Rivers

Kankakee River: In the Momence Area, smallmouth bass good on
crankbaits, Mepps #2, spinners, live minnows and chug Bugs.

In the Aroma Park section, rock bass and crappies good on
minnows, smaller spinners and worms. Smallmouth bass fair on
minnows and crankbaits.

At Kankakee Dam, smallmouth bass good on Sluggos, streamer flies
and minnows. Catfish good on live minnows, night crawlers and
cheesebaits. Some walleyes being caught on jigs and minnows.

At Kankakee State Park, smallmouth bass good on flies and
minnows. Catfish good on minnows, worms and cheesebaits.

In the Wilmington area, smallmouth bass good. Catfish good. Pike
good on large minnows.

Mississippi River: Walleye and sauger fishing is starting to
pick up. A few fish are being caught on jigs/minnows and trolling
crankbaits. Some walleyes are also being caught on the ends of the
wing dams. Crappie fishing has been good on minnows.

In Pool 17, tailwater walleye and sauger fishing is slow.
Crappie fishing has been good on minnows. Crappies are also being
caught in Cleveland Slough and Eagle Fill. Look for crappies around
the brush piles.

In Pool 18, tailwater walleye and sauger fishing is slow.
Crappies are being caught in Huron Island on minnows.

In Pool 19, crappies are being caught in the backwaters on
minnows.

Walleye and sauger fishing is good at times in the tailwaters.
However, many are small and some sorting in required. Sauger
fishing is especially hot with many short fish; however, 15 to
20-inch saugers are being taken. Walleyes are hitting three-way
rigs tipped with a night crawler, leech or minnow or crankbaits
fished along the face of the wing dams.

Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing is good to excellent in
the backwater lakes and sloughs. Largemouths have moved to the
entrance areas of over-wintering backwater areas. Smallmouth bass
remain along rocks and tailwater areas for a short period of time.
Soon, they will move to over-wintering areas in deep sloughs as the
river temperature nears freezing. Bluegill fishing is good in the
backwater lakes and sloughs around woody structure. Small jigs or
worms are the bait of choice for hungry bluegills

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