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Pesotum.Fisherman
Pesotum.Fisherman
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FISHING REPORT
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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Joined: 11/3/2014
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FISHING REPORT
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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FISHING REPORT
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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FISHING REPORT
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

DrowningWorms
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Joined: 8/15/2012
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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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Joined: 6/30/2010
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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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Joined: 3/16/2012
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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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Joined: 10/30/2009
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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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Joined: 6/17/2001
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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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Joined: 3/20/2014
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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.

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