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deerme1
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FISHING REPORT
5/18/15 8:06 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
One overall note. The power plant had been shut down. It started generating right before these two outings. I went fishing for Walleye the afternoon of 05/17.(yesterday)The wind was strong out of the SE to SW. I caught a large white bass and a smaller one at Muscoutin right after putting in, but no Walleye. I fished till sundown. Apparently, the switch from not generating to generating put the fish in neutral a mood. I had caught 10 Walleye on Apr 1 when the DNR opened the area of the hot water discharge. They ran from 17 to 21 inches long, so I know there are some in the lake, but this day,none, not even a short. I returned this morning with minnows fishing for Crappie. I caught lots of 4 inch Crappie, but only 3 keepers. Apparently, resuming the flow from the power plant confused the Crappie as well. I did have 4 runaways while fishing for Crappie. Probably channel cats since they are spawning right now.When a bit cat grabs your minnow attached to a Crappie pole, it is like being hooked to a Motorcycle going full blast. Now the wind is from the North, and it is cooling down. Oh well, there is always next week. That is, if the weather and the discharge are both normal!

deerme1
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FISHING REPORT
5/17/15 9:45 AM CST
Conditions: Cloudy Air Temp: 46° - 50° F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
This trip was Thursday May 14 from early in the morning till mid afternoon. Put in at the Marina. It was windy and cold. Power plant not generating. The surface temp was basically around 66 degrees from the hot water arm down to the dam. Walleye were not biting due to the cold front. Small Crappie were everywhere. Used all of 3 dozen minnows mostly eaten by small Crappie. Kept 10 that were from 9 to 10 inches. The whites still had bloody eggs in them. The blacks were all males. Since the shorelines have washed in badly over the years, most trees on the shoreline are in water that is too shallow to hold fish. Some coves had fish, but those were mostly small black males. You will notice that there are some black Crappie that have a black stripe on the head, and under the chin. Those are Black Nose Crappie that are stocked by the DNR. Since the weather warmed up, the fishing should be better.

smellsfishy86
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5/14/15 6:56 AM CST
I am going to be kayaking into clinton lake within the next couple weeks. Starting at the boat launch just off Parnell Road (10), and heading as far into the lake as we can make it in 2 days. Fishing and camping along the way. Just curious about any good fishing holes along the way, accessible by boat or from shore. I've never been to this lake before and I'm just trying to get a feel for it. Any suggestions or knowledge is appreciated.

Happy Fishing!

bulldog95
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5/12/15 8:38 AM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 66° - 70° F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
went out about 630am on Saturday May 9th. Started at Dewitt bridge and a couple cast in caught a 12" crappie. Caught a few small crappies after that and then a nice " walleye. I also caught a 3-4lb channel on minnow. Many small crappie and only the one keeper. Also tried 54 bridge but the water was very murky and didn't catch anything.

walleyeman10
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5/7/15 7:25 PM CST
Did you catch any walleye?

1michaelfishing
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5/7/15 7:03 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 66° - 70° F
Caught several fish in pm on flats.

bulldog95
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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.

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