Past Fishing Reports

Weekly Fishing Report Summaries for all waters


Mississippi - Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: FAIR: Fish being caught from the river with minnows. Fishermen using bluegill and green sunfish. Also look for them in the Muddy River. Trot lines were also producing.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Some are being caught with gold fish in the river, also check out the spillway at Kincaid.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: fish are scattered due to 3 to 5 inches of rainfall in the area with some hot spots. The north end of the lake is murky and the lower end is clearer. Look near grass patches. A few minnows being sold at the bait shop.

Mississippi - Belleville —  BLUE CATFISH: FAIR: A big Blue was caught with a minnow; it weighed in at 15 to 20 pounds! Was fun to catch using a light rod and reel while crappie fishing!  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Catching a few fish with night crawlers along the shorelines in the holes and near structure during early morning or late evening hours.   BLUEGILL: FAIR: One or two smaller sized fish are being taken with a wax worm or a cricket under a bobber off the rip-rap and near weed lines.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Fish are deep in 15 to 16 feet of water and being caught with mostly minnows during late hours when they come up to feed.

Mississippi - Lock & Dam 21 —  CHANNEL CATFISH: SLOWER: Worms, Stink bait, minnows, and Berkley Catfish Chunks are working along the shorelines and in the flooded creeks. Bow fishing and bank fishing are both popular in this area.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: some nice sized fish being caught with minnows from area ponds in deeper levels over brush or cover.

Mississippi - Pool 13 Savanna —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Night crawlers and stink Bait iare the bait of choice in the river along the edges and in flooded creeks. Early morning or late evening hours best.  WALLEYE: FAIR: Walleye minnows are popular; also night crawlers are being trolled.  NORTHERN PIKE: FAIR: Fishing have been hitting on minnows and some on jigs.

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

Mississippi - Pool 14-15 Rock Island —  WALLEYE: SLOWER: Lots of water! Try a jig and twister tail, crank baits, or whacky worms. Also check out the mouth of Sunset, in the Rock River and Mississippi by drifting or trolling crank baits.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Catching a few fish with stink bait or bluegill near tree limbs, brush, and cover on the channel side and in creeks.

Mississippi - Pool 18 Gladstone —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: Night crawlers and worms are popular near newly covered grassy areas! Fish are biting along the edges in holes, near trees, brush, and covered weeds. Early and late hours are best.

Mississippi - Pool 21 Quincy —  CHANNEL CATFISH: SLOWER: Worms, stink bait, minnows, and Berkley Catfish Chunks are working along the shorelines and in creeks. Early hours and late evenings are best. Bow fishing and bank fishing are both popular in this area.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Some nice sized fish being caught with minnows from area ponds in deeper levels over brush.

Mississippi - Pool 25-26 Grafton —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: BLUE Catfish are biting on gold fish and CHANNEL Catfish like Red Wigglers along the newly covered grassy areas in the shallows.

Mississippi - Pool 26 Alton —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Go deep! Look for fish scattered and in deeper levels near brush with a minnow or jig.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Plastic's and spinner baits are producing in area ponds and lakes. Early and later hours best.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Cast worms, night crawlers, and cut bait along the edges of the river, in creeks, and at the mouths of creeks. Several nice sized fish being taken.

Mississippi - Pool Woodriver —  BLUEGILL: FAIR to GOOD: Biting 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 grass.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Area lakes and ponds best. Cast a minnow in 10 foot or deeper water over brush or near structure.

Ohio - Golconda, Smithland Pool —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Check out the creeks with frogs, crank baits, and plastics near brush, stumps, and cover.   CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Worms! Minnows, night crawlers and stink bait are popular in the main river casting near holes, logs,and stumps from along the shorelines or from a boat.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Were finding just a few fish before rainfall amounts scattered fish due to fluctuating water levels; fish with minnows in deeper levels over brush. Lusk Creek is still a favorite.

