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Icebreaker123
Icebreaker123
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8/18/15 11:37 AM CST
Toulouse, thanks for the info on the lake! This lake was rated one of the top ten bass lakes in Illinois and I knew it had to be tough because of the hot water discharge. I can't wait to get back there when the water cools down. Thanks again!

Toulouse
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8/15/15 5:25 PM CST
icebreaker123, I've fished this lake over the last six months and it seems as if it's easier to fish it during early spring into late spring because of the hot water discharge, i had days where I'd catch 3 bass per hour with size pretty steady into early summer then once the water on the cool side hit close to 80 it seemed to have really slowed down, it'll probably get really good again in the fall just got to know the right locations on the lake with respect to water temp and the right lures to use in those water temeratures, shallow always seems to work best

Icebreaker123
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FISHING REPORT
8/15/15 9:12 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: Above 80° F
Some friends and I were down at Clinton Lake last week and had a tough time targeting largemouth bass. My guess is that it was because of the extreme water temperature at 85° on the cool side of the lake and 95° on the warmer side of the lake. For 3 days we tried every lure imaginable and only ended up with around 5-6 LM. Is this lake better fishing in the spring when the water is not so hot or is there not that many fish here due to the hot water. This pic was the biggest of the trip and was actually caught in 3 feet of water in the 95° side of the lake using a number 5 mep.

deerme1
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FISHING REPORT
6/13/15 11:02 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Went fishing with our son and his youngest son who is 7 on 6-12. The wind started out calm but picked up all day long. We had to sit out a storm around 7 AM, but it stopped raining right away. The 7 year old had 3 Walleye including a 19 inch in the boat before his Dad or Grandpa caught any! And he did that with a kids pole and reel.Way to go Beckett. We caught 7 and a lot of white bass, plus one of the biggest White Bass I had ever seen. I am sure it was not a wiper. It was over 19 inches. I should have taken a picture.I also caught a Walleye that was 22 inches. Walleye are just starting to congregate around the gravel pits in the main part of the lake. The next few weeks should be good.

[This post was last edited on 6/13/15 at 11:07 AM]
tripwire
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5/29/15 7:37 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Sorry this post is a little late. Caught this 5.5lb beast two weeks ago on a rubber worm...dark purple I think. Forgot the name of the bay, but just NE of the campground in the submerged trees.

w16046m
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5/27/15 3:05 PM CST
Walleye10 thanks for the info will report outcome and tight lines to you

walleyeman10
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5/27/15 7:33 AM CST
w16046m from what I found last weekend the larger crappie have moved deeper. Caught a lot of smaller ones in 8fow or less but when moved out to 15-18 fow got into the larger ones a few pushing 13. Coves on west end were best for me.

w16046m
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5/26/15 11:03 PM CST
Walleyeman10 thanks for response will he fishing for crappie from a boat

walleyeman10
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5/26/15 3:12 PM CST
w16046m really need to know what you will be fishing for and if fishing from boat or shore. I will give any info I can. I don't bass fish but spend every weekend on the water fishing for walleye, white bass, catfish and crappie throughout the year.

w16046m
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5/26/15 3:07 PM CST
Making first trip to lake clinton would appreciate any info you can spare just general knowledge no secrets or honey holes

deerme1
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5/18/15 8:06 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
One overall note. The power plant had been shut down. It started generating right before these two outings. I went fishing for Walleye the afternoon of 05/17.(yesterday)The wind was strong out of the SE to SW. I caught a large white bass and a smaller one at Muscoutin right after putting in, but no Walleye. I fished till sundown. Apparently, the switch from not generating to generating put the fish in neutral a mood. I had caught 10 Walleye on Apr 1 when the DNR opened the area of the hot water discharge. They ran from 17 to 21 inches long, so I know there are some in the lake, but this day,none, not even a short. I returned this morning with minnows fishing for Crappie. I caught lots of 4 inch Crappie, but only 3 keepers. Apparently, resuming the flow from the power plant confused the Crappie as well. I did have 4 runaways while fishing for Crappie. Probably channel cats since they are spawning right now.When a bit cat grabs your minnow attached to a Crappie pole, it is like being hooked to a Motorcycle going full blast. Now the wind is from the North, and it is cooling down. Oh well, there is always next week. That is, if the weather and the discharge are both normal!

deerme1
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5/17/15 9:45 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
This trip was Thursday May 14 from early in the morning till mid afternoon. Put in at the Marina. It was windy and cold. Power plant not generating. The surface temp was basically around 66 degrees from the hot water arm down to the dam. Walleye were not biting due to the cold front. Small Crappie were everywhere. Used all of 3 dozen minnows mostly eaten by small Crappie. Kept 10 that were from 9 to 10 inches. The whites still had bloody eggs in them. The blacks were all males. Since the shorelines have washed in badly over the years, most trees on the shoreline are in water that is too shallow to hold fish. Some coves had fish, but those were mostly small black males. You will notice that there are some black Crappie that have a black stripe on the head, and under the chin. Those are Black Nose Crappie that are stocked by the DNR. Since the weather warmed up, the fishing should be better.

smellsfishy86
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5/14/15 6:56 AM CST
I am going to be kayaking into clinton lake within the next couple weeks. Starting at the boat launch just off Parnell Road (10), and heading as far into the lake as we can make it in 2 days. Fishing and camping along the way. Just curious about any good fishing holes along the way, accessible by boat or from shore. I've never been to this lake before and I'm just trying to get a feel for it. Any suggestions or knowledge is appreciated.

Happy Fishing!

bulldog95
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5/12/15 8:38 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
went out about 630am on Saturday May 9th. Started at Dewitt bridge and a couple cast in caught a 12" crappie. Caught a few small crappies after that and then a nice " walleye. I also caught a 3-4lb channel on minnow. Many small crappie and only the one keeper. Also tried 54 bridge but the water was very murky and didn't catch anything.

walleyeman10
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5/7/15 7:25 PM CST
Did you catch any walleye?

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