Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers are tearing them up!! Many reports of anglers catching 2 to 3 pounds at Kincaid Lake with small minnows. Check out the Johnson Creek area on the north side of the lake. Look in 15 feet of water up towards the banks.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Big- nice fish are being taken from the Johnson Creek area on the north edge of Kincaid Lake with worms and lizards. Throw a lizard next to the bank edge and drag it slowly into the water. Hot spots are Crab Orchard Lake, Cedar Lake, and Kincaid Lake with 5 to 7 pounders being taken recently. Look for fish near mouths of coves near timber or near brush,   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fishermen catching fish with dead minnows in area lakes on bank poles and cut chad on trot lines. Commercial hoop nets are doing good in the river.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: Good: Frank Holton Lake is producing lots of fish; look for them on the banks and from a boat over brush piles. Offer a jig and minnow.   BLUEGILL: Good: Wax worms and red wigglers are attracting their attention in warmer water areas near structure or wood and bedding areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers are using might crawlers or cut up skip jack on their hooks. Nice sized fish are being reeled in.   RAINBOW TROUT: Fair to Good: Favorite baits are Berkley's Trout Bait, red wigglers, or rosie reds at Frank Holten State Park.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CRAPPIE: Good: Look for fish moving up into about 4 feet of water or shallower and biting on a jig or minnow as water temperatures warm up.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Anglers catching fish in area ponds and lakes with wax worms and red worms near bedding areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Mostly Bank poles baited with shad or night crawlers; some females are full of eggs.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Warmer water temperatures are improving angling success as fish move up into warmer water and bite on minnows..   WALLEYE: Fair: Fish are being taken with walleye minnows near the Bellview area.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers and stink bait are being used on bank poles along the river bank. Fair: Fishermen have been successful snagging paddlefish.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers continue to find fish in the Hennepin Canal with minnows.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish in the river near the dam with a minnow and twister tail or jig heads.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers are catching fish with on stink bait from the river.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Warmer temperatures are improving success. Check out the Twin Sisters Pond near the walking bridge in the Milan area with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Look for fish in the Milan area; Twin Sisters Pond near the walking bridge in the Milan area is producing on wax worms.   WALLEYE/SAUGER: Fair to Good: Anglers have been successful in front of the Arsenal along the riverfront at the dam and Sylvan Slough by trolling crankbaits, jigs & twistertails or minnows.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Fishermen have been successful along the wall at the Davenport Dam; using a jig and twister tail or a jig and shad body.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Lots of minnows selling at the bait shop. Gladstone Lake has been producing some nice sized fish. Offer them a jig and minnow or wax worm.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers are finding some fish in creeks, backwater areas, and drainage ditches with night crawlers. They are becoming active with the warmer temps.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Good: Warmer water temperatures are increasing success as fish move up; offer minnows near brush.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fishermen are reporting 5 to 6 pounders taken from area farm ponds with soft bait and finesse worms.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Anglers have been successful at Siloam Springs Lake with Berkley power bait or minnows..

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CRAPPIE: Good: An angler reported catching 80 recently! Minnows are popular; look for clear, quiet, warmer water places to fish.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers are finding fish with 3/4 inch pieces of shrimp; night crawlers or with cut bait are also being used on bank poles.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: Good: Minnows and jigs are working in area lakes. Hot spots are Rend Lake, Coffeen, Litchfield, and the Power Plant Lake. Darker colored jigs are popular such as black and chartreuse. It's coming together - don't miss out on reeling one in.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: success is coming along; cut bait or skip jack is popular on bank poles.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots of Minnows are selling! Some good fishing spots are Rend Lake, Holiday Shores, and Kincaid Lake in Southern Illinois.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Ponds are producing on red wigglers and super meal near bedding areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Look for fish biting at Holiday shores in this area.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Favorite baits continue to be night crawlers and cut bait on bank poles or trot lines. Fishermen are also snagging paddlefish in the river.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Look for fish in shallow levels with a minnow or jig and minnow. Decent sized fish are being pulled in.   BLUEGILL: Good: Nice sized fish are being taken close to the shorelines with a wax worm or red wiggler. Some Big ones !!! Look for them beginning to make beds.   WHITE BASS: Good: Largemouth Bass and White Bass are hitting baits close to the shoreline; anglers using a jig and minnow, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits.   RAINBOW TROUT: Fair: Anglers have been using Berkley's Power Bait or minnows at Frank Holten State Park Lake.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen are successful with Geno's stink Bait.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CRAPPIE: Good: Nice big ones are being taken from area ponds, and the warmer clear creeks with a jig and minnow. Take time out from mowing the lawn and go fishing! Don't miss out on the beautiful weather!   BLUEGILL: Fair: A few biting on wax worms in creeks and area ponds.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Anglers using spinner baits, frogs, and black or blue lizards. Check out the tournament this weekend at the Marina for details.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night Crawlers, minnows, and some stink bait being used.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: Good: Area ponds are producing on jigs and minnows. The old saying is that "when the Dogwood trees are in bloom - the crappie start spawning." ??   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Night crawlers are popular on bank poles along the river banks baited with night crawlers or cut bait.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CRAPPIE: Good: Area lakes and ponds are producing on minnows. Mermet Lake is good as fish move up into shallower levels.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers are using red worms and crickets near structure or wood.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Night crawlers are selling and being used on bank poles.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are doing better with minnow as water temperatures warm up.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Spotty to Fair: with minnows.   WALLEYE: Fair: Jigging a minnow or using stringers at the dam has been successful.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Cheese Bait, chicken livers, red worms, and night crawlers are all being used along the shorelines.   NORTHERN PIKE: Fair: Fishermen are using a big minnow or big suckers.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few are being taken from the Hennipen Canal with minnows.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish on the Mississippi at the dam with a jig head or minnow and twistertail.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Stink bait is the bait of choice as the water temperatures warm things up.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Good: The river "Opened Up"! Look for fish with minnows in the shallow levels when the weather is warm and in the deeper levels when the weather is cool.   BLUEGILL: Good: anglers using wax worms in the Pecatonica and Rock Rivers.   WALLEYE: Good: Some double crankbaits are being used; also bigger magnum walleye minnows, or a lead head with tails while working the whole river - trolling bait.   NORTHERN PIKE: Good: Troll or drift floater jigs over the entire river in that area.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are being caught with leeches, large minnows, night crawlers and suckers.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Fish are still biting on small crappie minnows.

