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Illinois Rivers Fishing Report – December 12th, 2014

Fox River: The walleyes are slowing down with the cooler weather and have switched over to a minnow bite.  Jig and minnow combinations as well as single hook and splitshot with a minnow fished in the deeper holes have been producing fish.
Smallmouth fishing has slowed down, but if you can find the warm water discharges you can target these fish in the outflow and do quite well.
The Elgin area will soon turn on for the ice fishing near the boat as well as some of the deeper slower pools. Always be cautious of the ice on the river.

Illinois River: The saugers 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.

Des Plaines River: The walleyes are still being found using jerk baits 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 jerk baits.

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.

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