Illinois Rivers Fishing Report – May 27th, 2016

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. Pulling three-way rigs has also started to put some fish in the boats. The white bass can be found on rocky shoreline areas.

Rock River (Milan): An angler reported catching a stringer of channel cats that weighed in at 20 pounds recently. Fish are biting on liver, nightcrawlers, minnows, leeches and stinkbait below the Sears Dam in the Rock River.

Rock River (Byron): Good-sized channel catfish are being taken from the creeks with cheesebait, chicken liver, minnows and cut bait (crushed minnows). A few using nightcrawlers were also reported.

Mississippi River (Grafton): Crappies good. Minnows are still popular and several using jigs; look for clear, quiet, warmer water places to fish. Look for fish in both deep and shallow levels; sometimes moving up when the sun shines.

Mississippi River (Savanna): A few walleyes were being caught with walleye minnows; walleyes seem to enjoy the recent chilly temperatures.

Mississippi River (Belleville): White bass are hitting. Look for fish along the rip rap with a twister tail or cut bluegill.

Ohio River (Golconda): Nice- sized crappies have been taken from area ponds, and the warmer clear creeks with a jig or minnow.

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