Blue catfish in the illinois river - anyone ever catch any?

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by barry55, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. barry55

    barry55 New Member

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    Has anybody ever caught any blues in the illinois river? I have heard of a few caught, but never hooked on to one myself. I live about 4 blocks from the river in Spring Valley. I usually fish anywhere from starved rock to hennepin.
     
  2. TeamCatHazzard

    TeamCatHazzard New Member

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    I know down here there have been some little blues caught around Hardin, IL, but thats only about 15 miles upriver from the Mississippi River so I am sure there are some that venture up it but dont know how many or how far.
     

  3. Fishhead1

    Fishhead1 Member

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    Eric
    They don't go very far up in any kinds of numbers you'd catch often. 10-15 years ago I caught a few in the Peoria area, nothing over 4-5 lbs though.

    It's not their kind of river. Not enough flow and depth, plus the dams slow them down.
     
  4. tehrealmccoy

    tehrealmccoy New Member

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    Streator, Illin
    My dad caught a 4 pound one on stinkbait in the Vermillion River just south of Streator near the Manville bridge. Blues must be rare around here, because it was small for a blue cat, but won a fish contest at our local bait shop!
     
  5. Rivercat2

    Rivercat2 New Member

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    Morton,Illinois
    I live around Pekin and I have cought a few nothing big, biggest about 15lb.
     
  6. Skunk Master

    Skunk Master New Member

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  7. vinny

    vinny New Member

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