Northern Illinois Fishing Reports

Northern Illinois Fishing Report- October 31st, 2014

Chain: The walleye action is hot with the cooler weather. Reports show good catches in the river channels and mouths of the creeks throughout the day. Live bait is proving to be best. 
The bass bite is slowing down. Live bait rigged on the breaks is producing some bites. Wooden boat docks are holding fish during the day as they warm the water faster. Wacky-rigged stick-style plastics are producing.
Panfish are hot right now as well. Ice jigs under slip floats or small spoons worked in the deeper areas. Live bait is working well, but plastics are still getting some of the larger fish to bite.
Muskie action is really starting to pick up. Some big fish are showing themselves on Channel and Petite lakes in the deeper water areas. Big suckers as well as bucktails are the baits of choice.

Shabbona: Crappie fishing is good on minnows and jigs in 6-8 feet of water. Best bet is to search the cribs that surround each of the piers and switch minnows frequently. Perch are still being caught along the deeper weedlines. Use minnows near the bottom for best results. A few muskies being caught, but no large ones. Expect bigger muskies to start biting in the middle of the month. Bass slow, but a few being caught on spinners. Catfish good on nightcrawlers and doughbaits.
Forest Preserve Lakes: Crappies and bluegills are both slow. Channel cats biting on stinkbaits, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers. Flatheads biting on big roaches, bluegills, sucker minnows, and carp. Bass fishing steady using medium roach minnows, soft plastics, lizards, and worms. Pike biting in good numbers on roach minnows.

Lake Michigan (Chicago area): The boaters are finding some salmon out deep in the 140 feet of water range. Most fish are taken on full lead-core or downriggers with magnum spoons.
The lake trout bite is hot on the south end. Troll the reefs with smoke or clown dodgers with white or yellow spin-n-glows. Jigging with gulp or large white twisters has also been taking fish.
The kings are in full swing for the shore fisherman. The 4-year-olds are being found in the harbors. Spawn under a slip float is the best presentation as of late. The brown trout bite is starting. Spawn sacs under a float or small tube jigs worked about 6 feet down under a good slip float is producing.

Lake Michigan (Waukegan): Kings and coho slowing, but being caught in 50-90 feet, depending on time of day, on spoons, Dodgers, or flies.

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Central Fishing Illinois Reports

Central Illinois Fishing Report - October 31st, 2014

Coffeen Lake: Bass are good on topwater baits, crankbaits, and plastics. Bluegills are fair on waxworms and fairly shallow catfish are good on dip baits, crawlers, and cut bait, with some big flatheads being landed. Stripers are fair on deep running crankbaits.

Newton Lake: Bass good, but flooding has changed situation. Water clarity very murky. Some white bass were reported prior to the rains. Crappie fishing is a big question mark after a poor fall and few reports so far. Catfish good.

Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappies are biting on tube jigs at the south end bays. Channel cats also biting on shad at the big turn on the south end.

Lake Bloomington: Bass fair on plastics, crankbaits, and jigs along weeds or timber. Crappies slow to fair and a little scattered but should improve on jigs and/or minnows. Catfish slow to fair on dipbaits, shad, and crawlers. Walleye action slow but should improve with cooler weather.

Evergreen Lake: Crappie fishing is fair to good. Best crappie fishing is found over structure just offshore. Minnows are best bet, with a few being caught on light jigs. 

Clinton Lake: Catfish going strong on shrimp. Below the spillway, anglers are finding walleyes using Rapalas or sand blasters. Crappies are being caught with jigs or minnows. White bass fair on bladebaits. Some walleyes are being caught on Big Dudes. There have been reports of hybrids and walleyes below the spillway. 

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Southern Illinois Fishing Reports

Southern Illinois Fishing Report- October 31st, 2014

Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie action is improving. Fish are being found at varying depths, depending on cover. Minnows and jigs seem to be equally effective. Catfish action has slowed somewhat. Bluegills have slowed, although some fish are still being caught along the riprap on crickets and waxworms. Bass action is good on a variety of baits fished around shallow cover.

Baldwin Lake: Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. Bass are hitting plastics and crankbaits around riprap and in shallows. Bluegills are picking up on meal worms or waxworms.

Horseshoe Lake: Catfish remain steady. Anglers are catching fish by drift fishing nightcrawlers just off the bottom. Some crappies are being caught in brush piles at the outside edge of the tree line.

Carlyle Lake: White bass are biting well below the spillway, with a few fish coming from near the trestles and the silos. Whites are also biting on the main lake on the flats. Crappies fair on minnows below the dam. Channel cats are good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches. Good catches reported in late evening and early mornings. Flatheads are biting on cut bait and liver. Bass are hitting spinners and spoons thrown up along the rock wall. 

