Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers finding some fish in 4 to 5 feet of water or 14 to 15 feet with a minnow.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Ponds and clear water creeks are producing on red wigglers and crickets.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast top water lures off the end of points.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are eating worms in the backwater areas. Trot lines being baited with cut silver carp.   CARP: Good: Night crawlers are attracting attention in backwater areas.   FRESHWATER DRUM: Good: Fish are eating worms in the backwater areas.

Mississippi - Belleville —  BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Look for fish near bedding areas or weed lines with wax worms or red wigglers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Stink bait and night crawlers are popular around the edges and at mouths of creeks.   YELLOW PERCH: Good: Fish are biting on night crawlers.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CRAPPIE: Slower: Minnows are popular in clear water in deeper levels near brush.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fish are biting on chubs and night crawlers in backwater areas, up creeks, and at the mouths of creeks.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Anglers are picking up fish with spinners. White is a good color with the muddy conditions since the rains came.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for fish up creeks and in backwater areas with night crawlers, stink bait, and leeches.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CARP: Fair to Good: Picking up some fish with night crawlers from backwater areas. Bow fishing is also popular.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Look for fish in the backwater areas, creeks, and mouths of creeks with Sonny's stink bait. G & S, or Secret 7.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CRAPPIE: Fair: put minnows or wax worms under a bobber at Sunset Marina, Sylvan Slough, Steel Dam, Andelusia Island backwater areas out of the current. Bluegill are also Good: with red worms, wax worms, and minnows in shallow levels. Look for nesting areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Milan area, Sunset, and Steel Dam are producing lots of fish on night crawlers, leeches and dip bait. The high water is piling fish in the Steel Dam area.   NORTHERN PIKE: Fair to Good: Look for fish at Sunset Lake with leeches, minnows or night crawlers.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  BLUEGILL: Good: Cast a wax worm or red wiggler near bedding areas and shallow weed lines at Gladstone Lake.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers are successful up creeks, in the backwater areas, and at mouths of creeks using bank poles baited with stink bait and night crawlers.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CARP: Good: Fish are biting on night crawlers in the backwater areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish biting on all catfish baits in the bay area. High water has moved many fish into this area.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CARP: Good: Look for fish in newly covered areas of backwater with worms; fish are eating lots of insects and worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Night crawlers are favorite baits in the backwater areas and near mouths of creeks just out of the current.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CARP: Good: Fish being taken from the backwater areas with night crawlers or by bow fishing.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Nice sized fish sucking up night crawlers in backwater areas and up creeks.   CRAPPIE: Slow: There are a few fish being found in the backwater; look for clearer water and put a minnow near brush.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CARP: Good: Fishermen are successful bow fishing in the backwater areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for fish with night crawlers in the newly covered areas of backwater and up creeks.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish biting on wax worms, red wigglers, and minnows near weed lines.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Night crawlers and Sonny's stink bait are getting bites along the shorelines, in backwater areas, and at the mouths of creeks.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: High water has slowed fishing activities. Look for fish moving up into creeks where insects and worms have washed in.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: High water has slowed fishing activities. Creeks producing: Lusk creek is the most popular with a variety of top water lures, spinner baits, and buzz baits.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: Area lakes and ponds have still been producing a few with minnows in deeper water levels near brush and cover.  BLUEGILL: Good: biting in shallow water levels near bedding areas and shallow weed lines on crickets and wax worms in area lakes and ponds.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fishermen are catching some nice sized fish with cut shad, night crawlers, or stink bait up creeks and in backwater areas; trot lines baited with cut carp.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: look for fish with night crawlers in the backwater areas and up creeks.   BLUEGILL: Good: Hitting on crickets and red worms near shallow weed lines in area lakes and ponds.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Very Good: Biting like crazy!! Running mostly Cheese bait! Also some chicken liver and night crawlers along the banks and near mouths of creeks. Gold fish and chubs are catching bigger sized channel catfish.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CARP: Fair to Good: Look for fish in the backwater in newly covered grassy areas; biting on night crawlers and insects.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Check out the backwater areas, creeks, and mouths of creeks with a current; Sonny's stink bait, G & S, and Secret 7 have been the baits of choice.

