Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Picking up!! Look for them in shallow levels along the banks with minnows. Spawning activities; some have spawned - some are spawning.   BLUEGILL: Good: Some Nice sized fish are being taken with red wigglers under a bobber from fairly shallow water levels near structure or cover.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: live bait - (green sunfish) are the bait of choice.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities! Nice sized fish are biting mostly on minnows and a few jigs shallow water levels. Nice sized fish at Horse Shoe Lake.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Night crawlers and a few crickets are producing best at Horseshoe Lake.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Look for fish along the rip-rap with minnows and jigs.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots of minnows selling! Area lakes and ponds best in shallow water levels. Some spawning activities. An angler reported catching several at Pittsfield Lake recently with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Spawning activities! Anglers using crappie jigs and roadrunners in shallow water levels near structure or cover. Look for bedding areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Interested in spawning activities. Anglers are picking up fish with worms, spinner baits, and various lures.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Fishermen still using minnows in coves, lakes, and area ponds. Spawning activities.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Night crawlers and stink bait are the favorite baits along the banks.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CRAPPIE: Good: Nice sized fish are being taken from the Hennepin Canal with minnows.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Anglers successful using Bass Assassins or a 2 inch Curly Shad.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish in the Albany area with a minnow.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers and stink bait are the baits of choice.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CRAPPIE: Good: Some spawning activities; put minnows or wax worms under a bobber at Sunset Marina, Sylvan Slough, Steel Dam, Andelusia Island backwater areas. Bluegill are also Good: with red worms, wax worms, and minnows in shallow levels. Look for bedding areas.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Very Good: Milan Bridge,Sylvan Slough and the Steel Dam are producing lots of fish on bluegill, chicken liver, and dip bait. Anglers catching fish in the 14 to 16 pound range consistently.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Shrimp and chicken livers are working anywhere - the bait of choice.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities! Minnows are catching limits; nice sized fish are being reeled in. Some bass are also being pulled off of the brush piles with spinners and various other favorite baits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers are reeling in nice sized fish at Gladstone Lake with leeches, night crawlers or stink bait.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities; fish on beds; limits being caught with minnows in the shallows.   CARP: Fair: Night crawlers are popular.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Cast bow worms, night crawlers, and stink bait along the river shorelines. Flathead Catfish are moving and biting on gold fish, suckers, and chubs.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CRAPPIE: Good: Still some spawning activities! Look for fish in shallow water levels with a minnow.   BLUEGILL: Good: Spawning activities! Toss a worm under a bobber near bedding areas in shallow water levels.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Spawning activities! Some have spawned and some are; offer a spinner bait, buzz bait, or small lure near shallow brush or cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: shrimp is the bait of choice. An angler reported that his bait was in the water 30 seconds before a bite. He caught 10 fish that averaged 45 pounds; success has been consistent.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: Excellent: Anglers are successful in all area lakes! Everywhere in this area! Spawning activities and biting on minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Lots being reeled in! Look for fish on beds with wax worms or crickets under a bobber.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Spawning activities! Nice sized fish are hitting on green worms even in the river.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good; Smaller sizes being taken; no reports of huge ones yet. Biting on night crawlers, large shiners, and skip jack.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities. Some big fish being caught; fishermen using mostly minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Spawning activities; A few crickets are going out the door, but mostly worms; look for bedding areas.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Spinner baits and crankbaits are popular.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Neon night crawlers are popular. Some are being taken with dip bait, worms, cut up Bighead or silver carp.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers are finding big fish with minnows in shallow water levels; spawning activities.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good:Night crawlers are getting bites along the banks.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Frank Holten State Lake is still producing fish on trout nibbles.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities; Fish in shallow water levels; biting on minnows.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Fish building nests for spawn activities; Lusk creek is the most popular with a variety of lures, spinner baits, and worms. Several participated in a recent tournament.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: stink bait is the bait of choice. A big blue catfish was reported with night crawlers.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: Good: Area ponds are producing with minnows; look for spawning activities.  BLUEGILL: Good: biting in shallow water levels near bedding areas. Spawning activities.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fishermen are catching nice sized fish with night crawlers off the banks and on trot lines baited with cut carp.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CRAPPIE: Fairly Good: Finding fish in area lakes farm ponds with minnows; They are hungry and biting! Spawning activities.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Spawning activities; look for bedding areas; hitting on crickets and red worms.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CRAPPIE: Fair to good: Decent success! put minnows in shallower water levels below the dam.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Several mails being taken; anglers using spinner baits. Some big largemouth bass being taken from area ponds with spinner baits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Cheese bait and shrimp are the baits of choice. Trot lines are being baited with minnows Flathead Catfish are GOOD: and moving some - look for them with gold fish and sucker chubs. A couple of big ones reported!

