Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Fox River - North —  WALLEYE: Walleye put on the feed bag as we head into fall. Favorite bait is a small or medium sucker used under a slip float about two feet. Throw the sucker into current edges and let them drift by ambush points like rock and wood.   WHITE BASS: White bass - same description as walleye above.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth bass - same description as walleye above.

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish at Kincaid Lake with a minnow outside the weeds. A few nice fish being caught recently.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Biting! Toss 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 crawdad colored crankbaits, buzz baits, chatter baits, and frogs. Summer patterns - Go early or late!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen using gold fish on trot lines. Bank poles are also popular baited with a variety of regular catfish baits.

Mississippi - Belleville —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Several smaller sized fish biting on wax worms and red wigglers along the weed lines. Bigger fish are deep.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: A few nice Big Blue Catfish and Channel Catfish have been taken with minnows from the deeper holes. Early morning or later evening hours best.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish are hitting on minnows, wax worms, and jigs near weed beds or structure.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A few nice sized fish being reeled in with poppers and top water lures from the river. Area ponds are also producing. Early morning or later evening hours best.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers finding some fish with liver and stink bait (Catfish Charley or Sonny's); also check out the holes near the Myer Dam area; fish seem to stack up in the holes during the hot weather. There will be a Cabela's Catfish Tournament coming up on August 27th; Also a Kids fishing rodeo for kids under 12 years old. $6000.00 college fund money for the kids winner. Check out all of the details at Weimelts Bait Shop.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Fish are hitting on night crawlers near weed lines or structure.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Look for fish near holes with stink bait or live bait.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots of night crawlers selling! Fish are being caught with night crawlers and stink bait. Early mornings or later evenings best.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  WHITE BASS: Good: Anglers catching fish near the Hampton dam with crawfish.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are being caught with shrimp from both the Mississippi River and the Rock River.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Look for fish with a wax worm or red wiggler in the Hennepin Canal and area lakes and ponds near structure and cover.   WALLEYE: Slow to Fair: Drag a crankbait at night or troll a jig and twister tail.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Sylvan Slough, Sunset Marina and the Main River were producing a few fish on chicken liver, night crawlers, and dip baits from deeper holes.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fishermen have been catching some fish along the rip-rap at the Arsenol Dam Lock and Dam # 15.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish are biting on night crawlers along weed lines or cover at Gladstone Lake.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Some fish are being taken from the river, creeks, and Gladstone Lake along the edges, holes, and near rocks with night crawlers and dip bait. Trot lines and bank poles are popular. Early morning and later evening hours best time to fish.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Catching a few with minnows and jigs from deeper levels near brush.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers have been using mostly stink bait in deeper holes; Best success during early morning and later evening hours.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish biting on worms and a few crickets in area ponds and lakes. Cast near weed pockets and weed lines or structure.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers using night crawlers, cut bait, and stink bait. Early morning or later evening hours best. Gold fish and minnows are popular bait for flathead catfish in the deeper holes and on trot lines.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers have been catching just a few from deeper water levels. Must hunt for them.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Cast a wax worm or red wiggler near weed pockets, laydowns, or brush.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish being caught with mostly night crawlers from area lakes and skip jack, night crawlers, and cut baits from the river holes.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Skip jack, shad, night crawlers, large minnnows, and cut bait are favorite baits on bank poles, from a boat, or on trot lines in the river.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish are being taken with wax worms. Look for some fish near weed beds and lines, structure or cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fishermen are successful with night crawlers and medium sized shinners. Early morning or later evening hours best time to fish.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Drag live bait near the deeper holes or ledges. Best success is during later evening hours.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish biting on crickets near weed lines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers using spinner baits, crawdad plastics, rubber worms, frogs, buzz baits, and small crankbaits are popular. Look for them near laydowns and near mouths of creek with some current.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Night crawlers and stink bait are producing in holes and along the edges with bank poles or from a boat during very early mornings or later evening hours.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: Slow: Mermet Lake is still producing just a few on minnows in deeper water levels near brush or cover.   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: A few fish have been hitting on spinners, buzz baits, chatter baits, and other topwater lures near laydowns and brush. Early mornings and later evenings best.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Look for fish with night crawlers, stink bait, or shad. Flathead Catfish are being caught on trot lines and bank poles on live bait in the deeper holes of the river. Night time fishing is best!   CARP: Fair: Anglers have been catching nice sized fish with night crawlers and corn near commercial grain loading facilities.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Cast meal worms outside of weed beds or weed lines and near structure or cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to 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.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Fishermen finding fish at the dam and in the Grandy Tour Area with minnows.   WALLEYE: Spotty: Anglers catching a fish now and them trolling a jig and twister tail.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots of smaller sized fish being taken from near the shorelines since the rain with night crawlers. Cheesebait, chicken liver, and shrimp are also favorite baits.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Spotty: A few Fish are being caught with gold fish, suckers and bluegill. Night time fishing best; bank poles and trot lines are both popular.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  WHITE BASS: Good: Anglers catching fish near the Hampton dam with crawfish.   YELLOW PERCH: Fair: Some fish are being caught with night crawlers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Catching fish in both the Rock River and the Mississippi with shrimp.

