ILLINOIS RIVER CONDITIONS
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Illinois River Water Level
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FOR WHAT'S GOING ON THE REMAINDER OF 2019!!!
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03-25-19... AS OF 6 A.M. .....MONDAY MORNING
Several areas have been "hotter" than others. If you are going out please send us a report so that we can keep this page as current as possible.
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RATINGS = ???......POOR.......FAIR......GOOD......GREAT!!
UTICA BRIDGE (WEST)....Fair
RT. 39 BRIDGE AREA.... Fair
HENNEPIN HIGH LINES....Good
BELOW SISTER ISLANDS....No Reports
SECRET "HONEY HOLE" BUOY....still a secret!
We could tell you where the Secret "Honey Hole" is but then we would have to........(you know!)
LAKE SENACHWINE (MOUTH)....No Reports
The water level at LaSalle is at 18.9' as of March 25th 2019, and dropping steady everyday. Water clarity is at a 10-12 inches which is perfect for this time of year. Fishing should get extremely good as the water temperature rises. As of Sunday the 24th, water temps were at 46-49°.
Fishing has been a little tough because the fish are still roaming and not schooled up for their spawning. The high dirty water from last week had them a little messed up. But as water resides and temperatures rise the bite is going to get extremely good.
Report from Starved Rock down to Hennepin bridge; fish are being caught from the Dam to below the grain elevators below Route 178 bridge on both sides of the river, lots of males, females wont be far behind! Peru flats are on fire right now with a lot of fish, you have to sort through males to get the females, but fish up to 19" are being caught pretty regularly. Fish are being caught below the high lines down stream from Barto Landing in 14-18 feet, also the green can side of the clams beds in the same depth, below the Hennepin high lines as well produced fish. This time of year you want to look for a sandy, or a rocky bottom, the fish will use these areas for their spawning.
As for techniques, need to experiment on what the fish want for the day. Could be a wide variety of things from jigging, pulling floating jig heads with minnows, crankbaits, pitching jigs to creek mouths. In reality it's your decision and favorite style to fish, all methods are working right now.
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