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Good: Nice sized fish! Anglers picking up some in the Hennepin Canal with minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish being taken from the Rock River with night crawlers and stink bait.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish in close. Some spawning activities. 9 to 10 inch sized fish are being taken with minnows from shallow levels. Summerset Lake and Apple Canyon are good.   WALLEYE: Fair: A few, but not many being caught; fish biting on leeches. Large, regular, and pan fish sized leeches available.   NORTHERN PIKE: Fair: A few fish have been biting recently on leeches in the Pecatonica River.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: fishermen catching several on crawlers.

Rock - Milan —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Some are being caught with wax worms at Sunset Lake; fish size is averaging 1/4 pound.   CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for 1/4 pounders hitting on red worms in the Hennepin Canal.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: 3 pound average sized fish are biting on liver and pieces of dew worms at the dam.

Rock - Rock Falls —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Lots of fish biting on minnows. Centennial Park Lake is a good spot.   WALLEYE: Good: Anglers successful with leeches and minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Good sized fish are biting on Sonny's Cheesebait and night crawlers at the upper Dam and also the lower dam. A tournament will be held at London on May 23rd from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 N. $50.00 per boat. Come catch a big one!

Rock - Rockford —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots! Anglers using Sonny's stink bait and big sucker chunks along the shoreline. Put chunks of bait on the hook. Flathead Catfish are biting on Big live suckers near the dam; the rain helped activity with new water.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Area ponds and lakes are producing with jig and minnow, night crawler and Mepps spinners; check them out at the Oregon Dam. - Both Largemouth Bass and White Bass. Smallmouth bass are Good: but must throw back! Hitting on worms, minnows, small crankbaits, and Mepps spinners. A great time!!!   CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Spawning activities: Crappie minnows are attracting attention along the shorelines. Area lakes and ponds are best; some also successful with wax worms. Olson Lake, Pierce Lake, and Rock Cut are producing limits of Bluegill and crappie. Bluegill are FAIR: biting in area lakes on ice jigs and wax worms. Need warmer weather temps.

Wabash - Grayville —  BLUE CATFISH: Good: Nice sized fish being caught off the banks with live bait during night time hours. Trot lines are being baited with cut baits. Flathead catfish are also biting!

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  BLUE CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fishermen are using live bait along the banks; trot lines are being baited with cut baits.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Spawning conditions; look for bedding areas; Check out Beall Woods State Park Lake. Smaller sized fish hitting on wax worms under a bobber in shallow water.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers getting a few hits with lures or jigs near brush piles. Females are building nests to spawn.

Wabash - New Harmony —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fishermen catching nice fish off the banks with live bait during night time hours. Trot lines are also producing baited with cut shad or carp.

Wabash - New Haven —  BLUE CATFISH: Good: Fishermen reported catching lots of Flathead Catfish and Blue Catfish along the shorelines with live bait and on trot lines baited with cut carp. Hoop nets are also producing good in the channel.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Spawning activities. Some nice sized fish being taken from area lakes and ponds; females are making nests for spawning. Hitting on artificial plastics, buzz baits, and spinner baits.

