Past Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Rivers

Fox River - North —  WALLEYE: Some walleye are being caught on jig and minnow combinations.

Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  CRAPPIE: Good: Look for fish around docks, near structure, and in warmer water areas with minnows on a hook. Nice sized fish being caught. The state record crappie caught in Kincaid Lake was awesome!   BLUEGILL: Barely Fair: Just a few biting; mostly smaller sizes on wax worms.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Some nice sized fish being reeled in at Kincaid Lake; anglers using their favorite lures.

Mississippi - Belleville —  CRAPPIE: Pretty Good: Mostly smaller sized fish; they are moving in and anglers are catching limits! Horseshoe Lake is producing 13 - 14 inch sized fish with mostly jigs and some with a minnow from a boat.   WHITE BASS: Fair to Good: Rooster tails are working well!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Bank poles baited with shad,live bait, or stink bait are catching a few 2 to 4 pounders.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Getting bites with wax worms or red wigglers near structure or cover.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Frank Holden State Park Lake is producing nice sized fish on Berkleys Trout bait.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: Some are being caught with crappie minnows. Warmer water temperatures are needed for improved success.   WALLEYE: Fair to Good: Anglers are finding fish by the dam near Bellview with walleye minnows.   YELLOW PERCH: Good: Toss in a worm!

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few fish are being taken at Sunset by tight lining a minnow or put a minnow under a bobber.   WALLEYE: Good: Fish are spawning! Big Ones - too big! are being caught with a jig and twister tail; jig and shad wrap, crankbaits, or minnows.   SAUGER: Good: Spawning time. Anglers are using a jig and twistertail, minnows, jigs, shad wraps and crankbaits.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: The main river of the Mississippi and Rock are producing with dip bait.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Fish are being caught at Sunset Marina and the Main Mississippi River with a jig and twister tail, floating Rapala, and Banded divers (dive just under the surface, but not in the sand)

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers are using minnows in the warmer water areas. Check out the backwater areas and flooded creeks.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lots of minnows selling!! Anglers catching fish!!   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Bank poles are producing with stink bait and shad.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Anglers are catching fish at the Siloam Springs trout pond with Berkley Power Bait.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CRAPPIE: Decent: Area lakes are producing with minnows and some on jigs.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Warmer water temperatures are need for improved success; but shrimp and night crawlers are working on bank poles. An angler reported catching a 28 pound blue catfish this past week on a bank pole with shad.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: Good: Area lakes are producing with minnows. Look for the warmer water areas.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Selling lots of waxies !! Look for them near docks, structure, or cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Bank poles are producing baited with shad. A fisherman snagged a 30 pound catfish and a 10 pound buffalo recently. The bait shop will be selling leeches this year.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers are finding fish with minnows. Litchfield Lake and Coffeen Lake have been producing recently.   BLUEGILL: Fair to Good: Crickets are attracting attention near docks and around cover at Coffeen Lake and Litchfield Lake.

Mississippi- St. Clair —  RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Anglers catching nice sized fish at Frank Holden State Park Lake with Berkley Power Bait.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Farm ponds have been producing with various lures and crappie jigs.   CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish in shallow creeks and ponds where the water is warmer with minnows.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: Barely Fair: Anglers are catching a few fish in warmer water areas of local ponds, creeks, and Mermet Lake.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Bank poles are producing a few fish in the 2 to 4 pound range with shad, worms, or live bait.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers are finding some fish with minnows. Look in the warmer water areas along edges, creeks, ponds, and Mermet Lake.   BLUEGILL: Barely Fair: Several fishermen are going and trying; using red worms and crickets.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Bank poles are being baited with night crawlers, stink bait, and live bait.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Nice sized fish are being taken with Berkley trout bait from the state stocked ponds.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  CRAPPIE: Fair: A few are being caught with minnows. Warmer-clearer water is needed for improved success.   SAUGER: Good: Lots! Look for fish below the dam with a jig and minnow. Lots to be caught. Walleye are Fair: stained water slowed success down a little.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Worms are popular; also try cheese bait or chicken liver. Fish from the bank or from a boat.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Nice sized fish are being taken from White Pines Lake and Centennial Park Lake at Rock Falls with Berkley trout bait. Green colored bait is popular.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Some fish are being caught with minnows in the Hennepin Canal.   BLUEGILL: Fair: A few fish are biting on red worms or wax worms.   WALLEYE: Pretty Good: Anglers finding fish and using walleye minnows in the river.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Lots! Grub worms and trout worms are popular; look for fish biting in the Hennepin Canal.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Nice sized fish being caught with Berkley Power Bait in the stocked state ponds.

