Past Fishing Reports

Weekly Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Look for them in deeper water levels near brush. Anglers reported catching fish with minnows from the main lake at Kincaid off points in deeper levels.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: GOOD: Fishermen using bluegill and green sunfish. Also look for them in the Muddy River. Trot lines, hoop nets, and jugs are producing.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Anglers are using frogs, crank baits, black worms, blackish-blue lizards, and black jigs. Early and late hours best.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: A few nice sized fish being caught with minnows and wax worms from deeper water levels near brush. Boats Best!  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Put a wax worm, cricket, or red wiggler under a bobber near weed patches.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Catching a few fish with top water lures, plastics, and crank baits. Early and Late hours best.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Anglers catching a few fish using skip jack, lots of night crawlers, and cut shad cast off the banks or from a boat. Some nice sizes.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Fish are hitting on plastic's, top water lures, spinner baits, crank baits,and worms. Early and late hours best.  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Red Wigglers and night crawlers are attracting attention in area lakes and ponds near weed lines and weed patches.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Stink bait is the bait of choice. Bank poles are popular.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Anglers are using minnows in area ponds and lakes in a little deeper water.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Slower: Due to water levels. Fish were biting on minnows in the backwater areas, creeks, and local ponds.   WALLEYE: Slower: WALLEYE & NORTHERN PIKE: Walleye minnows and jigs are popular; need steady water levels.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Trot lines baited with night crawlers and minnows are producing a few from the river.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 East Moline —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Look for fish along the edges and up creeks with leeches, stink bait and chicken liver; cast off of the banks.

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Catching fish with stink bait, dip bait, and night crawlers at Sunset Lagoon along the edges. Bank fishing is popular.  CRAPPIE: GOOD: Check out Sunset Lake. Lots using minnows!   BLUEGILL: GOOD: Some are being reeled in from the Sunset Marina with minnows or wax worms under a bobber.   WALLEYE: FAIR: Walleye & Sauger: Try minnows, a jig and twister tail, or a 3/4 oz. jig head with a 5" curl tail on it-- on the Mississippi to the north and at Steel Dam.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CARP: GOOD: Fish are being caught with worms in the river and at mouths of creeks.   CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Leeches, some dip bait, and night crawlers are the ticket in flooded creeks and drainage ditches! Fish are biting along the edges near trees, brush, and newly covered weeds.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Stink bait is working along the shorelines. Bow fishing and bank fishing are popular.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Some nice sized fish being caught with minnows from area ponds in a little deeper levels. many are using Minnows.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Success is picking up! Frozen Ship jack is being used by bank fishermen along the edges in the shallows. Some night crawlers and shrimp.   CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Slower and moving deeper. Area lakes and ponds are still producing a few!

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Cast Skip jack, gold fish, and stink bait along the edges and up flooded creeks and drainage ditches. Also check out quiet areas at the mouths of streams from the bank or from a boat. Several nice sized fish being taken.  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Wax worms, crickets, and red wigglers are producing in area ponds and lakes near weed patches. Aim for the holes and along the weed lines.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Look for fish in deeper levels near brush with a minnow.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Fishermen catching fish with wax worms near weed patches and weed lines.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Skip jack is the bait of choice; from a boat or from the banks; main river channel, mouths of creeks, and up filled creeks. Some Night crawlers are also being used.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Cast a minnow in deeper water near brush or structure.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Fish are biting on night crawlers, cut bait, stink bait, and skip jack cast from the shoreline or from a boat.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Finding a few fish in the creeks with minnows and wax worms from deeper levels. Lusk Creek is still a favorite.   CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Night crawlers and stink bait are popular in the main river casting from along the shorelines or from a boat.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Check out the creeks - Lusk Creek and Big Grande Pierre are producing with plastics, jigs, spinner baits, and various top water lures.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CARP: GOOD: Night crawlers are attracting attention along the edges. Bow fishing is popular.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Bank poles and trot lines are producing along the shorelines of the river, creeks, and backwater sloughs baited with night crawlers or stink bait.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Using minnows in creeks and backwater sloughs in a little deeper water levels.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Anglers putting night crawlers or minnows on bank poles along the shorelines and up creeks. Boat fishermen are also successful in the main channel with cut baits.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Fish are scattered with the fluctuating water levels. Cast a minnow in a little deeper water over brush.  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Fishermen are putting red worms under a bobber near weed patches. A few crickets are also being used. FUN to catch!