Ohio - Olmstead to Brookport —  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Using minnows in area ponds and lakes in deep water levels over brush and cover.  CARP: FAIR: Night crawlers are attracting attention along the edges and up filled creeks. Bow fishing is popular.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Look along the shorelines of the river with night crawlers or stink bait in newly covered grassy areas and at the mouths of creeks.

Ohio - Shawneetown, Metropolis —  BLUEGILL: FAIR: Fishermen are putting crickets and red worms under a bobber near weed lines. FUN to catch!  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Anglers using medium sized minnows on bank poles along the creeks and shorelines. Boat fishermen are also successful in the main channel with cut baits.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Fish are scattered due to fluctuating water levels from recent rainfall. Cast a minnow over brush.

Rock - Byron-Dixon —  TIGER MUSKIE: SLOW: Scattered with the fluctuating water levels.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Anglers are having decent success with wax worms in deeper water levels.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Fishermen catching fish with red worms, a few minnows, and a few using cheese bait anywhere and near newly covered grass areas.

Rock - Carbon Cliff —  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Pretty good luck catching fish in the canal.  YELLOW PERCH: GOOD: Catching lots of fish with crawfish.

Rock - Freeport —  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Apple Canyon Lake is producing using waxies and crickets. Gulp Alive and Mini Mites are popular at Summerset Lake.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Anglers are jigging minnows or using a Mini Mite at Apple Canyon, Lake Carroll and Summerset Lake.  STRIPED BASS: FAIR: Fishermen have been successful trolling minnows.   CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Night crawlers and leeches are working at Apple Canyon.  WALLEYE: FAIR: Fishermen are finding a few fish at Apple Canyon with a jig and twister tail.

Rock - Milan —  CHANNEL CATFISH: SLOWER: Favorite baits were stink bait and chubs, but fishing activities have slowed with the changing water levels.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: SLOW: Fish were taken from farm ponds and the river with spinner baits and top water lures before the floods came.  WALLEYE: SLOW: Scattered with all of the water; try crank baits.

Rock - Rockford —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: GOOD: Big ones in deep water! Hitting at Rock Cut State Park Lake at night on worms, grubs, creature baits, near logs and brush along the shoreline. Larger sized fish are going for rubber worms or night crawlers on the bottom! Jitter bugs in close or drift a deep crawler harness with a big minnow. Late evenings best! Biting good!  NORTHERN PIKE: FAIR to GOOD: in the Kishwaukee River; fish seem to like the cooler temperatures this week. Throw a big spoon or minnow and drag by them.   CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: They love the water level raise this week. Night time fishing best. Fish are being caught with big 2 to 4 inch live shiner/sucker/minnows in the Kishwaukee River Smaller sized fish are still biting on stink bait.   SMALLMOUTH BASS: FAIR:Biting pretty fair in the Kishwaukee river on creature baits. Cast and float downstream.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: Area Lakes are producing on ice jigs tipped with a wax worm in deep water on the bottom for the big ones!

Wabash - Grayville —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Lots of water! Fishermen report catching a few catfish in flooded creeks and backwater areas with cut bait. Bow fishing is popular!

Wabash - Mt. Carmel —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: A few are being caught with cut bait or stink bait along the shorelines, backwater areas, and in flooded creeks and ditches. Bow fishing is also popular.

Wabash - New Harmony —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: A few fish being taken with cut bait or stink bait from backwater areas and flooded creeks. Bow fishing is also popular in this area.

Wabash - New Haven —  FLATHEAD CATFISH: FAIR: Anglers reported pulling in a few fish from 8 to 25 pounds this past week with live bait.   CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Lots of fish being caught by trolling cut bait above the dam at Hovey Lake. Also check out the flooded creeks and mouths of creeks in holes. Commercial nets are productive with the raising water levels.


Gladstone Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Fishermen using night crawlers or stink bait. Look for the deeper holes and mouths of creeks. Very early and late hours are best.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: Cast wax worms, pieces of night crawlers, or red wigglers near weed lines, structure, and holes in the weed patches. Some nice ones reported!


