: Lower Illinois: Water low 50s with occasional water releases. White bass and striped bass being caught on curly tail grubs and crankbaits towards the mouth of the river. Trout good on Power Bait on bottom in deeper holes, especially as the sun rises. Nymph fishing good below riffles and at the head of holes. All other fishing fair. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.
Reported by: Oklahoma Wildlife Dept.
Lures & Spinners
The lower Illinois River are tailwaters from Tenkiller Lake Dam.
The stream winds out of the edge of the Cookson Hills from the dam site for
approximately 10 miles to it's confluence with the Arkansas River. Nearly 8
miles of the stream is designated trout water by the Oklahoma Wildlife
Conservation Department. The stream is a year-around fishery with stockings of
rainbows every other week during the winter months and weekly stocking occurring
Labor day through Memorial Day.
During the Spring of the year,
stripers from the Arkansas River move in searching for trout.
Many striper fisherman are aware of this favored food of the stripers and will
often use live Rainbows as bait on the lower part of the stream. Stripers in
excess of thirty pounds are caught by this method toward the lower end of the
river. (more on the
upper Illinois River)