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Clinton Lake Sponsored by
Date 14-Jun-14
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Conditions : Clinton Lake: Lake levels are up due to recent rainfall, but good for fishing.

CRAPPIE Slow: Fish have moved back out are suspended in approximately 10 feet of water near brush; lower a minnow or a jig tipped with a minnow.

BLUEGILL Good: Put wax worms or red wigglers under a bobber and cast near shallow weed lines or around docks.

WALLEYE Fair: Anglers finding some fish on the west side with crawlers, Lindy Rigs, or small crankbaits.

CHANNEL CATFISH Good: chicken liver, shrimp, shad, and stink bait are attracting attention near the banks.

STRIPED BASS Good: at the spillway with topwater lures , spoons, or cut carp. Slow success in the mail lake.

WHITE BASS Good: at the spillway with cut carp bait, spoons, or topwater lures; Slower in the lake.

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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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