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April 17, 2014
Banquets/Fundraisers April 12: Hancock County Jakes & Longbeards NWTF Banquet, Smokin’ Gun Hunting Lodge, Hamilton. For more info call Brent Reneau, 309-337-0348. April 25: North East Illinois DU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Antioch VFW. For more info call Bert Metz, 847-732-3825. April 26: Schuyler County NWTF Banquet, The Virginia, Scripp’s Park, Rushville. For more info call Scott Paisley, 217-242-7140.
Region I A District 7 CPO patrolled Henderson County, including the Mississippi River boat ramps, Gladstone Lake, and Delabar State Park. A fisherman was checked in his jon boat at the Lock and Dam 18 boat ramp. He had several minor violations on his maiden 2014 crappie fishing trip. He was issued written warnings for
Illinois River: The sauger and walleye bite has been ok with recent warm then cold weather patterns. Fish are being caught vertical jigging jigs with minnows or using a floater jig and lindy rigging minnows have been doing well. Pulling three-way rigs has also started to put some fish in the boats. The white bass
Sangchris Lake: Bass excellent on spinnerbaits and chatterbaits. Catfish good on worms. Crappies are fair on jigs fairly shallow along rocks near dam. Lake Bloomington: Crappies good near and around brush on minnows and jigs. Bass and bluegills are slow. Clinton Lake: Bass are good on spinners, plastics and crankbaits in coves and at points
Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie action has improved. Many fish have moved shallow and some nice fish have been caught. Minnows are the primary bait. Bluegill anglers are reporting good success around the rip rap and boat docks. Wax worms are the best bet. Bass action has been good. Catfish have slowed. Lake of Egypt: Bass
Lake Michigan: The northern harbors like Waukegan have been hit and miss from Johnson’s and Government piers. The downtown harbors have been producing fish very well this early season. The powerliners have been doing well on both the coho and the browns with a few steelhead mixed in. Nightcrawlers and fathead minnows are the baits