Fishing reports and photos

Probably the biggest fish by one of littlest anglers comes from a report from Denny Sands of Lakeside Tackle by Shabbona Lake.

Good Job Erica!

Shabbona Lake

Erica, age 4, came within 1/10 of a pound from the Shabbona Lake Record Walleye on Saturday, July 13th. Shabbona Lake's current record Walleye is 9.9 Pounds.  The 29 1/2 Inch, 9.8 Pound Walleye was caught on a slip bobber and a leech.  Erica fishes weekly with her dad, Eric, and they have caught several large fish this year including Muskie, Walleye, Catfish and Bass.  Eric is one proud dad!!!  Congrats to Erica!!!
Fish was released

Local Ponds

Hey Don,  The ponds out my way continue to produce big bass. Best bite is early morning hours or late evening. Weightless Senkos Texas rigged pitched into weed pockets have been killer over the past week. Bass have been very shallow during the morning hours feeding on blue gill fry. Find the beds and you will find the bass. A stealth approach is needed in order not to spoke them. Long casts are a must. I attached another nice sw burbs bass.  Talk to ya later    Ken HUSKER O'Malley

Lake Shelbyville

The water temps are running 75 and the lake is clear except for way up in the rivers. We are almost 12 feet above summer pool and using the high water ramps but the fishing is still very good.

Your best bet is crappie. We are using slip bobbers and minnows over deep brush, standing timber and around bridge pilings. Set the corks at 18-20 feet and we are catching a ton of fish and getting our three and four man limits every day. Then we get out the spinners and bottom bouncers and catch even more while looking for sauger/walleye. You can get your limit of crappie pulling spinners or slip bobbers take your  pick. As for sauger/walleye I am only getting about three or four a day but since we are limited out on crappie they are an added bonus.

The white bass are still busting early and late in the day in willows and regular boat ramp turn around areas but since they only bite for a short while I haven't bothered with them. Otherwise I have no reports on
white bass.

The crappie will continue to bite well right on through the summer and good sized fish as well. I have seen three this week pushing the two-pound mark or slightly above it. We are catching plenty of 11-13-inch fish so plenty of good tasting fillets to take home. I
cleaned 304 crappie this past week in six days of fishing not to mention the walleye and sauger so fishing is pretty good.

The attached picture is of Andrew Soltis and his two sons Andrew Jr. and Mike holding a four man limit of 60 crappie caught on July 2nd 2013 along with Lake Shelbyville Guide Steve Welch.


Southern Illinois

Quick fishin report from southern Illinois.  Crappie remain strong in brush sets at Crab Orchard and Cedar. Fish are not that deep in 8 to 14 feet of water. Minnows seem better at Cedar while jigs hold their own at Crab.  Bric caught a nice 2 pounder at Crab over the holiday weekend.

The bass are setting up on their usual summer spots. Little Grassy has the lowest water levels due to work on the dam. This has really put some nice bass on predictable summer locations. Egypt  has once again proved to be a consistent producer of quality fish. I am amazed at the health of the fish each trip. The bass in Egypt probably weigh more per inch than any of our local lakes. Brush in 15 feet of water is a good formula right now. I prefer to concentrate on brush close to channel swings or sharp drops.

I love catching bass on purpose !  A powerworm and a good hook is all the equipment needed to catch bass right now.   Water temps on all the lakes are in the mid 80s.  Tight lines    Ron DaRosa

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