Fishing Report Summaries for all waters
Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham — CRAPPIE: Fair: Lots of minnows selling at the bait shop! Seem to be best in the no wake areas at Kincaid Lake with a minnow outside the weeds; move from deep to shallow levels. An angler reported catching some nice fish recently. Cooler weather temperatures should help to improve success. BLUEGILL: Fair: Put a cricket under a bobber near weed lines or weed beds in area ponds. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fish being caught at Kincaid lake and area ponds with topwater baits, frogs, plastic worms, crawdad colored crankbaits and watermelon power worms off the ends of points; let it hit the bottom in 10 feet of water. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers catching some nice sized fish in the River and mouths of ditches with green sunfish and bluegill. Also using gold fish and beef liver on trot lines. Sharpen your hooks. Bank poles are also popular baited with a variety of regular catfish baits.
Mississippi - Belleville — CRAPPIE: Slow: Cooler water temperatures are needed for improved success. BLUEGILL: Barely Fair: Some small sized fish are being caught with red wigglers near and along weed lines. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Horseshoe Lake has been producing some fish on stink baits and night crawlers along the edges, in holes and off ledges.
Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 — CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: A few are being found with minnows. BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers are catching a few with wax worms near weed lines or structure. STRIPED BASS: Fair: Cast a lure or minnow off the bank. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Finding fish in the creeks with worms. CARP: Good: fish are biting on worms in the creeks and along the edges.
Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna — CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: Just a few fish have been biting on minnows in area ponds; the high water levels have slowed fishing activities. BLUEGILL: Barely Fair: Cast a wax worm in an area pond near weed lines or structure. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fish are being caught with night crawlers and stink bait in the flooded creeks and backwater areas.
Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline — CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: Starting to bite on a minnow or a wax worm; check out the Hennepin Canal. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Live bait is producing along the edges at Hampton in the Parkway and the rock River; cast from the shorelines. Also check out the flooded creeks and sloughs. WALLEYE: Fair: A few Fish are being caught in the Hampton Parkway area with blade baits. Perch & Freshwater Drum are also biting Good at Hampton on night crawlers.
Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island — BLUEGILL: Slower: Fishing with a wax worm or red wiggler in area lakes and ponds near structure, weeds, and cover is best; river water levels and conditions have slowed activity. CHANNEL CATFISH: Slower: Potters Lake is producing a few fish on night crawlers, stink bait, and chicken liver from the creeks. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Slower: Anglers picking up quite a few fish near Albany. Mostly smaller sizes with spinnerbaits and rattletraps.
Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone — CARP: Fair to Good: Fish are biting on night crawlers along weed edges, in filled creeks, and backwater areas. CHANNEL CATFISH: Pretty Good: Some fish are being taken from the river, creeks, and backwater areas along the edges, holes, and near rocks with night crawlers, dip bait and a variety of other catfish baits. Trot lines and bank poles are popular baited with live bluefill bait. A hot spot is near the covered bridge.
Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy — CRAPPIE: Fair: Catching a few with minnows and jigs near brush. Cooler weather temperatures should help to improve success. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers have been using night crawlers and stink bait in deeper holes, creeks, and along ledges.
Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton — CRAPPIE: Fair: Fishing is picking up with minnows out of the current in quiet areas. Water levels have slowed fishing activities. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers are popular along the edges. Skip jack is producing some larger fish in the river.
Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton — CRAPPIE: Fair: Starting to bite on a jig or minnow and moving in; look for fish mostly in area lakes, but also backwaters, creeks, & marina's; out of the current quiet areas. BLUEGILL: Fair: Throw a wax worm or cricket under a bobber near weed pockets, laydowns, or brush in both the river and area ponds. FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Anglers caught a 68 pounder with skip jack this past week; also 40 and 50 pounders are being reeled in; gold fish, and cut baits are popular in the river holes. Channel catfish are being caught with night crawlers.
Mississippi - Pool Woodriver — CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are starting to pick up a few with minnows; cooler temperatures should help to improve fishing success. Good spots are Kincaid Lake, Gillespie, and Rend Lake. BLUEGILL: Good: Wax worms and crickets are popular baits put under a bobber and cast near structure, weed lines, or cover of area lakes and ponds. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fishermen are catching big ones using skip jack and cut baits in the deeper holes. Night crawlers and gold fish are also selling at the bait shop. A recent tournament reported big fish being caught. CARP: Good: Toss a night crawler along the edges. Snagging paddlefish is successful !
