Past Fishing Reports

Weekly Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Fox River - North —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Catfishing has been good.  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth bass can be caught on spinners like Mepps. I like a gold blade with a white tail.

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Some reports of limits being caught along the edge of the grass with minnows at Lake Kinkaid.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Check out the deeper holes with stink bait, night crawlers, or other meaty baits. Best during early morning or later evening hours.  MUSKIE: Fair: Various colors of crank baits are being trolled in deep water levels at Kincaid Lake.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Some Nice sized fish are biting on skip jack and shad along the main river edges, ledges, in holes. Pool 26 is a good spot during night time hours!   BLUEGILL: Good: Cast wax worms and red wigglers near weed lines or near docks and structure.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots of stink bait is selling; cast it along the shorelines near holes and ledges.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Using chicken liver along the shoreline and near laydowns on bank poles or from a boat.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Some nice sized fish being caught in the Rock River with live bait, stink bait, or night crawlers. Look for deeper holes. Night time fishing best.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  BLUEGILL: Good: Toss a wax worm or red wiggler near docks, structure, or weed lines in any area lake. Fun to catch! Lots of exciting activity!  WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Anglers finding fish near the 280 Bridge with minnows.  SAUGER: Good: Fish being taken from the river at Steel Dam with a jig and twister tail or a shallow running crank bait.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Steel Dam is producing on stink bait, leeches, jig heads and shad bodies along the edges and shorelines. Check out the Moline Parkway with bobbers and leeches in close; 10 feet out is too far out; float bobbers along the edge.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Top water baits, plastic worms, spinner baits, and buzz baits are attracting attention during early and late hours.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers using wax worms and night crawlers near brush and weed lines.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Early morning and later evening hours best. Night crawlers, dip bait, and leeches are favorite baits cast along the shorelines, up creeks, and in holes.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Sonny's stink bait is a favorite this week along the shorelines; best during early morning or later evening hours.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers using night crawlers, shrimp, Catfish Charlies or Sonny's stink bait in holes along the edges on bank poles or from a boat.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  BLUEGILL: Very Good: Lots of crickets selling !!! Anglers are finding fish with crickets and wax worms near docks, structure, weed lines, and brush.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish along the shorelines with night crawlers; check out the holes. Skip jack and gold fish are being used in pool 26 in the main river current holes.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Pool 26 is producing some bigger sized fish during night time hours with skip jack herring from a boat. Fishermen also using bank poles along the shorelines baited with stink bait, cut bait, shad, and night crawlers.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fishermen are finding some fish in Pool 26 on the Mississippi River with skip jack and shad during night time hours.  BLUEGILL: Good: Toss a wax worms or red wigglers near weed lines and around docks at Frank Holden State Park Lake, Rend Lake, and other area lakes.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A SLW tournament is scheduled for this weekend. Lots of boats will be fishing. Favorite baits are spinner baits, crank baits, top water baits, and plastics.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish along the edges in holes with night crawlers or stink bait or worms on bank poles, trot lines, or from a boat. Early and late best.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Anglers finding a few fish along the shorelines in the deeper holes with bluegill on bank poles and trot lines. Night time fishing best.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Cast stink bait along the edges and near laydowns on bank poles or from a boat; best during early morning or later evening hours.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  BLUEGILL: Fair: Area ponds and lakes are best; toss crickets and red wigglers near weed lines or cover.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers using night crawlers and stink bait along the shorelines in holes and near drop offs on bank poles and trot lines. Some shad being used in the main channel from a boat.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Running small in the 8 to 10 inch range, but lots of them! Hitting on minnows and night crawlers.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Small sized fish in the 7 to 15 pound range being pulled in from along the edges with bluegill, chubs, and gold fish.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Very Good: Mostly smaller sizes; Favorite baits are dip bait, chicken livers and worms; catching along the edges.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Cast dip bait and chicken liver near laydowns and along the shorelines.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair to Good: Nice sized fish have been caught this past week along the edges from deeper holes with live bait, stink bait, or night crawlers on bank poles, trot lines, or from a boat.

