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Illinois Rivers Fishing Report – September 5th, 2014

Fox River: Fishing has really improved across the board for all species. The catfish bite has started to be best in the evening on dip baits or cut shad. The smallmouths are being caught on live minnow rigs or smaller white jigs worked near the banks that are offering slower water and more cover. Crankbaits are also working well in a crawfish color. Panfish are being found near the creek mouths and near structure.

Illinois River: The walleye and sauger bite has really slowed down. Pulling three-way rigs allows you to cover a variety of water and will help key in on their locations. Work the flats created on the current bends.
Mississippi River locations

Anna/Jonesboro-Gorham: Crappies fair using minnows in deeper water levels over brush. Channel cats good. The river is the best on trot lines baited with live green sunfish or gold fish.

Belleville: Channel catfish fair. Recent weather conditions have slowed fishing activity this past week; try nightcrawlers, stinkbait, or cut shad; night time best.

Pool 13 Savanna: Walleyes are good. Fish are biting on leeches in the river.   Channel cats good. Popular baits are stinkbait, chicken liver, and nightcrawlers on bank poles and also trolling or drifting.

Pool 14-15 East Moline: Crappies fair. Area ponds are producing. LaClaire Canal was fair, but now the water level has dropped and changed things. Bass good. Anglers finding some fish. Walleyes good on minnows.

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