Rock - Freeport —  CARP: Good: Look for fish up flooded creeks with night crawlers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Nice ones being reeled in from the backwater areas and the Rock River with night crawlers.

Rock - Milan —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish biting on pieces of wax worms at Sunset Lake also known as Potter Lake.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good: 1.5 pounders are hitting on chatterbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: The canal is producing fish averaging 3 pounds with leeches.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Plastic worms are popular at Lake George. Average sized fish is 1 pound.

Rock - Rock Falls —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots of cheesebait selling!! Good sized fish are biting on cheesebait and minnows. Look for fish spawning in shallow water levels.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Slow: Look for fish deeper near brush with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish hitting on red wigglers and wax worm in the backwater areas and near weed lines at area lakes and ponds.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Topwater frogs and weedless worms are producing in the shallows at Rock Cut State Park Lake.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Favorite baits are night crawlers, minnows, and leeches.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for fish up the creeks. Fishermen getting lots! The river and Rock cut State Park Lake also producing. Check out the mouths of creeks. Biting everywhere on stink bait and night crawlers.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Lots! Fish biting in the high water near the dam in quiet spots.   NORTHERN PIKE: Good: Getting hits trolling the backwater areas with big minnows.

Wabash - Grayville —  CARP: Good: Fishermen have been pulling some fish from the backwater with night crawlers and by bow fishing.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CARP: Good: Anglers are pulling fish from the backwater areas with night crawlers and by bow fishing.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CARP: Good: Lots of water! Look for fish out in the backwater areas with night crawlers.

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Trot lines are being baited with cut carp; hook it on so it moves with the water. Night crawlers also attracting attention in the backwater areas and up creeks.   YELLOW PERCH: Good: Some nice sized fish being taken with night crawlers from 1 foot deep water in backwater areas.

Northeast

Michigan-South, Lake —  YELLOW PERCH: Opening for perch! Everyone is excited and looking forward to it. Will keep everyone posted.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: on plastics, spinners, crankbaits and topwater along weed edges and near timber at bluffs.   BLUEGILL: Fair: and small around weeds edges and in coves.   CRAPPIE: Fair to Slow: this week on jigs and minnows around deeper cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: along breaks at creek and at coves on cut bait, crawlers and some on dip baits.

Charleston Side Channel —  CARP: Good: Lots of night crawlers selling! Nice sized fish are gobbling up worms in the backwater areas.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for fish in the newly covered backwater areas with night crawlers.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Poor to Fair: Fish are biting in open water; in a little deeper water near brush on minnows and jigs.   BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers finding some fish in the coves and near the docks with red wigglers or wax worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Near shoreline 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: Poor: Trolling pencil baits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: On almost all baits; cut bait, liver, worms, and stink bait are the most popular up the creeks and in the canal. Also look for them along the shorelines at night.

Dawson Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish biting at the dam on minnows, jigs, and wax worms near brush.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Fish are hitting on a variety of baits down the center of the lake in the channel.   WALLEYE: Good: Minnows and jigs are getting hits in the center of the lake in the channel.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: on night crawlers and stink bait around the edges.

Decatur, Lake —  BLUEGILL: Good: Cast a wax worm or red wiggler under a bobber near weed lines.   WALLEYE: Good: Look for them below the dam at Shelbyville Lake with worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Leeches are the bait of choice in the Kaskaskia River.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Anglers using small crankbaits and light colored Mepps-- look for them in open water all over the lake.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: on plastics, crankbaits, small spinners and some topwater baits along weed edges and around shore area timber.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: but small along shore weeds.   CRAPPIE: Slow: this week on jigs and minnows around deeper brush.   SAUGER: Slow to Fair: mostly on jig/minnows along breaks with a couple on bait spinner rigs..