Rock - Freeport —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Early and late hours best in area ponds & lakes. Mayflies are starting to hatch so top water baits are working.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Anglers finding some nice sized fish at Apple Canyon with waxies; using baby crawlers at Summer Set Lake.   WALLEYE: Fair: Early and late best. Summerset, Apple Canyon, and Lake Carroll have been producing some nice sized fish by trolling Big Reds, and little leeches along the shorelines; also look near the docks. Minnows are so - so. Crank baits are also popular at Summer Set Lake.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers are finding some fish along the edges with leeches and night crawlers.

Rock - Milan —  WALLEYE: Fair: Fish are biting near the wing dams on crank baits, leeches, and walleye minnows.   BLUEGILL: Good: Cast wax worms or red worms in the canal.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Catching fish off the banks or from a boat with leeches, large minnows, and C.J.'s stink bait along the edges.

Rock - Rockford —  WALLEYE: Fair: Chasing them in the current with a heavy jig and leech; thread the leech up tight on the hook.  BLUEGILL: Good: Area lakes and ponds have been producing on wax worms near the docks during the daytime. Smaller sizes are being taken up close and bigger sizes are in deeper levels.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Average size of 2 to 3 pounds are being taken from Ponds and Lakes; Using topwater floating baits - frogs, mouse, weedless lures at Rock Cut State Park, Olson Lake, and Bowman Park Lake in Cherry Valley. Cast baits around and under the docks.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Good: Fish biting on big sucker minnows and bluegill (live baits) near the dam. Catching from the river south and north of Rockford. A 60 pounder was reported this past week.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: The River and flooded creeks near timber and in quiet dead water is the place to be; using 1/2 pound sinkers just out of the current at the edges of the current; move around to find holes; Rock Cut Lake, Pierce, Olson, and Leven's Lake are also producing fish on minnows, worms, and cut bait; also Uncle Sonny's Stink bait is working along the edges. Roc Cut State Park lake is producing lots of 10 pounders.

Wabash - Grayville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Bank poles baited with live bait, shad, stink bait, or night crawlers along the edges, up creeks, and in sloughs.   BLUEGILL: Good: Anglers have been finding some fish in area pond or lakes with wax worms and red wigglers near weed lines and bedding areas.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair to Good: Some being caught on bank poles and trot lines baited with live bluegill bait, cut bait, and gold fish near ledges and holes.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Using cut shad, night crawlers, and stink bait on bank poles along the shoreline.

Wabash - New Harmony —  BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Fun to catch! Cast a wax worm near weed lines or docks in area lakes and ponds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers are using stink bait, cut shad, or night crawlers on bank poles. Early morning or later evening hours are best.

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish along the shorelines with stink bait and night crawlers on a bank pole and trot lines. Night time fishing best.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: Anglers fishing along the edges near holes and ledges with live bait or stink bait on bank poles or trot lines.

Northwest

Gladstone Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish being caught with dip bait, night crawlers, and leeches around the edges off the banks or from a boat and up creeks.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Using wax worms or night crawlers at Gladstone Lake near docks, weed patches, and weed lines.

Northeast

Atwood, Lake —  BLUEGILL: Great bluegill catches.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Bass fishing is good.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Catfish are plentiful.

Fox Chain O'Lakes - 1 —  WALLEYE: The walleyes are moving a bit deeper and related to current when available. Crawlers have been best, and trolling cranks are a good option.  MUSKIE: Muskies have also moved deep, and a few nice fish have been caught.  WHITE BASS: White bass are active in the morning on weedlines.  BLUEGILL: Panfish are also active in the morning on weedlines.

Michigan-Central/North Lake —  YELLOW PERCH: Lots of small perch are out there, but there have been some keeper limits being caught. They are still hitting on minnows and also soft shells now.  FRESHWATER DRUM: Sheephead are being hooked on the soft shells. 10 lb. and bigger.

