Fox River: The water temps have dropped quite a bit. Some reports of walleyes showing up at the McHenry Dam as well as other key walleye areas throughout the river. Jig and minnows worked slowly as well as small jerkbaits have been proven effective.
Smallmouth action slow. Fish can be caught, but now is the time to look for some of the warm water discharges found along the river. Fish using live minnows with a small hook and a few split shot also bouncing 1⁄8-ounce jigs with white or crawfish colored twister tails can produce some respectable fish.
Illinois River: The sauger are up on the flats as in the 12 to 14 feet of water range off the main river channels. Vertical jigging jigs with minnows or pulling “three-way” rigs is working. Also casting or vertical jigging blade-style baits.
The white bass are starting to slow down. White jig and twister combos with a minnow are quite productive. Bladebaits will put some of the larger more aggressive fish in the boat. Look for some good current breaks around the islands as well as the mouth of tributary waters that are coming into the main river. These fish can be found chasing the small shad, and there is a great chance of landing some really big fish.
Des Plaines River: The walleye bite is very poor. There have been a few fish caught on jerkbaits and jointed minnow baits. They are being taken in the evening hours working the deeper holes that are adjacent to shallow water.
Good numbers of northern pike are also to be found fishing live bait under a float or throwing inline spinners and jerkbaits.
Kankakee River: In the Momence area, smallmouth bass fishing is good around shoreline pools on spinners, crankbaits and minnows. Crappies are coming on minnows, pinkie jigs and small spinners.
In the Aroma Park area, try around remains of the old dam for some walleyes on jigs and minnows.