This report is from Sunday, May 4th. We got to the lake around noon and launched the boat. It was sunny with winds at 4-5 mph with gusts up to 10 mph at times. We headed straight to our usual spot near the first dyke and caught the channel catfish as usual ranging from 5" - 9". We were fishing them on the bottom as well as on slip bobbers in the 10 ft depth range. They were eating everything from chicken liver, night crawlers, and cut bait. We caught a few blues on cut bait only. Near the end of the day we came back near the boat launch and anchored about 30 ft out from mile marker 35 and that where we found the bigger channel cats. They were ranging from 12" - 15" and plump. It was a great change catching the bigger ones as they obviously put up more of a fight. Overall a good day on the lake.
MOON PHASE (62%)
76° - 80° F
71° - 75° F
Spent another day fishing from shore in the southeast corner by 105 marker. Repeated last effort. 5 nice blue catfish, handful of nice gills, over 2 dozen various sized small channel cats and a 14" smallie. All on a float about 6-7 feet down about 20 feet from shore using crawlers. Only kept 3 for dinner. See a lot of people fishing the bottom but I think I have had better luck using a float. Maybe they are going for the big blues.
Yes, you should definitely report it. (815) 344-0477
Take a picture with you phone as well.
DNR can't protect our lakes without our help. I routinely call the cops to ticket people for littering. Some people always leave their garbage on the bank. I call the cops and wait and point them out. I can't stand them. I would ban them from this lake if I could.
The other week I stopped by and as I was heading down the shoreline to fish I saw two guys fishing. Between the two of them I counted 14 fishing pole out and one guy was throwing a hand-line. This upset me and made me wish there was a DNR officer around to fine those jerks. It is strongly posted that the lake is a two-pole lake. Is there a number that I can call to report infractions such as this? I do not mind one or two poles over the limit but 14 is a little too much for me.
Thanks for any input.
MOON PHASE (80%)
76° - 80° F
This report is from Saturday, May 13th. We got to the lake at 2:30 pm ready to lunch our boat but got told that the boat lunch was closed due to high winds and we can check back in an hour. We were totally bummed out and started to fish from shore to pass the time. We fished in the cove right across from the boat launch. The shores were lined up with fishermen. Everyone was catching small cats about 7" - 11", I've seen a few people bring up a few bigger ones. We fished from shore for a good hour and caught about 3 fishes between 3 people and they were hitting everything from chicken liver, stink bait, to shrimp. After an hour we checked with the guy who was checking the winds on the lake and he allowed us a short time to finally get out on the lake!
We launched and headed straight to the tip of the first dyke. We anchored and fished there for about 3 hours. Between 3 people we had 40 channel cats and a few hybrids. We rigged up 2 to 3 oz weight and just let our hooks sit on the bottom. It was a good Saturday and had a good time.
MOON PHASE (99%)
61° - 65° F
Went out 12 -3:30 and brought my bike this time. Went down to marker 80 and caught some nice gills and a 3-4 lb blue catfish. Only had red worms. All were on a float about 6 to 7 feet off the bottom. Went down to the east shore a bit, marker 108 and ended up catching 5 more good size blue catfish. All around 3 to 5 lbs. Kept three for the frying pan. Had a couple of nice channel cats but let them go also. I had a line at the bottom but only a few hits. The float was the way to go for me today.
66° - 70° F
66° - 70° F
Got there around almost noon looking for some catfish started with sonnys bloodred dip bait fishing bottom and slipbobber and caught 2 within the first 15 minutes but nothing worth keeping so i switched to large golden roaches and fished bottom had to wait a couple hours but worth the wait caught a 3and a half pounder and switched my slipbobber to the same and around 430 as i was packing up my bobber dissappeared and i landed an at least 4and a half to five pounder