Fish jumping all around the lake. Got totally skunked trying for them. Hit up the spillway and caught a couple on 4" swimbaits.
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46° - 50° F
Looking to go somewhere over the course of the weekend. Clinton Lake is a short drive from my house (less than 2 hours) but want to take my oldest after some bigger fish.
Are there any options shore fishing for walleye or striped bass at Clinton before I head out? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
MOON PHASE (41%)
66° - 70° F
Late report from yesterday. Was down in Normal visiting daughter at school. My daughter wanted to go fishing with me like she used to. Went to the route 48 bridge area. Started off on the east side for about 30 minutes. No good. Hopped over the road to the wind blown side. Fished there 2:30-5:30pm. Daughter had a blast. She caught 14 bluegill(all about 7") one 10" crappie. She used mini mite with waxies, or just a minnow under bobber. I was throwing a 1/4 oz blade bait. Caught a 20" walleye and 2 white bass. I hooked into a number of white bass but kept loosing them. Also caught 5 LG mouth bass but all under 12". Great day to be out with my daughter AND we caught dinner!
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41° - 45° F
61° - 65° F
Still very good! Out today 11-3. Very windy, but Clinton is good under these conditions. Bought some minnows with the intention of targetting crappie but started throwing crankbaits and never stopped.
Largemouth: good. Caught 6 near the hot arm. Still active and fighting hard!
Crappie: good. Continuing to get better every week. Caught several on crankbait near wood.
White bass: excellent. Best bet on the lake and a heck of a fight. Had the Mrs. out with me today. Lucky to convince her a few times a year and she kicked my butt today. Over 100 with 6 over 12 inches. I'm a happy man when the wind blows on the shore!
MOON PHASE (95%)
36° - 40° F
61° - 65° F
Out today 7-3. was COLD this morning. Great to see lots of boats out at the marina. Here is my report from the marina up to the 54 bridge. Cold end likely has a different report.
Bass: tough. Caught 5. Never really got a pattern going. Some deep and some shallow. A few of the bites were very aggressive on a crankbait this morning near the marina. By the end of the day it still did not seem as though the fish moved up shallow with the sunshine. Sunday could be a completely different story with more sun and wind predicted.
Crappie: did not target them but watched others and talked. Tough day like the bass, but overall they are still good and holding close to shoreline wood. Jigs and minnows seem to be producing equally well. Stop by Joes baitshop for a better idea. Plus, he's a really great guy.
White bass: excellent. Targeted them around noon after the disappointment with the bass bite. Had to move around a little before I found them. When I did the action was non-stop. Well over 100 fish. Mostly small but about a dozen over 12 inches. Many in the same areas crappie are holding. If you look close you will see small shad surfacing. My guess is that the white bass and crappie are utilizing them. Small shad colored crankbaits worked the best. Peak bite was 1pm.
Walleye: did not hear anyone targeting them but I did catch 3 decent sized fish among the white bass on cranks.
Catfish: no info
MOON PHASE (60%)
61° - 65° F
71° - 75° F
Wow! What a beautiful weekend. Hope everyone enjoyed the weather. Here is my report after being fortunate enough to spend several days on Clinton this week. Had lots of great conversations with other anglers on the water and shore. I hope it helps you to enjoy the outdoors! Consider this an early Christmas present :)
Lake profile: water temps 77 near the 54 bridge and still holding over 60 on the cold end by the end of the day Sunday. Few weeds that the lake holds are starting to turn brown. Grass and wood are the best cover.
Bass: good. Days I fished weren't ideal with the high sun, lack of wind and clouds. Bass are still hungry for moving baits all around the lake. Squarebill cranks and smaller spinnerbaits were good for numbers around cover. Bass are deeper in the coves the further you push towards cold water in pursuit of shad. They are holding on points or at the mouth of coves near the Mascoutin ramp and beyond. Deeper breaks are ideal when you get into the warmer water. Caught several larger females on a jig near the warm water. Yes, they are spawning again! Landed several large females full of eggs shallow on the jig with bleeding tails and males around the same area. Please carefully release these fish. As a biologist, it's important that we realize these fish are struggling to do such an unnatural act and feed up for winter at the same time.
Crappie: very good. Not many limits with the fall bite window reported, but these fish will continue to hit as the water cools. Wood and deep breaks are holding suspended crappie. Chartreuse jig got me my limit as i covered a lot if water (released) but live minnow under a bobber was another good producer as reported by other anglers I talked to. Be sure to cover a lot of water and change depths/presentation speeds until you figure out what they want, regardless of whether or not ypu're on shore or boat. The action can be very good when you dial them in. 2 hours after sunrise and before sunset was the best.
White bass: fair. Weather played a big part of this. Caught around a dozen smaller fish each day on the bass-sized squarebill, but they are not on the flats. The birds will tell you. Marked large schools on the edge of flats. They need wind and clouds to push the shad shallow. Any blade bait or small twistertail will work under ideal conditions but with the high sun and lack of wind we've had this week a drop shot with a live minnow can't be beat.
Catfish: if you're lucky enough to have a fancy side imaging graph you can have a field day. I limited out (all released) on the cold end within an hour each day by marking these large fish scattered along the bottom. Live or dead cut bait shad will be the best bait in the weeks to come. Keep moving until you find fish. Don't stay too long in one area before moving. Clinton is a phenomenol cat fishing lake.
Stripers: didn't land any but broke off 2 while messing around for the bass/white bass at the cove mouths near the hot water.
Walleye: my favorite :) did not fish for them and no luck reported from the 1 angler trolling that I talked to. Again, weather not ideal.
I hope this helps! Feel free to pm me if you're heading out. Be nice to each other and enjoy the outdoors!
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Fishing has been outstanding. I have been fishing more around Y-cove and doing very well but have heard about a lot of fish being caught near the state park marina also.