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Fish are being caught in area ponds with wax worms under a bobber near weed lines and rocks.  FRESHWATER DRUM: GOOD: Biting on night crawlers along the edges.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Fish have been caught with many various baits; try night crawlers in the river cast from the banks.!

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Fish biting on shrimp, stink bait, and chicken liver cast along the Rock River shoreline, up creeks, and at the mouths of feeder drainage ditches.

Rock - Freeport —  YELLOW PERCH: GOOD: Anglers have been successful at Lake Carroll and summer Set Lake with worms. Also using leeches, night crawlers, "Big Reds" and Regular Reds.  MUSKIE: FAIR: A few are being caught at Summer Set Lake. Fish coming in during later evening time. Cast or troll large crank baits or spinner baits.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Picking up a few more fish from the river with dip bait, night crawlers, and leeches. Should continue to improve producing on the Pecatonica, Rock, and Sugar Rivers when water levels are stable.  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Fish are back on beds in shallow levels. Success is pretty good. Nice sized fish are biting at Apple Canyon, Summer Set Lake, and Lake Carroll on waxies, red worms, Big Reds, and large leeches.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: GOOD: Look for fish near beds and hitting on leeches. Females have eggs at Lake Carroll.  CRAPPIE: FAIR to GOOD: Look for fish deeper in 12 to 15 feet of water with minnows at Lake Carroll and Summer Set Lake.

Rock - Milan —  CRAPPIE: FAIR to Good: at Fyer Lake; using minnows in deeper levels near weed patches, brush, or cover. Catching crappie and bluegill.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Lake George is producing on chicken livers. Also check out the rocks at Steel Dam with 5 inch Twister Tails. Need stable water levels for improved success.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Anglers are successful at Fyer Lake with top water lures.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Boats and bank fishermen still catching fish in quiet water areas with crappie minnows or mini-mites tipped with a minnow at Rock Cut State Park, Pierce Lake, Olsen Lake, and area ponds.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Finding fish in the Rock River, Olson Lake, and Pierce Lakes with dead minnows, stink bait, or night crawlers cast in the quiet spots and in newly covered grass areas.   BLUEGILL: GOOD: Cast Mepps spinners or beetle spins with a piece of red worm or minnow, red wigglers, minnows, and wax worms under a bobber near weed bed holes. Olson Lake, Rock Cut State Park Lake, and Pierce Lake are producing.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: GOOD: Nice sized fish being reeled this week with suckers and bluegill. Anglers using 8 oz. weights to hold their bait. The dam area has good activity.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Hitting on all of the area lakes! Anglers using top water lures, some frogs,and crank baits off the banks near weed lines. Also using crank baits, rubber worms, and big shiners. Best success during early morning or later evening hours.

Wabash - Grayville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Fishermen reported catching a few catfish on bank poles and a trot line baited with bluegill also using cut bait and night crawlers in drainage ditches and flooded feeder creeks. Commercial net success has improved a little.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Some are being caught with bank poles and trot lines baited with minnows, bluegill or cut bait along the shoreline, feeder creeks, and ditches. Bow fishing is popular.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Bank poles and trot lines are producing on bluegill, cut bait or night crawlers in flooded creeks and ditches. Bow fishing is popular.

Wabash - New Haven —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: A few good sized fish are still being taken with minnows in deeper levels. Fluctuating water levels slow success.   CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Success is improving. Using green sunfish, bluegill, cut bait, or night crawlers in the river along the edges, in flooded creeks, and drainage ditches on bank poles and trot lines.  CARP: GOOD: Fish being caught along the edges with night crawlers.