Michigan-North, Lake —  CHINOOK SALMON: On average 2-5 king bites can be expected. If you get out early 50-100 feet of water is where the action is. Later in the day 100-150 feet of water has been better. The best lures have been leads for the kings. RV moonshine agent orange, and RV moonshine wonder bread have been our two top spoons.  RAINBOW TROUT: There are good numbers of steelhead. Like the kings, the best lures for the steelhead have been leads. Same spoons as mentioned above.  LAKE TROUT: Good numbers of lake trout are out there. The lake trout are deep dwelling. The 11-inch Hot spot with a pink spin n glo and a white skirt has been a steady lure for the lake trout.  COHO SALMON: Coho are still being caught. The Stubby gold start dodger with a blue green gold fly on a dipsy has still been good for Coho.

Michigan-South, Lake —  YELLOW PERCH: Perch continue to bite all along Chicago's lakefront. The fish are hitting minnows and soft shells. Try tipping a piece of soft shells on a jig, for a spinner for good results. Early and late (low light) seem to be the best time for a good limit.

Three Oaks Recreation Area —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Many largemouth bass are found here.  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth bass are being caught here also.  NORTHERN PIKE: Northern pike are being caught.  WALLEYE: Along with the catches listed above, walleye are a good catch. Night crawlers and drop shot plastics or Senkos will work well on all these catches, and the Defender jig will work well on the hot summer days in 16-30 feet of water.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Slow: on plastics along deep timber, crank baits along breaks and a few on top water baits early.  BLUEGILL: Fair: wax worms, part crawler and small jig/nibbles along the seawalls and near the docks.  CRAPPIE: Fair to Slow: on drifting jigs/minnows and a few trolling cranks.

Charleston Side Channel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Early mornings and later evening hours are best. A few fish are being taken from the lake with cheese bait.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow: A few fish are being taken from deep water levels with minnows and some on jigs. Early and late hours best!   BLUEGILL: Fair: Fish along the weed lines and around docks with wax worms.   WALLEYE: Barely Fair: An angler reported catching 2 from deep water recently; using minnows, night crawlers, and some leeches.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Barely Fair Anglers using shad, shrimp, night crawlers, big minnows, chicken livers, and cheese bait being used. Best along the shorelines during early morning or later evening hours.   WHITE BASS: Fair to Good: Several being caught on the cooler end with chrome baits, white curly tail jigs, and minnows.

Dawson Lake —  BLUEGILL: Good: Fun to Catch!! 4 to 6 inch sized fish have been biting on wax worms and red wigglers.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Anglers catching fish from around the edges with night crawlers or stink bait. Early morning or later evening hours best.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for them a little deeper off the banks and near the docks. Anglers using minnows, tube jigs, Charlie Brewer sliders, Power Bait, Strike Kings, Slab Busters and jigs and tube jigs in shallower water levels and around the docks.   WALLEYE: Fair: A few nice sized fish are being taken at the dam, the spillway, and up the Kaskaskia River.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: An angler reported catching 25 fish up to 19 inches in length Evenings Best! Anglers successful when fish come in to feed. Nice sized fish are being taken with leeches, shad, shad guts, minnows, big shrimp, Sonny's & Coles stink bait, skip jack, & Coles cheese bait. Some spawning activities. Also a few nice flathead being caught with live bait down river. Night fishing is popular!  WHITE BASS: Fair to Good: White Bass and Hybrid Striped Bass: Nice sized fish hitting on blade baits off the banks and at the spillway; also using Big dudes, sandblasters, spoons, Bomber Spoons, Cast Champs, and Charlie Brewer Sliders in deeper water levels.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Hitting on top water lures, plastics, spinner baits and crank baits near the dam.

Evergreen Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Slow: over the weekend on plastics, spinners, and crank baits in mornings off points along weeds and later along breaks with timber.  CRAPPIE: Fair: with most around or over brush in 14-18 feet of water on jig/twister or minnows.  WHITE BASS: Fair to Good: with most small fish on drifted jig/twisters or trolling small crank baits.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Look for them in the shallow levels at night near laydowns and trees with chicken livers and night crawlers.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Spotty Spawning: Toss wax worms, meal worms, crickets, or red worms around the docks, bedding areas, and weeds.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: Aggressive hits on plastic worms and crank baits. Early morning and later evening hours best.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Deep Best!! Catching some fish from deeper levels over brush with minnows and jigs.   BLUEGILL: Good: Biting & Fun to catch! Cast a wax worm near bedding areas, weed lines, or near structure.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fish hitting on plastic worms, frogs, crawdads, and spinner baits near brush or laydowns. A recent tournament had 20 boats participate.