Mississippi- St. Clair — BLUEGILL: Fair: Look for some fish near weed beds and lines, structure or cover. Fish are biting on wax worms under a bobber. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fishermen have been successful with night crawlers and medium sized shiners.
Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool — CRAPPIE: Fair: Catching several with minnows. Some fishing in the quiet areas of creeks with minnows. Lusk Creek is the most popular. Fish are Scattered, but the cooler weather temperatures should improve success. BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish biting on crickets near weed lines, structure, and cover. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Barely Fair: Some fish being taken from up creeks using spinner baits, plastics, rubber worms, frogs, buzz baits, and small crawdad crankbaits. Lusk Creek seems to be the most popular. A recent winning tournament stringer of 5 fish weighed 13 pounds. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Night crawlers and stink bait are producing in holes and along the edges with bank poles, trot lines, or from a boat.
Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport — CRAPPIE: Fair: Mermet Lake is producing just a few on minnows in deeper water levels near brush or cover; starting to move up a little. BLUEGILL: Fair: Some fish are being taken with a cricket, or red wiggler near the weed lines or structure in area ponds and at Mermet Lake. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Some fish have been hitting on spinners, buzz baits, chatter baits, and other topwater lures near laydowns and brush. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Look for fish with night crawlers, stink bait, or shad. Flathead Catfish are being caught on trot lines and bank poles with live bait in the deeper holes of the river. CARP: Fair: Anglers have been catching some nice sized fish with night crawlers and corn near commercial grain loading facilities along the edges of the river and creeks.
Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis — BLUEGILL: Good: Cast wax worms or meal worms outside of weed beds or weed lines and near structure or cover. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Bank poles, trot lines, and fishing from a boat are catching some fish using night crawlers, cut baits, shad, and stink bait. Check out the deeper holes and along ledges.
Rock - Byron-Dixon — CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are picking up a few with minnows now that the weather temperatures are cooler. Maybe 4 or 5 fish at a time now. SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers picking us some with minnows. WALLEYE: Fair: Fishermen are picking up a few with minnows. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Favorite baits are cheese bait, chicken liver, shrimp, and night crawlers. Trot lines are being baited with minnows. FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: The Castle Rock area has produced a few big fish with gold fish as bait. SAUGER: Good: Anglers are finding fish using minnows at the lower dam CARP: Good: Big Ones! are being taken with night crawlers and dough balls. If you are fishing for them - you can catch them! Check out the creeks.
Rock - Carbon Cliff — CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: Fish are starting to bite on minnows or a wax worms in quiet water areas. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are being caught with live bait in the Rock River and Hampton in the Parkway; cast from the banks. Also check out the backwater areas, creeks and sloughs. WALLEYE: Fair: A few Walleye, Perch, & Freshwater Drum have been picked up the Hampton Parkway area.
Rock - Freeport — CRAPPIE: Fair to Pretty Decent: In the lakes - Summer Set Lake & Apple Canyon Lake. Barely Fair: Anglers are working harder to find fish: Apple Canyon Lake and Summerset Lake are producing a few fish on leeches and grub tails. is producing 10 inch + sized fish suspended in 12 to 15 feet of water with leeches and little crickets. (Leeches are working awesome). Lake Carroll is producing smaller sized fish with minnows. Move around from shallow levels to deep. BLUEGILL: Fair: Apple Canyon Lake is producing 9 inch + sized fish with little crickets suspended in 12 to 15 feet of water. Summerset Lake also has fish biting on small jigs and baits. YELLOW PERCH: Good: Fish the Harbor area near Dubuque on the Mississippi with leeches and trout worms. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish are biting on dip bait in the Rivers, flooded creeks, and backwater areas; drift a minnow or dip bait down stream.
Rock - Milan — CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: Starting to bite as the weather temperatures get cooler! Fishermen have been picking up a few fish with minnows in area ponds. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers are catching fish with Sonny's stink bait, shrimp, and cut shad; check out the filled creeks and backwater areas.