Rock - Freeport —  CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: Finding a few fish deep with minnows near brush.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers pulling a few fish from weeds and cover with wax worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A Few are being taken with worms and crankbaits.   WALLEYE: Barely Fair: Fishermen finding a few here and there trolling a leech or jig and twister tail.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting on night crawlers and Big Reds out some from the edges.

Rock - Milan —  WALLEYE: Fair: Fishermen have been picking up some fish near the wing dams in the Mississippi.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers are catching fish near the wing dams with Sonny's stink bait, shrimp, and cut shad.

Rock - Rock Falls —  CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: Wax worms are producing fish 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 or weed lines.   WALLEYE: Fair: Look for fish in the river at the lower dam with bluegill for bait.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish along the edges with stink bait, chicken liver, or night crawlers with bank poles or from a boat. Best during later evening hours.

Rock - Rockford —  BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers are catching some nice fish near weed lines and structure in area lakes and ponds with wax worms or red wigglers under a bobber. The bigger sizes are deep. Start on the bottom and come up.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Some fish being taken from Rock Cut State Park with rubber worm or, chuck's worm thrown to open holes. Also topwater lures - such as Moss Boss and rubber frogs, or weedless crankbaits. Go early approximately 6:00 a.m. for best success. At 10:00 a.m. or later go deep with a night crawler or big minnow and drag the bottom.   NORTHERN PIKE: Fair: Anglers finding some fish with Dare Devils, Chatterbait, crankbaits, or live bait in the Kishwaukee River.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Sonny's stink bait is the favorite bait.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Good: The Kishwaukee River and Rock River are producing great trolling with big minnows, little spoons, Mepps crankbaits, night crawlers, topwater lures, and chatterbait.   WALLEYE: Fair: Hunt for them in shallow water of the Kishwaukee River and troll with jigs.

Wabash - Grayville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slower: Stink bait, liver, and night crawlers are popular baits along the shorelines near timber or laydowns. Trot lines are being baited with cut bait. Check out the flooded creeks and backwater areas.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Slower: Put live bait, a bluegill, or green sunfish on a bank pole or trot line along the banks or in flooded creeks.   CARP: Fair: Some fish being caught in the creeks and backwater areas with night crawlers or corn.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slower: Live bait or stink bait are producing a few in creeks and backwater areas.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Slower: A few fish being taken with trot lines and bank poles baited with live bait from the creeks and backwater areas.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Slower: Fishermen are catching fish from the flooded creeks and backwater areas with night crawlers or cut baits on trot lines and bank poles, or from a boat.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Slower: Fish are being caught from the river backwaters with trot lines baited with live bait and along the creeks.

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Check out Flooded creeks and backwater areas with trot lines and bank poles baited with night crawlers, live bait, or stink bait.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Lots of water! Fish with a bank pole or trot line and live bait along the edges.

Northwest

Gladstone Lake —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Fishermen using a night crawler or red wiggler under a bobber near weed beds, structure, or cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Some Fish have been caught with night crawlers and stink bait in holes or near wood or laydowns.

Northeast

Atwood, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth bass are there to be caught.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Catfish are also there waiting to be caught.   BLUEGILL: Panfish are also caught along with the other fish above.

Fox Chain O'Lakes - 1 —  WHITE BASS: Lots of white bass in the mix.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Catfish in the mix.   WALLEYE: Walleye also in the great mix out there.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth mass were found in the multi-species mix.   WHITE BASS: Yellow bass are out there with the mix of fish.   MUSKIE: It will be a few more weeks at least until the lower temps are seen again in order to start fishing muskies again.

