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!