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow: A few fish are being taken from deeper levels near cover with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Bluegill & Redear; Biting on crickets under a bobber near bedding areas and weed lines. Sometimes they are biting right off the docks.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: An angler reported catching 3 mice ones recently with topwater lures. Fishermen have been successful from the bank and from boats with top water lures, spinners, and buzz baits.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are submerged in deeper water near brush; lower a minnow.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fish are biting on wax worms and red wigglers around the shoreline.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: A recent tournament resulted in stingers weighing 11 pounds; 10 pounds, and 9 pounds. Topwater lures, spinners, and frogs are popular.   SAUGER: Good: Try a variety of baits; an angler reported catching one with a wax worm this past week.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: All catfish baits are attracting attention in shallow water levels near cover or holes.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good: Fishermen have to find them, but pulling fish from deeper water near brush with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fish hitting on wax worms, crickets, and red wigglers near weed lines and bedding areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: An angler reported catching 10 fish with a variety of baits this past week.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish will suck up almost any bait that you throw at them around the edges. Cheesebaits, night crawlers, and liver are favorites.

Mingo, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish the edges with cheesebait, night crawlers, or chicken liver.   BLUEGILL: Good: Look for fish near bedding areas. Toss a cricket, wax worm, or red wiggler under a bobber near the beds or weed lines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Cast a spinner bait, buzz bait, or top water lures near shallow laydowns, stumps, or brush.

Paradise, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers finding some fish along the shorelines near cover or holes with shrimp, stink bait, and shad guts or strips.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Spinner baits, top water lures, frogs, chatterbaits, and spinner baits are popular.

Paris Twin Lakes —  WALLEYE/SAUGER: Good: Anglers catching good eating sizes of fish all over the lakes with minnows, beetle spins and little shinny lures. Jigs are getting hits near the boat docks   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting along the shorelines on night crawlers, cut bait, and dip bait.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slower: Look for fish in clear water near cover and brush with minnows. Recent rainfall discolored water from runoff in some areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Smaller sizes hitting on spinner baits, artificial worms, and buzz baits near brush, stumps, and laydowns.   WALLEYE: Fair: Walleye and Saugeye are hitting on jigs, night crawlers, and crank baits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Some are being taken from along the edges with night crawlers and minnows.   WHITE BASS: Slow to Fair: Cast spoons or twister tails in open water areas.   MUSKIE: Fair: Look for fish at the spillway with crank baits and twister tails.

Vermilion, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for fish near brush or cover around the shorelines with stink bait, night crawlers, or liver.   BLUEGILL: Good: Cast a red wiggler, wax worm, or cricket under a bobber near nests or weed lines. Bedding areas are best for catching larger sized males.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Look for fish near brush, cover, or timber with spinner baits, top water lures, or buzz baits.

Walnut Point Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow: They took a dive and are deep near brush; lower a minnow.   BLUEGILL: Good: Fun!! Biting good near bedding areas on wax worms and red wigglers; nice sized fish over 8 inches.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Smaller sized fish hitting on rubber worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slower: Small sizes of fish biting on stink bait, night crawlers, and liver near the edges.

West Central

Prairie Lake (Site M) —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair   BLUEGILL: Fair

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics & crankbaits around ends of timber and weed edges. Some on topwater at weeds and pads.   BLUEGILL: Fair in coves & along shore weeds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair,mostly smaller using cut baits, dip baits & nightcrawlers near spillway area.   CRAPPIE: Spotty & scattered

Silver Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using plastic worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using nightcrawlers.  BLUEGILL: Fair using crickets & meal worms.   CRAPPIE: Poor   SAUGER: Fair using jigs.

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, jigs & deep crankbaits. Fished along breaks with a few on topwater.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using most baits.   CRAPPIE: Spotty & scattered.

South

Forbes Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair   CRAPPIE: Fair

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: Godd 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.