I received another fishing report from the Godfather of the Kankakke River and Illinois Conservation Foundation Hall of Famer, Ed Mullady....
Another year! Not very much doing in the way of people fishing in the river at this time. As of today (1/1/13) the ice is not safe to go ice fishing on, and if warmer weather breaks the thin ice so it is an area to fish on open water, fishing could be alright.
Shoreline areas where current keeps water open will often find river fish. Some will be found at mouths of creeks, ditches, in Momence, Aroma Park area, below spillways, dams in both Indiana and Illinois.
Where river is open, some walleye will be feeding on jig and minnow, jig and crawlers, jointed plugs, Doctor Spoons. Smallmouth Bass to be found around and below mouths of ditches, creeks, bayous on 3-4" live minnows, jig and spoons, spinners, minnow shaped lures. Northern Pike also feeding now on 4-6" minnows, weedless Doctor Spoons, crankbaits. Catfish good on 4-6" minnows fished near the bottom, alongside any brush piles with ice free branches. Croppie fair along in water ice free logs on pinkie jigs, 2-3"minnows, various smaller spoons. Largemouth Bass fair around where open water and ice covered conditions meets on Mr.Twister Keeper
Hooks & plastic tails, minnows, jig and twister tails.
I suggest no one goes out on the river ice, as it can be very dangerous where current cuts away. Be sure to determine the ice you go on is thick and safe enough even on bayous, creek mouths, near in water logs and any place (even no current areas) you ice fish at.
Practice all ice fishing safety...and catch some fish.
NOTE; Sportsman's Letter will represent the Kankakee River in the "Gotcha Outdoors Adventure Sports Show" Sat.,Jan 5(9-4:30) and Sun. Jan 6 (11:30-4:00 pm at Kankakee First Church, 1000 N. Entrance Ave., Kankakee, IL. More info at www.gotchaoutdoors.com.
Veteran river fisherman Rex Mullady and Sportsman's Letter Editor, Ed Mullady will be at the River Display. Matt Mullady, veteran fisherman, will be at the Kankakee Park District Display. Maybe see you there!
Happy New Year! Ed Mullady