Rock - Milan —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers are picking up fish with minnows from area lakes and ponds.   BLUEGILL: Good: Lots of wax worms being sold. Look for fish on beds. Cast near the bedding areas in shallow water.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Fish are making beds and also hanging out near brush. KVD square bill crankbaits are popular.   WALLEYE: Good: the river is producing at the mouth of the Rock River into the Mississippi on 3-way crankbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish are biting on stink bait and dew worms and night crawlers on bank poles.

Rock - Rock Falls —  RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Anglers have been successful getting bites with Berkleys Power Bait and crappie minnows.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Fair to good: Fish are being taken from 8 to 10 feet of water with a jig and minnow or wax worm near brush. Lots of anglers trying!!   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Rock Cut State Park Lake is producing a few fish on wax worms or red wigglers as they move into shallower levels near cover.   WALLEYE/SAUGER: Fair: Fish have completed their spawn so success is slower. Perfect water conditions; anglers using a jig and minnow or night crawler harness near the dam and in backwater areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Catching fish with night crawlers, stink bait or dead minnows. Catching fish in the quiet spots- near eddys in Rock River and Kishwaukee River, along the edges, and in the creeks.   NORTHERN PIKE: Fair: Northerns & Muskie: Fish hitting on 4 to 5 inch shinners or suckers. Northern's are eating suckers. Also try 6 to 8 inch Rapala's or Spinners.   RAINBOW TROUT: Fair: Smaller sized fish are being taken with Berkley's trout bait or minnows.

Wabash - Grayville —  BUFFALO: Great: Commercial fishermen are catching lots of fish with hoop nets this past week. A fisherman reported one net had 500 pounds in it.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Trot lines are being baited with cut bait. Hoop nets are producing well. Fishermen are also using live bait and night crawlers on bank poles. Some flatheads also being taken.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Bank poles baited with live bait, trot lines baited with cut bait, and commercial hoop nets are catching nice sized fish.   BUFFALO: Good: Lots of fish are being caught with commercial hoop nets.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Commercial hoop nets are producing well this week. Fishermen are catching fish from the channel and eddys with night crawlers or cut baits on trot lines and live bait on bank poles.   BUFFALO: Good: Lots of fish are being taken from the river with commercial hoop nets. Buffalo ribs are delicious!!! Fish fry time!

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Bank Poles are producing with cut bait. Lots of fish are being caught in hoop nets.   BUFFALO: Good: Many pounds of fish are being taken with commercial hoop nets

Northwest

Gladstone Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Gladstone Lake is producing as fish move up into shallower water levels as temperatures warm up on jigs and minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fish are interested in making beds in the warmer shallow water; hitting on wax worms and red wigglers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: A few have been taken with night crawlers.

Northeast

Michigan-South, Lake —  COHO SALMON: From shore, coho slowed up a bit over the weekend. Anglers who got out on their boats did better just off shore.   LAKE TROUT: Lake trout was pretty much like the coho.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth bass continues to improve as the Lake temps begin to rise.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slow to Fair: over the weekend on plastics and slow fished small spinners; also heard of a couple caught on minnows by crappie anglers.   CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: on jigs with tubes or minnows around outer edges of brush   BLUEGILL: Slow: Bluegill were a little slow again this past week, but success should pick up as water temperatures warm up.

