Northern Illinois Fishing Reports

Northern Illinois Fishing Report- July 25th, 2014

Chain: Most fish are slower. Bluegills have been good in and around shallow shoreline piers or laydowns. Catfish are excellent on nightcrawlers or leeches. Walleye fishing remains good around bridge areas. Crappies are fair in 10-12 feet, with Marie best. White bass are good. Muskies are decent on topwaters mornings or evening, or try bucktails.

Shabbona: Bass fishing has slowed a bit but they are still being caught. They are being caught on the deeper weedlines, on the bottom around the bases of the standing timber and on the deeper flats. Use larger soft plastic lures. Bass are also being caught using plastic frogs in the weed mats toward evening. Larger bass are being caught using leeches or minnows over rock piles. Walleye fishing is fair but will continue to improve with the hot weather. Walleyes are being caught on the deeper flats, the steeper dropoffs, and over the rock piles. Use leeches and minnows for best results. The best walleye fishing is toward evening. Crappies are being caught, suspending over the deeper fish cribs and brush piles. They are also being caught suspending in the deeper standing timber and over the rock piles. Use crappie minnows or smaller jigs such as Mini Mites for best results.

Braidwood: Catfish are good on shrimp and cheesebait. Bluegills very good on waxworms and red worms at Mazonia. Good bass fishing at Mazonia.

Apple Canyon Lake: Bluegills being caught on waxworms and chunks of worms. Some crappies moving to 10-12 foot water, weigh about a pound and hit minnows. Smallmouth fishing good. Catfish moving to shallows and doing well on dipbait, minnows, and nightcrawlers.

DuPage Forest Preserve: Bass slow, as are crappies and walleyes. Pratt Lake slow for catfish.

Heidecke: Walleye good on crawlers and jigs. Catfish fair, with several reported on stinkbait or crawlers.

Lake Michigan (Chicago area): Harbors have been good for panfish, most around weed pockets or on the walls. Salmon good, kings are best, with some steelhead, browns, coho, and lakers mixed in. Best action on spoons or big flies.
At Waukegan, mostly kings and coho in 40-100 feet, depending on time of day, on spoons, Dodgers, or flies. Most of the fish are coming on spoons or bigger flies. Some mornings the action is shallow in 20 feet.

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Central Fishing Illinois Reports

Central Illinois Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Banner Marsh: Bass are fair on plastics, spinnerbaits, or chatterbaits and fair at East Point Access. Bluegills are slow to fair and small on waxworms. Crappies are fair on minnows or jigs with many yet to spawn.

Newton Lake: Some white bass were reported. Crappies slow. Catfish good on chicken liver and nightcrawlers.

Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappies 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: Crappies are fair to slow and suspended in 10-16 feet of water. Walleyes were slow, with the few bites coming on jigs and crawlers or leeches fished off points and breaks.

Lake Shelbyville: Bass picking up, but heat has slowed action. The crappies also slow, but a few biting on minnows.

Evergreen Lake: Crappies are moving shallow and biting early and late, but many are small. Evenings are best for keepers in the shallows. Channel catfish are good also, particularly at the mouth of Six Mile Creek Bay, the swim beach, the pump house, and off the spillway. Saugeyes are good in the evenings in the same spots as the crappies. Hot spots include the dock just south of the boat rental and dock. Bass are deep off main-lake points and humps.

Clinton Lake: White bass are being caught on sandblasters and twister tails. Crappies are being caught on minnows, jigs, and Berkley powers jigs. Some big stripers are being caught in the spillway on lead heads and on big curly tails.

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.

Lake Springfield: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow. Channel cats being taken on shad. Some large flatheads being caught at night on leeches and cut shad. Crappies have been good on jigs fished in or near hot water areas, with many small ones. White and yellow bass are good on jigs and bladebaits in or near warm water areas.

Sangchris Lake: Crappie bite picking up on medium-size minnows. Bass slow. Catfish fair.

Forbes Lake: Catfish being caught on nightcrawlers in shallows and along weedlines. Crappies have slowed. Few walleyes and muskies being caught.

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Southern Illinois Fishing Reports

Southern Illinois Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

Devils’ Kitchen: Bluegill action has picked up. However, anglers are reporting most fish are running small.

Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are taking good numbers of fish on stinkbaits, cut baits, and leeches. Crappies have slowed down. Fish have moved into 7-9 feet over brush. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Bluegills are being caught in good numbers on a variety of baits. Bass action remains spotty.

Horseshoe Lake: Catfish remain the best bet. Anglers are catching fish throughout the lake, drift-fishing nightcrawlers off the bottom. Bluegills, crappies, and bass are slow.

Carlyle Lake: Lake was more than six feet above pool. Crappie and catfish best. Catfish taking shrimp, leeches, cut shad, and shad guts off flooded trees. White bass hitting tube jigs and twister tails.
Crappies slowing but biting on minnows, jigs, tube jigs by Hazlet State Park. Sauger hit and miss, if they can be found. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms. Carp spawning in shallows.

Pinckneyville Lake: Bluegills are biting on worms in 8-10 feet of water. Crappies slow. Catfish fair on worms, liver, and stinkbaits.

Kinkaid Lake: Fishing has settled into the summer pattern. Anglers are picking up some crappie fishing at night. Some nice fish are being caught, but most are running small. Minnows fished over cover in 10 feet of water or more have been effective. Night fishermen have also been picking up some white bass. Some catfish are being caught, although action has slowed. Stinkbaits, nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and leeches are all effective. Bluegills are still being caught, but most fish are running small.

Lake of Egypt: Bass anglers are taking some schooling fish in the mornings and evenings, but the most consistent action has been in deep water off the points. Soft plastics and jigs are the most effective baits. Some bluegill anglers are reporting catching fish in 20-22 feet of water. Crappies are also holding in deep cover.

Little Murphysboro: Fishing has been slow. Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are taking fish on stinkbaits, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and leeches. Some bluegills are being caught, but most are running small.

Little Grassy: Crappie action is still good. Anglers are taking fish on minnows over cover in 15 feet of water. Bluegill action is good in shallow water on crickets. Bass are holding in deep grassy areas. Plastic worms and jigs are the most productive baits. Catfish action has been excellent on nightcrawlers.

Rend Lake: Catfish and crappies are both rated excellent. Crappies are being caught over cover in 6-10 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Other anglers are reporting catching fish in shallow water at the Ina marina.
Catfish are being caught in good numbers around riprap and wing dams on nightcrawlers, cut shad, leeches, and stinkbaits. Bass are rated good on soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits fished around bridges and riprap. Other bass are holding around woody cover.
Bluegills are good on crickets and meal worms. White bass are also good on jigging spots, in-line spinners, and jigs around bridges and riprap.

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Illinois Rivers Fishing Reports

Illinois Rivers Fishing Report - July 11th, 2014

Fox River: The river is running very high and there have not been a lot of reports, however you can still get out and find some fish. The carp are beginning their spawn and can be caught on white flies fished on top in the shallows. The channel cats are hitting very well in the high current areas. Fish chicken livers or cut bait behind an egg sinker and you will be rewarded with some good catches.

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