Atwood, Lake —  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Bass fishing is also good here.  CHANNEL CATFISH: Catfish can be caught here on nightcrawlers.  BLUEGILL: Bluegill are plentiful and can be caught on nightcrawlers.

Michigan-Central/North Lake —  FRESHWATER DRUM: Sheephead are still being caught on soft shell crabs.  NORTHERN PIKE: Quite a few northern pike have been caught by guys casting for salmon.  LAKE TROUT: Golden roaches are a good choice for bait fishing as trout are being caught on them.  CHINOOK SALMON: Salmon fishing at Montrose has been pretty good and consistent. Kings are being caught in the early mornings as well as evening and night, mostly on spoons and crank baits. GLO in the dark lures are being used at night, and silver, blue, green, or orange are good during the day.

Michigan-North, Lake —  RAINBOW TROUT: Plenty of steelhead also are being caught. The best rods for the rainbows have been the 150 copper with a RV Moonshine Happy Meal and a 200 copper with an Orange Flounder.  COHO SALMON: An occasional Coho salmon can be caught.  LAKE TROUT: Lots of lake trout can be found. The best rods for the lake trout have been the Smoke Dodger with a yellow Spin-N-Glo and a big white hotspot paddle down near the bottom.

Michigan-South, Lake —  FRESHWATER DRUM: Sheephead fishing is excellent! There are lots of fish being taken at Montrose on pond crabs casting out deep.  SMALLMOUTH BASS: Fishing for smallmouth bass is good. Fish can be taken along the shore and deeper drop-offs. Try some 3"-4" soft plastics, golden roach minnows, or a deep running crank bait.  YELLOW PERCH: Perch fishing is poor. There are no reports of fish being taken in the Chicago area. Don't give up on the perch. Count on good perch fishing usually starting late in November continuing through the winter months.  CHINOOK SALMON: Fishing for kings is good. Shore fishing is just getting started, even with the warm 70+ water temperature. Scattered reports are coming in from Montrose, Diversey, and Burnham Harbors. Try using a spoon or deep running crank bait.

Three Oaks Recreation Area —  SMALLMOUTH BASS: This lake is loaded with bass. Use a Defender jig with craw trailer or dropshot a 3-4 plastic minnow or worm.

East Central

Bloomington, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: on crawlers and dip baits along breaks, still best in evenings.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to SLOW: around deep ends of timber and off points.  CRAPPIE: SLOW: at times mostly on minnows around cover.

Charleston Side Channel —  SAUGER: FAIR to GOOD: Mostly trolling for them with lipless crank baits, white rattle traps or red eyed shad near the aeration area.  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR to GOOD: 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: Catching a few small (6" - 8") Fish with minnows off the banks; fishing from a boat in deeper 20 feet water is better. Best success is from the river above the spillway on minnows and a few jigs. Use various colors with chartreuse.

Clinton Lake —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Starting! Lots of small fish being caught; the majority being caught is small with minnows from the cool water areas. There have been a few keepers also caught.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: GOOD: Fish along the Rip-rap area with spinner baits (excellent) and small crank baits.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: All you want! Lots caught with any bait - anywhere with meaty baits being used. Catching them from both the cold and hot ends.  WHITE BASS: VERY GOOD: Catching fish everywhere! Jigs and minnows are attracting attention by trolling the main lake or casting from the banks.

Decatur, Lake —  WHITE BASS: FAIR: Check out the holes! A few fish being taken from the spillway and at the dam/spillway area with Big Dudes, Gay blades, and Cicada's.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: BARELY FAIR: So-So. Fish are hitting on crank baits or drop shot worms & jig near docks and rocks. Early and later hours best.  HYBRID STRIPED BASS: FAIR: Nice sized fish being taken off the banks. Look below the dam in river pockets.  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Cooler weather has improved success a little. Some nice sized fish being taken from the upper end with jigs and minnows. Look below the dam - a 13 inch crappie was reported this past week.   CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Look along the edges, and at the spillway with cut bait. The river is also producing some nice fish in holes below the dam and on down the river.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: A few Nice sized fish being taken with wax worms or red worms off the banks.