Charleston Side Channel —  CRAPPIE: Good: Fishing is opening up with minnows; they are starting to move up. Look for the clear, warmer places. Look for fish near brush and cover. Mill Creek is a hot spot.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish are starting to move up; put on a bigger hook if you want to keep the little ones off. Nice ones being caught in area lakes and ponds on wax worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Nice sized fish being taken from area ponds and lakes with crankbaits, rooster tails, twister tails, and white spinner baits.   STRIPED BASS: Fair: An angler reported catching a 4 pounder recently; try chicken liver for bait.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers are attracting attention in the River.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: It's ON! Anglers catching lots of fish with minnows along the shorelines.   WHITE BASS: Good: White Bass & Striped Bass -- Check out the rip-rap around the bridges area.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Fishermen are getting hits around the bridge area near the rip-rap.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish near the rip-rap near the bridges.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots of fish are being caught.   CARP: Good: Females are spawning everywhere; Anglers are getting bites with night crawlers and on fresh corn.

Dawson Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Anglers are picking up fish in the 10 inch plus range from the dam area with minnows. Lots of minnows selling!   WALLEYE: Fair: A few fish are being taken with spinnerbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Look for fish from the low water area to the north with cut bait, chicken livers, or shrimp.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Depth varies with minnows, baby garland jigs, or tube jigs. Scattered hit and miss success; check out the banks along Route 105 with a minnow or the Williams Street Rd. off docks with jigs. An angler reported catching 7 recently.   WHITE BASS: Fair to good: Lots are hitting blade baits or Rooster tail spinners below the dam   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Area ponds have been producing on crankbaist, imitation plastic lures, and rubber frogs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers, stink bait, or shad are all getting bites near the dam.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slow: with a few small fish caught this past week.   CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: On jugs around cover in 8 - 12 feet of water.   MUSKIE: Slow to Fair: with a 40 inch fish caught recently

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish along the banks with minnows. Night time fishing hours seem to also be rewarding for the anglers.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Crickets are selling with anglers coming back to get more at the bait shop. Cast one under a bobber near the docks and banks.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Very Good: Fish are biting on mostly minnows and a few on jigs around docks and brush in 12 to 18 inches of water; females have eggs.   BLUEGILL: Good: Wax worms are selling at the bait shop. Put one under a bobber and cast near structure.   SAUGER: Fair to Good: Look for fish near the spillway with minnows; anglers pulling in 24 to 26 inch fish.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Check out all levels with a jig and minnow or maybe a wax worm. During the warmer P.M. hours- fish seem to be more active . Look for the clearer warmer water areas. An angler reported catching 18 this past week.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Lower a wax worm under a bobber near structure in the warmer sunny areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Pretty Good: Some nice sized fish have been caught; look for them deep to shallow or on points with artificial lures, crankbaits, or spinnerbaits; hit and miss.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Night crawlers continues to be the bait of choice.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are moving up as the water temperatures warm up and starting to bite on minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Wax worms are attracting attention under a bobber near structure or cover in shallower water levels. Look for bedding areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers are attracting attention. Success is improving with warmer temperatures.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Favorite baits are Berkley Power Bait or crappie minnows.

Paradise, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Fish are moving into shallower levels near docks and brush; lower a jig or minnow in 12 to 18 inches of water.   BLUEGILL: Good: Wax worms are attracting attention under a bobber near docks and brush.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Look for fish around the shorelines; night crawlers, stink bait, and minnows are popular bait.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CRAPPIE: Good: Fish are biting! Check out the shorelines from the banks or from a boat with a minnow or jig.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Fish are starting to come on and picking up with a minnow or jig. Check out the coves (Coon & Possum Coves) fish are reported to be biting and are stacked in like a 15 layer salad! Warmer weather temperatures should continue to improve angling success. Check out the river systems where water temperatures might be warmer.   WALLEYE/SAUGER: Fair to Good: Look for fish below the dam spillway and up in the Kaskaskia Walleye and Striped Bass are hitting on twister tails, or slider jigs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers have been successful with night crawlers and shrimp.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Minnows are selling at the bait shop. Angling success should improve as water temperatures warm up; offer a jig and minnow near submerged brush. Look for them in all depths.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Fish have been biting on wax worms recently near structure or cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Look for them with a night crawler on your hook along warmer water areas near cover.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Favorite baits have been Berkley Power Bait or crappie minnows.

Walnut Point Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow: A few are being taken with minnows from 8 to 12 feet of water.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Males are moving into bedding areas; Put a grub worm under a bobber in about 18 inches of water around the shorelines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Some females are spawning; Cast them a Rapala or small minnow divers near bedding areas.

West Central

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, jigs, crankbaits & spinnerbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair, but small using most baits.   CRAPPIE: Fair using jigs and/or minnows.

Silver Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using crankbait.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair using red wigglers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using nightcrawlers & minnows.   SAUGER: No report

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, jigs, crankbaits & spinnerbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using cut baits & large minnows.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows and/or jigs.

South

Mermet Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair from a boat.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Spotty   BLUEGILL: Good, but small using minnows & jigs. Along the bank and from a boat.

Rend Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using worms, black and blue jigs, minnows & spinner baits. 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 meal worms, qtr oz pink/white tube jigs, 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 Bati, 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.