Illinois Fishing Reports for Rivers – July 12th, 2013
Ohio River: At Smithland Pool, the river is slightly above pool, but the creeks and rivers are clear. Catfish action is still steady on cut bait, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. Bluegills are fair in the creeks on wax worms and crickets. Bass and crappie action have slowed.
Fox River: The action has slowed with the high temperatures and lack of rain. The catfish bite has started to be best in the evening on dip baits or cut shad. The smallmouths are being caught on live minnow rigs or smaller white jigs worked near fast current.
Illinois River: Walleyes and saugers being caught in some sections using jigs and minnows. Other fish slow to bite in heat and low water. Some catfish being caught on nightcrawlers.
Mississippi River: Catfish taking shrimp, cut shad and shad guts off flooded trees. White bass hitting tube jigs and twister tails.
Kankakee River: Bluegill hitting worms and crickets near banks and in shallows. Catfish biting on just about anything. Crappies are fair on minnows drifted over structure, trees and limbs over water. Saugeyes are fair and mostly small on jig and minnows off weed edges with a couple on crankbaits too. Some big carp being taken on corn and marshmallows.