Fish & Boat Commission adding 38 new sections of wild trout streams to the Class A list, but the majority of anglers still don’t understand the program.
January 21, 2016
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Fox River: The conditions remained dangerous in some areas due to high water and flooding. Where fishing was possible, the walleye bite was slow. Use minnow baits in the deeper holes and near bridge pilings. Night fishing has proven to be most effective. Jigs and twisters in white or chartreuse are being productive. The catfish
Lake Mattoon: Channel cats improving near the banks with stinkbait, nightcrawlers, chicken liver or suckers. Bass fair. Bluegills getting better on worms. Mill Creek Lake: Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits. Channel catfish fair on livers and stinkbait along the edges. Dawson Lake: Bluegills are fair to good on waxworms. Catfish are hitting waxworms in 8-12 foot of water. Crappies are fair in 8-12 feet of water.
Note: Late December rains caused flooding and many lakes that were producing quality fishing before Christmas have suffered from the high water. Also, many roadways were dangerous due to flooding. Take precautions. Lake of Egypt: A few channel cats being caught on shad and shrimp. Crappies good on minnows and jigs. Bluegills being caught on waxworms near structure
Lake Michigan: Cold weather finally set in throughout the southern part of the lake, and ice was starting to form in area harbors and tributaries. DNR and local shops do not verify or guarantee the reported ice conditions, and anglers should proceed at their own risk. Please use extreme caution as conditions can change rapidly. Meanwhile,
Banquets/Fundraisers Jan. 23: Illinois Wabash Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Robinson Community Center, Robinson. For more info call Joe Boyer, 618-592-6300. Jan. 30: Sauk Valley WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Latin American Social Club, Sterling. For more info call Derrick Lamb, 815-564-7361. Feb. 6: Heart of Illinois WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., Peoria Civic Center. For more
Region I – Capt. Laura Petreikis A 47-year-old man from Madison, Wisconsin was checked by CPO Beltran and failed to properly check his harvest. He used his customer number on his license instead of his required permit number. This false record looked like the deer was never checked in. A 71-year-old man from Roselle was