Fishing Reports and Pics

More fishing reports and a few photos have come in.  If you would like to share yours, email them to me at

Local Pond Report North by Paul Simanauskas

Hi Don, Paul Simanauskas here. Went to Plum Grove Reservoir (known as Harper College Lake) in Palatine, got two largemouths; one on a Mepps #4 blade spinner and one on a nightcrawler. Cloudy, cool-upper 40’s-low 50’s, winds southeast. Largest bass was 12″.

Local Pond Report South by Ken HUSKER O’Malley

Hey Don, After a long hard water season, it is good to feel the weight of a big bass on a 7 foot rod. The big bass bite is on out south on local ponds. Key is getting out on these warmer sunny days midday. Lipless crankbaits have ruled the day. Water is still very cold and stained as you can see by the color of these bass, but they are just crushing the bait. Here are a few from the weekend.

Husker Outdoors
Water Werks Fishing Team

Lake Shelbyville Report by Steve Welsh

I am back from Kentucky Lake and fished on Shelbyville today April 6th.

The Corp has the lake rising to 596 and presently it needs about 4-inches. They will raise it to summer pool of 599.99 in May.

The water temps I saw today were running from 46-49 and the lake is very dirty on the north end due to recent rains. I went down mid way and found much better clarity but for the south end of the lake it is still
very stained.

The stained and dirty water has the crappie suspending high in the water column. We caught fish down anywhere from 3-10 feet over deeper brush and heavy trunks of down trees. Water depth doesn’t mean as much as a branch in the 3-10 foot range. Remember this time of the year fish are seeking warmth and heavy trunks of down trees provides more so brush might only have small fish in it.

With the current water color we have my best colors have been a 1/8 or 3/16oz.Deep Ledge Jig in either orange, black or chartreuse with a chartreuse glow Midsouth tube or an orange and chartreuse tube. Since we
aren’t fishing that deep I have downsized from my typical 1/4oz. jigs and got out my twelve-foot rods so we can stay back.

Steve Welch

Lake of Egypt and Rend Report from Rob Piorkowski

The area had 2 inches of rain the day before.   Rend was at 51 degrees, Gun creek looked like chocolate milk. No fish. Lake of Egypt was 62 degrees, we managed 2 bass on spinner baits. I posted a pic of my son Mikes first bass on his new baitcaster reel. Both bass were from small inlet coves in about 5 fow. Some areas at LOE were like chocolate milk, others just very silty. Give it a few days and I bet it will turn back on once the silt settles out. Thanks for the info!! Rob & Mike

Lake of Egypt/Little Grassy Report by Ron DaRosa

Don, No report since the flood on Egypt. Water was over Dads dock.  Fished last 2 days on Grassy. Main lake 54 degrees and fish moving shallow on rock banks.  Took second in local fish-off. All fish on Texas rigged tubes.  All lakes very dirty.   RD

Rend Lake Fishing Report by Randy Cordray

Natural Resource Specialist – US Army Corps of Engineers

LARGEMOUTH BASS  Good Worms, black and blue jigs, minnows, and spinner baits. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky cove, and below the dam. 14” minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14” minimum length.

GoodJigs are working well. Quarter-Ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small & Medium Minnows. Meal worms.Fish are in about 5’-14’ of water. Fish the main lake drop off areas.  Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, and Marcum Coves, and Ina Boat Ramp.25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longerBLUEGILL

FairCrickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms, small jigs.Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. From shore try Sailboat Harbor.10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.  CHANNEL


GoodSonny’s stink bait, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, leeches, night crawlers, and large minnows.Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3-4’ from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. Try deeper water in the middle of the lake.  Drift fish the flats.6 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.

Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.WHITE BASSGoodJig and curly tail grubs, inline spinners.Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and dropoffs. Reports of fish being caught around  the 154 bridges.20 fish creel limit.

No more than 3 fish 17” or longer daily

Information as of:  04/07/2014

LAKE LEVEL: 409.54      AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 407.95    WATER TEMP:50°F    5+ inches of rainfall have fallen in the last week.

Use of a minnow seine, cast net, or shad scoop for bait collecting within 1000 yards downstream of the Rend Lake dam and spillway is prohibited.

Maps of the Fish Attractor tree locations along with GPS readings are available at the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers Project Office.  Contact Randy Cordray for more information at (618) 724-2493.  In order to maintain a cleaner recreation area, anglers and bow fishermen fishing below the dam are asked to return dead rough fish to the water.

Cape Coral FL Fishing Report by Roger Wright

Fishing’s good down here.  We were in Shell Creek just inside of Creek Point in 8 ft. of water at low tide, 10 ft at high tide.  We used live medium sized shrimp on a #1 circle hook, a quart ounce weight and had 20# braid and a 6 ft long #20 lb fluorocarbon leader.  We got a mess of fish of different kinds. Check out the photos.  Come on down!

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