Illinois River Fishing Report – April 18th, 2014

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 reports have been slim as of late

Des Plaines River: The walleyes are making their way up to the dams and have been found using hair jigs or twisters tipped with minnows. The bite has been best in areas near warm water discharges.  There have been some good catches of largemouth bass near these discharges as well, caught using crankbaits banged off of the rock and other structure.
Good numbers of northern pike are also to be found fishing live bait under a float or throwing inline spinners and jerkbaits in the eddies and deeper pools.

Fox River: The smallmouth action is starting to pick up in areas south of Elgin dam. Fishing live minnows with a small hook and a few split shot in the eddies can really produce some nice fish. Also bouncing jigs with white or crawfish colored twister tails can produce respectable fish. Work the jig slow, and fish the current seams and slack water. Remember to be cautious when wading. There have been some reports of walleyes being taken near McHenry Dam and the Elgin Dam. The walleyes are on the move and are being taken on jig and minnows in the warming hours of the day. Structure is key. Look for the bridge pilings or wood that would warm up first. Fish are being taken near the dams as well on jig and minnow combinations. Be careful out there as the river is unpredictable and the current is getting strong with the recent rains.

Mississippi River: Pool 21 extends from Lock and Dam 21 located near Quincy, upstream to Lock and Dam 20 located near Canton, Mo. There are a number of islands on Pool 20 between Hamilton and Meyer, but better opportunities lie on Pool 21 between Meyer and Quincy. If you listed good fish producing areas, you would have to include Bear Creek, Corner Slough, Long Island, Quincy Bay and Willow Slough.
Pool 26 extends from Lock and Dam 26 located near Alton upstream to Lock and Dam 25 located near Winfield, Mo. The Mississippi River State Fish and Wildlife Area is located between pools 25 and 26.
On Pool 26, Pohlman’s Slough, just above Grafton where the Illinois River flows into the Mississippi, is a good fishing spot, as are other backwaters in the area. The Piasa Island Chute above Alton also is a good fishing spot.

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