Mill Creek Lake —  BLUEGILL: Very Good: Nice sized fish hopping and popping with a white grub. Fun!! Catching fish!   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Scattered in all levels of water! Nice sized fish being taken from shallow levels to 10 feet deep on crank baits, top water baits, plastics, and spinners. Early morning and later evening hours are best.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Liver and cheese bait is working around the edges very early in the mornings.

Mingo, Lake —  BLUEGILL: Good: Toss a wax worm or red wiggler near weed lines and around docks or structure.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Some smaller sized fish have been hitting on spinner baits, crank baits, plastic, & top water lures; best during early morning or later evening hours. Tournament stringers weighed in at about 9 pounds.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting around the edges, near laydowns, and in holes on a variety of baits.

Paradise, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Deep water levels best! Fish with minnows and/or jigs over brush from a boat.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Cast a wax worm near structure and weed lines.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Early and late hours best; cast top water lures, frogs, crank baits, plastic, & spinner baits near brush.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are finding fish near brush and rocks with a twister tail and minnow; early mornings or later evenings best.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Look for fish feeding on schools of shad; cast buzz baits, top water lures, spinner baits, or artificial lures; also a few being taken from along the edges during the evening hours.  WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Nice sized fish in the 2 pound plus range are being caught with jigs - sometimes while crappie fishing.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Fish are biting on cheese bait, chicken liver and night crawlers near ledges and in holes.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Almost Fair: Lots of small sized fish under 10 inches being found. Anglers are picking up a few in 7 feet to 16 feet of water over brush with wax worms. Check out the Cold Shaft and River Bridges.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: A few are being taken with crank baits or blade baits from a boat or from the bank. Check out the wind blown shorelines. Early morning or later evening hours are best.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: using various baits - shrimp, stink bait, night crawlers, and shad guts are popular along the shorelines and in holes.  WALLEYE/SAUGER: Slow: An occasional fish is being picked up with In-line-spinners, crank baits, and blade baits.

Vermilion, Lake —  BLUEGILL: Good: Fish near docks and weed lines with wax worms, red wigglers, or tubes.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: A recent tournament reported 34 boats and 33 boats caught fish! The winning stringer weighed in at 15.75 pounds with 5.83 pounds being the big fish of the day. The fifth place stringer weighed 14 pounds - so lots of nice fish. Favorite baits are spinner baits, frogs, plastic, and crank baits. Many fish averaged 2 pounds.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Using Cut shad and stink bait along the shorelines, in holes, and near ledges.

Walnut Point Lake —  BLUEGILL: Good: Fish biting on wax worms, red worms, and meal worms around brush in 3.5 to 4 feet of water.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Nice sized fish 5 pound + have been caught recently! Cast chicken livers, night crawlers, or shrimp in the coves near shallow laydowns. Early mornings and later evening hours are best.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fish in the .5 to 1 pound range have been hitting on top water baits, plastic worms, and spinner baits near trees or brush.

West Central

Sangchris, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, crankbaits & topwater along weed edges and ends of laydowns. Best in the mornings.  BLUEGILL: Fair to good, but small along the shore.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using most baits.  CRAPPIE: Spotty

Springfield, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics, crankbaits & a few on topwater in the early the day.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using shad & dip baits.  CRAPPIE: Spotty with a few deep.  WHITE BASS: Fair in the mornings.

South

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. Shallow water! Fish attractors! From shore, fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Try the Jackie Branch Breakwater and along Mine 21 Road. Fish the main lake drop off areas.   BLUEGILL: Good using small jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms & crickets. From shore try Sailboat Harbor and Mine 21 Road. 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, nightcrawlers & 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.