Past Fishing Reports

Weekly Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Dough baits, minnows, stink bait, or cut baits are attracting attention along the shorelines and in holes.  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Crickets are attracting attention near weed lines, weed pockets, or near cover and structure.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: An anglers got 6 doz. minnows from the bait shop recently. Check out the north end of Kincaid lake where they are feeding on the shad.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Fish are biting on night crawlers and a few on shad from along the edges and up creeks.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: A few smaller sized fish are being taken with a wax worm under a bobber off the rip-rap, brush, stumps, and near weed patches.  CRAPPIE: FAIR to GOOD: Picking up some pretty good fish. Fishing from a boat has the best success - better than from the banks. Some being caught in the 12 to 13 inch range! Anglers using a Spider Rig with a minnow in 12 to 13 feet of water.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CHANNEL CATFISH: SLOWER: Need steady levels; look for fish with cut bait, skip jack, or stink bait along the shorelines or at the mouths of creeks.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Biting on minnows along the edges of the clearer -cooler backwater areas and creeks.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Fish being caught in holes, near mouths of creeks, and up flooded creeks with night crawlers or stink bait.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  BLUEGILL: FAIR: Doing pretty good catching some in the canal.  YELLOW PERCH: FAIR: Catching some with crawdads!

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CHANNEL CATFISH: SLOW: Due to high fluctuating water levels, fishing activities have been slow recently.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CHANNEL CATFISH: PRETTY GOOD: The area north of Pool 18 has been producing. Check out filled creeks with night crawlers. Also fish water covered grassy areas, in holes, near trees, stumps, and brush with minnows.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CHANNEL CATFISH: SLOWER: Need steady levels; look for fish with cut bait, skip jack, or stink bait along the edges or at the mouths of creeks.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Fish are being taken from along the backwater edges and up creeks with cut bait, night crawlers, or stink bait.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Starting to pick up; Look for them -still in deep water so far with minnows; the cooler temperatures should help to improve success.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Starting to feed for the fall season. Fishermen are finding some fish with skip jack, night crawlers, and cut bait along the edges, backwater areas, and up creeks.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Cooler weather temperatures will hopefully increase success. Fish are starting to come up in area lakes and ponds and bite on minnows over brush or near structure.  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Hitting on wax worms under a bobber near weed patches and weed lines.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Skip jack and cut bait are producing from a boat or from the banks along the edges, in the holes, or troll the main river channel. Some Night crawlers are also popular in newly covered grassy areas.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Anglers are catching some fish. Look along the shorelines and in holes with stink bait, minnows, or cut baits.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: A recent tournament reported some catching limits. Creeks were the most popular fishing place with Lusk Creek and Big Grande Pierre being best.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Fish are starting to move up and become a little more active as temperatures cool off.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Look for fish along the shorelines, in holes, and near cover with cut bait, stink bait, or night crawlers.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Look for fish in the main channel, along the shorelines, or near commercial grain facilities with cut bait, stink bait, shad, and night crawlers.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  WHITE BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Big ones are being caught!  CARP: GOOD: Look for them in the shallow backwater areas and out in flooded fields with night crawlers.  CHANNEL CATFISH: VERY GOOD: Favorite baits are night crawlers, dead minnows, or cheese bait.  WALLEYE: GOOD: Finding fish at the dam with minnows; using a 1.4 oz. lead head with a minnow - get it down deeper.  SMALLMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Mostly minnows are being used with a jig head; a few twister tails are also successful.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Catching some; minnows are best - still in deep water levels.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  YELLOW PERCH: FAIR: Anglers are trying to catch fish! Catching a few with crawfish.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: Having pretty good luck catching fish in the canal.

Rock - Freeport —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: A few are being caught with night crawlers and leeches at Apple Canyon.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: A few are being caught by jigging minnows or using Big Reds, 132 & 164 with lead heads with red worms in 15 to 20 feet of water at Apple Canyon. Lake Carroll with minnows; and Summerset Lake with Mini Mites, Gulp, Reds, and waxies. Cooler temperatures in the forecast should help to improve success.  WALLEYE: FAIR: Fishermen are finding a few fish at Apple Canyon by trolling little leeches, jigging spoons, and using flashy lures.  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Plenty at Apple Canyon Lake using waxies and crickets. Gulp Alive and Mini Mites are popular at Lake Carroll.  STRIPED BASS: FAIR: Fishermen have been trolling minnows.

Rock - Milan —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Finding a few fish in the backwater areas; fish tight in the brush with minnows.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Using chubs and cut bait in the river; best at night in shallow water levels.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: Some fish biting in the backwater areas near brush or cover.

