Fox River: Smallmouths are slow, but if you can find a warm-water discharge, you are likely to find some good fish in the area. Live bait this time of year is a key advantage. With the cold water and ice, the river can be dangerous for wading. If you go out, check the flows first. Remember to bundle up and be cautious when wading. Be careful out there as the river is unpredictable.
Illinois River: Walleyes and saugers are slow. Jigs with live bait and trolling three-way rigs have been most effective. The fish are being found on the flats that are created in the inside river bends.
The white bass bite is also picking up with bladebaits and jig/twister combinations working well. Vertical jigging jigs with minnows or using a floater jig and lindy rigging minnows has worked well. A few are being caught on live minnows.