Northeast

Michigan-North, Lake —  COHO SALMON: Casting spoons for coho from shore. Boaters are going out a little further to find good fish.   BROWN TROUT: Shore fishermen are using night crawlers for browns. Boaters are also catching browns further out.   CHINOOK SALMON: Kings are found once in awhile off shore.

Michigan-South, Lake —  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth bass are hitting golden roaches and soft plastics.   COHO SALMON: Coho salmon moved off shore inside 1/2 mile out.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: on plastics, spinners, small crank baits, and swim baits.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: with many small fish around dock.   CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: on jigs and/or minnows.   HYBRID STRIPED BASS: Slow to Fair: on crankbaits and blade baits at mouth of coves and a few near the pump house.   WALLEYE: Slow: again this week.

Charleston Side Channel —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities; Bait shop selling minnows; Area ponds are producing with minnows in shallow water - from the banks or from a boat. Some big ones! Shelbyville and Mill Creek are Good spots!   BLUEGILL: Good: Bluegill & Redear have spawning activities going on; Fish are biting on wax worms under a bobber in shallow water areas near structure or cover. Look for bedding areas.   SAUGER: Fair: A few Saugeye are being taken from the rip rap and middle of the lake near the aerator with artificial bait and bass lures. Anglers are also picking up some Hybrid Stripers from a boat - also near the aerator with a jig and minnow or chicken livers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Look for fish in the lake near laydowns with cheesebait and night crawlers.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are biting in close on jigs and minnows; and a few on crappie nibbles. Look for spawning activities!   BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers finding some fish in 4 feet of water off banks on wax worms and red wigglers. Check out the bedding areas for spawning activities.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Near the shore, around stumps, and downed trees with crankbaits, plastics, and spinners. White Bass are Fair to Good: hitting on spoons and twister tails. Striped Bass are Fair: at the Spillway on top with cut carp.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Fishermen using crawlers and minnows next to gravel banks; also crawlers and top water baits at the spillway.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Cut bait, liver, worms, and stink bait are the most popular; also biting at the spillway.

Dawson Lake —  CRAPPIE: Very Good: with minnows; Spawning activities! Look for fish in the shallows and at the dam off the rocks. Bluegill are also in bedding areas; look for nests and cast wax worms or small pieces of worms near them.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Pretty Good: Spawning activities! Spinner baits are being used at the dam.   WALLEYE: Good: Lots! This week with minnows and jigs from open water; check out the dam with minnows and worms.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers were catching fish in shallow water with minnows. Some spawning activities.   STRIPED BASS: Fair to Good: the Kaskaskia River is producing on Mepps Spinners.

Evergreen Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: with more small fish this week on jig and/or minnows.   SAUGER: Slow: with a jig/minnow. New limit Regulation for 2015 for Saugeye is 18 inch minimum length limit and 3 fish daily creel limit.   MUSKIE: Slow: a little slow again this week.   WHITE BASS: Fair to Slow: on jigs/twisters and jigs/minnows.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: Very Good: Awesome! Lots of minnows being used in shallow water levels near docks, structure, and cover. Look for spawning activities.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fish on beds. Crickets under a bobber are attracting attention in shallow water near bedding areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Bass are watching the bluegill and crappie beds; biting sometimes at 3:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. or at 10:00 a.m.: Some spawning activities!

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers using lots of minnows! Fish coming up in shallow water near brush and docks; spawning activities; look for nesting areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Spinner baits seem to be getting hits from nice sized fish; spawning activities; look for beds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: The Bait shop has sold lots of shrimp recently. Night crawlers and stink bait also being used.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: Excellent: Awesome!! Nice sized fish are being taken with minnows: look for fish in shallow water and spawning activities. Bluegill are Good: Look for beds with wax worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Anglers are using artificial baits, plastics, and spinner baits near laydowns, brush, and cover. Spawning activities.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities. Lower a minnow near nesting areas in shallow water levels.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fish are making beds in shallow water. Toss a cricket, wax worm, or red wiggler under a bobber near bedding areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Spawning activities. Cast a spinner bait, buzz bait, or imitation worm near shallow laydowns, stumps, or brush.