Rock - Rock Falls — CRAPPIE: Slow to Barely Fair: Wax worms and minnows are getting bites at Rockwood Lake and in area ponds. BLUEGILL: Fair: Rockwood Lake is a great place to fish. Put a wax worm under a bobber near weed beds and weed lines. WALLEYE: Fair: Anglers are trying! Trolling and casting a crankbait in the river at the lower dam. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Best during later evening hours. Fish along the edges with stink bait, chicken liver, or night crawlers with bank poles or from a boat. Check out the creeks.
Rock - Rockford — BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers are catching some nice fish near weed lines and structure in area lakes and ponds with wax worms, night crawler, or red wigglers under a bobber. The bigger sizes are deep. Start on the bottom and come up. Also check out the dam and creeks in the Rockford area. FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: A couple of reports of 20 pounders being taken this past week; using live bait or 8 to 10 inch suckers near heavy cover and log jams. Night time hours are best. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Stink bait is the favorite baits near holes during the day or on the shallow flats at night; put bait shallow sometime and sometime fish the holes. Good sized Flathead catfish are being taken with live bait. CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are starting to bite around the Rockford area at the dam and in the creeks now that the weather temperatures have cooled off some. WALLEYE: Good: A 31 inch fish was reported caught at the Rockton Dam throwing a jig and minnow. Also using a worm, liver, or spinner. As the temperatures cool also use a meaty bait (big minnow or piece of night crawler) on a jig. Walleye and White Bass are both being found.
Wabash - Grayville — CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Hoop nets are somewhat productive. Very few Trot lines being set out as the water slowly drops. Not many leaves in the nets yet, but they are starting to fall. BUFFALO: Decent: Catching a few fish in hoop nets this past week. CARP: Fair: Some fish being caught in the creeks and along the edges with night crawlers or corn.
Wabash - Mt. Carmel — CHANNEL CATFISH: Barely Fair: A few caught in hoop nets recently. Not very many trot lines are being set. BUFFALO: Fair to Good: Fish being taken with hoop nets from the main channel.
Wabash - New Harmony — CHANNEL CATFISH: Barely Fair: Fishermen are catching just a few fish with hoop nets. Not many Trot lines and bank poles being used recently. BUFFALO: Fair to Good: Picking up some fish this past week with a hoop net. Also cast a night crawler off the banks.
Wabash - New Haven — CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers finding some fish in the brush piles in the river. Trot lines and bank poles are being baited with big worms! Carp are also biting on night crawlers. FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Fish with a bank pole or trot line and live bait, bluegill, green sunfish, or gold fish, along the edges and in holes.
Gladstone Lake — BLUEGILL: Fair: Wax worms have been producing near weed lines or structure. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers using heavy sinkers. A few fish are being taken from the edges with night crawlers or stink bait
Atwood, Lake — CRAPPIE: Use Berkley gulp minnows on a small jig head for crappie. BLUEGILL: For bluegill, use Berkley gulp minnows on a small jig head. CHANNEL CATFISH: The above bait can also be used for catfish on the bottom.
Fox Chain O'Lakes - 1 — MUSKIE: Muskies have moved shallow and are eating Bucktails and topwaters in the morning. Trolling bite has been hit or miss. WALLEYE: Walleye have moved shallow and are decent on jigs and live bait or trolling cranks. WHITE BASS: White bass have also moved shallow and are decent on jigs and live bait or trolling cranks. CRAPPIE: Crappie are getting on cribs and will start to be very good soon.
Michigan-Central/North Lake — CHINOOK SALMON: Salmon are being caught casting spoons. Last week they started hitting the large minnows, mostly the bigger golden roaches. RAINBOW TROUT: Trout fishing is also good. Same info as above. YELLOW PERCH: One guy that was using minnows for the salmon and trout caught a nice batch of perch last week. Not really big, but pretty good. NORTHERN PIKE: Northern pike are still popping up here and there.
Michigan-North, Lake — LAKE TROUT: Fishing the Illinois waters of Lake Michigan has been a Lake Trout bonanza this past week! If the weather allowed us to get out, the limits were caught. The best depth was 120- to 180-ft. of water. Fish below 100 foot in the water column with chrome dodgers and Spin N Glos. CHINOOK SALMON: Some kings were being caught by shore fishermen. The best baits are glow spoons and glow crank baits. COHO SALMON: Coho salmon were also being caught by shore fishermen using the same baits as listed above.
