N.E. Illinois Inland Waters Fishing Report 05/15/2015

BANGS LAKE – Hard to believe but no reports out of the lake available this week

CRYSTAL LAKE – Still getting a few reports of  decent crappie catches in 12′ – 16′ depths on small minnows under a slip bobber & jig n minnow presentation, Bass starting to move into shallow water spawning areas.

DEEP LAKE – No reports available

DES PLAINES RIVER – Poor, high murky water conditions keeping most fishermen away, not much caught by the few who have tried fishing the river.


Bluegill – With water temps rising bluegills are moving shallow & into channels, ice jigs tipped with spikes, waxies, redworm or nightcrawler pieces abot 12 – 18″ under a dime bobber is a killer presentation.

Catfish – Just getting reports of some ice cats being caught in Stanton bay & on the river from shore at the state park

Crappie – Some crappies still being caught in back channel areas and others are starting to move out to channels mouths & closer to deeper water. In backwaters try a small fathead minnows or shiners on a #10 gold aberdeen or tru turn hook, with no weight about 18″ under & thin stick bobber, without any weight the bobber will lie flat on its side, watch it close, you will see the minnow move the bobber move as the a crappie approaches, you can see every tick & bump,until the bobber stands up and starts to slowly dance its way under water about the time you set the hook, The fish that have moved out deeper can be taken with minnows under a slip bobber, or small tube jigs tipped with spikes or gulp.

LM Bass – Bass are starting to show up in spawning areas, gernerally shallow areas in and around new weed growth & in some of the primary back channels, on main lake bays lipless cranks & rattle baits get their attention.

Muskie – The Muskie bite has been pretty steady this spring, Fish have been taken literally all over, from back channels where they can be seen chasing crappie to feed on, to channel mouths, newly emerged weed edges & areas with current funnels,

Perch – Reports of some ice perch being caught in the main channel between Spring Lake & Petite Lake on nightcrawlers on split shot rigs.

Walleye –  Walleye fishing has been pretty steady, fish are still being caught of sand bars drifting lindy rigs with large fatheads, leeches & nightcrawlers, many fish have moved into current funnels like bridges, as well as channeks that flow, both on the lakes & river.

White Bass – Still getting reports of some decent catches of White Bass coming in from the river, current ares, brides and areas where runoff enters the river all producing fish on jig/gulp combos or white twister tails, white or yellow mepps spinners producing fish also. Some days are an early late bite, yesterday fish were active mid day.

INDEPENDENCE GROVE LAKE – Reports of some decent catches of Largemouth Bass along shorelines by anglers casting lipless cranks like Rattle Traps, Few Crappies caught on jigs with twister tails.

LILY LAKE – Bluegills near the public access area and a few nice Bass caught on worms by anglers pan fishing.

LAKE TRANQUILITY – Still a few Crappie being caught on the north end of the lake, Bluegills starting to show up in shallows along with an random Perch, always a fun little lake to fish with the kids, never know what your coing to catch in here.

NIPPERSINK CREEK – Catfishing picked up this week in the creek, Nightcrawlers & chicken livers producing fish near brushpiles,  Perfect water levels for fishing the creek, A few Crappies being caught and the possibility there is still a few Walleyes around,

TIMBER LAKE – No reports available at this time

VULCAN LAKES – (Crystal Lake) – Only a few reports came in this week but the few who braved the weather did pretty good, mixed bags of Large & Smallmouth Bass caught, a few Northern Pike, & Walleye also, Crappie slowed down considerably this week..  Work points with a nightcrawler on a lindy rig or a split shot rig for best results.

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