ILLINOIS RIVER: Although river levels and current flow is down fishing
is good for most species. Walleye and sauger anglers are picking up fish
near Clark island,below Hennepin bridge and the Peru flats trolling minnow
type crank baits on lead core and 3 way rigs.
White bass are hitting small spinners and blade baits cast into the tail
waters at starved rock dam with some large fish being caught. White bass
anglers are also finding good fish along the bride piers and inside bends
of the river where the current increases.
Catfish are taking cut bait in the deeper holes and around submerged trees
all along the river. Bank fisherman are doing well on smaller fish using
dip baits and night crawlers.
HENNEPIN CANAL: Crappie are starting to pick up with fish running up to 13"
being taken. A small minnow under a bobber 1 1/2 to 2 ft. deep fished in the
fallen trees along the bank are producing most fish but a few are being
caught on the old pilings at the locks.
Bluegill are taking red worms and wax worms along the weed edges and
openings in the thicker weed beds.
Catfish are doing good on dip baits and night crawlers inside the locks
and around fallen trees.
EVERGREEN LAKE: Crappie are starting to pick up a little but few limits
are being taken. Fish weed edges and points in 10 to 15 ft. drifting a
minnow and split shot rig.
Largemouth bass are still hitting top water baits early and late in the
day in the fallen trees and shallow weed beds.
Saugeye are spotty with few fish being reported. Try drifting a night
crawler and split shot rig off the end of deeper points.