Three Oaks Recreation Area — CRAPPIE: Use Berkley gulp minnows on a small jig head for crappie. BLUEGILL: Bluegill can also use Berkley gulp minnows on a small jig head. CHANNEL CATFISH: Catfish are found here as well. Use same bait as above.
Bloomington, Lake — LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Slow: on plastics, jigs, crankbaits and spinners off points with timber and along the weeds. HYBRID STRIPED BASS: Fair: Couple reported last week early in the morning on jig/twisters and roadrunners. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: on dip baits and crawlers in evenings. CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: on jigs and/or minnows fished or slow drifted in 12-16 feet of water over brush.
Charleston Side Channel — BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers using wax worms and crickets mostly in area ponds near weed lines or weed pockets; shade helps. FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Fishing along the levees and deep holes in the river with live bluegill bait. Best during early morning or late evening/night fishing. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night fishing is best with homemade Cheese bait; cast in the middle of the lake or near weed beds; follow the river channel in the deeper water.
Clinton Lake — LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fish hitting on the humps, in gravel pits, and off points on spinnerbaits, large jigs, one inch minnows, and crankbaits. WHITE BASS: Good: White Bass and Walleye are biting on leeches, night crawlers, and medium to large sized minnows on a jig head - by drifting in 10 to 12 feet of water over the flats below the spillway. CRAPPIE: Very Good: Fish are shallow 3,4,5 feet of water with minnows near the banks. Lots of limits being caught. Bait shop is selling bunches of minnows. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish biting on shad, shrimp, or cut bait in the channel. 1 pound to 15 pound average sized fish. An angler reported catching 10 fish that weighed 90 pounds total and he threw the little ones back.
Dawson Lake — CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: Fish are beginning to bite on minnows and crappie jigs; cooler weather temperatures should help improve activity. Mostly in the 9 to 11 inch size range. BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Fishermen are finding some fish around the edges near weeds and cover with wax worms. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Try spinnerbaits or crankbaits - depending on the time of day you are fishing. WALLEYE: Pretty Good: Troll twister tails, blade baits, and spoons down the middle of the channel. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Stink bait and worms have been successful around the edges.
Decatur, Lake — HYBRID STRIPED BASS: Fair: Hybrids and White Bass are being caught below the dam with small crankbaits, blade baits, sliders, curly tails, and tube jigs. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers using skip jack, dip bait, chicken livers, and shrimp below the dam; check out areas near night time lights. CRAPPIE: Fair: Success is picking up! A few being caught with minnows or jigs. Fish are still a little deep - waiting for cooler water temperatures. There will be an open tournament on October 16th - check out the details!
Evergreen Lake — LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: on plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits along weed edges, around timber, and still some areas of rock. BLUEGILL: Fair: on wax worms along weed edges. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: over the weekend on dip baits, crawlers, and big minnows. CRAPPIE: Fair to Slow: and a little scattered at varying depths but should improve soon. SAUGER: Slow: Saugeye were a little slow this past week. WHITE BASS: Fair: on in-line spinners and jig/twister.
Lincoln Trail Lake — CRAPPIE: Fair: A few are being caught with a chartreuse jig in 6 to 8 feet of water; w cooler temperatures should improve success. BLUEGILL: Good: Cast a wax worm or red wiggler near structure or weed lines. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers fishing during early morning or later evening hours with spinnerbaits and buzz baits. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Night crawlers and shrimp are attracting attention along the edges and around brush; best during early and late hours. REDEAR SUNFISH: Good: A 2 pounder was reported caught right off the dock with a red wiggler this past week!! Awesome!! Lower a red wiggler quietly near structure or cover. Try to place it just above them.
Mattoon, Lake — CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are starting to catch a few. Fish are scattered everywhere from the points to deep water to shallow water. Some good sized fish are biting on minnows or jigs. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Spinnerbaits or small crankbait near weeds or cover are popular. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fishing from the banks or drift fishing with shad, night crawlers, snd shrimp. 11 boats fished in the recent tournament with decent results.
