ILLINOIS RIVER: The rivers still up and most fishing has come to a halt
but a few anglers are taking catfish and white bass in the shallow water.
Frozen chicken liver is doing good for both species. Take plenty of bug
repellant as we all know the mosquitoes are bad this year.
MAUTINO CONSERVATION AREA: Lg mouth bass are hitting top water baits
such as buzz baits and hula poppers early and late in the day. Mid day
use a soft plastic worm or craw worked very slowly off the steep drops
and points. Blue gill are taking wax worms and trout worms fished along
deeper water weed edges. A few walleye have been taken trolling in open
water areas with #5 shad raps and wally divers. Look for schools of bait
fish, you'll find the walleye suspended below.
HENNEPIN CANAL: Flathead catfish are slow but some smaller fish (under
30 lbs.) are being taken by jug fisherman most using live bluegill or
cut bait. Fishing for big flathead is a sit and wait game similar to
deer hunting and like deer hunting patients pays off. Float a live
bluegill or bullhead under a slip bobber on the up stream side of the
locks just deep enough to keep your bait from flowing over the lock.
As I said its a sit and wait game but hooking a 50lb plus flathead is
worth the wait. Channel cat are fair with most fish coming on dip bait
and night crawlers during the mid day.