Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Fair: The no wake zone located on the north end of Kincaid Lake is best. Fishermen are finding fish in 8 to 10 feet of water with minnows. Average size is 12 inches. Good reports coming from area strip pits also.   MUSKIE: Fair: Crankbaits are popular; look for them in deeper open water.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Cast live bluegill, green sunfish, or stink bait in the deeper holes.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Favorite baits are minnows and wax worms in clearer water. Recent rainfall and weather conditions have slowed fishing activities.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast a jig near woody cover by tight lining and reeling slowly.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  RAINBOW TROUT: Fall Trout Season begins on October 18th.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are using minnows and waxies; fish have been fairly hungry.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Put a night crawler on a bank pole and toss it near ledges, drop offs, laydowns, stumps, or holes.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A jig and minnow are attracting attention in the Mississippi River this past week; also finding some good sized fish at Lake George, Cattail Slough, and Sunset Marina.   SAUGER: Fair: A crankbait or twister tail is the bait of choice this past week.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish in open water with a twister tail or crankbait.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CRAPPIE: Fair: jigs, wax worms, or small minnows are getting hits. 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 little ice jigs.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Jigs and twister tails are producing at sylvan Slough.   WALLEYE: Good: Anglers are finding fish in the river with jigs, shad wraps, and crankbaits.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Recent weather conditions have slowed fishing activities. Look for fish in clearer water with minnows.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Cast night crawlers over deeper holes or near drop-offs and ledges. Anglers have reeled in some nice sized fish recently.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Area ponds and lakes have been producing on minnows. Wet weather conditions have slowed fishing activities recently.   STRIPED BASS: Fair to Good: Look for fish in open water with a minnow or lure.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: 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.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Area lakes and ponds have been producing good sized fish with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Look for fish near remaining weed edges, structure, docks or rocks with worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Anglers using worms, large shiners, and cut bait.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Wet weather has slowed fishing activities this past week; offer a minnow as fish move up with the cooler temperatures.   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: Weather conditions have slowed fishing activity this past week; 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: Weather conditions have been a challenge this past week for anglers. 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: Wet weather conditions have slowed fishing activities this past week. Minnows are attracting good sized fish.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish in deeper open water; anglers have been reeling in some nice sized fish.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow to Fair: Cheesebait is popular; work to catch them.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Slow: Toss stink bait or live baits in deeper holes and under ledges.   FRESHWATER DRUM: Good: Tight line a night crawler 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 a worm, dough ball, or corn.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Hunt for fish at Lake George, Sunset marina, and Cattail Slough with minnows; good sized fish being reeled in.   SAUGER: Fair: Twister tails and crankbaits. are favorite baits. Anglers catching a few this past week.   WALLEYE: Fair: Anglers using a twister tail or crankbait in open water.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Area lakes are average success: Anglers are out looking; must really work for them; using minnows and catching mostly smaller sizes. The Dubuque area is reportedly producing nice big ones from a boat with minnows.   WALLEYE: Good: Running crankbaits 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 18 to 24 inches being caught. Belleview had approximately 90 boats in the area near the dam; fishing near the wing dam downstream with lead heads with minnows or twister tails, and crankbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers working to catch some; average size has been 3 to 4 pounders with dip bait, crawlers, or minnows.

Rock - Milan —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Sunset Lake is producing 1.2 pound sized fish on minnows.   STRIPED BASS: Fair: Anglers are using crankbaits in the canal. Average sized fish is approximately 1.5 pounds.   WALLEYE: Fair to good: Look for fish in the sloughs of the Rock River with minnows. Fish have been about 1.5 pounds in size.

Rock - Rock Falls —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers were finding some fish with minnows before the wet weather conditions slowed fishing activities.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Slower: Wet weather conditions have slowed fishing activities this past week. Need more fishermen.   BLUEGILL: Slower: Fishing activities have slowed due to the wet and chilly weather conditions recently.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Very Good: Biting like crazy! the Pecatonica, Rock River and Mississippi are producing fish.   WALLEYE: Very Good: Going Crazy this week! Walleye minnows and a worm harness with a crawler are working well in the Rock River, Pecatonica, and Mississippi Rivers.   MUSKIE: Fair: Anglers getting some hits at the mouth of the Kishwaukee River and the Rock River.