Mill Creek Lake — CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish have moved up a little - but not shallow. Cooler temperatures should improve success. Cast a minnows near cover. An angler reported catching 17 at night with a floating light. BLUEGILL: Good: Lots of nice sized fish are being caught recently with wax worms and night crawlers. Cast near weed lines, structure, or along the edges during early mornings. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Big ones have moved up some into 15 feet of water; decent medium sized fish are in 8 to 12 feet of water, and some are in the shallows on wood. Anglers using plastics and crankbaits. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fishing with cheesebait; best during early morning or later evening hours.
Mingo, Lake — BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Look for larger fish in the deeper water levels. Cast wax worms near structure, weed beds, or weed lines. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers have been drifting shad or chicken liver. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast jigs and worms in deeper water levels near wood. Other popular baits are crayfish lures, dark colored rubber worms, chatter baits, and spinnerbaits.
Paradise, Lake — CRAPPIE: Almost Fair: Fish are scattered; use minnows in deeper water, off points, and also check out the shallower levels. BLUEGILL: Pretty Fair: Some fish are biting on wax worms under a bobber near docks, structure, or near weed beds and weed lines. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A little bigger sized fish starting to bite. Some fish are being caught near cover with plastic lures, chatterbaits, jigs, or spinner baits.
Paris Twin Lakes — BLUEGILL: Fair: Toss wax worms, red wigglers, or night crawlers along weed lines or near docks. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A recent tournament produced a nice stringer of 5 fish. Anglers catching some with spinnerbaits. WALLEYE: Fair: Fish seem to prefer a rocky bottom. Fish along the piers and near the boat ramp on the main lake with jigs and a twistertail. East lake best. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers fishing along the banks and throwing out a night crawler, chicken liver or stink bait fairly close near brush, docks, or cover.
Shelbyville, Lake — CRAPPIE: Fair: Success is picking up; fish have moved in some - 6 feet on out. A few being reeled in over 10 inches in size. Cast a minnow near deeper brush piles. Cooler weather and water temperatures will hopefully help. WALLEYE/SAUGER: Fair: Picking up a few more this week while trolling and casting shallow. Fish the flats with crankbaits, blade baits, or jig and twister tail. Also try worms. A little hard to find - one or two here and there. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers finding a few fish off the flats and in holes with all catfish baits. Trot lines are also being used. Early morning and later evening or nights is best fishing; LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Fish are biting! Look for fish both deep and shallow with plastic or crankbaits.
Vermilion, Lake — CRAPPIE: Fair: Starting to bite! Look for them in deeper water levels near brush with a minnow. Need cooler water temperatures should improve success. BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Cast a wax worm under a bobber near structure, weed pockets or weed lines. LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Picking up as the water temps cool. Throw spinnerbaits or crankbaits. SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good: Anglers using crankbaits and tubes on the rocks. Also successful near rocks up the river. CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fishermen drifting shad and chicken liver.
Walnut Point Lake — BLUEGILL: Barely Fair: A few small sized fish have been taken with wax worms cast near weed lines or structure. CHANNEL CATFISH: Barely Fair: Small sized fish have been caught with night crawlers.
Sangchris, Lake — LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastic, jigs, swimbaits & spinnerbaits around cover or weed edges or old pads. BLUEGILL: Fair using waxies. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using most baits. CRAPPIE: Spotty to fair using minnows & a few on jigs over/around brush and deep ends of laydowns.
Springfield, Lake — LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, spinnerbaits, jigs & crankbaits. BLUEGILL: Fair using wax worms around shore cover & some docks. CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using cut baits & dip baits. some blues caught on dip bait. CRAPPIE: Fair using jig/minnow and could improve with the cool down. WHITE BASS: Fair using Krazy Blades.
Rend Lake — LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using minnows, spinnerbaits, worms & black/blue jigs. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. CRAPPIE: Excellent using meal worms, qtr oz pink/white tube jigs, small & medium minnows. From shore, fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Try the Gun Creek Area. Fish the main lake drop off areas. BLUEGILL: Good using small jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms & crickets. From shore try Sailboat Harbor. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. CHANNEL CATFISH: Excellent using large minnows, leeches, Hoss Hawg Bait, night crawlers & Sonny Stink bait. Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats. Set line 3 to 4 feet from the shore over rocks. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. WHITE BASS: Good using inline spinners, jig & curly tail grubs. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges. Fish around along the rocks and drop-offs Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes.