Lake Elevation at Normal Pool:
2144.0 Temperature: 47
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 0 cfs
Level: 15.34 feet low
up to 1.5 lbs. Vertically fishing minnows, small slab spoons, or jigs over
steep drops and around the fish attractors has been best. Anglers report
catching good numbers of fish with reports of over 50 fish caught in one
day. Anglers report catching fish of all sizes but fish 10 to 14 inches in
length have not been uncommon.
up to 10 lbs. Vertically fishing slab spoons over points, drop-offs,
roadbeds, and parking lots in 15 to 25 feet of water. There have been a few
reports of some nice fish, in the 6 to 8 lb. range, reported.
White Bass Good
up to 2.5 lbs. Fish are being caught casting or vertically fishing small
slab spoons or white jigs over mainlake points and other drop offs in 10 to
20 feet of water.
Fair/Good up to 13 lbs. The pattern and methods used to catch white bass
has been turning up wipers, but try increasing lure size a bit. There have
been a few of the larger wipers in the 8 to 12 lb. range caught recently.
Fair 0.5 lb. average We stocked 1,260 rainbow trout on Thursday, November
10. Corn and power bait fished off the bottom or casting small slab spoons
and inline spinners are all good methods. Anglers have reported catching
some fish but there haven't been too many limits reported.
The daily Creel Limit for Wipers is 2.
ELDER RESERVOIR (12,586 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1455.6
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 1501 cfs Level:
9.55 feet high
Crappie Fair to
Good 7-15 inches The crappie bite has slowed some, but is still the best
bet out here right now. Anglers have reported the best catches under the
causeway bridge, on the brush piles near Swim Beach Point, Campground 3, and
the river junction west of the causeway. Anglers fishing the boat slips in
Marina Cove have reported reduced catches since the weekend. Last week
showed very good results, though, and the fish will likely move back in
there eventually. Big baits like Beavertails and Wasshoppahs on a 1/4 or 1/8
ounce jig heads are working best.
Good 6-17 inches As is normal for this time of year, the white bass
angling seems to be picking up on the west end near the causeway. Crappie
anglers have been catching some nice whites under the bridge and near the
brush piles to the west. Anglers might also try slabbing in the river
channels near the refuge line and around Boller Point to find some whites.
Crappie anglers fishing around the boat slips have been catching high
numbers of whites, but most are only 5-6 inches.
0.5-4 pounds The first batch of 1,100 trout were stocked on November 23rd
and ranged in size from 1/2 pound to 4 pounds. Anglers haven't been catching
very many yet, but a few have had some success using inline spinners, road
runners, and a variety of prepared baits. Powerbait fished on the bottom
with a small hook and a split shot is probably your best bait to harvest
to Good 15-23 inches Anglers don't normally catch high numbers of walleye
between now and the spawn in April, but they are still out there feeding if
you can find them. I would suggest looking for them around Walnut Creek, the
dam, Campground 3, and the bluffs as they are probably hanging out in deeper
water now. Crappie anglers are reporting a few from the marina area and the
brush piles, but nothing consistent. Slabbing can be an effective method of
harvesting walleye throughout the winter.
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RESERVOIR (16,000 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1463.0
Inflow: 60 cfs Outflow: 117 cfs
Level:3.34 feet high
Fair Variety Liver, shrimp, and other prepared baits will continue to
work. Cut bait is a popular fall and winter bait and often the fishing is
really good in the upper end where the river comes into the lake. Chumming
the south side humps is ongoing and guys are using worms and dip baits.
Variety of Sizes - mostly 11 to 12 inches As the water cools off the fish
will begin to move shallower along the dam and around the boat docks. Try
small jigs and small slab spoons. Should just get better and better as the
water cools down.
Trout The seep
stream was stocked Thursday, November 17 with 2,150 rainbow trout. The
stream was stocked from utility pole #20 down to the bottom. This was a load
and a half of trout due to the short stocking on the 1st. There should be
plenty of fish until the next stocking in mid-December.