Michigan-Central/North Lake —  YELLOW PERCH: There have been a few nice-sized perch caught in between a lot of small ones. Minnows and soft shell.  CHINOOK SALMON: Guys are casting and bait fishing for kings and have been doing pretty good. This is at Montrose, Belmont, and Diversey harbors. They are casting glow in the dark spoons in the dark, regular spoons, or crank baits in the light and also floating either medium Golden Shiners, alewives, or crawlers for bait.  COHO SALMON: Coho being caught. See above description.  RAINBOW TROUT: Steelhead also being caught. See above description.   NORTHERN PIKE: An occasional northern is also being caught.   FRESHWATER DRUM: No reports of sheep head. They are probably waiting for a wind out of the north.

Michigan-North, Lake —  COHO SALMON: Coho salmon are adding to the catch. Moonshine RV Wonderbread spoon has been a great lure for everything. 150- to 170-ft. of water has been a hot spot for salmon.   CHINOOK SALMON: King salmon also were being caught. Moonshine RV Wonderbread spoon has been a great lure for everything. 150- to 170-ft. of water has been a hot spot for salmon.   LAKE TROUT: Lake trout in abundance with the rest of the catch. Chrome dodgers with Spin N Glos fished below 100 ft. have been catching most of the lake trout. Some trout are being caught by the shore fishermen, but it has been pretty slow.   BROWN TROUT: Brown trout are in with the mix of everything being caught.   RAINBOW TROUT: Steelhead also are being caught. Like with salmon, the 150- to 170-ft. of water range has been a hot spot for the steelhead also.

Michigan-South, Lake —  CHINOOK SALMON: Kings are hitting well starting at 115 ft. of water. Dodgers and flies, as well as Magnum spoons, work good for the action.   RAINBOW TROUT: Steelhead also hitting well, same as above.   FRESHWATER DRUM: Sheep head are hitting good on crawfish on and near shore.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth bass action is going on all along the structure with jigs, spoons/blade baits, and crank baits.

Three Oaks Recreation Area —  NORTHERN PIKE: Pike are abundant here.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth bass are being caught here.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth bass fishing is also very good.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Some big catfish can be found here.   BLUEGILL: Nice-sized panfish also are being caught in this lake.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: on plastics, spinnerbaits, and jigs around timber or weed edges and off points.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: on waxies and part crawler around weed edges, docks and seawalls.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: on dip baits, crawlers, and liver in evenings.   CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: on minnows drifted over brush as fish are suspended with some caught by trolling.

Charleston Side Channel —  BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Anglers using wax worms, red worms, and crickets in area lakes and ponds near weed lines.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Early morning or late evening/night fishing is producing the best along the levees and deep holes in the river with live bluegill bait.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Leeches and homemade Cheese bait are producing in holes and up creeks with some current.

Clinton Lake —  WALLEYE: Fair: Fish hitting while trolling with water leeches.  WHITE BASS: Fair: Cast large minnows in deeper water levels; the cold side of the lake is best. STRIPED BASS - are being taken at the spillway with chicken liver and crawdads.   CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: Here and there; catching a few fish deep in deep water with minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Shad is the # 1 bait; Fish being caught large minnows, shrimp, and cheesebait in the gravel pits.

Dawson Lake —  BLUEGILL: Good: Fish are hitting on wax worms near weed lines, weed patches, structure, docks, and around the edges.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Cast bait out a ways from the shoreline in a little deeper water. Stink bait and worms are favorite baits.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Some nice sized fish have been hitting on spinnerbaits in the channel, in the middle of the lake. Best fishing success is during the early morning or later evening hours.