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: Wet weather conditions have slowed fishing activities this past week. Favorite baits are stink bait, night crawlers, and cut baits. Look for deeper holes, near ledges, or laydowns.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Wet and chilly conditions have slowed fishing activities. 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: Wet weather conditions and chilly temps have slowed fishing activities.

Northeast

Michigan-North, Lake —  CHINOOK SALMON: Snaggers getting fish, mainly kings. Boaters going south for the kings!   BROWN TROUT: Regular fishermen on shore using spawn, shad, and herring on the bottom for the browns.   STEELHEAD TROUT: Regular fishmen on shore using spawn, shad, and herring on the bottom for steelheads.

Michigan-South, Lake —  CHINOOK SALMON: Chinook are hitting spoons and crank baits. Chinook and trout are also hitting spawn sacs, crawlers, and small jigs under a slip bobber in the harbors.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: along remaining weeds or timber along bluffs and at coves on plastics and crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Fair: but small on waxies near docks.   HYBRID STRIPED BASS: Fair to Slow: in mid-lake on crankbaits or jig/big twisters (watch for surface feeding).   CRAPPIE: Fair to Slow: on jigs/minnows over and around brush.

Charleston Side Channel —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are moving into shallower water levels as the cooler temperatures arrive; biting on minnows; Mill Creek is a hot spot!   BLUEGILL: Fair: Crickets, wax worms, and red worms are attracting attention near docks and remaining weeds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Slow: Cheesebait is the bait of choice.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers have been getting some bites on chartreuse colored jigs.

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

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Weather conditions have slowed fishing activity recently; Anglers were catching limits with a jig and minnow in shallow water levels. Popular colors are green pumpkin; chartreuse with a orange jig head.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Toss a night crawler near the waterways where water runs into the lake; fish are looking for worms being washed in.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Slow: on plastics or crankbaits around ends of laydown timber and off points.   CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: and scattered with some on minnows over brush.   SAUGER: Slow: Saugeye were slow with some small fish on jigs/minnows.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few are being taken with jigs and a few with minnows; Rainfall has slowed fishing activities.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good; Anglers are finding a few fish with minnows; look for them deep but biting!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: 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 the middle of the lake, near brush, on the north side. They are hungry even with the wet weather conditions.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish are biting near weed lines and brush on stink bait and chicken livers.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fishermen are picking up a few 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: Some fish are biting on minnows in deeper water levels. Weather conditions have slowed fishing activities some.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen are mostly drift fishing with night crawlers, shrimp, or shad.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are starting to move up a little and bite on minnows. Wet weather conditions slowed fishing activities.   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 to Good: 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. Look for fish in the shallow water levels.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Leeches and worms are attracting attention and popular.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Activity is picking up some; minnows are attracting attention 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: Weather conditions have slowed fishing activities recently. Look for them with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers getting bites using wax worms and red wigglers in the coves.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Cast crankbaits, imitation worms with a red curley tail, or plastic lures near weed lines during later evening hours.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Slow: Look for fish near laydowns with stink bait or chicken livers.

West Central

Coffeen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using minnows & artificial lures.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using Sonny Stink Bait & shrimp.   BLUEGILL: Fair using minnows & artificial lures.   CRAPPIE: Good using minnows.

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics & crankbaits.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using most baits near areas with rock.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows & some jigs near spillway area or end of lake.

Silver Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good to fair using jigs & minnows.   CRAPPIE: Good to fair using minnows & tube jigs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using shad   BLUEGILL: Fair using meal worms.

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, jigs & crankbaits along the shoreline or around the docks.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows and/or jigs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using cut baits.   WHITE BASS: Fair to spotty using jig/twister, inline spinners & bladebaits. Watch for surface feeding.

South

Crab Orchard Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Spotty   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using leeches & cut bait.   BLUEGILL: Good using wax worms, red wigglers & crickets along Wolf Creek road.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows & jigs along Wolf Creek road.

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

Little Grassy Lake —  CRAPPIE: Good using minnows.

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: Good 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.

Sam Parr Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good to fair using crankbait.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using stinkbait.   BLUEGILL: Fair using worms.