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im a bank fisherman and i am looking for new places to go fishing mainly looking for Cats, Gar, and bowfin! preferably less than a two hour drive, i really love spillways off of the beaten path too, drop a pin and help a young fisherman find a honey hole
 

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I can't help you find much of anything out here in Utah but I can welcome you to the forum and I hope you like it here. There is a lot of useful information. Hopefully there will be someone that lives a bit closer than I that can help.
 

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Welcome to the USCA, I think you are going to like it here. You would be less than two hrs. from Rend and Carlye Lakes in IL. Lots of cats used to be caught below the dam at Carlye and there is parking and access from both sides of the river. I have never fished it but the wife and I make a "get a way" trip to St. Charles Mo. on occasion, the Mgr. at our favorite eatery and I got to talking fishing one evening. He advised he does well fishing the bank just above the casino. Baldwin Lake at one time held the IL state record for Channel Cat and I think it now has Blues also, there are a few U=tube videos of guys fishing it. These are the first few that come to mind but contrary to what some of my buddies in the Army thought IL does not end at the Chicago city limits sign, we in the southern 1/3 of the state are blessed with many outdoor opportunities so I am sure you will find a spot that suits you. Good Luck.
 

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The spillway at Carlyle is a great place for catfish . Also a fun place for some hard fighting carp on dough baits and red wigglers.
For the best place I have found for Bowfin (Grennel) is just above the north end of Carlyle Lake at the old impoundments they used to flood for duck hunting. Every kind of fish from the river at flood stage gets trapped in the old channels and can not get out.
I take a boat and put in at Cox Bridge , go down river to first old pump station pocket then park and walk over levee. Any cut bait with no weight and the Bowfin and gar tear you up. Perfect place to take the grandkids and wear them out. Kids have a blast there. Gravel and concrete to stand on not much brush to hang on .
Some people walk across the old Cox Bridge to this place , it is a walk and the bridge has signs saying the bridge is closed , that's why I use a boat , but as far as the amount of fish you will have bite , I have found no other place that offers as much action from Bowfin and Gar . Suggestion , use steel leaders , these fish are tough on line.
Please leave it cleaner than you find it so it does not get shut off to all.
Good Luck and have fun whenever you can.
 

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Welcome aboard!! I live on Carlyle lake. It has its ups and downs. The Corps raises n lowers the lake like a yoyo and can be tricky to fish. North side of tressel at Keyesport is known to us locals as Stump Patch. It has some islands we duck hunt, but MANY lower units have paid the price being in there. What type of fish are you mainly looking for? PM me and we can talk more if you want.
 

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Greenville Lake legend says the big trophy huge flatheads come out at night there last I heard. Also Shoal Creek in Sorento is the very deepest part of the creek. Legend says it was 50 foot deep before they deverted it because of too much flooding. It’s said to be about 20 feet deep now my uncle caught a 48 pound flathead and a 20 channel cat out of the creek years ago.
 

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be careful most spillways in the area have been banned because of youtubers and other people ruining them. Silver creek has a good population of catfish and not a whole lot of people fish it.
 

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be careful most spillways in the area have been banned because of youtubers and other people ruining them. Silver creek has a good population of catfish and not a whole lot of people fish it.
I fish spillway all around the area all the time,, boat and foot, and have never had an issue. Only if you are going to go to restricted areas that are posted and marked, well then, you deserve custom silver matching bracelets for being a DA!!
My brother lives on Gov. Bond lake in Greenville and we have ran trot lines, jugs as well as rod n reel and we have never taken anything over 20lbs. I did see 1 kid/guy who supposedly caught a big fish a few years back and released it back, but who knows. We catch TONS of table fare cats, 1-5lb, for the freezer/fryer in that lake and have a ball doing it. Just none to get us excited at anytime. Plus, they want WAY TOO MUCH for my motor on that lake to interest me. I trolling motor out, do what we are going to do and go beach it at his buddies house so l don't have to retrailer it all the time.
 
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