Gladstone Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Hitting on top water lures, spinner baits, and buzz baits. Early hours and later evening hours best.  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Lots of fish to be caught! Cast wax worms, night crawlers, and red wigglers near weed patches and holes in the weed beds.


Atwood, Lake —  BLUEGILL: One girl at a Hooked on Fishing event here caught 3 bluegills! Remember to use light line, small hooks, and float.

Fox Chain O'Lakes - 1 —  BLUEGILL: Panfish are shallow and active.  MUSKIE: Muskies have been on break lines and been feeding.  WALLEYE: The walleyes have been a bit slow with fish near weeds and structure. Jig and crawler have been productive.

Michigan-Central/North Lake —  FRESHWATER DRUM: With the northeast winds that came through this past weekend, there were a lot of sheephead caught out on the Horseshoe.  YELLOW PERCH: The perch starting biting. There a lot of small ones, but there are some keepers in between.

Michigan-North, Lake —  LAKE TROUT: The lake trout seem to be happy down by the bottom hitting a big white hotspot paddle with a glo spin-n-glo with a little boy blue tail.  COHO SALMON: The Coho are hitting a variety of things from the little reds to leads and coppers.  CHINOOK SALMON: The kings have been hitting a variety, but the best rod has been a 200 copper with RV moonshine Happy meal which also too the Migrator's biggest fish of the season--a 29-pound king!  RAINBOW TROUT: Rainbow trout are part of the mix of fish coming in. We have been fishing between 120 feet of water and 180 feet of water. The best rods for the rainbows have been the outside yellow birds with little red dodgers with blue green gold half cuts and a 5-color lead with a moonshine orange flounder.

Michigan-South, Lake —  COHO SALMON: Coho salmon and lake trout are scattered from 100-ft. to 200-ft.  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallmouth are moving out deeper as they finished spawning.  FRESHWATER DRUM: Fishing for sheephead is picking up on shore. Try the deeper areas using crawfish on the bottom.  YELLOW PERCH: Scattered perch reports up and down the lake.

Three Oaks Recreation Area —  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Great bass fishing! Dropshot and Defender jigs with a craw trailer will catch bass.  NORTHERN PIKE: Northern pike and walleye also are being caught!

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  BLUEGILL: FAIR: with mostly small fish recently.  WALLEYE: FAIR to SLOW: a couple were caught on crank baits.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: on dip baits.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: late last week on plastics, swim baits, and spinner baits.

Charleston Side Channel —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Catching Fish near the mouths of coves with minnows in a little deeper water. The lake and river are producing on minnows and a few jigs. Use various colors with chartreuse.   CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Bank poles on the river and fishermen at the lake are using cut bait, shad guts, night crawlers, shrimp, chicken livers, and cheese bait along the shorelines. Try a different bait everyday.  WALLEYE/SAUGER: GOOD: Nice sized fish are biting in the lake around the aeration area by trolling crank baits, rattle traps, red eyed shad, and jig with chartreuse curly tail; look for fish in approximately 4 feet of water. Some 7 pounders were reeled recently.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: A few still biting on minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water in the cool end of the lake.   WHITE BASS: GOOD: Lots being caught! Fish are biting everywhere over the entire lake; hitting on spinner baits and crank baits along the rip-rap. Also check out the Spillway area.  CHANNEL CATFISH: EXCELLENT: Fish are spawning! Fishermen using meaty baits - shrimp, shad, worms, cheese bait, mud leeches, and liver by drifting.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: GOOD: Rip-rap area is producing on spinner baits, and chatter baits.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: SLOWER: Catching fish with minnows and jigs a little deeper. Reports of crappie in the Kaskaskia near stumps and biting on jigs.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: A few Nice sized fish being taken with wax worms or red worms off the banks.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Hit and miss! Fish are slowly coming up and hitting on crank baits, buzz baits, jigs, and spinner baits.  WALLEYE: FAIR: A few are being caught from the spillway area with walleye divers, flicker shad, banded crank baits , curly tails or sliders.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Fish are at the mouths of flooded feeder creeks, along the edges, and at the spillway. Shrimp, Cast shad, skip jack, cheese bait, stink bait, chicken livers, shrimp, or minnows.  WHITE BASS: GOOD: Nice sized fish being taken from the spillway and in the lake with Big Dudes, gay blades, and Sand Blasters.

