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Illinois Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 10, 2022

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The 2022 Illinois Free Fishing Days celebration will take place June 17-20, once again coinciding with Father’s Day weekend. 

During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.

DNR has put together some tips for educating kids during this annual event:

• Always teach and practice the Anglers’ Code of Ethics. Our lakes and rivers belong to everyone and we all must do our part to preserve them for future generations.

• Children and adults alike should keep only what you will eat and never wastefully discard any fish. For those fish you want to release, teach about best angling practices from DNR’s Catch-and-Release Guidelines.

• It is everyone’s responsibility to protect the outdoors. Do not throw gum wrappers, sandwich wrappers, soda cans, bait containers or any other trash in the water. Pack your trash out or dispose of it in a park garbage can.

• Teach kids that fish hooks and line can snag and kill fish, birds, turtles, small mammals and frogs when thrown into the water. These should be discarded in appropriate trash containers.

North

Chain: Walleye action is really hot right now. Fishermen have been reporting good catches in Pistakee and Marie in the early morning or late evening. Jig and minnows or jig and leeches have done well as well as crawler harnesses drifted over the flats. 

Shabbona: Bass fishing is very good with bass being caught using wacky rigged Senkos or dingers on the dam face or the weedlines of the east side of the lake. Anglers also are catching bass in these areas using crankbaits or spinnerbaits. 

LaSalle: Smallmouth action remains slow. A few bass are being caught on crankbaits and spinners. Crappie action is fair on minnows.

Lake Michigan (Chicago Area): Fishing remains consistent up and down the lakefront. Coho and king salmon are being found in 80 to 120 feet of water. Magnum glow spoons as well as larger flasher and flies have been taking most of the fish. Downriggers and dipseys have been doing the best with copper and leadcore coming in a close second.

On the south end it seems that the fish have moved out a bit, and there are some kings as well as good steelhead action on spoons and dodgers and flies.

The coho have slowed down on the north end near Waukegan and Northpoint. Reports are that 00 orange dodgers with peanut flies in blue/silver and black/gold are star producers.

The kings are out there and are hitting magnum spoons on the riggers. Bloody nose, Hey Babe, Kevorkian, and Blue dolphin are a few of the hot ones lately. Start your trolls shallow and work your way out to deeper water. About 35 feet seems to be a key depth now.

South

Devils’ Kitchen: Bass bite is slowing in heat. Crappies biting on minnows and jigs. Bluegills are hitting crickets.

Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish action is still steady. Cut bait, nightcrawlers, and leeches are all producing good catches. Crappie action is still good in 7 to 9 feet of water over structure. Jigs and minnows are both effective. Bluegills are still in shallow areas and are being caught in good numbers on crickets, waxworms, and red wigglers. Bass action has slowed. 

Carlyle Lake: Crappies and catfish are producing the best action. Catfish are taking shrimp, leeches, cut shad, and shad guts off flooded trees. White bass are hitting tube jigs and twister tails. Crappies are slowing but biting on minnows, jigs, tube jigs by Hazlet State Park. Sauger are hit and miss, if they can be found. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms. Carp are spawning in shallows.

Kinkaid Lake: Bluegills are still being caught in good numbers. The bigger fish are holding in 6 to 10 feet of water. A variety of natural baits are producing fish. Crappies are slow. Catfish action is good in the late evening on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

Lake of Egypt: Bass action has been good. Some are taking fish early in the mornings and late in the evenings on topwater baits. At most times during the day, anglers are fishing deeper with minnows and jigs. Some catfish are still being caught on a variety of natural baits. Crappies are fair at best with anglers reporting some success on minnows fished in 20 to 25 feet of water.

Little Grassy: Bluegill action is fair to good. Fish have moved slightly deeper and can be caught on crickets, waxworms, and red wigglers. Catfish action remains good in the evenings on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Bass action also has been good in the evenings on black plastics near grassy areas. Crappies have slowed.

Rend Lake: Bass anglers are targeting riprap, shallow woody cover, and bridge piers with Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and soft plastics. Bluegills are still shallow and are being caught in good numbers on crickets and waxworms. 

Central

Evergreen Lake: Bass are fair real early in the day or late on plastics around timber, and some on topwater. Bluegills are fair along shore weeds on waxworms. 

Clinton Lake: Crappies are still being caught in shallows near DeWitt Bridge. Catfish are plentiful and being caught on cheese baits, shad, shrimp, and leeches. 

Coffeen Lake: Bass are good on plastic worms. Catfish are good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. Stripers being caught on crankbaits.

Lake Springfield: Bass are fair on plastics, jigs, swimbaits, and crankbaits. Catfish are fair on cut bait and dip baits. White bass were fair on bladebaits.

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