ILLINOIS RIVER: With the water levels down, currant is the key to finding
most fish species. Walleye and sauger are hitting jig and minnow ,blade
baits, and spinners but trolling minnow type baits is producing most fish.
Look for fish around high currant areas such as bridges, tributaries and
outside turns in the river.
White bass can also be found in these same areas. A blade bait or inline
spinner cast up stream and worked parallel with the break line seems to
be working best with chrome and white being the top colors.
Catfish are still taking cut bait in or around the deeper holes and
Large and small mouth bass are very active in the slack water areas such
as the back side of islands and inside turns in the river. Blade baits,
spinner baits and small crank baits are all taking fish.
EVERGREEN LAKE: Crappie are slow but a few nice fish are being caught on
the deeper weed lines and points. A minnow and split shot rig is taking
Large mouth bass are hitting hula poppers and spinner baits early and
late in the day with white being the most popular color.
Catfish are hitting dip baits and chicken liver throughout the day. Look
for fish in fallen timber and inside cuts off the points.