Evergreen Lake —  BLUEGILL: FAIR: with several small fish on wax worms along shore weeds.  SAUGER: SLOW: were a little slow this past week.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: on most baits.  CRAPPIE: FAIR to SLOW: on minnows in deeper water.

Lincoln Trail Lake —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Fish are deeper and suspended; cast a minnow near trees or brush.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Beginning to spawn. Look in the shallows along the edges with chicken liver, cheese bait, or shrimp.  REDEAR SUNFISH: GOOD: Biting on crickets or red worms along the weed edges.  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Moving off Beds and now being found with red worms and crickets in 12 to 14 feet of water and near weed patches.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Drop minnows in deeper water near brush.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Anglers using shad, shad guts, shad strips, and shrimp along the edges.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: GOOD: Anglers using Sweet Beavers, black & blue jigs, plastic worms, crank baits, and spinner baits. Best success during early morning or later evening hours.

Mill Creek Lake —  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Put a an ice fishing jig tipped with a wax worm under a bobber near weed patches. Cast bait into the holes. Nice sized fish being caught.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Fish are spawning. The storms are disturbing them; Bait preference changes every day: Using cut bait, shad guts, night crawlers, shrimp, chicken liver, or cheese bait.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Fish are moving up and were spawning in the coves before all of the rain; slow bite! anglers have been getting hits on Sweet Beavers, crawdad colored lures, black & blue or green pumpkin colors along with chartreuse, and shallow running crank baits. Some nice sized fish being reported in 5 to 10 feet of water.   CRAPPIE: FAIR: Minnows are being sold and various colored jigs with chartreuse are also getting bites in shallower water levels near the mouths of coves. Need steady water levels.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: SLOW: Only a few fish being caught with minnows near cover and over brush in deeper levels.

Paradise, Lake —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Cast minnows in deeper water levels over brush or cover.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Using top water lures, plastic worms, spinner baits, or small crank baits. Early and later hours are best.  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Toss wax worms, crickets, or red wigglers near weed patches, and rocks.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Fishermen using shad guts, cut shad, shad strips, and night crawlers near the mouths of feeder creeks.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Lots of action! Anglers using cut shad, shrimp, and liver cast from the banks along the edges. Cast out 10 to 15 feet from the shoreline. Evenings best!  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: A recent tournament reported the winning stringer weighed in at 13.0+ pounds. The big fish was 3.0+ pounds. Anglers are catching several especially on the west lake using spinner baits and worms in the weeds. Early and late hours best.

Shelbyville, Lake —  WHITE BASS: FAIR: Finding some fish by jigging spoons or by trolling in boats.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Picking up some on the flats with Chartreuse, green pumpkin, black & blue, or June Bugs colored jigs and lures near ledges and points.   CRAPPIE: FAIR: Success is slower this week due to unstable water levels and muddy conditions due to recent rainfall, but a few are still being caught. Some catching with minnows in approximately 8 feet.  WALLEYE: FAIR to GOOD: Success was good until the rains hit! Finding some with crank baits on the flats, the top of drop offs, and points.

Vermilion, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: PRETTY GOOD: Thursday nights tournament reported the winning stringer weighed 16.25 pounds with second place at 14.0+ pounds. The big fish was 3.85 pounds. Fish were biting on crank baits.

Walnut Point Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Nice sized fish in the 7 to 10 pound range are being taken with bluegill, cut bait, and night crawlers.

West Central

Sangchris, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using most baits.  FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair using cut bait.

Silver Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair using Genos & Uncle Sonnys Dip Bait  SAUGER: Fair using jigs  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using spinnerbaits & buzzbaits  BLUEGILL: Good using crickets  CRAPPIE: Poor using minnows

Springfield, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to good using most baits.