Rock - Rockford —  CHANNEL CATFISH: VERY GOOD: An angler reported catching 50 recently using minnows and stink bait in flooded ditches and creeks. The creeks are full of bugs and night crawlers.  WALLEYE: FAIR: The Rockford & Oregon Dams are producing on a jig and minnow in quiet water areas and up creeks.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: GOOD: The Rock River is producing on bluegill.  NORTHERN PIKE: FAIR to GOOD: Fish are coming in during evening hours and biting on night crawlers and bluegill. Big fish are following the smaller fish up the creeks during feeding activities.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Creeks are producing close to the banks as fish hunt for crayfish and frogs to feed on.

Wabash - Grayville —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: BARELY FAIR: A few smaller sized fish have been caught recently; check out mouth of creeks and holes.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: BARELY FAIR: A few are being caught with cut bait or stink bait along the shorelines. Bow fishing is also popular.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: BARELY FAIR: A few fish being taken with cut bait or stink bait from along the shorelines in holes and at mouths of creeks.

Wabash - New Haven —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Look near log piles with cut bait and dead minnows. Check out the creeks, mouths of creeks, and in holes along the edges.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: FAIR: Anglers using live bluegill for bait during later evening - night time hours best.


Gladstone Lake —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Anglers finding some fish as they move up into shallower levels; they like the cooler temperatures. Lower a minnow over brush or structure.   BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Some nice ones reported being caught with wax worms near weed lines, structure, and holes in the weed patches.


Atwood, Lake —  BLUEGILL: Bluegill are always hitting. Use a small hook and a small float with a wax or red worm.

Michigan-Central/North Lake —  NORTHERN PIKE: Still quite a few northern pike are being caught while fishermen are casting for salmon also.  RAINBOW TROUT: Rainbow trout have been caught using golden roaches and are starting to hit the spawn.  CHINOOK SALMON: The kings started hitting a little bit better still on spoons and crankbaits.

Michigan-North, Lake —  COHO SALMON: A few of next year's Coho salmon were caught along with the mix of fish.  RAINBOW TROUT: Steelhead have also been caught. See other descriptions.  LAKE TROUT: Plenty of lake trout have been caught. See water depths and rod, etc. descriptions under Chinook Salmon.  CHINOOK SALMON: Kings have been caught on trips out from 220 ft. through 230 ft. of water. Fish were caught the whole way! The best rods were a RV Moonshine blue flounder down 85 ft. and a white flasher with a white fly down 120 ft.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: around timber, off points or weed edge on plastics, spinner baits, and some on chatter baits.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: on crawlers and dip baits.  CRAPPIE: FAIR to SLOW: on jigs.

Charleston Side Channel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Fish being taken from below the spillway when the current is flowing over by using cut bait, shad guts, cheese bait, and chicken liver. Early and late hours best.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Coming up some and are catching a few with minnows; fishing from a boat in 8 to 10 feet of feet water is better. Best success is from the river above the spillway on minnows and a few jigs. Use various colors with chartreuse. Cooler weather temperatures should improve success.  SAUGER: FAIR: Mostly trolling for them with lipless crank baits, white rattle traps or red eyed shad near the aeration area.

Clinton Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Limits being caught. Lots caught with meaty baits being used. Catching them from the hot water discharge area across the entire lake. Drifting best, but some bank fishing with dough balls and cheese bait.  WHITE BASS: GOOD: Catching limits everywhere! Small spinners and shiners are attracting attention by trolling the main lake or casting from the banks.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: GOOD: Fish along the Rip-rap area with spinner baits (excellent) and small crank baits.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Limits being caught in 6 to 10 feet of water from the cooler end. Lots of small fish being caught. There have been a few keepers also caught.

Decatur, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: BARELY FAIR: A recent tournament reported the winning stringer weighed in at 12 pounds. Up river best success. Fish are hitting on spinner baits, Whopper Ploppers, chatter bait, and frogs.  WHITE BASS: FAIR: A few fish being taken from the spillway and at the dam/spillway area with Big Dudes, Gay blades, and Cicada's. Check out the holes!   CRAPPIE: GOOD: Nice sized fish being caught! Some catching fish around the boat docks, up the river, and below the dam with mostly minnows and some Bobby Garlands, curly tails, tubes, and jigs. Move around to find them. Cooler temperatures are in the forecast! Be ready for fish to be hungry!  BLUEGILL: FAIR: A few Nice sized fish being taken with wax worms or red worms off the banks.   HYBRID STRIPED BASS: FAIR: Nice sized fish being taken from the main lake by trolling  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Night time fishing is best. Look along the edges with cut bait and minnows. The river is also producing some nice fish in holes below the dam and on down the river.

