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Illinois Rivers Fishing Report – March 6th, 2015

Rock River (Oregon): Walleyes are good. Minnows are best, and the top jig colors have been chartreuse, white and hot pink. Catfish are biting on chicken livers and nightcrawlers.

Illinois River: There have been few reports from the river as the cold weather has kept most off of the open water. This time of year the sauger bite can really turn on in the deeper holes. 

Fox River: For smallmouths, now is the time to look for warm-water discharges found along the river. Fish using live minnows with a small hook and a few split shot about 12 inches above the hook. Cast into eddies. Also bouncing jigs with white or crawfish-colored twister tails can produce some respectable fish.  

Mississippi River: Winter is getting long for some people but others are enjoying the great fishing conditions that exist when the temperatures dip below zero. Ice formed in the pools and back lakes are hot with bluegills and crappies. Some veteran ice anglers are skunked one day and smoking them the next. Lately the fishing is on the slow side but we expect one more good run of biting fish before winters end. 
Blue cats and flatheads being caught in holes near Alton. Best bet is stinkbaits.

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