Illinois Valley Fishing Report 7/30

ILLINOIS RIVER: Lower water levels are allowing anglers access to the
river again and many are taking advantage of the opportunity. Catfish
are good with cut bait being the number one bait but night crawlers and
dip baits are taking a few smaller fish. Fish the upper end of deep holes
and around bridge pilings. White bass are near the channel break and
taking jig and minnow and blade baits.

MENDOTA LAKE: Catfish are taking chicken liver and dip baits fished below
slip bobbers just before dusk. Bluegill are hitting wax worms and small
jigs on deeper weed edges during the day with most fish running small.
Large mouth bass are hitting top water baits such as frogs and poppers
late in the day. Work the bait slowly with long pauses for best results.

HENNEPIN CANAL: Bluegill are doing very good floating a wax worm under a
bobber 1 1/2 to 2' in the locks. A few walleye are being taken around the
whistles and in the locks on a floating jig head and small split shot.
Catfish are hitting chicken liver, dip baits and night crawlers all along
the canal with early evening till dark producing the most fish.

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