spotty and small using wax worms along shoreline weeds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using cut baits, nightcrawlers & dip bait.

Silver Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using jigs & minnows.   CRAPPIE: Good using minnows & tubes.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Excellent using shad.   BLUEGILL: Fair using meal worms.   SAUGER: Fair

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, spinnerbaits & crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Spotty   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using most baits.   CRAPPIE: Fair to spotty in shallow areas.   WHITE BASS: Fair using jig/twisters & bladebaits.

South

Crab Orchard Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using spinnerbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using leeches.   BLUEGILL: Fair using wax worms & crickets.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows.

Forbes Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using chicken liver.

Kinkaid Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair, 1 to 2lbs in deeper water.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using nightcrawlers, chicken liver, stink bait & shrimp.   BLUEGILL: Fair using red wigglers, wax worms, meal worms & crickets. Bigger fish around 4 to 5 feet deep.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows & jigs. Some shallow and some are around 12 to 18 feet deep.  MUSKIE: A few are being caught. Water is still a little to warm.

Little Grassy Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good using minnows.

Murphysboro, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair, but small in deeper water.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using nightcrawlers, chicken liver, stink bait & shrimp.   BLUEGILL: Fair to good using red wigglers, wax worms, meal worms & crickets.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows & jigs around 10 to 12 feet deep.

Newton Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using crankbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using stink bait.

Rend Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good 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.

Sam Parr Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using crankbait. Better fishing in boat then on shoreline.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using stink bait.   BLUEGILL: Fair using worms.