ILLINOIS  RIVER  CONDITIONS

 

 

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Illinois River Water Level
(as of......03-25-19)
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TEMPERATURE   45-49 F.
CLARITY 10-12"
DEPTH 18.9ft


LOCAL ACCESS RAMPS

STARVED ROCK Open (no docks)
BARTO LANDING (S.V.) Open
HENNEPIN Open
HENRY
Open


FISHING "HOT" SPOTS

03-25-19... AS OF 6 A.M. .....MONDAY MORNING

 

HOT AREAS!

 

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!!

STARVED ROCK......Fair

 

UTICA BRIDGE (WEST)....Fair

 

RT. 39 BRIDGE AREA.... Fair

 

"SNAG HOLE"......Poor

 

                                                                                                                                                                         MERTEL'S.....Poor 

 

PERU FLATS...Good

 

CLAM BEDS.....Good

 

HENNEPIN CANAL....Poor 

 

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 

 

 

 

Poor...just what it says....poor, not much going on, scattered and small (under 14")

 

Fair...Fish are being taken but +/- 14" and widely scattered. No size being reported.

 

Good....Fish are "bunching up" and being caught .....  2 lb. fish coming in with regularity.

 

Great....Fish are being caught almost everywhere with reports of "3 lbs.+" being taken by all reporting parties. This means that your "significant other" could go out and catch a limit and still be home in time to watch the noon football game.

 

PRODUCTIVE TECHNIQUES

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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River Water Level Forecast for Starved Rock Lock & Dam

LSLI2 Illinois River near La Salle (Illinois)

20 April 2019

Current Hydrologic Observations for Illinois provided by the National Weather Service - Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service