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Date 14-Aug-14
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Conditions : Rock River: Byron-Dixon, Rock River levels have dropped and are low; clean; no reports of debris. Rainfall needed in this area.

LARGEMOUTH BASS Good: Look for fish near the brush, some above the dam, inlets, and creeks with minnows and a few being taken with worms.

WALLEYE Good: Fish from a boat near the dam with minnows.

CHANNEL CATFISH Good: Dip bait, chicken liver, and some on shrimp and night crawlers, back in the channels and brush piles; trot lines being baited with minnows. Check out the tournament coming up August 23 & 24th.

SMALLMOUTH BASS Good: Some fish being reeled in above the dam and near brush; also look for them in the inlets and creeks with minnows or worms.

FLATHEAD CATFISH Good: Larger size catches recently with gold fish, suckers, or bluegill in the channel; not around brush as much.

FRESHWATER DRUM Good: Worms are working.

CARP Good: Catching fish with corn, worms, or homemade dough balls.

Carbon Cliff - WATER CONDITIONS: Water levels are good for fishing.

CRAPPIE Fair: Fish seem to like the cooler weather; hot spots are Cattail Slough and LeClaire Canal with minnows in fairly deep levels.

LARGEMOUTH BASS Good: Worms are attracting attention near the dam.

STRIPED BASS Good: Look for fish at the dam with worms on your hook.

CHANNEL CATFISH Fair: Fish are being reeled in with stink bait, chicken liver, leeches, and worms.

SMALLMOUTH BASS Fair: Anglers are using a jig and minnow this past week.

Freeport - CRAPPIE Fair: Anglers at Apple Canyon using leeches, minnows and crawlers.

BLUEGILL Fair to Good: Leeches, night crawlers, and minnows are producing at Apple Canyon near docks and shallow weed lines.

STRIPED BASS Good: summer Set on waxies, and Lake Carroll on large leeches are hot spots this week; anglers trolling and can't keep 2 poles in the water.

CHANNEL CATFISH Good: Nice sized fish being taken with chicken liver and dip baits.

NORTHERN PIKE Fair: fishermen finding a few fish in the river with minnows, gold fish, and suckers.

Milan - WATER CONDITIONS: River levels are good and near normal.

CRAPPIE Fair: Look for fish at Sunset Marina with a wax worm; fish averaging 1/4 pound.

BLUEGILL Good: Pieces of dew worms are producing 1.2 pound sized fish at Lake George.

LARGEMOUTH BASS Fair: 1.5 pound sized fish are being taken from the Rock River with buzz baits.

CHANNEL CATFISH Good: Fish in the 6 pound range are being taken at the dam with shrimp.

Rockford - WATER CONDITIONS: Water levels are lover but at good levels for this time of year.

CRAPPIE Slow: Best time to find fish is 2 hours before daylight or after dusk; deep.

BLUEGILL Good: Lower a wax worm near docks, rocks, or structure.

WALLEYE Good: fish are concentrated and easier to find; they love night crawlers and leeches: An angler reported catching a 16 inch, 18 inch and 27 inch fish recently; keepers are being caught.

CHANNEL CATFISH Good: The area lakes are producing on red worms; look for them at Rock Cut State Park lake both shallow and deep; Put stink bait on a dip worm under a bobber three feet down - the fish will come up and get it! Catching loads!

MUSKIE Fair: Fish are following schools of fish so they can feed; look for the schooling fish.

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