Evergreen Lake —  SAUGER: FAIR to SLOW: near breaks at coves on jig/crawler or some on crank baits.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: and at times FAIR to GOOD: with many small fish scattered from 8 feet to 14 feet.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: late last week around timber and other cover or weed edge on plastics and spinner baits.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: SLOW: Frogs, Minnows, and plastic's are popular near brush. Early and late hours best.  BLUEGILL: SLOW: Try Spider rigging baited with crickets for both BLUEGILL and REDEAR SUNFISH  CHANNEL CATFISH: SLOW: Look in the shallows along the shorelines, under trees, and near cover with night crawlers and chicken livers.

Mattoon, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Anglers using night crawlers and shad along the edges in holes; catching some nice fish.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: PRETTY GOOD: Fishermen using jigs near brush and in coves along the banks; catching a stringer full.  CRAPPIE: PRETTY GOOD: Fish are biting and starting to come up; cast minnows near brush and around docks or structure.

Mill Creek Lake —  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Still hitting on ice jigs tipped with a wax worm or meal worm. cast in deeper levels. Nice sized fish being caught.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Night time fishing best with Cheese bait as the bait of choice.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Anglers are getting hits by throwing crank baits or worms in mid range depths; 8 to 10 feet up to shallower.   CRAPPIE: FAIR: Coming up some with the cooler weather temperatures and improving success a little. Put a minnow over brush or near docks and structure. Bait shop sold out of minnows they are so popular, but have a new batch in and ready to go.

Mingo, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: BARELY FAIR: Some fishing, but getting dark earlier now. Spinner baits have been attracting attention recently; a 6 pounder was taken from Polly Woggs.

Paradise, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Look for shorelines holes and ledges - or troll shad, shrimp, and night crawlers.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: PRETTY GOOD: Some limits are being caught with top water lures, plastic worms, spinner baits, or small crank baits.   BLUEGILL: FAIR: Cast wax worms, crickets, or red wigglers under a bobber near weed lines, and rocks. The "Big Ones" are in deeper water levels.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: A few are being caught with minnows over brush or cover; should improve as water temperatures cool off more. Fish starting their Fall time feeding activities.

Paris Twin Lakes —  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Look for fish near rocks, structure, or cover with a wax worm on your hook.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Fish are moving up as the weather temperatures cool off. Lower a minnow near docks, structure, or over brush.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Several fish are biting along the shorelines on cut bait and chicken liver.  WALLEYE: FAIR: Cooler weather conditions have arrived. Troll a jig and minnow.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Some limits of fish are being caught, but sizes have been on the small side. Spinner baits are popular.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Some limits are being caught in 6 to 9 feet of water with minnows. Starting to catch some fish as they become active as temperatures cool.   WALLEYE: FAIR: A couple here and there; Fish are eating shad in shallow water levels.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Look along the edges in shallow levels; fish are feeding on the shad in the lake.  WHITE BASS: FAIR: Fish are being caught with a 2 jig rig in shallow levels.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Area ponds and strip pits are producing on little tubes.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: An angler reported catching a 6 pound + fish with a spinner bait at the Polly Woggs this past week.

Walnut Point Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Fish biting on liver and night crawlers cast from the banks.   BLUEGILL: FAIR: Wax worms and Red worms have been working near weed lines and cover.

West Central

Springfield, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair using minnows.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using most baits. Some nice fish caught using cut baits & liver.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair using plastics & spinnerbaits.


Crab Orchard Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair around the bridges.

Rend Lake —  WHITE BASS: Good using Rooster Tails/spoons, in-line spinners, jig & curtly tail grubs. Reports of fish being caught around the Hwy-154 bridges. Try the main lake points first. Fish around the rocks and drop-offs, near brush cover / bushes.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Excellent using large minnows, shrimp, leeches, cut shad, dip bait, Sonnys Stink Bait & nightcrawlers. Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish near the creek channels on the main lake. Also, try Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, and Jackie Branch as well. Creeks are doing well.   BLUEGILL: Good using jigs, worms, meal worms, wax worms, & crickets. From shore try Sailboat Harbor and Mine 21 Road. Fish shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. Try in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Set bait at half of water depth.   CRAPPIE: Excellent using qtr oz pink/white tube jigs, meals worms & small or medium minnows on a cork. Shallow water! Work the fish attractors. From shore, fish near structures. Hot spots are Sailboat Harbor, Sandusky Cove, and North & South Marcum. Some brush piles are holding lots of fish, keep moving and you will find the right spot. Try the main lake drop off areas.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using minnows, spinnerbaits, worms, black/blue jigs & crankbaits. Reports of fish being caught around Turnip Patch, Sandusky Cove, and South Marcum Cove. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Try around submerged trees and around bridges.