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Worm Washer
Worm Washer
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5/9/14 3:28 PM CST
Has anyone been fishing Rend Lake? I'm going next week and am looking for some info on Striped Bass, White Bass or Crappie.

HERO547
HERO547
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Joined: 8/22/2008
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FISHING REPORT
4/16/14 7:38 PM CST
Conditions: Raining
This is a little late. Got sick from fishing in the rain for 2 days. Fished the 7 and 8. We are from Wisconsin. Got sick of looking at 44 inches of ice. So we came down here and looked at 44 inches of rain. It rained 9 inches just before we got there and the lake went up 3 feet. solid mud, maybe 2 inches of visibility. The wild life was worth the trip. Saw 50 deer at one time standing in one field. Saw over two hundred. Saw pheasants, foxes and rabbits. Tons of birds. As bad as it was. We still caught close to a hundred crappies in 3 days. Found a few bays with 56 to 58 degree water. The biggest fish were right in the middle of the biggest bushes. Smaller fish on the out side of the bushes.

CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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FISHING REPORT
3/26/14 10:53 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 41° - 45° F Water Temp: 46° - 50° F
Water temp was 46 today. The cold weather won't go away. I had 31 keepers in 8 hours today. Conditions are tough but should get better soon. Clint


Rend Lake Crappie Guides
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Sturgeon33
Sturgeon33
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3/19/14 9:28 AM CST
Anybody have a water temp

CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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FISHING REPORT
3/3/14 8:40 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 36° - 40° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Great News!! Ice is off the main part of the lake, but many coves and boat ramps still have ice. The gun creek boat ramp is open.

Crappie: The bite is slow, but fish can be caught on brush piles in 10-15 feet of water and under bridges. The Gun Creek and the Sailboat harbor bridge are the best right now. The fish I caught yesterday came on 3/32 red/chartreuse jigs.

I will report on more species as the water warms and people begin to fish for them. Cool


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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
Joined: 2/4/2012
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FISHING REPORT
1/29/14 9:00 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 16° - 20° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Rend Lake is frozen harder than I have seen it for a long time. With the weather forecasts I wouldn't be surprised if the lake was frozen until the end of February. I will post as soon as the lake opens back up. The Crappie got to be hungry. LOL. If your thinking of booking a spring spawn fishing trip call me 618.731.0323 and I will set you up. We partner with area resorts to offer discounted lodging. $65-$70 a night!!. Thank you Clint Taylor Smile


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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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1/18/14 8:36 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 21° - 25° F
Rend Lake is currently froze..Next weeks temperatures are forecasted to be very low. I am expecting the lake to be frozen for at least a couple more weeks. Crappie Xtreme will be at the outdoor sports show in Rosemont Illinois next weds-sun. Even thought we cant fish right now stop by and see us and we can talk about it. I cant wait for spring..... Smile


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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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12/8/13 5:50 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 26° - 30° F Water Temp: Below 40° F
Rend lake crappie fishing report. 12/08/13 Book your spring crappie fishing trip now!! We offer Christmas gift certificates. The crappie bite is good. BIG fish are biting. The fall feeding frenzy is winding down, but the bite is still very good. This is the time of year almost everyone on the lake is after a mess of crappie. Lots of big fish are caught in the winter. Currently fish are being caught in deeper water around 8-14 feet of water. Some fish are being caught under the bridges and along the rocks. Fish about a foot off the bottom. If the water in 10 foot fish about 9 foot. Crappies eyes are towards the top of their bodies. They can not see down. they can only see up. If your fishing blow them you will not catch them. Brush piles and stake beds are producing big fish. Jigs are producing the best bite. My color choice of jig on Rend lake is a red/chart in 1.5 - 2.0 inch Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile


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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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FISHING REPORT
9/20/13 7:38 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 76° - 80º F Water Temp: 71° - 75° F
The Rend Lake crappie bite is good, but will soon be exceptional!!! Currently fish are being caught on stake beds and brush piles in 5-12 feet of water. Minnows are producing better than jigs. In October the fish go into a fall feeding frenzy to fatten up for winter. ALOT of big fish are caught. Most of my fall clients are re-peat and there's a reason for that..SLAB CRAPPIE. If you have questions about Rend Lake or want to book a trip call me 618.731.0323 to experience the Rend Lake fall feeding frenzy. We partner with area resorts to offer you discounted lodging. Thank you Clint Smile


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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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7/30/13 8:59 PM CST
Water Temp: Above 80° F
The crappie bite is good!!! Several big fish are being caught. This is the best summer bite for big fish I have seen for awhile. The bite is on stake beds and brush piles on the main lake. Keeper crappie are bitting, but expect to sort through several small ones. This is typical summer time fishing on Rend Lake. Jigs and minnows seem to be working equally well. My color choice of jig on Rend lake is a red/chart in 1.5 - 2.0 inch.