Evergreen Lake —  CRAPPIE: SLOW: were a little slow around deep cover  SAUGER: SLOW to FAIR: on jig/minnow or jig/twister with a couple on small crank baits.  BLUEGILL: FAIR: but mostly small.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to SLOW: on plastics, swim baits, and spinner baits along weed edge and breaks.

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

Mattoon, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIRLY GOOD: This weeks tournament was cancelled due to rainfall. Anglers using night crawlers, shad, shad guts, shad strips, and shrimp along the edges in holes. Early and later hours are best. They are biting - can catch them!  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: Fish biting on minnows in deep water levels over brush.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR to GOOD: Fishermen using jigs near brush and in coves along the banks. Best success during early morning or later evening hours. Mostly smaller sized fish.

Mill Creek Lake —  CRAPPIE: FAIR: Put a jig and minnow in deep 20 feet water over brush. Different day a different color of jig attracts attention. Bait shop sold out of minnows they are so popular, but have a new batch in and ready to go.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Look for fish in deep water levels with a jig over wood & brush, logs, and stumps structure; mostly main points running back into the coves; fish the weeds down to 15 feet deep with various colors of jigs and crank baits. Shades of green are popular colors.   CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Trolling for them best. Using cut bait, stinky cheese bait ,shrimp, and night crawlers, chicken liver, or shad guts during very early mornings or late evening hours.  BLUEGILL: GOOD: Biting on ice jigs tipped with a wax worm or meal worm. cast in deeper levels. Nice sized fish being caught.

Mingo, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: BARELY FAIR: The Tuesday night tournament winner weighed in 6 fish that weighed 5.0 pounds and the big bass tipped the scales at 1.71 pounds. Try frogs or plastics near submerged stumps during early and later hours.

Paradise, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Anglers using shad guts, cut shad, shad strips, and night crawlers near the mouths of feeder creeks and along the shorelines in holes. Early and late hours best!  BLUEGILL: FAIR: Cast wax worms, crickets, or red wigglers under a bobber near weed lines, and rocks. Big ones are in deeper water levels.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Using top water lures, plastic worms, spinner baits, or small crank baits. Early and later hours are best.   CRAPPIE: SLOW to BARELY FAIR: Look for them deep! Put minnows in DEEP water levels over brush or cover.

Paris Twin Lakes —  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Anglers using liver or cut bait along the edges and near structure. Boat and bank fishing both producing especially during later evening hours.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: The west lake has been producing best with anglers catching several recently with lures, crank baits, and worms.

Shelbyville, Lake —  LARGEMOUTH BASS: FAIR: Recent tournaments reported 13 pounds and 14 pound stringers to win. Picking up some fish in the shallows running crank baits, spinner baits, and a few Buzz Baits.  CRAPPIE: BARELY FAIR: A few are still being caught from deep levels 8 to 10 feet. Some catching with minnows by casting or jigging in the coves.   WHITE BASS: FAIR: Look for them deep on the ledges. Some smaller sized fish being caught Hear and there - early and late best. Casting shallow, Trolling, or jigging spoons.

Vermilion, Lake —  CHANNEL CATFISH: FAIR: Look for fish in the Vermillion River with cut bait or worms. Lots of water now! Later evening hours best.  LARGEMOUTH BASS: BARELY FAIR: A recent Thursday night tournament 1st place stringer weighed 4 fish for 12.25 pounds. 2nd place had 10.5 pounds, and 3rd had 8.5 pounds. Big bass was 4.75 pounds.

Walnut Point Lake —  BLUEGILL: GREAT: Wax worms and Red worms are attracting attention near weed lines and cover.  CHANNEL CATFISH: GOOD: Reports of a 32 pounder and a 20 pounder caught this past week from the banks. Fish are biting on chicken liver and night crawlers around the edges. The big fish was caught by a small boy - the fish was about 4 inches shorter than he was! How fun!