Decatur, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Success is So-So: A few fishermen using plastic worms, crankbaits, or jigs in the lake. Early morning or later evening hours best.   WHITE BASS: Fair: A few anglers are catching some up on the sandbars; bigger sized fish are deeper; drop a rubber worm close to the bottoms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Biting the best of all the fish this week especially right before or right after a rain: Anglers using skip jack, shad, shad guts, shrimp, Sonny's stink bait, and night crawlers off the banks and from a boat. Also fish near the bridges below the dam down river.   CRAPPIE: Fair: An angler reported catching keepers in 25 feet of water. A few nice fish have also been taken from shallower brush with minnows.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: mostly on plastics, swimjigs, and spinnerbaits off flats or points, with timber and/or weeds.   BLUEGILL: Fair: with many smaller fish on wax worms, red worms, and part crawler around shore cover and weed pockets.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: on most baits.   CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: and suspended mostly on minnows over brush and along deeper outer weed edges.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are being caught with stink bait or night crawlers. Best during night time and early morning hours along the edges or trolling slowly.   BLUEGILL: Good: Cast a cricket, wax worm, or red wiggler near weed beds or along weed lines.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Almost Fair: Some fish are biting on minnows or jigs near submerged brush piles in 9 to 11 feet of water.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Pretty Good: Spinnerbaits or small crankbait near weeds or cover are popular. A recent tournament reported the winning stringer at 12 to 13 pounds with the big fish over 5 pounds. Best success during early and later evening hours.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers are fishing from the banks and drift fishing with shad, night crawlers, or shrimp. A recent tournament reported the winning stringer weighing in at 39 pounds with the big fish weighing 12 pounds.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow: Deep! Hit and miss with minnows near submerged brush.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Cast a wax worm under a bobber near weed lines, structure, or along the edges.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers using deep diving crankbaits and slim jigs in 5 to 30 feet of water; try worms in 7 to 10 feet.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Fishing with blood cheesebait, shad guts, bluegill, and cut baits; best during early morning or later evening hours.

Mingo, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Deep! Anglers have been somewhat successful finding fish with jigs and worms in deeper water levels near wood. Early morning or later evening hours are best. Recent Tournament stringer weights have been down.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Cast wax worms near weed beds or weed lines. Look for larger fish in deeper water levels.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish have been biting on shad or chicken liver in the sticks/woods.

Paradise, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Spotty to Fair: A few fish are being taken from deeper water; approximately 9 to 11 feet deep; use minnows near brush or cover.   BLUEGILL: Pretty Decent: Some fish are biting on wax worms under a bobber near deeper docks, structure, or near weed beds and lines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Pretty Good: Some fish are being caught near cover with plastic lures, frogs, jigs, or spinner baits. Best during early morning or later evening hours.

Paris Twin Lakes —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Toss wax worms, red wigglers, or night crawlers along weed lines or near docks.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fishermen catching some fish with topwater lures and spinnerbaits. Toss worms in the weed beds. Early morning and later evening hours are best.   WALLEYE: Fair: An angler caught a 23 inch long fish from the East Lake recently by throwing a beetle spin. Fish along the piers and near the boat ramp on the main lake with jigs or spinnerbaits. Fish seem to prefer a rocky bottom.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots! Fish along the banks and throw out fairly close near brush, docks, or cover; boat fishermen are throwing towards the shore; using a night crawler, chicken liver or stink bait.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Pretty Slow: Cast a minnow near deeper brush piles. Looking for cooler temperatures and dryer weather.   WALLEYE/SAUGER: Barely Fair: Fish the flats with crankbaits, blade baits, or jig and twister tail. Also try worms. Picking up one here and there   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers finding a few fish in holes with all catfish baits. Trot lines are also being used.   WHITE BASS: Barely Fair: Look for some fish on windy days on wind blown banks with 2 jig rigs or blade baits.

Vermilion, Lake —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers finding some fish with wax worms or red worms under a bobber near weed lines or pockets, laydowns, structure, or cover. Fun for Kids!  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Look for them in deeper levels. Topwater, buzz baits, chatterbaits, small crankbaits, and spinnerbaits are popular. Best during early morning and later evening hours.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Average success: Cast shad and chicken liver near wood along the edges. Night time fishing best.

Walnut Point Lake —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Cast wax worms or red worms in 7 to 10 feet of water near weeds or structure.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers finding fish in 2 to 8 feet of water along the edges with chicken liver, night crawlers, stink bait, and minnows.

West Central

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastic, crankbaits & jigs around deeper timber cover or weeds.  BLUEGILL: Fair using waxies & part crawler.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using most baits.   CRAPPIE: Fair to spotty using minnows drifted over deep cover.

Silver Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using guido bug plastics worms.   CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows   BLUEGILL: Good using worms.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using worms.   SAUGER: Fair using jigs.

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, jigs & crankbaits.   BLUEGILL: Fair to spotty using wax worm & part crawler.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good using cut baits, shrimp & some on dip bait.   CRAPPIE: Spotty to fair using jig/minnows.   WHITE BASS: Fair using Krazy Blades.

South

Rend Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using worms, black/blue jigs, minnows & spinnerbait. 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: Excellent 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 Sonny 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.