No Bite on the Illinois River

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by IL Hunter, Jun 6, 2006.

  1. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    I got a chance to get out on the river for a little bit yesterday. Not a single bite. I'm thinking it's gonna be quiet until the post spawn. When I was out about 10 days ago they were biting like crazy and the males had their heads all swollen up. Sure isn't much fun when the catfish won't bite.
     
  2. Boogie68MHS

    Boogie68MHS New Member

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    I was at Florence last Saturday and did real well, never caught anything over 8 pounds, but never caught any thing less than 3 pounds.
    The water is really high.
     

  3. Rivercat2

    Rivercat2 New Member

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    I have been fishing all week and been doing real well cought a lot of 10 to 12 pounders on shad.
     
  4. BigCatDreaming

    BigCatDreaming New Member

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    I also had a good weekend on the Rock River in northern illinois but the weekend before was hell. Keep your head up man their out there
     
  5. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    The illiois river at valley city is so low right now its not even funny. I'm not even sure how the barges are still running.
     
  6. Boogie68MHS

    Boogie68MHS New Member

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    Yeah the bottom dropped out at Florence, we still have 10 to 14 feet in the channel, but the gar have moved in and they will bite anything.
     
  7. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    It seems like as soon as the water gets up they back the river up again at Lagrange. I havent checked the channel but it can't be too deep. The cover is just about all out of the water.
     
  8. LanceRomance

    LanceRomance New Member

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    It seems like with the water so low (water levels seemed to drop all of a sudden this year) most of the cats will fall into thier summertime haunts. Right now I'm just trying to find the deepest holes in the stretch of river I fish.
     
  9. Boogie68MHS

    Boogie68MHS New Member

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    I just got back from 4 days at Florence and the water level actually rose until Saturday. The wind blew so hard right out of the south we couln't fish much, it was so strong it pushed our 20 foot jon back up against the anchor ropes and we could not hold sideways.
    The fishing was pretty poor and bait is scarce. I'll give it another shot for a week around the 5th of July.
     
  10. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    Boogie I might run into you sometime down there. I fish with my girlfriends dad on his boat and we put in at Valley. Saturday he told me how rough the water was. Sunday we went out and there wasn't much biting. Finally we caught two that weighed 4 or 5lbs each. They bit within 30 seconds of each other and that was it for the action for the day. The river is still low, but it looks like the bit eis starting to come back a little bit. I havent had much of a chance to fish latley so even catching one 4lber was nice for me.