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Illinois Fishing Reports for Rivers – September 7th, 2012

Illinois River

Near Ottawa, catfish are good. Best on shrimp, chicken liver and shad. Near Peoria, channel catfish good along channel edges. White bass are good on Little Georges. Near Starved Rock, white bass are good on blade baits. Catfish good on cut shad and dipbaits. Smallmouth bass and catfish still good in the big Vermilion River, which is low and clean and was not impacted by recent rains. Flathead catfish are hitting well on bluegills, and channel cats are biting on dipbait. White bass are also good from Peru to Henry on bladebaits or silver spinners on sand flats or pea gravel bars. Near Spring Valley, catfish biting on herring and shad. White bass good. Near Chillicothe, white bass are decent on Panther Martins. Near Henry, catfish good on nightcrawlers. White bass good on nightcrawlers near the marina.

Kaskaskia River

Bass action is rated excellent in the creeks and oxbows, particularly in clear water areas. Spinnerbaits and crankbaits are the best bet. Catfish are rated excellent in the lock and dam tailwater on shad. White bass are good near the tailwater and the mouths of creeks using small spinners and crankbaits. Crappies are rated poor with some fish being caught on minnows fished around standing timber in the oxbows.

Mississippi River

At Pools 13-14, water levels are stable to slowly falling and temperature at Guttenberg is 74 degrees, which is much cooler than expected for this time of year. Walleye fishing is good to excellent.

Kankakee River

At the Kankakee Dam, catfish are good on minnows, nightcrawlers and dipbaits. Near Momence, catfish are good on minnows, cheesebaits and chicken livers and smallmouth bass are fair on Mepps spinners and live minnows. Near Aroma Park, crappies are biting well at the mouth of the Iroquois River on minnows, pinkie jigs and Beetle Spins. Rock bass are biting on minnows and crawlers. Near Kankakee River State Park, catfish are good on minnows, crawlers and crayfish.

Ohio River

At Smithland Pool, the river is slightly below and the river and creeks are clear. Catfish anglers are still taking some catfish in the river and creeks on shad and nightcrawlers. Bass are being caught, primarily in the creeks, on soft plastics and crankbaits. Bluegills are being caught in fair to good numbers in the creeks on crickets and wax worms. Crappie action has been slow. 

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