Illinois Fishing Reports for Rivers – September 6th, 2013
Illinois River: Walleyes are picking up on rigs and minnows. Many caught using three-way rigs. A few saugers being caught the same way, mostly smaller fish. White bass were still schooled up at the channel mouths and current breaks. Watch for shad busting and work the areas around the shad. Throwing spoons has landed a few whites. Some channel cats being caught on liver and doughbaits. Big carp hovering around inlets being caught on corn.
Fox River: Catches of largemouths, white bass and channel cats have been reported at McHenry dam. There have also been good reports of smallmouth action heating up from the Algonquin dam and south through Elgin. Pitch bass jigs to the rock walls and the eddies and swim them back. Darker colors seem to get more attention. It’s not uncommon to have 20 to 30 fish days. Float minnows really close to the flooded banks where the current is slower and you will find good smallie action. The walleye bite is slow and will not really start to pick up until the water temperatures come down.
The channel cats are feeding well and the best baits right now have been cut bait or chicken livers. The bite will vary from day to day, and these fish are greatly affected by the water conditions. The best time is when the water is at a steady level. They will be less likely to bite when the water level is dropping or raising.
Ohio River (Smithland Pool): The river and creeks are clear. Catfish action remains good on the river. Anglers are using nightcrawlers and minnows. Bluegill action is fair; crappie action slow. Catfish have been hitting on crawlers, livers and stinkbaits. Bluegills coming on small pieces of crawlers and wax worms along deep weedlines.
Kankakee River: Good catches of smallmouth bass has been reported in several spots along the river. Catfish are good in driftwood on stinkbaits. Bluegills are steady on wax worms, meal worms, crickets and red wigglers.
Rock River: Catfish are doing excellent and are bitting on chicken liver and dipbait near Oregon. Near Dixon, carp are good, crappies and white bass are fair and drum are slow. Catfish are bitting on cheese and dead minnows. Walleyes are biting by the dam. Jig and minnows or jig and leaches have done well as well as crawler harnesses drifted over the flats. Some crappies are being caught around stumps in 1 to 3 feet of water. Minnows are out-producing jigs.