Kankakee River: Pike have been lively, and smallmouth bass have been biting near Momence on minnows and spinners.
Fox River: The walleye bite is slow. Use minnowbaits in the deeper holes and near bridge pilings. Night fishing has proven to be most effective. Jigs and twisters in white or chartreuse are being productive.
The catfish bite has died, as the fish have gone into their wintering holes. Smaller baits with a lot of scent are best. Cut shad or minnows fished near the deeper holes are working.
Smallmouth fishing is slow, but if you can find a warm-water discharge, you are likely to find good fish in the area. Live bait this time of year is a key advantage.
There have been few reports of large fish being caught on jig and minnow combinations. Look for the deeper holes that are surrounded by gravel bottoms and rocky structure. The bite has been best just after dark and prior to sunrise. These fish are moving around a lot so cover an area really well to trigger one of these big girls to strike.
Illinois River: The sauger bite has really started to turn on up near the dams. Vertical jigging jigs with minnows or using a floater jig and lindy rigging minnows have been doing well. Also casting or vertical jigging blade-style baits.