ILLINOIS RIVER: Water levels are down to normal and fishing is great.
Sauger fisherman are taking good size fish on crank baits trolled on
lead core line 8'to 10' deep around Clark island and the Hennepin area.
Try long line trolling small minnow type baits such as an original rapala
or storm thunder stick jr. in shallow water 3 to 6 ft deep during midday.
This is also a good time to float slip bobbers with a minnow or night
crawler a few inches off the bottom.
White bass are hitting spinners and jig and soft plastic combinations near
inlets and on the flats with some big fish being brought in.
Catfish are doing good on cut bait with very good limits being turned in
at the tournaments. Fish the up stream side of deep holes and in the eddys
formed by structure such as bridges and islands for big fish.
EVERGREEN LAKE: Crappie fishing has slowed but a few fish are being caught
in deeper water. Drift a minnow and split shot combination along the deep
weed edges and points.
Largemouth bass are hitting top water baits early and late in the day
with fish up to 18" being caught. Midday try a soft plastic craw or worm
fished very slow in the trees.
GREEN RIVER: Smallmouth bass are doing good with small spinners taking
most fish but a pumpkin colored jig and twister tail is taking some of
the bigger fish. A few small northern are being caught by bass anglers
in the upper part of the river east of Amboy. Channel cat are taking dip
baits and night crawlers threw out the day in the holes and down stream
of shallow rapids.