ILLINOIS RIVER: With the water temp. in the low 60's the fishing is picking
up. Walleye and sauger are being caught from Henry to Utica. Trolling crank
baits and vertical jigging a blade bait or jig and minnow are the most
common presentations right now. Purple, green and chartreus are all colors
that are producing good catches.
White bass are hitting jig and minnow, spinners and night crawlers at the
bridges, creek mouths and flats. Most fish are shallow 2 to 6 ft. but some
big fish have been caught in deeper water at the bridges. White and pink
are good colors to try this time of the year.
Crappie are doing very good around the barge pilings in Spring valley and
Peru with most anglers using a small jig and wax worm or small minnow below
a bobber 2 to 5 ft. deep.
HENNIPEN CANAL: Crappie are hitting minnows around the culverts and locks
With some big fish being caught. Float a minnow under a bobber 1 to 2 ft.
inside the lock or in the eddy's formed by the water flowing through the
culverts. Crappie are also being caught in the downed trees but these are
spotty so keep moving until you find fish.