Crappie Xtreme is offering a beat the heat summer special though the end of august. A four hour morning trip for $150!!


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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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6/17/13 6:28 PM CST
Crappie : The crappie bite is good. The summer pattern is in place. Summer time fishing on Rend Lake usually means we catch a a lot of fish, but we sort though a lot of small ones for the big ones. Summer time is a great time to take kids fishing because we catch a lot of fish, with very few hang ups. Kids enjoy the action. The bite is on stake beds and brush piles on the main lake. A lot of these beds are loaded with fish, but expect to catch a lot of small fish along with the good ones. Jigs and minnows seem to be working equally well. My color choice of jig on Rend lake is a red/chart in 1.5 - 2.0 inch. Good fishing, Clint Taylor Cool

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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
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5/21/13 8:16 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F Water Temp: 76° - 80º F
THE SPAWN IS ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The crappie bite is great! Spawning fish are biting. Fish are in the buck brush! Fish the buck brush in the back of any cove and you should catch fish. The Jackie branch, Sandusky, and Marcum branches are all good.

I have been catching my fish shallow using minnows under slip bobbers. When fishing the bushes set your bait about 2 foot deep.

Check out attached pic of clients. We fished two days and they went home with 19 pounds of fillets!!! all on these caught on minnows in bushes. Smile


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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
Joined: 2/4/2012
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5/14/13 9:51 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny
The Crappie bite is great!!!!! The spawn is upon us!!!!

Crappie : The crappie bite is great! Spawning fish are biting. Fish are in the buck brush! Fish the buck brush in the back of any cove and you should catch fish. The Jackie branch, Sandusky, and marcum branches are all good.I have been catching my fish shallow using minnows under slip bobbers. When fishing the bushes set your bait about 2 foot deep.If fishing from the bank I would recommend fishing from the concrete wall at the Sailboat Harbor boat ramp or the docks at the Rend Lake Resort... Catfish: The catfish bite is really good. Alot are being caught in back of necks in shallow water. Creeks leading into the lake are producing ALOT of fish. The catfish are spawning. Jugs set in necks are working very well. Play the wind and set your jugs up wind letting the wind push them across coves. You can fish from the shore about anywhere around the lake and catch catfish. Fish on the bottom. When spring rains raise the lake and new areas are flooded the catfish usally move in there big time. If you want a good mess of catfish be sure to try this after a big rain. My choice of baits are shad gut, leaches, shrimp, or night crawlers, but other nasty stuff will work. My favorite is shad gut... Bass : With the lake more than two feet above normal pool fishing conditions have been tough for bass, but the bite is starting to turn on. Fish have been holding in shallow water bushes and lay downs in 2-4 ft. and can be caught pitching soft plastics, jigs and spinner baits in or around cover. Look for fish in the back of pockets and coves where there is a limited amount of water behind the buck brush bushes. The “rock bite” on Rend is slow.

[This post was last edited on 5/14/13 at 10:29 AM]

Rend Lake Crappie Guides
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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
Joined: 2/4/2012
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FISHING REPORT
5/3/13 8:36 PM CST
Conditions: Partly Sunny Water Temp: 61° - 65° F
The Crappie bite is great!!!!! The spawn is upon us!!!! Spawning fish are biting. Some cool nights and cold rains have slowed them down a few times, but when the water temps warm they are on again.Things should stabilize soon and the bite will be consistent for a few weeks. I am catching all my fish shallow but, some fish are also being caught deeper on stake beds and brush piles. Fish the buck brush in the back of any cove and you should catch fish. The Jackie branch, Sandusky, and marcum branches are all good.

I have been catching my fish shallow using minnows under slip bobbers. When fishing the bushes set your bait about 2 foot deep. If fishing from the bank I would recommend fishing from the concrete wall at the Sailboat Harbor boat ramp or the docks at the Rend Lake Resort.

Attached photo is from Wednesday. We had 30 keepers biggest 1lb 4oz!


Rend Lake Crappie Guides
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CLINT TAYLOR
CLINT TAYLOR
Joined: 2/4/2012
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4/20/13 11:18 AM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 61° - 65° F Water Temp: 56° - 60° F
Yes we still have some openings. 618.731.0323

The crappie on Rend lake are beginning to spawn. The shallow buck brush bite is on! With cold temps we got a late start so hopefully the spawn will last into June. Good fishing Clint


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