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Midwest Fishing Report: Rivers section

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The recent storms impacted the rivers some, but I am posting a rivers section report of the Midwest Fishing Report as usual this morning.

This is the extended online version of the MFR, which appears on the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays.

Well, this is the rivers section for rivers around Chicago fishing. The lakes and areas MFR will follow shortly.

Normally, I post the online MFR, both the rivers and lakes/areas sections, by Wednesday morning.

I will probably separate out the rivers section like this until the fall.

If you have suggestions, post in the comments section or let me know at

Let's lead with the reopening of the Indiana streams tomorrow.


For an overview of nearby river conditions, click here. This is a spring where this is important.


Jeff Nolan of Bridgeport Bass sent this:

Chicago river fishing report Just got in missed the storm by minutes! WHEW ! Large and small mouth bass slamming at Ogden slip on deep cranks slow trolled and chigger craws on jigs temp 69 , south branch ;big big blue gills hitting beetle spins and small cranks some small bass also temp 78 . Ogden slip the place to be from shore or boat best bet.


Andrew Ragas, Counsellor of the Fish Parliament, sent this a couple hours before the storms rolled through last evening, but levels looked passable this morning from what I saw. Here's his report:

River is back to good shape, and being enjoyed by waders, shore
anglers, and some boaters. USGS in Riverside is at a 3.5, water
clarity is moderate at 6 to 12 inches, and temperatures are around 75
degrees. Action has been best in early mornings and evenings for
northern pike, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. Be sure to spray
with mosquito repellent before thinking about coming to the river.

Northern pike have been on the small side (around 20 inches), but
abundant everywhere. Fish are being caught from deeper pools and
eddies near shore, and out in mid-river current, and off shore
weedbeds. Some larger fish are present in deep current areas but take
some work to find. Best baits are #5 Sims Spinners, Mepps Inlines,
white/gold spinnerbaits, shallow running crankbaits and shad
imitators, and swimbaits. Feeding windows short with best
opportunities early in mornings before sunrise and hot weather. Some
late afternoon and evening action also reported.

Largemouth bass are active throughout the middle and lower stretches
of the river in Cook and Will counties. Fish are holding along the
channel edges, rip-rap, downed wood, weedlines, bridges, and deeper
pools. Sims inlines, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jig and craws, plastic
worms, and topwaters are picking up fish. Smallmouth bass are also
mixed together with largemouths though more fish are expected to be
found from rocky stretches with more current. Average sizes 12 to 14
inches, but healthy.

Channel Catfish are active and hitting everything from artificials
meant for bass and pike. Fish up to 5 pounds being reported by bank
anglers fishing with live baits, cut baits, and livers. Locate deeper
pools with rock and wood. Mornings and late afternoons offering best


I didn't see anything from Ken Gortowski, rumination or report wise. I suspect the creeks will be the primary target again.


The river rose above flood stage again at LaSalle and is near flood stage at Ottawa. Time on the Water Outdoors reported sauger fishing improving before the latest rise on Monday.


Mik-Lurch reported steelhead on Trail as good, with fish all the way to Johnson Road.


The river watershed was blasted Monday, but escaped most of Tuesday's weather, so conditions might be decent by the weekend. On Tuesday, Norm Minas did well on smallmouth and a few walleye in the near-bankful state park area by working a deep-diving Wiggle-Wart against the current seams very slowly. ``Catfish'' Dave Bradigan reported good bluegill in the backwaters east of Momence on Sunday, before Monday's downpours. Before the downpours, Ed Mullady reported catfish good throughout, catfish and pike good around Wilmington and pike to nine pounds in The Point near English Lake, Ind.


Morris Wetlands is open for fishing that stretch of the Mazon. Hours will 6 a.m. to sunset.


OREGON: Jan Prose at TJ's Bait/Tackle & Canoe Rental sent this:

River is clearing up, and around 7' in our area. The sand bars are starting to show. A lot of nice channel cat are being caught. Worms, shrimp, liver, just about anything you throw! A few nice flathead have been caught in the deeper holes on blue gil and goldfish or suckers. Smallmouth bass are hitting on crank baits, or small spinners along the rocks and mouth of the creek. We're finally getting some good weather on the weekend, hope to see you on the Rock!


Tyler Harmon Facebooked pier fishing was good for a few days, but ``one day a bunch of steelhead may be hooked, the next day only one.''



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I know I sent you this.

Was out on the leading edge of the storm last night catching walleye of all things. Makes sense if you think about it a minute.

River is in good shape and Tuesday's rain barely made a blip. I've been wading anywhere I want, but I don't recommend that to anyone unless they know what the river looks like when it's lower.

Sorry for the lack of a report, too many other things rattling around my brain.

need some clarification regarding Mazon River. If you go to the designated parking lot on your map there is a gravel path that leads to the river for about 500 ft and then a very clear State Property No Trespassing sign. No trespassing signs are where is the legal acces for fishing. Grundy County Sheriff reports there is no such thing as legal access on the Mazon

Are you sure you're at the parking lot of Morris Wetlands. The only time that is closed is during flood periods. Otherwise, that is open from 6 a.m. to sunset.

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