: Lower Illinois: Elevation normal, water 46 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and minnows at 2-3 ft. all along the river. White bass good on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Striped bass slow on shad at 2 ft. at the mouth of the river. Channel catfish excellent on cut bait on bottom all along the river. Crappie slow on jigs and spinnerbaits at 1-3 ft. all along the river. Trout excellent on flies on the surface, on rooster tails at 1-2 ft. and on Power Bait from the dam to Gore Landing. Report submitted by D. Tracy, Town of Gore.
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)