Illinois River: At Starved Rock, sauger weighing more than 4
pounds are being caught. White bass fishing still is good. Walleye
active up and down area, especially at the 178 and Interstate 39
At Peoria, sauger slow, while channel cats are being caught on
Kishwaukee: Walleye fishing has picked up in many areas, though
water levels are erratic. Some good-sized sauger are being
Kankakee: Fishing has been decent for smallmouths, largemouths,
northern pike, walleyes and catfish on live bait and medium-sized
minnows and golden roaches. Reports of walleyes up to 7 pounds are
being caught, and smallmouth fishing is improving in Illinois
downstream of Kankakee. Pike bite good north of English Lake.
Rock: Water temperatures have risen to near 40 degrees and the
water is high but has stabilized. Channel cats are biting hard in
the Erie area. Walleyes are hitting at the dams. Catfish are taking
redworms and fresh-killed minnows. Walleyes are falling to jigs
tipped with minnows.
Ohio River (Smithland Pool): Crappie action has picked up in
most of the creeks, particularly farther upstream where water is
shallower. Flooding hampered fishing for much of March, but some
anglers have found catfish picking up.
Fort Massac Fish Market: Metropolis
In Pool 16: Anglers are still catching some walleyes and saugers
below the dam at Davenport and up in Sylvan Slough on jigs and
In Pool 17: Walleye and sauger fishing has slowed with the
rising water but some fish are still being caught below the dam on
jigs and minnows. Channel catfish are being caught on shad guts
around the Big Timber backwater complex. Big Timber also has been
producing some crappies on minnows and wax worms.