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Date 20-Apr-14
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Conditions : Clinton Lake: WATER CONDITIONS: Good for fishing!

CRAPPIE Good: Fishermen are successful using minnows in five feet of water. The area between DeWitt and the 48 bridge is best.

LARGEMOUTH BASS Fair: Look for warmer water areas; anglers using lures with rattles; imitation fish lures best.

WALLEYE Good: Minnows and night crawlers are the bait of choice in the Mascoutah area; night crawlers and orange twisters are being used at the spillway.

CHANNEL CATFISH Good: Fish are being taken from the hot water area with shad, shad guts, and some on stink bait.

STRIPED BASS Spotty: Finding a few fish at the Spillway with topwater lures, when the water is cloudy. Also using cut carp.

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About: - If you’re looking for the ideal place to drop your line and catch a record fish, look no farther than Clinton Lake State Recreation Area. Recreational opportunities abound at this 9,300-acre facility, just 3 miles east of Clinton in central Illinois. From picnicking, hiking and camping to swimming, water skiing and boating to hunting for upland game, people from all over the Midwest flock to Clinton Lake to enjoy the great outdoors. Fishing The 4,900-acre lake is what draws people to the park. The fishing is outstanding. There are special piers at the Mascoutin Access Area, the Spillway Access Area and the Valley Mill Bank Fishing Area for the disabled. If you’re dropping your line here, chances are you’re fishing for crappie. Hook them with white, yellow, or chartreuse jigs and minnows, which seem to work the best.

Don’t tell anyone, because the locals like to keep it quiet, but Clinton Lake is one of the best lakes in the state for catfish. Most of them are taken from the banks, or in the upper arms of the lake.

Hybrid and pure striped bass fishing is very popular here with numerous fish more than 10 pounds taken every year. But a word of caution - the bass are tackle busters. Careful, or you might lose your pole to ‘em.

Boating The upper arms of the lake are no wake areas and portions are restricted to electric trolling motors only. There are no horsepower limitations in the lake’s main basin, however. Sailboating is popular. When the wind gets up, the lake can be very rough. Small watercraft are urged to stick to the north fork arm of Salt Creek on rough days. There are six public boat ramps and one canoe launch.  All IDNR ramps are now equipped with wheelchair accessible boat docks. Clinton Lake Sailing Association Website

  • Channel Catfish
  • Striped Bass
  • White Bass
  • Laremouth Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie

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