Fair Variety As the water cools down the fish should be moving around a
bit more. Sometimes saugeye can be taken on shad colored crankbaits around
the rocks. You will want switch to small slab spoons now too - got a report
on spoons from 7.5 feet of water. MAKE SURE YOU THROW BACK ALL THOSE UNDER
15 INCHES - there are still some of those out there!!!!! We had a
significant dieoff of these species the week of Aug 8 - lost somewhere
between 1500 and 2000 fish with initial indications the cause due to heat
and handling related stress that led to bacterial/fungal infection on the
outside of the fish. Fall sampling indicates that the kill had little effect
on the population and good recruitment this year indicates that saugeye and
walleye numbers will actually be higher in 2011.
Fair All sizes - lots of 9 to 11 inch fish There are lots of white bass
in the lake and a lot of shad too. Look for schooling activity and watch for
the birds. Windblown points are often good places to wade fish in the fall
and winter. Any shad type lure should work but slab spoons are the bait of
choice with boat anglers. White bass numbers in fall netting samples were
tremendous and a wide range of sizes will be caught this winter and next
Wipers Slow to
Fair All sizes Wipers love windblown points! Bucktail and twister tail
jigs and shad colored crankbaits should work off the windblown points or any
windy area. Wipers like it around the brushpiles in the fall so start
looking there now. Good numbers of wipers were seen in nets this fall. Not a
lot of really big wipers were caught, but many 12-18" wipers were sampled.
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RESERVOIR (5,000 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1729.3
Inflow: 10 cfs Outflow: 80 cfs
Level: 1.33 feet high
Walleye Fair 9
to 26 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week. Would
try using jigs and slab spoons on the drop offs. Railroad flats and along
the dam seem to be the better locations. Would also try trolling diving
lures along the Dam and tree lines. Have been hearing of some short ones
being caught so remember the 15" length limit. Stocked 47,000 walleye on May
Wipers/ White Bass
Fair Various Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.
Would try using jigs, slab spoons and trolling crank baits. Stocked in
200,000 wiper fry on May 9.
7 to 16 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.
However, would try fishing the fish attractor's and outlet area using jigs
or slab spoons.
Catfish Slow Various Did not have any reports of fish being caught
this week. Best baits to use would be shad, shrimp, or stink bait.
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Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1582.6
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 112 cfs Level:
4.60 feet high
14-22 inches Throughout the winter there will probably be a few walleye
caught by crappie anglers fishing near the brush piles with a variety of
jigs. Anglers wishing to pursue some 'eyes might try slabbing or jigging off
Walleye Point, Cedar Point, and Cabin Point in 12-20 feet of water.
White Bass Slow
6-13 inches Similar to walleye, there won't be many of these guys caught
this winter except by anglers targeting crappie. Best results could probably
be found slabbing and jigging near the creek channels by Cabin Point, Oak
Hill, and Cedar Point.
Fair 8-13 inches The crappie angling has slowed a little from what we
were seeing last week, but this is still going to be your best chance to
catch some fish through the winter. Anglers should target the Marina Cove
area and the marked brush piles off Cedar Point, Cabin Point (deep pile),
and east of the state park. There are a lot of 9-10 inch crappie in the
reservoir right now and they will most likely be concentrating on deep brush
and other structure throughout the winter which means hitting the brush
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RESERVOIR (2,300 Acres)
Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 2304.3
Inflow: 5 cfs Outflow 1 cfs Level:
6.40 feet low
Fair 9 to 25 inches Did not have reports any fish being caught this week,
however, would try fishing off the river channel, in Leota Cove and around
the Marsh Dike using jigs and slab spoons and also trolling diving lures. A
lot of short fish this year so remember the 18" length limit. Stocked 51,000
saugeye on May 18.
Various Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week, however,
would try fishing off Leota Cove and trolling diving lures.
7 to 16 inches Did have reports of some fish being caught this week off
the public fishing dock and Marina slips. Most of them are in the 8 to 13
inch size range. Also, look for them in the Coves, along the brush and fish
Fair Various Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week,
however, would try up to the west end using shad and cut bait. Would also
try up in the shallows using shad or worms on the bottom.