Paradise, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers finding fish in shallow water levels with a jig and/or minnow near nesting areas; Spawning activities.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Anglers using spinner baits near bedding areas; spawning activities.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning conditions: Minnows are working best near nesting areas in shallow water levels.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fish are on spawning beds; toss a cricket, flies, or small top water bait near the beds.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: An angler reported catching a big fish rumored near 8 pounds with an artificial worm. Look for Spawning activities in shallow water!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting on liver close to the shorelines.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities: Look for fish in shallow water levels near nesting areas with minnows.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Decent numbers being reeled in, but smaller sizes; close to done spawning. Spinner baits, artificial worms, and buzz baits are popular.   WALLEYE: Good: Walleye and Saugeye are hitting on jigs, night crawlers, and crank baits. Walleye in the upper 20 inches have been caught recently.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: A few are being taken from along the shorelines with night crawlers and minnows.   WHITE BASS: Slow: Fishing success should start and improve soon.   MUSKIE: Fair: Look for fish at the spillway with crank baits and twister tails.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Spawning activities. Look for fish near shallow brush or cover with a minnow.   BLUEGILL: Good: Bedding areas are best; Cast a red wiggler, wax worm, or cricket under a bobber in shallow water.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Spawning activities. Look for fish in shallow water near brush, cover, or trees with spinner baits, top water lures, or buzz baits.

Walnut Point Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Look for them deeper with a minnow due to chilly temperatures. Still some Spawning activities!   BLUEGILL: Good: Limits being caught! Fish over 8 inches in size being taken pretty easy from the shallows with worms. Look for bedding areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast a rubber worm near laydowns. Some spawning activities.

West Central

Beaver Dam Lake —  BLUEGILL: Bluegill up to 8" being caught regularly. Fish up to 9" collected in May 2015 survey.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth Bass up to 7 lbs. caught recently. Fish up to 17" seen during the May 2015 survey.   BLACK CRAPPIE: Black Crappie up to 11" being harvested. Fish up to 12" captured during the May 2015 survey.   REDEAR SUNFISH: Redear up to 10" caught lately. Redear up to 1.5 lbs. collected in the May 2015 survey.

Coffeen Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Average ; Mostly fish near 1.5 lbs.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good ; Larger fish being caught as compared to previous years.   CRAPPIE: Good ; Large fish being caught, but not in high densities.

Otter Lake —  MUSKIE: Muskie up to 40" collected during the spring 2015 sample. Fish up to 50" caught recently.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Channel Catfish up to 8 lbs. collected during the spring 2015 survey.   HYBRID STRIPED BASS: Wipers up to 10 lbs. captured during the spring 2015 sample.

Prairie Lake (Site M) —  BLUEGILL: Fair on the beds.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good. Tournament winner from last week had 3 bass with weighed over 15 pounds.

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, swimbaits & crankbaits around timber and stumps.   BLUEGILL: Fair in coves.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using cut baits & some on dip baits.   CRAPPIE: Fair to spotty, but small using jig/minnows in deeper water.

Silver Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Excellent using wax worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Excellent using large minnows & shrimp.   CRAPPIE: Good using minnows.   SAUGER: Fair using jigs.

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to good using plastics, jigs & crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Fair to spotty   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using most baits.   CRAPPIE: Fair to spotty using minnows with some in deeper waters.

South

Crab Orchard Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using spinnerbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using cheese bait, cut bait, minnows & shad.   BLUEGILL: Good using nightcrawlers, red wigglers, wax worms & crickets.   CRAPPIE: Good using minnows.

Forbes Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using crankbaits & spinnerbaits on the drop offs.   CRAPPIE: Good using jigs over brush in deeper water.

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: Good using qtr oz pink/white tube jigs, meal worms, small & medium minnows. Lately, many fishermen have been fishing in the bushes. 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: Fair 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 stinkbait, 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.