Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Very Good: The no wake zone located on the north end of Kincaid Lake is best. Fishermen are finding fish in 8 feet of water with minnows. Average size is 12 inches. Good reports coming from area strip pits also.   MUSKIE: Good: Crankbaits are popular; anglers fishing for bass are getting hits on crankbaits, spinners, and big lures; look for them in deeper open water.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Mostly smaller sizes hitting on crankbaits and spinners.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Favorite baits are minnows and wax worms in clearer water areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast a jig near woody cover by tight lining and reeling slowly.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Fall Trout Season - anglers doing well with Berkely bait and dough baits.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are using minnows and wax worms; fish have been fairly hungry.   WALLEYE: Fair: Anglers using walleye minnows. Good sales at the bait shop!

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A jig and minnow are attracting attention in the Mississippi River this past week; also finding a few good sized fish at Lake George, Cattail Slough, and Sunset Marina.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: The Rock River is producing on worms in this area.   WALLEYE: Good: Look for fish in open water with a twister tail, large minnow or jig. Quite a few being takes.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CRAPPIE: Good: Fish have moved into the backwater areas at Sunset Lake and biting on small jigs or minnows. 13 inch fish have been taken from Sunset Marina recently.   BLUEGILL: Good: 8 to 9 inch sized fish are being taken from Sunset Marina with minnows or small jigs.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Jigs and twister tails are producing at sylvan Slough. Evenings Best!   WALLEYE: Good: Walleye & Sauger: Evenings best! Anglers are finding fish at Sylvan Slough with jigs, shad wraps, and crankbaits.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish in clearer water with minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Cast night crawlers over deeper holes or near drop-offs, ledges, and creeks. Anglers have reeled in some nice sized fish recently.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Area ponds and lakes have been producing on minnows. Green colored lures are also attracting attention   HYBRID STRIPED BASS: Fair to Good: An angler reported catching an 8 pounder with a lure recently. Look for fish in open water with a minnow or lure.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Check out the holes and deeper water near the dam with live bluegill bait.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Area lakes and ponds are producing from shallower water levels with minnows. Need more fishermen! Worms are selling for other species of fish.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Area lakes and ponds have been producing good sized fish with minnows, both shinners and Rosies. Hot spots are Otter Lake and Beaver Dam.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Fishermen reeling in fish with Berkley Bait and dough baits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Anglers using large shiners.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Offer a minnow as fish move up into shallower levels as cooler temperatures arrive.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Anglers have been using crickets near structure and remaining weed lines.   MUSKIE: Fair: Look for fish in deeper open water with a crankbait.   CARP: Good: Corn, night crawlers, and dough baits are popular in the creeks and sloughs.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: An angler reported catching 15 on his last trip; fish biting on minnows in the creeks.   BLUEGILL: Good: Crickets are attracting attention near structure and remaining weeds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Look for fish near ledges, laydowns, and holes with stink bait and night crawlers.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: All of the tournaments have been completed for the year. Cast rubber worms, plastic lures, or small crankbaits near cover.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Minnows are attracting fish in 9 to 10 feet of water near tree tops.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fair: Look for fish at the mouths of creeks in the Ohio river with crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Crickets, wax worms, and red wigglers are popular near cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers and chicken liver are attracting attention over mussel beds and gravel beds in deeper water levels.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers using shad sides in the main channel and night crawlers on bank poles. Look for fish in deeper holes and at the mouths of creeks.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: Minnows are attracting good sized fish; anglers only catching a few at a time.   WALLEYE: Good: Look for fish in deeper open water; anglers have been reeling in some nice sized fish from deep levels when the sun shines with twister tails with or without a jig head.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: worms and crushed minnows are popular; work to catch them.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Slow: Toss bluegill, gold fish, chubs, suckers, bullheads and live bait in deeper holes and under ledges.   FRESHWATER DRUM: Good: Tight line a worm in open water; nice sized fish being caught.   WHITE BASS: Slow: Jigs and crankbaits have been popular baits recently.   CARP: Good: Always lots of fish to catch; offer dough ball, or corn. Big Buffalo are hitting on worms!

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few fish are being taken from Lake George, Sunset marina, and Cattail Slough with minnows; some good sized fish being reeled in.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: The Rock River is producing on worms.   WALLEYE: Good: Anglers picking up quite a few with a jig, large minnow, or twister tail in open water.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Area lakes are average success: Anglers are out looking on the river with night crawlers and picking up some near Dubuque, Town Lake and Lost Lake areas; using jigs with a slip bobber jigging in 15 to 20 feet of water; minnows reportedly producing nice big ones from a boat.   WALLEYE: Good: Walleye & Northern Pike: Running a jig and minnow in the river; also using straight lining spinner loads and large minnows; good places to fish are where the bottom part of the Pecatonica River to the dam and upper Winslow-Harrison area. Decent sizes from 12 to 17 inches being caught; and some 22 to 24 inch fish. fish near the wing dam downstream with lead heads with minnows or twister tails, and crankbaits.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Anglers finding fish in Apple River down to White Pines State Park with power bait, crappie minnow, and little jigs with bobbers cast a let drift. Nice 14 to 15 inch fish.

