where you from in il, i have a sister and brother inlaw that live in bellview ia, 3 blocks from l&d #12, they fish the river a bit, that is until his hear transplant a month or so ago. hope he gets back into shape enough that he will be able to enjoy time at the river again. soon.
also have some cousins from dubuque il.
better luck next time.
For channel I'd try to find some crawdads. They are hitting them hard here when you can get a few. Cut asian carp is catching a few channel. Live bluegill are producing flatheads good. I dont think its warm enough to catch many on stink bait yet? We seem to have better luck after the weather and water really get warm?