ILLINOIS RIVER: Fishing is good with sauger, white bass, and catfish all
doing very well. Look for catfish on the up stream side of deep holes and
around submerged trees. Cut bait seems to be the best bait for bigger fish
but anglers using dip baits and night crawlers are taking good numbers of
Sauger and walleye anglers are trolling lead core with minnow type baits
in deeper water with good catches being reported but white bass anglers
are taking some of the bigger fish casting blade baits in the shallows.
With the current flow at a minimum this is a good time to use a slip bobber
and minnow combination fished as much as 1 1/2 ft. off the bottom.
White bass fisherman are taking fish casting blade baits and twister tail
and spinner combinations along rock banks and bridge pilings. Look for
bait fish busting water near shore.
HENNEPIN CANAL: Catfish are hitting dip baits, crawlers and frozen shrimp
threw out the day with good numbers of smaller fish being taken.
Flathead catfish are still doing very well with live bluegill or bullhead
as the preferred bait fished above the locks.
Some bluegill and crappie are being caught inside the locks on wax worms
under a bobber but most fish are small.