Clinton Lake, De Witt County

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4/22/16 @ 9:31 PM
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deerme1
deerme1
USER since 6/30/10

MOON PHASE
Full Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
Fished Apr 1 for Walleye/Saugeye. The water temps were low, the wind was in the wrong direction and cold,and the Walleye would not bite. Went back fishing for Crappie on the 16th, and caught a limit of 10 inch plus on minnows. They were in a foot to 18 inches of water in the warm water part between the two bridges. They were not very aggressive, and remember. "Life is too short to fish with a dead minnow". For some reason or other tube jigs were not the ticket that day.

With the warm weather since then, the Crappie should be starting to bite down the lake, especially after 70 degrees Saturday 23rd and 80 degrees Sunday 24th.

Good fishing and catching!

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4/16/16 @ 7:21 PM
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bobgio
bobgio
USER since 4/23/11

MOON PHASE (75%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny
Fished Clinton for the first time ever. 7 am to noon. Targeted lmb. Threw spinners, jigs, cranks, plastics, chatterbaits, everything I had. Lots of great structure...laydowns, dropoffs, ledges, flats, rocks, submerged trees. Marked tons of fish but got skunked like most everybody I talked to. Water is very stained. I could not see my white spinnerbait at 1 foot deep. That's probably why I never found a single weed. Lots of structure but no cover at all. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Sweating

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4/4/16 @ 11:46 AM
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Pesotum.Fisherman
Pesotum.Fisherman
USER since 6/23/14

MOON PHASE (11%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
51° - 55° F

WATER TEMP
61° - 65° F
4/2/16 - 4/3/16 : We went out this weekend to tie up to the hot water discharge and target mainly catfish using cut shad. Winds this weekend were brutal. 30 MPH average with some 40-50 MPH gusts. days started out 27-30 degrees and got up to 55-60 degrees during the day. Catfish were biting Saturday despite the crazy winds. Cutting off a sizable chunk of shad and throwing it on circle hooks with 3 oz. egg sinkers was our technique, getting our baits as far into the discharge as we could. our first day we ended up with around 10-12 catfish ranging from 1 pound to 11 pounds. 1 blue cat and all the rest channels. we threw a little blade bait and caught some drum, largemouth, and white bass. only kept the 2 white bass though. So despite the crazy winds, Saturday was a pretty great day for fishing. Sunday night the temp took a dip and it was 27 degrees when we woke up. second day the winds were back at it, maybe a little less than the previous day's winds. using the same technique and bait, we caught 5 channels ranging from 3 pounds to 10 pounds. slower bite but was still nice to get out for the weekend.

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2/16/16 @ 8:36 AM
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Pesotum.Fisherman
Pesotum.Fisherman
USER since 6/23/14

MOON PHASE (66%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
26° - 30° F
COLD!!! the water has definitely cooled off a ton with the 3 arctic days we just had. went out Monday 2/15/16 from noon-3:30pm. Fished at Dewitt bridge facing the warm water discharge side. Total catch included a bluegill 8", 4 crappie (9.5-11"), and 1 largemouth about 12". all caught on crappie jig (white head 1/8oz with shad color sexy tail body) caught some dragging really close to the bottom on super slow retrieve with occasional twitches. others came on bobber about 5' jigging. slow day. glad to get out though.

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1/26/16 @ 11:25 AM
Pesotum.Fisherman
Pesotum.Fisherman
USER since 6/23/14
http://www.sportsmanswarehouse.com/img/products/original/strike_king_kvd_square_bill_silent_crankbait_1289326_1_og.jpg

To answer the guy that's got a fishing tournament coming up in June, this is the best bait that we've found for the bass here. Fishing the stump fields and marinas are key for this lake. finding the channel bend across from the main marina is one of the best bass spots on this lake As well. Jigs, Worms, and Crank Baits all work very well here. A gentleman from my bass club said he had great luck throwing a ned rig in about 10 feet of water on both route 48 bridge and Dewitt bridge. you'll find a bunch of small fish bunched up with the occasional large one to boot. When the weather warms, there are weed lines that form and that'll be a large factor in how you fish as well. I love getting out to Clinton whenever I can. There are some BIG bass in this lake. Good luck.

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1/4/16 @ 11:53 AM
eyeslayer007
eyeslayer007
USER since 1/27/14
I'll be coming down from central Wisconsin for a high school fishing tournament for bass in the beginning of June. just thinking ahead and wondering if anyone could give me some tips and or advice and also wondering what the water clarity is down there. thanks in advance

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11/11/15 @ 4:03 PM
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DrowningWorms
DrowningWorms
USER since 8/15/12

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
56° - 60° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
I've been out the past two weekends. The weather was beautiful and the fish are still biting. I have caught several crappie on accident, but the shoreline and boat fishermen seem to be catching quite a few. I have heard that jigs and minnows are both working. I towed a boat in with engine trouble and they reported good catches in the crappie tournament.

Shad are everywhere and bass seem to be scattered in depth. Most of the smaller bass I landed were in 8 feet or less on white spinnerbaits, jerkbaits and rattletraps. The larger bass I found were relating to deep rock in 14-18 feet. These were caught on a football jig.

Enjoy it while you still can! Smile

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10/30/15 @ 7:45 AM
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bulldog95
bulldog95
USER since 11/3/14

MOON PHASE (86%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
61° - 65° F
Went out at daybreak on 10/23. Was fishing at Dewitt bridge and caught about 30 crappie but only 4 being legal size. Also caught a 12lb channel on minnow fishing for crappie.

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10/22/15 @ 9:55 PM
Point Muskie Hunter
Point Muskie Hunter
USER since 1/28/13
I have never fished Clinton lake and I am looking for some bass any tips? Please message me if you are willing to give me any tips.

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10/15/15 @ 1:40 PM
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bulldog95
bulldog95
USER since 11/3/14

MOON PHASE (7%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Went out 10/10/15 at daybreak and caught over 40 crappie with only 3 of them being legal size. Was fishing between bridges at DeWitt and catching them on minnow or a small twister tail. Hoping the bigger ones move in within the next couple of weeks.

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10/11/15 @ 9:16 PM
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TangledLines
TangledLines
USER since 10/11/15

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
71° - 75° F
Smaller crappie were hitting off the rocks near the campground about 10-15' from shore on minnows. Also caught several largemouth but everything under size limit though. Several good sized bluegills on wax worms closer to shore.

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10/11/15 @ 7:59 PM
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FISHEAD
FISHEAD
USER since 7/2/01

MOON PHASE (1%)
Waning Crescent
Lots of action going on this lake ,1st crappie fishing on Thursday was good to very good . Had a rain and thunder storm come through late Thursday , it killed the fishing for Friday .Sat. and Sunday there were blow boat races and a collage bass tournament , and a lot of others were pre fishing for an up coming tournament , those that I talked to said the bite was tough. If you have any questions just ask.

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10/5/15 @ 7:39 PM
Procastinator
Procastinator
USER since 3/14/11
Making my first trip to Clinton Lake this weekend . Is it normally a very busy lake? I'm targeting bass and also may fish for crappie. Are there any extremely shallow areas to be aware of? Any general information would be greatly appreciated.

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10/4/15 @ 9:20 PM
FISHEAD
FISHEAD
USER since 7/2/01
There is a large group of us staying at camp Quest . Most of are crappie fishing , but I'll post when I get back on how everyone did.

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10/4/15 @ 9:05 PM
belviderenorthbass
belviderenorthbass
USER since 10/2/15
Thanks for the info! And my tournament is Sunday Oct.18th.

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