Illinois Fishing Reports for Rivers – December 28th, 2012
Conditions are improving in backwaters. Small bodies of water are fishable, but larger areas dangerous. Bluegill fishing is fair. Most fish being caught are 7 to 9 inches. There are reports of good walleye fishing below Lock and Dam at Alton.
The walleye bite has died down, and there are some fish being caught. There have been few reports of some large fish being caught on minnow-style stickbaits as well as jig-and- minnow combinations.
Smallmouths can be caught, but look for some of the warm-water discharges found along the river.
The river is flowing fast and hard with very low visibility and lots of debris. Fishing has been poor with very few reports of numbers of fish being caught. The saugers can be found, but until conditions improve, getting them to bite will be difficult. If you do get out, the techniques that have been preferred have been: vertical jigging jigs with minnows or using a floater jig and lindy rigging minnows. Also casting or vertical jigging blade- style baits.
The white bass bite is slow. Look for some good current breaks around the islands as well as the mouth of tributary waters that are coming into the main river.
Des Plaines River
The walleyes have been found using jerkbaits and jointed minnow baits. They are being taken in the evening hours working the deeper holes that are adjacent to shallow water.
Crappies fair on minnows, white and pink jigs and small spinners. Some catfish being caught at areas that have pooled. Best bet for the cats is nightcrawlers. Some bass being caught on live baits.