Rock - Milan —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Look for fish along the edges, backwater areas, and Hennepin Canal. Some nice sized fish have been taken with minnows and wax worms.   WALLEYE: Good: Anglers are catching fish in the River with Pike minnows; may be harder to find with the extra water.

Rock - Rockford —  CRAPPIE: Good: Lakes are best! Look for fish in shallow water with warmer temperatures with tube jigs, mini mites, jigs, or minnows. The north end of lakes where the sun shines, the Rock River, and Creeks are warmer and a little better. Fish the edges.   BLUEGILL: Good: Shallow ponds have been producing with red wigglers.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair to Good: an angler reported catching 25 at Rock Cut State Park Lake recently with jigs, minnows, & night crawlers. Daylight and dark seem to be the best times.   WALLEYE: Good: Fish are spawning and biting on walleye minnows. Fish the creeks with a big hair jig and bounce up and down.   NORTHERN PIKE: Good: Fish are spawning. Anglers using big minnows under a bobber; either suckers or shiners, and Mepps spinners. Fish are aggressive!   YELLOW PERCH: Good: Limits are being caught! Look for fish in Mississippi River near the edges with night crawlers or minnows.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Nice big ones! are being taken with Berkley trout bait. Happy fishermen! Don't miss out!

Wabash - Grayville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair to Good: Anglers are catching a few on bank poles and trot lines baited with cut bait.   FLATHEAD CATFISH: Fair: A few have been caught recently in commercial nets.   BUFFALO: Fair: A few fish were taken with a commercial net this past week.   CARP: Very Good: Hundreds of pounds of silver carp available! Look for them out in the main channel in moving water.

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: But bait/shad are being used on trot lines and bank poles.   BUFFALO: Fair: A few fish have been caught recently in hoop nets.   CARP: Very Good: Lots of silver carp in the main river.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Anglers using cut shad on bank poles and trot lines. Check out the sloughs, creeks, backwater, and oxbow areas.   BUFFALO: Fair: Fishermen are catching a few with bank poles baited with cut shad.   CARP: Good: Hundreds of pounds of silver carp are available in the main channel while the water is up.

Wabash - New Haven —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: An angler reported catching 28 from an area strip pit recently with minnows.   BLUEGILL: Fair: Mostly smaller sizes have been caught; were using worms and flies; a fisherman reported catching 11 fish from a farm pond with warmer water.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Fish from 2 to 4 pounds have been taken with bank poles baited with stink bait and live bait.

Northwest

Gladstone Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers are using minnows at Gladstone Lake. Look for fish moving up into shallower levels near brush or cover.

Northeast

Atwood, Lake —  RAINBOW TROUT: Trout can be caught on trout power bait, spoons, and spinners as well as wax worms.

Fox Chain O'Lakes - 1 —  BLUEGILL: The Fox Chain panfish are active right now. Jigs and plastics seem to be the best bet. Find warmer water and the fish are there.  WALLEYE: Walleyes are slow to fair right now. A mix of jig and minnows and trolling cranks are the best way to get a few fish.

Michigan-Central/North Lake —  COHO SALMON: In our area we are getting coho salmon on large minnows and night crawlers. Most of the guys are catching them on their power lines, but they are rod and reel fishing.   BROWN TROUT: Brown trout are also being caught on large minnows and night crawlers. They are being caught on the power lines, but they are rod and reel fishing too.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: There's been a few smallmouth bass.