Rock - Milan —  BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Sunset Lake is producing 1/4 pound sized fish on wax worms and red wigglers.   STRIPED BASS: Fair: Anglers are using crankbaits and spoons in the Rock River. Average sized fish is approximately 1.0 pounds.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to good: Look for fish in the Rock River with buzz baits. Fish have been about 2.0 pounds in size.

Rock - Rock Falls —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Fishermen have been finding fish with minnows jigging near structure and cover.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers are picking up some fish from the Mississippi with minnows, wax worms, and red wigglers.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fishing activities have picked up some with wax worms, and red wigglers being favorite baits.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Very Good: Lots! Biting like crazy! The Kishwaukee River is producing fish on jigs and minnows best.   WALLEYE: Very Good: Still Going Crazy! Walleye minnows and a worm harness with a crawler are working well in the Rock River between Rockford and Oregon. Get out of town; fish averaging 10 to 20 inches in size.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers getting some hits at the mouths of creeks and the Rock River with stink bait and crappie minnows.

Wabash - Grayville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: The weather conditions have slowed fishing activities recently. Drift with the current and cast stink bait or cut bait near deeper holes or log piles.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Favorite baits are stink bait, night crawlers, and cut baits. Look for deeper holes, near ledges, or laydowns.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Don't miss the fall season, plan to go fishing soon. Favorite baits are night crawlers, cut or live baits, and stink bait.

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Nets produced good numbers while the river levels were raising, but levels are dropping this week. Put a night crawler on a bank pole near the mouths of creeks.

East Central

Charleston Side Channel —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are moving into shallower water levels with the cooler temperatures; biting on minnows; Mill Creek and Shelbyville lake are hot spots!   BLUEGILL: Fair: Crickets, wax worms, and red worms are attracting attention near docks and remaining weeds.   SAUGER: Fair: Anglers using a jig and twister tail and artificial biats: fish in the 4 to 5 pound range are being taken from the deeper river channel in the lake, near the aeration area with moving water.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers have been getting some bites on chartreuse colored jigs as fish move up into shallower water levels.

Dawson Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers are using crappie jigs and minnows in 5 to 6 feet of water near the dam.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A few fish are being caught with plastic lures and crankbaits; Look for fish down the enter of the lake.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers were catching some with a jig and minnow off the rip rap areas. Popular colors are green pumpkin; chartreuse with a orange jig head.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Toss a night crawler near the creeks and waterways that run into the lake.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Slow: on plastics or crankbaits off points around timber.   CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: on jigs and minnows around brush.   MUSKIE: Slow to Fair: over the weekend on stickbaits.   SAUGER: Fair: over the weekend on jig/minnow.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few are being taken with jigs and a few with minnows.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good; Anglers are finding a few fish with minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Favorite baits have been shrimp, shad, night crawlers, shad guts, and shad sides near wood and laydowns.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers successful with minnows; finding fish in 3 feet of water all the way up to 1.5 feet of water north of the bridge. They are hungry.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Some fish are biting near weed lines and brush on stink bait and chicken livers.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Fishermen are picking up some fish with minnows from shallow levels.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Best success has been in the river; favorite baits are stink bait and night crawlers.

Paradise, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few fish are biting on minnows. Look for them in shallower levels as temperatures cool down.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Anglers are mostly drift fishing with shad, night crawlers, or shrimp.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are moving into shallower water levels and biting on minnows.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers catching a few nice sized fish with imitation worms and plastic lures.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish with a jig and minnow near the banks on the East Lake.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Chicken liver is being used on bank poles near the bridges.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers have been successful catching limits with minnows and jigs. Fish the shallow water levels; also finding fish in the Kaskaskia River with minnows.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Leeches and worms are attracting attention and popular.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Activity is picking up; minnows are attracting attention of nice sized fish in fairly shallow levels.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen finding some in the river with stink bait; look for the deeper holes or near log piles.

Walnut Point Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow to fair: Look for them with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Slow to Fair: Anglers getting bites using wax worms and red wigglers in the coves and near docks.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slow: Cast crankbaits, imitation worms with a red curley tail, or plastic lures near weed lines.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Look for fish near laydowns with stink bait or chicken livers.

West Central

Prairie Lake (Site M) —  RAINBOW TROUT: Excellent   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Excellent   BLUEGILL: Excellent

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Spotty using plastics & spinners around ends of shoreline timber.   CRAPPIE: Fair to Spotty using jigs & minnows.

Springfield, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows & some on jigs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to spotty   WHITE BASS: Fair using jigs/twisters & a few on minnows.


Crab Orchard Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using cut bait & worms.   CRAPPIE: Fair using jigs & minnows along wolf creek rd.   BLUEGILL: Fair using wax worms, red wigglers & crickets along wolf creek rd.

Ferne Clyffe Lake —  RAINBOW TROUT: Good using corn

Forbes Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair

Kinkaid Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Spotty   BLUEGILL: Fair using red wigglers & wax worms scattered.   CRAPPIE: Good using minnows & some jigs around 6 to 8 feet deep.   MUSKIE: Fair

Murphysboro, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair using red wigglers & meal worms.   CRAPPIE: Good using minnows around 6 to 8 feet deep.

Rend Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using worms, black/blue jigs, minnows & spinnerbaits. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers   CRAPPIE: Excellent using 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: Good 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.