Fox River The smallies are spawning and can be found in the shallow eddies or slower moving gravel bottom areas. Jigs with white or crawfish colored twister tails can produce some respectable fish. Work the jig slow and fish the current seams and slack water. Crappies and bluegills are hitting at the creek mouths on minnows under a float or smaller ice style jigs tipped with wax worms or spikes. There have been some reports of walleyes being taken near the McHenry dam but the best catches at the dam have been white bass and catfish. The whites are moving, and people are catching them on jig and twisters and minnows. Cut bait or nightcrawlers are taking most of the catfish.
Illinois River: The sauger and walleye bite has been really good with recent weather patterns. Fish are being caught vertical jigging jigs with minnows or using a floater jig and lindy rigging minnows have been doing well.