Illinois Fishing Reports for Rivers – July 26th, 2013

Illinois River: At Starved Rock, saugers weighting more than 4 pounds being caught. White bass still good. Walleyes active up and down area, especially at the 178 and Interstate 39 bridges. At Peoria, sauger slow, while channel cats are being caught on shad.

Kishwaukee: Walleye fishing has picked up in many areas, though water levels are erratic. Some good-sized sauger being caught.

Kankakee: Fishing has been decent for smallmouths, largemouths, northern pike, walleyes and catfish on live bait and medium size minnows and golden roaches. Reports of walleyes up to 7 pounds are being caught and smallmouths are improving in Illinois downstream of Kankakee. Pike bite good north of English Lake.

Rock: Channel cats 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 on worms and stinkbaits.

Fox River: The action has slowed with the high water. 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 the banks that are offering slower water and more cover.

Mississippi River

In Pool 16: Anglers are still catching some walleyes and saugers below the dam at Davenport and up in Sylvan Slough on jigs and minnows. 
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.

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