Kinkaid Lake: Muskie action has been excellent. Anglers are picking up fish by trolling and casting. Spinnerbaits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Crappies are rated fair. Anglers are taking fish at varied depths, from 2-18 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. However, bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits.

Lake of Egypt: Crappies good on minnows and light jigs. Bluegills fair on rooster tails and worms. Most fish are being located in 6-8 feet in front of weedbeds. Bass are still rated good on topwaters and spinners, and some on soft plastics. Catfish good on shrimp and stinkbaits.
Lake Murphysboro: Catfish action remains excellent, particularly in the morning and early evening. Most anglers are using chicken liver and nightcrawlers. Bass are also rated fair to good. Crappie anglers are finding fish at various depths. Minnows are the preferred bait. Bluegill action is slow.

Little Grassy: Bluegill and redear are slow to fair. Channel catfish fair on shad or cut baits. Crappies picking up on minnows and jigs.

Rend Lake: Crappies are still rated good on minnows, chartreuse jigs, white jigs, and pink/green jigs. Fish are being caught over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars in 6-10 feet of water. The Route 154 riprap, Gun Creek bridge, and the sailboat harbor wall have all been productive areas. Catfish action has also been good. Catfish anglers are working riprap areas, Gun Creek, the subimpoundment dams, and shallow areas. Shrimp, nightcrawlers, shiners, and stinkbaits have all been effective. 
Bass are rated good, with some fish being caught on spinnerbaits, black and other dark-colored buzzbaits, and soft plastics. White bass also are good on the flats in evenings. Many fish have been taken just before sundown. Anglers are fishing curlytail jigs in shallow areas and using minnows in riprap areas or whites. Bluegills picking up on waxworms and other live bait.

Pinckneyville Lake: Largemouth bass have been fair to good. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6-8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish fishing has been fair.

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Illinois Rivers Fishing Reports

Illinois Rivers Fishing Report - October 31st, 2014

Fox River: The saugers are good, bunching up on the flats as in 12-14 feet of water range off of the main river channels and up near the clam beds. Vertical jigging jigs with minnows or pulling “three-way rigs.” Also casting or vertical jigging blade-style baits.
White bass also are good on the flats in evenings. Many fish have been taken just before sundown. Anglers are fishing curlytail jigs in shallow areas and using minnows in rip-rap areas. Catfish can be found chasing the small shad, and there is a great chance of landing some nice cats and carp.

Mississippi River Pool 12: Northern pike are good. Bright flashy lures are catching pike in the tailwater and near cooler tributary streams.  Bluegills are good. Action has slowed a bit but fish can still be found on rock piles and snags throughout the pool. Use a simple hook and worm for best results. Fish close to rock piles and brush for best results. Smallmouth bass are good. Some smallies are being caught along current areas near rock. Spinners and crankbaits are best but some are also being caught by the bluegill anglers on worms. Most of these bass are small but fight quite well. Remember the size limit is 14 inches. 
Largemouth bass are good. Numerous 12-inch largemouths are being caught nearly everywhere. Most folks are using minnow imitation lures but some are also being caught by the bluegill anglers using worms. Walleyes are fair. Some walleyes are still on the wingdams but fishing for them has been temperamental. Try staying above the wingdams and casting bright-colored crankbaits to the dams. The lure must intermittently touch rock for best success. 

Mississippi River Pool 13: Bluegills still are being caught in decent numbers. It has been a great year for this panfish. Size ranges from 6.5 inches to 9 inches. Most anglers are using worms and bobbers or split shot rigs. 
Fish very close to structure (logs and rocks) for best results. Some smallmouths are being caught along rock piles throughout the pool. Smallmouths concentrate along areas that are rocky and have current. Use jigs or spinners for best results. Anglers are also reporting catching rock bass while smallmouth fishing. 
Sub-legal bass are providing good action on spinnerbaits in Pool 13. 
Try fishing around rocky points or rip rap areas for best luck. The size of the largemouth bass has been small but good for kids fishing. Some walleyes were reported using three-way rigs above the wingdams. Small chunks of worms or floating crankbaits yield the best results. 

Mississippi River Pool 14: Most anglers are using worms and bobbers for the best success with bluegills and other panfish. Some smallies are being reported on the rock riprap areas of the pool especially up by Clinton. 
Small largemouth bass are being caught seemingly everywhere on Pool 14. The size is mainly under the legal size limit of 14 inches but folks are having a ball catching 12-inch fish. Anglers are mainly throwing crankbaits on the dams for best results with walleyes.

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