Michigan-South, Lake —  COHO SALMON: Good reports of coho salmon up and down the lake, primarily in the open water. The coho are suspended shallower 2-5 ft. Spoons, crankbaits, minnows, and worms are the baits of choice.   BROWN TROUT: There are also good reports of brown trout up and down the lake, primarily in the open water. The trout are out deeper than the coho. Spoons, crankbaits, minnows, and worms are the baits of choice.   YELLOW PERCH: There are some perch reports still coming in from 87th St. and Navy Pier as well.

Three Oaks Recreation Area —  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Great fishing opportunity for bass.   NORTHERN PIKE: Great fishing spot for pike.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Also great fishing spot for catfish.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  CRAPPIE: No Report available this week.

Charleston Side Channel —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: The River is best; Lake Charleston is producing some, and the fish are moving in at Mill Creek. Anglers using mostly minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Fair: Bank poles and trot lines are producing with shad for bait.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: Excellent: Limits are being caught over the entire lake with minnows and jigs. Look for them mostly in the cooler water areas. Nice sized fish in the 12 inch range.   WHITE BASS: Good: Lots! Anglers using small shiny crankbaits and a few on twistertails.   STRIPED BASS: Fair: Just a few fish being caught with twistertails and small shiny crankbaits.   WALLEYE: Slow: Very Few fish being caught.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Meaty baits are the most popular; the warm water areas are best.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Very Very Good: Look for fish running the rip-rap: spinnerbaits are best.

Decatur, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Anglers catching fish along Route 105 and Williams Street with minnows, jigs, Charlie Brewer Sliders, curly tails, and Strike Kings.   WALLEYE: Slow: Just a few are being reeled in with walleye minnows and twister tails. Fish in the 3 to 5 pound range.   WHITE BASS: Fair: Anglers are finding some fish with small crank baits and twister tails.   STRIPED BASS: Good: Nice sized fish are being caught below the dam with 3/4 oz. lead heads, twister tails shad bodies, blade baits, and rooster tails.

Evergreen Lake —  CRAPPIE: No Fishing Report Available this week.

Mattoon, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Pretty Good: Fishermen are finding fish in 10 to 12 feet of water up the to the shallows with minnows and/or jigs. Success has been up and down so far depending upon the weather. Some females have eggs.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Fish are biting! Spinnerbaits, night crawlers, & jigs are popular near cover.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Fish have moved into the shallows in the stumps and brush; anglers catching fish with minnows and jigs.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Look for fish in the shallow brush with spinnerbaits; also try artificial worms and a slow presentation.   CHANNEL CATFISH: Good: Gotta use shad guts! It does the best! Liver is hit and miss.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Decent sized fish are being taken with Berkley Power Bait salmon egg or Berkley paste on small sized treble hooks.

Mingo, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Lots of minnows selling. Fish are moving up into shallower water levels near brush & stumps.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Kickapoo Lake is producing nice sized fish on Berkley Power Bait.

Paradise, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good: Another tournament this past week. Look for fish near cover with night crawlers, jigs, or spinnerbaits.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CRAPPIE: Fair: Fish are moving in; several fishermen on the West Lake using minnows.   LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Look for fish along the edges with jigs and artificial worms with a slow presentation.   WALLEYE: Good: Anglers finding fish with walleye minnows or a jig and twistertail.

Shelbyville, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Slow to Fair: A few are being caught with minnows. Warmer water temperatures are needed for improved success. Check out Wilburn Creek with minnows.

Vermilion, Lake —  CRAPPIE: Fair to Good: Anglers are using minnows as fish move into shallower water levels.   RAINBOW TROUT: Good: Nice sized fish are being caught with Berkley Power Bait at Kickapoo State Trout Pond.

Walnut Point Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Fair: Anglers are finding some fish using jigs and rubber worms with a slow presentation.

South

Crab Orchard Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good   CRAPPIE: Good using minnows & jigs.

Rend Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: Good using minnnows, spinner baits, 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: Good using Qtr oz pink/white tube jigs, meal worms and small & medium minnows. 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. Fish the main lake drop off areas.   BLUEGILL: Fair 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: Good using large minnows, leeches, Hoss Hawg Bait, night crawlers & 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: Fair using in-line 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.