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bulldog95
bulldog95
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FISHING REPORT
4/22/15 11:09 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F
started off at DeWitt bridge around 6am trying to catch crappie. Caught 3 channel catfish on minnow and bobber with the biggest around 8lbs. Did not catch any crappie. Decided to move over to Mascoutin and caught a couple of small crappie and then moved once again to 54 where we caught about 7 crappie with 2 of them being over 10".

DrowningWorms
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4/12/15 12:29 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Sorry about the duplicate. Heres a few more Smile

DrowningWorms
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4/12/15 12:26 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 56° - 60° F Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
Fishing is very good right now for all species. I think the bass might be a little finicky with all the tournament pressure, but there are still plenty of good ones. Crappie, white bass and walleye good too. Get out before all the pleasure boats! Smile

bulldog95
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4/7/15 1:33 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
arrived at Mascoutin around 6am on 4/4. I was using both minnows and tube jigs. I was catching crappie consistently until 1000am and they quit. Wound up with 11 keepers and 2 channel catfish, one weighing around 5lbs. Most of the crappie where being caught within 3-4 feet of water.

bulldog95
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3/31/15 10:21 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Went to Mascoutin camp grounds on 3/28/15. Fished of the bank and got out there around 1pm. First cast was a 10.5" black crappie and second cast was a 17" walleye. Caught a few smaller crappie after that but really slowed down by 3pm. DeWitt bridge was packed with people fishing and boats were hitting the banks hard between DeWitt bridge and Mascoutin. Bait shop said crappie being caught like crazy.

Toulouse
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3/16/15 9:19 PM CST
Cheetahsneverprosper clinton is a power plant lake so the water is used to cool the power plant and when the water returns to the lake its warm. So the side of the lake with the hot water discharge never freezes during the Winter. The area that I fish from shore is off of the side of a road that goes over the lake as a bridge. Although the water is warm near the discharge you're only allowed to fish that side of the lake during non Winter months because of warm water refuge. You can still fish off that road which is the closest you can get to the discharge and is where I catch most my bass, but its only good when the air temperature reaches around 55 degrees and over. Hope this clears things up.

Cheetahsneverprosper
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3/15/15 8:30 PM CST
Toulouse, thank you for the fishing report. I've never been to Clinton Lake before, but planning on going there this spring. Is the entire lake ice free? There's still ice almost everywhere here in northern IL.

[This post was last edited on 3/15/15 at 8:34 PM]
Toulouse
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3/9/15 6:19 PM CST
Whoops accidentally pasted the same picture twice here's the other one

Toulouse
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3/9/15 6:13 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 46° - 50° F
Fished today from 10 to 1 right near the 14 bridge. Caught 3 largemouth, 2 of which were about 18 inches. All were caught on a Texas rigged plastic crawfish within the first hour, here are the 2 big ones.

bulldog95
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12/5/14 10:46 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 31° - 35° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
11/28/14 Went out to DeWitt around 630am. Winds were 15-20mph out of the south and fishing was tough. Started off with one crappie about 13" and then nothing until about 2 hours later and caught about a 9 1/2" crappie. Was trying minnow as well as an assortment of different jigs without any luck. There were plenty of people out fishing around me but I did not see many fish being pulled in.

Pesotum.Fisherman
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11/12/14 8:49 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F
Went out twice in the last two weeks once this cold weather started coming in. Both these reports are for the 48 Bridge. Started off with a cast net to get some shad around 1PM. Threw the shad out on the bottom while we were fishing for white bass on the piers. that quickly changed as we couldn't keep our bottom rods in the water long enough to fish for whites. Casting towards the buoys we ended up with 12 channel cats and one blue cat the first night. smallest being a tasty size of 1LB and the biggest was right around 9.

2nd trip out. Started with cast net for shad around 5PM. Skipped the white bass bite and threw straight bottom rods the whole night. Casting towards the buoy and into the main channel we brought in about the same amount once again. Smallest being a tasty 1 pound channel and the biggest being a 9LB 8OZ Blue cat. cat fish are on fire on the lake right now. especially with this cold weather. Helps we had a fire bowl with a fire going. Wink

bulldog95
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11/10/14 10:23 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 51° - 55° F
11/7/14

Started at Dewitt at daylight and by 1000am had my limit, did not keep anything under 10". Most caught on minnow and bobber, about 8 feet out from the bank. also caught a couple of catfish, between 3lbs - 6lbs.

Went out again on 10/9 around 1200pm and didn't catch much, only a couple of small crappie. Left around 3pm.

bulldog95
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11/3/14 3:54 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 71° - 75° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
Oct 24, 2014 Started fishing right around daylight at Dewitt bridge and started off with two crappie about 11". As the day went on and it started warming up, smaller crappie moved in. I caught about 100 small crappie between 7am - 1pm with only 5 keepers. also hooked into a nice 25 pound flathead using a minnow. Was catching the crappie on black / charteuse tube jig and also switching it up with a minnow and bobber about 6-8 feet from the bank.

Pesotum.Fisherman
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9/30/14 10:21 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: Above 80° F
Went on the lake yesterday (9/29/14). Sunny day with water temp was around 83-86 degrees and in the upper 90's at the discharge. clarity was stained and about a foot-2 feet of visibility. Light winds 5-10. It had been probably a good 2-3 months since i'd been successful on this lake but since the declining temperature, I figured it was time to give the lake another try. Started off slow. We started fishing bridges with minnows and crappie jigs. (sexy tails with 1/16th oz jig heads)Caught a few on these, all small, (less than 8")then traveled to the Parnell bridge. Fished same baits and pulled out a 14 1/4" white bass that weighed 9 ounces. Had a giant "something" on my line for a good 5 minutes. It wrapped around a pylon and while I was trying to unwrap it, it popped off. After that heartbreak we started trolling the Parnell bridge as well as the 48 bridge with one striper biting on a 3/8th oz Big Dude. After little success here we traveled to the hot water discharge and this is when the magic happened. Cast after cast we were pulling in white bass one after the next. We were using our shad imitation baits. (3/8th oz big dudes w/ red hooks)Water was being displaced everywhere with fleeing shad and soon to follow white bass. We easily had our 2 man limit in white bass in just under 20 minutes! We stayed and fished till we were just catching the stragglers at the end. The colder weather has definitely helped this lake. Other notable fish caught were a few bluegill 6-8", a 16 1/4" Largemouth under a dock at Mascoutin with a minnow, and a catfish at the discharge less than a pound.

NILBasser
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9/24/14 5:41 AM CST
Anybody been out at all lately? I'm going to be on the water this weekend starting Friday morning and could use a little help getting started. I have not been down in a bit so if anyone has any info I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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