Illinois Fishing Reports for Rivers – March 8th, 2013

Rock River (Oregon)

Walleyes are good. Minnows are best, and the top jig colors have been chartreuse, white and hot pink. Catfish are biting on chicken livers and night crawlers.

Fox River

For smallmouth, now is the time to look for some of the warm water discharges found along the river. Fish using live minnows with a small hook and a few split shot about 12 inches above the hook. Cast into eddies. Also bouncing jigs with white or crawfish colored twister tails can produce some respectable fish.  Work the jig slow and fish the current seams and slack water. 

Illinois River

There have been very few reports from the river as the cold weather has kept most off of the open water. This time of year the sauger bite can really turn on in the deeper wintering holes. Vertical jigging jigs with minnows or using a floater jig and lindy rigging minnows have been doing well. Also casting or vertical jigging blade-style baits.

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