Rock River: WATER CONDITIONS: The Rock River is approximately 6 to 15 feet deep and anywhere from 500 to 1,000 feet wide. It sustains 97 species of fish. River levels
FISHING AREA: Rock River - Rockford Area
WATER CONDITIONS: The Rock River has lots of water. The Kishwaukee
levels are good for fishing.
FISH: Crappie ... Slow; Fish are hitting near Byron and in the
backwater areas of the Rock River near trees on minnows; also pretty good in the
FISH: Walleye ... Real Good; Amost spawning time! Need just a speck
warmer water temperatures; look for them near the dam and in creeks.
FISH: Channel Catfish ... Fair; Some fish are biting in the river.
FISH: Northern Pike ... Fair to Good; Fishermen are successful in the
FISH: Trout ... Very Good; Four Lakes has been great with spoons,
spinners, Berkley power bait, and the "Big Red Worm".
NOTE: Visit Rockford Bait in Rockford for your fishing supplies. A
very friendly and helpful bait shop.
FISHING AREA: Rock River - Rockford Area
WATER CONDITIONS: The river levels are at 3.41 feet; water clarity is
stained. Levels at Byron, south of Rockford, are at 9.4 feet.
NOTE: No Fishing Report Available
NOTE: Reported by Gander Mountain in Rockford.
FISHING AREA: Rock River - Oregon Area
WATER CONDITIONS: Water levels are high and above normal. Surface
water temperatures are in the 40's.
FISH: White Bass ... Slow; Fish are being taken near the dam with
FISH: Walleye .... Fair to Good; Fish being taken near the dam on
Paddletail Swim Bait. Fish measuring 25 inchs and 27 inchs were reported
FISH: Northern Pike ... Fair; A 40 inch fish was pulled at the dam;
chartreuse and pearl are good colors for lures.
FISH: Trout ... Fair to Good; Twin River's Lake had good success;
other lakes were fair in the area; keep fishing for them - the fish are there.
NOTE: Jan at T.J's Bait and Canoe Rental in Oregon has great bait and
fishing supplies for a successful fishing trip. You will enjoy her friendly and
helpful service; stop by and see her soon! Canoes are ready to go!
FISHING AREA: Rock River -Dixon Area
WATER CONDITIONS: River levels are up and full; levels are near 11.2
feet. Fishing success is surprisingly doing well for this early. It's spring
time and time to fish!
FISH: Walleye ... Good; Lots of smaller sized fish are hitting; an
angler reported catching 30 but only keeping 3; Grandy Tour, Sterling, and Rock
Falls are good places to look for them; Fishing is good one day and the next day
FISH: Channel Catfish ... Good; Success has picked up! Anglers are
finding little sizes near Dixon, but better sizes above and below this area.
FISH: Flathead Catfish ... Slow; A 70 to 80 pounder was pulled from
the river near the dam recently and put back in; it's still there to be caught
FISH: Trout ... Good; Anglers are successful catching fish with
minnows, little ice jigs and powerbait; rainbow and sparkle are good colors.
Some wax worms have also been used; smaller sizes of fish than last fall.
NOTE: Reported by Bunny's Bait Shop in Dixon. They have excellent
fishing information and fishing supplies. Go see them for your fishing needs.
FISHING AREA: Rock River - Rock Falls Area
WATER CONDITIONS: water levels are high, but fairly normal for this
time of year; o.k. for now.
FISH: Crappie and Bluegill ... Slow; Warmer water temperatures needed
for increased angling success.
FISH: Walleye ... Good; Nice fish are being caught at the lower dam
with a jig and minnow. Fish must be 12 inches to keep. Many anglers are
releasing the females, it's very close to spawning time.
FISH: Catfish ... Fair; Angling success is picking up some.
FISH: Northern Pike ... Good; Lots! Look for them near where the park
splits the river; nice fish up to 10 to 12 pounds are being caught. The numbers
of fish has been amazing!
NOTE: Stop by and visit Al at Shriner Moble Bait Shop for your bait
and fishing supplies.
FISHING AREA: Rock River - Sterling Area
WATER CONDITIONS: Water levels are a little high in this area.
FISH: Crappie ... Fair; Fish are starting to bite as they move up into
shallower water depths of area lakes and ponds.
FISH: Bluegill ... Fair; Anglers are using wax worms under a bobber
near the shallow weed lines or cover.
FISH: Walleye ... Fair to Good; A few fish are being reported hitting
on a jig and minnow in the deeper levels at the dam; spawning soon.
FISH: Trout ... Good; Fish were reported hitting on minnows.
NOTE: Go to H & R Bait Shop in Sterling for bait. Stop by soon.
FISHING AREA: Rock River - Milan Area
WATER CONDITIONS: Water levels are high; get your fishing pole out and
tuned up - the fish are biting!
FISH: Striped Bass ... Fair; 1.5 pound sized fish are being caught in
the Rock River with yellow spinners.
FISH: Walleye ... Fair to Good; Anglers are picking up fish fish in
the 1 to 2 pound range with pike minnows and jigs near the dam.
FISH: Sauger ... Fair; Anglers having pretty good luck with spoons;
catching fish in the 1 to 2 pound range.
NOTE: E Z Living Sports in Milan would be happy to help you with your
fishing supplies and bait.