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DrowningWorms
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FISHING REPORT
8/7/14 9:34 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 86° - 90° F Water Temp: Above 80° F
Fishing is still GOOD. Hit the lake for the first time in a few months on Tuesday. Cold water end has temps around 83. Caught quite a few bass in the 15" range tight to cover near deeper water. Jigs and suspending jerkbaits worked for numbers of fish in the heat. Best cover was weedlines, isolated grass patches and large downed timber. The larger fish I caught were deeper on a DT-16 crankbait in a shad pattern. You will mark fish on almost every deep ledge near 20". The key is to find groups that 1)actually have bass in them 2)are actively feeding. Keep moving around through these pods and you should have good luck. White bass are also everywhere on blade baits, though they seemed to change depths quite a bit during the day depending on location. The entrance to coves seemed to be a key for active fish. Nothing really big, but falling temps at night in the next month, with a little wind should push bigger fish of all species shallower. Good luck everyone! Post your reports! ;)

Pesotum.Fisherman
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FISHING REPORT
6/30/14 9:47 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny
Water at the Hot water discharge was almost breaching 100 degrees. dewitt bridge was 94 degree water and the bite reflected such. Fishing was slow. Flat heads have started to spawn. I fished at the 54 bridge with a guy named Jason (shoutout to jason). he was using shad heads and bluegill as bait fishing the bridge and had 3 HUGE bites all within half an hour of each other and nothing after that. After all was said and done, here is my report:

Crappie: good on minnows. didn't have any bites on jigs. Largemouth: good on spinner baits and crankbaits on rip-rap. Catfish: Slow, Bites are there, just few and far between. Walleye: Slow-fair. One was caught one on crankbait fishing 5' deep on rip-rap.

Staying towards the cold water side of the lake is your best bet. from Miscoutin towards route 54 is your best bet right now. got into a mess of crappie at Miscoutin on minnows where the channel comes to the bank. Nice channel there as well on bluegill. Shout-Out also to old joe's bait shop in Dewitt for the great info and bait. Any questions about the lake, ask them. They'll put you on the fish for sure.

[This post was last edited on 7/2/14 at 8:28 AM]
Pesotum.Fisherman
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FISHING REPORT
6/23/14 1:48 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
Fishing on june 16 was Slow - fair. We target crappie, white bass, walleye, and LMB mostly but if the others happen to hit we don't mind at all. My friend and I are out on the boat every monday and we have been fishing the rip-rap in front of the spillway pretty religiously because the LMB have been hitting there really well on crankbaits. Probably 6 or 7 Largemouths were caught on crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Average of 14" with the largest being just over 18" 3.5 LBS. We caught a few white bass nothing over 9 inches - chasing boiling shad on top of the water. crappie were tartgeted but only one was brought in on a pink/green road runner, 8" in length. We were throwing Live Target crankbaits (fish mimic crankbaits) and were catching nice catfish along the banks everywhere. The catfish spawn was on and still might be on for the while. Last cast of the day we hooked into a nice Drum. 4 pounds 10 ounces. Largest i've ever seen, on a crappie look-alike crankbait. You have to stick close to the cold water arm to be successful it seems like.

Jmeister173
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4/30/14 4:56 PM CST
NILBasser, Check larrysfishinghole.com. They have several different lakes but report on Clinton weekly. The report generally comes from Ole' Joe's baitshop on Route 54. His number is on the report, give him a call. We all know that bait shop guys report that the fish are ALWAYS biting but I've seen this guy report that fishing had been crappy in the past. Good luck and report when you go... we need more lake linkers in central IL.

NILBasser
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4/30/14 4:15 PM CST
Does anybody have any info on the bass fishing? I'll be down Friday and Saturday and was wondering if anyone has been out. Water temps?

deerme1
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FISHING REPORT
4/13/14 9:43 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Went Wednesday in the hot water arm.I Started fishing at daylight. The water temps started out around 60 degrees at daylight, and peaked out in low 70's in the late afternoon. I caught around 20 Crappies. They averaged 8.5 to 10 inches, with a half dozen well over 10 inches. Several of them were black nose crappies. They have an 1/8 inch stripe from the mouth down the back, and under the head as well. The fish were in shallow water early. The bite was basically over by about 9am. I used a 12' crappie rod and minnows. The lake was calm early, but windy by 9 am. After the wind increased, I drifted over the flats with minnows, and fished a couple of drop off's with no Crappie bites. I did not fish beyond the DeWitt bridge towards Muscoutin. The lake is low,and the hot water arm is shallow. I was floating in 2 foot water, and catching in 1 to 1.5 foot of water. The Crappies were on the main shore. I caught only two in one cove, although I did fish two or three. The fish were scattered, and obviously not spawning.

jross1901
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FISHING REPORT
4/1/14 10:32 PM CST
really windy today but water was running in the discharge. i fished on the warm end and managed two lmb.

lots of boats out and alot more wind.

walleyeman10
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4/1/14 12:38 PM CST
rattletrap did you hear of any walleyes being caught. I haven't been able to make it down yet and by the looks of thing may not for a couple weeks. Just wondering how the walleye bite has been this spring so far.

rattletrap
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FISHING REPORT
3/31/14 6:59 PM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 41° - 45° F Water Temp: 40° - 45° F
power station was not running, cold water. station might be running again in 2 weeks, until then it will be very tough to find fish. fished 2 days without a keeper. gl all RT

Axemaster86
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3/20/14 10:39 PM CST
Anyone have any tips for largemouth this time of year? Lures, locations, anything. I've only been there a handful of times and never caught more than a few. I'm hoping to key in on some bigger fish this spring.

Coach_DRob
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3/14/14 11:19 AM CST
I've only fished where IL48 goes over the lake for early April crappie. Is there another good shore spot that's easily accessible by car?

Fishin Man Mike
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3/11/14 2:23 PM CST
nice! i heard there are some pigs in this lake and look forward to catching em

mrbirmi
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3/11/14 2:20 PM CST
It's worked for me Big Smile

Fishin Man Mike
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3/11/14 2:18 PM CST
thanks for the input guys. hopefully i can translate some of this info into some big bass and a 1st place trophy Big Smile

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3/11/14 2:14 PM CST
Hey Mike I saw the post from 3/2. I've had good luck with shad-colored square bills in the springtime. This is the one I make/use with good results, so something like that would be perfect.

Matt

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