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: A few are moving and biting on crappie minnows and wax worms.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Wax worms and red wigglers are attracting attention near docks and weed edges.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers using plastic lures.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CRAPPIE: Slow: Recent rainfall has caused river water levels to rise and fall. Cooler weather temperatures should improve feeding activities soon.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Slow: Changing water levels and weather temperatures have slowed fishing activities.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers are finding some fish in the LaClaire Canal with minnows: At Cattail Slough with minnows and tube jigs; and also picking up some at Lake George.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Fish being taken with minnows from the bank near the Arsenal and in the East Moline area.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  STRIPED BASS: Fair: Anglers finding some fish at Sylvan Slough with plastic lures. A largemouth bass tournament is scheduled this Saturday at Albany.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: A tournament is scheduled for this weekend; check it out at Croegaerts.   CRAPPIE: Fair: Sunset Marina is producing pan fish.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers using night crawlers and shad on bank poles and trot lines.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are starting to be interested in feeding since the weather temperatures are cooler.

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 —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Bank poles being baited with regular catfish baits; also drift fishing from a boat is popular.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Top water lures, plastics, spinner baits, and worms are attracting attention during early and late hours.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: A recent tournament reported the winning stringer weighed in at 13.11 pounds; second place was 12.08 pounds; and third was 12.05 pounds. The big fish tipped the scales at 4.90 pounds.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Anglers using crankbaits this past week.   STRIPED BASS: Fair: Spoons are producing.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Put cut shad in the channel by drifting or bank poles.   CARP: Good: Bow fishing for Silver & Big Head carp is popular in this area.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Anglers are looking for fish in the main channel with cut shad and stink bait; the fall feeding activities should begin soon with the cooler weather temperatures.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CRAPPIE: Slow: Smaller sized fish are biting on minnows near the dam.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Running small Minnows and night crawlers are attracting attention at the mouths of creeks and near brush.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Several little fish being caught; no specific pattern on bait.   WHITE BASS: Slow: Look for fish near the dam with a night crawler or minnow; mostly smaller sized biting.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast a minnow or night crawler near brush or at the mouths of creeks.   WALLEYE: Good: Anglers are finding fish below the dam with a jig and minnow.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Anglers have been doing well this past week; fish are bigger; lots of shad, bluegill, and chubs being used.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers finding fish in the LaClaire Canal with minnows; at Cattail Slough with tube jigs and minnows;; and also picking up some at Lake George.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Fish being taken with minnows from the bank at Arsenal Island and near East Moline.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Area lakes are coming on and producing decent sized fish; on artificial Gulp 2 inch minnows, Sassy shad and black emerald shiners. Fish are moving some; look for them at Lost Lake near the pier and houseboat area with bigger minnows.   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 crawlers, minnows, and leeches. 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 —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish averaging 1/2 pound are hitting on wax worms in Sunset Marina.   FRESHWATER DRUM: Fair to Good: Some fish are hitting on dew worms in the Slough; fish averaging 2 pounds.   STRIPED BASS: Fair: Fishermen finding some fish in the Rock River with spoons.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers using crankbaits in the Rock River. Fish averaging 2 pounds.

Rock - Rock Falls —  WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Look for fish in the lower dam area with white twister tails.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Fair: just starting to hit on crappie minnows; activity is improving with the cooler weather temperatures.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Look for fish with a wax worm or red worm.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: fish are starting to hit well on a Jenoa jig and minnow and big hair jigs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Loads in the 10 to 14 inch range are biting on red worms and stink bait. Flathead Catfish are being taken with 8 to 9 inch suckers.

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: The fall feeding activities should begin soon with the cooler weather temperatures.

Northeast

Michigan-North, Lake —  CHINOOK SALMON: Catch kings on casting spoons.   STEELHEAD TROUT: Variety of bait being used. Coming into the harbor.   LAKE TROUT: Variety of bait being used. Coming into the harbor.   BROWN TROUT: Variety of bait being used. Coming into the harbor.

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: Slow to Fair: The cooler weather temperatures are starting to bring out a few. The fall feeding activities should begin soon since the cooler weather temperatures have arrived.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish to move up with the cooler weather temperatures and bite 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: 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. Bluegill are also 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 and weeds.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow: A few fish were being taken near the banks with minnows during early morning hours. Waiting for the fall feed to begin.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Anglers are using white twister tails near the sandbar in the Mathis Street area.   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, along rock shorelines and ends of timber.   BLUEGILL: Fair: but smaller fish this week on waxies along weeds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Slow: on cut baits, liver, and dip baits.   CRAPPIE: Slow: scattered with some on minnows drifted over brush.   SAUGER: Slow: Saugeye are a little slow with a few small fish caught.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Starting to biting well on minnows or a jig near wood. Lots more being reeled in.   BLUEGILL: Good: Bluegill are biting on crickets around the docks and weed edges. Also some nice Redear being taken; but not lots.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Chicken liver and stink bait are attracting attention 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 biting on minnows and white spinnerbaits; also try beetle spins up to 1/8 oz. The cooler weather may have an improved impact on activity.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Decent sized fish are being caught with white spinnerbaits and crankbaits.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Spotty: Offer a minnow near submerged brush.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slow: Only a few have been caught recently with top water lures or spinnerbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Drop stink bait along the edges during later evening hours.

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 finding some fish at the Coleshaft Bridge and in No Name Cove with minnows. Limits being caught.   WHITE BASS: Fair to Good: Look for fish with white twister tails.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Spotty: Smaller sized fish are interested at times in a minnow near submerged brush.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Toss a worm near the shorelines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slow: A few fish have been caught, but nothing to brag about.

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 along the shoreline; reporting nice sized fish. Might catch 3 or 4 and need to move.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Nice sizes are being caught on plastic lures.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers are getting hits near the edges. An angler reported pulling is a 5 pounder this past week. Recent tournament results were 16 pounds being the winning stringer.

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 to spotty using plastics, swimjigs & crankbaits along outer weededges and near deep timber.   BLUEGILL: Fair to spotty using wax worms along weededges.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using cut baits, shrimp & 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, jigs & crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Spotty   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using most baits in mornings but slows up some during the day.  WHITE BASS: Spotty to 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 using surface lures.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using cut bait & worms.   BLUEGILL: Fair using wax worms, meal worms, crickets & red wigglers.   CRAPPIE: Crap using minnows & jigs.

Little Grassy Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good using minnows.

Murphysboro, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using topwater.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using worms.   BLUEGILL: Fair using worms.

Newton Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using crankbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair along the dam.

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.