Bass Fair Various Did not have any reports of fish being caught this
week, however would try fishing in the coves and along the dam. Most of the
fish are running in the 12 to 18 inch size range.
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Lake Elevation at Normal Pool:1892.5
Inflow: 20 cfs Outflow: 85 cfs Level:
1.40 feet low
Fair Various Sizes Did not have any reports of fish being caught this
week. However, would try trolling diving lures along the dam, along the
North shore from the Dam to the Double Mushroom and Lakeview area. Would
also try jigging in the trees around the Old swim beach and Old Marina
point. Stocked 200,000 wiper fry on May 9.
6 to 15 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.
However, would try fishing around the Breakwater's on the North and South
side's using jigs, around the fish attractors and outlet using jigs, jigs
9 to 28 inches Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.
However, would try trolling crankbait's along the dam, and fishing around
the old swim beach and broken up concrete ramp using jigs. A lot of shorts
are being caught so handle with care so they will be here for next year.
Also remember the 15" length limit. Stocked 35,000 walleye on May 23.
Fair Varies Did not have any reports of fish being caught this week.
However, would try fishing up in the shallows during the warm part of the
day using shad, stink bait or shrimp on the bottom.
Trout Good 10 to 22 inches Trout are being caught on kastmasters,
power bait and salmon eggs. Have also heard of some being caught on worms.
Some pretty nice fish were stocked again this year, so get out and enjoy the
nice weather and catch some trout. Had reports of a 5 pound fish being
caught. The second load of trout was stocked on Thursday the 17th.
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Lake Elevation at Normal Pool: 1516.0
Inflow: 10 cfs Outflow: 15
cfs Level: 0.97 feet high
Fair 2-7 pounds As the water continues to cool this fall the catfish will
remain active and cut bait is often the bait of choice. There are also a
fair number of shad dying off right now with the cold water temperatures and
catfish love to feed on dead shad. Look for the gulls and fish the windblown
side of the reservoir where the shad are drifting to.
Varied There should also be some fish starting to show up in the brush
piles near Minooka and around the bluffs, but I haven't heard any reports.
Jigs can often outfish minnows this time of year so you may want to try 1/8
or 1/4 ounce jigs with a variety of plastics and tubes. White is always a
good choice, but pink and chartreuse also work well.
to Good 4 to 7 pounders mostly As the water continues to cool down they
will remain on the main lake points. Slab spoons are the boaters favorite
and bucktail jigs are the wade anglers preferred bait.
to Good Variety As the water starts to cool down the walleye will show up
shallower - generally along the edges of the river channel up west or around
the weedbeds. Slab spoons are the bait of choice in the fall!!! Also some
walleye tend to stay shallow around the weedbeds and white twister tailed
jigs of some type are the bait of choice for those fish. Read a recent
article about throwing flukes around the weedbeds in 6 feet or less of water
- bet that might work too here!!
White Bass Fair
Not many, but they are mostly 15-16 inches and very healthy White twister
tailed jigs around the edges of the flooded vegetation often work into the
fall- sometimes whites will hit topwater lures thrown for bass in these
areas. Got a report that the whites were schooling on shad and some anglers
really got into them. We did find good numbers of shad and baby white perch
when we seined. We did see quite a few nice white bass around the Minooka
boat ramp area.
Slow Variety These guys will be tougher to catch with the cold water
temperatures. Anglers should plan on fishing slow presentations of white and
chartreuse spinnerbaits and soft plastics near rocky ledges, channel breaks,
Perch Fair to Good 9 to 13 inches Worms on the bottom should catch
white perch through the fall if you can find the concentrations of fish -
small slab spoons are also a good bet all through the fall and winter. Start
looking towards the upper end around Elm Creek and Duval. Continue to keep
all you catch and remember - IT IS ILLEGAL TO HAVE A WHITE PERCH ALIVE IN
YOUR POSSESSION - IF YOU CATCH IT AND WANT TO KEEP IT - IT HAS TO BE DEAD IN
A COOLER OR LIVEWELL. THEY ARE NO LONGER LEGAL AS LIVE BAIT FOR STRIPERS OR
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