Moline HS Bass Fishing

Phelps Bohlman, a sophomore on the Moline High School Bass Fishing team, tests out one of his baitcasting reels during a practice in Pool 14 of the Mississippi River near LeClaire. 

Iowa

Multiple sources, including area anglers, bait shops and county and state park officials, contributed to the following fishing report, which was compiled and released this week by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Mississippi River Pool 14

River level is 6.2 feet at Fulton, 10.1 feet at Camanche and 5.0 feet at LeClaire. Water clarity has improved. Water levels are predicted to slowly recede again this week. Water temperature is 76 degrees in the main channel. Largemouth bass - Good: Bass had moved out of the large shallow areas into deeper habitats. Freshwater drum - Excellent: Freshwater drum are biting on worm rigs. Channel catfish - Excellent: Use worm rigs and prepared stink baits close to the shore or along rock piles. Walleye - Good: Some walleyes are near the outside tips of wing dams in low water levels. Flathead catfish - Excellent: Some people are trot lining flathead catfish using large bullheads as bait. Flathead are active most during the night and evening hours. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Try along rock piles with current. Bluegill - Fair: Fish deeper sloughs next to large backwater complexes that have been dewatered due to lower water levels.

 Mississippi River Pool 15

River level is 7.2 feet at Rock Island. Water clarity has improved and temperature is 77 degrees in the main channel. Water levels may recede slightly this week. Channel catfish - Good: Try stink bait along the rock piles near Campbells and Arsenal islands. Freshwater drum - Good: Freshwater drum bite well this time of year. Put them on ice immediately if you are going to clean them. Flathead catfish - No report: Use large live bait near the shore during the night and evening hours. Smallmouth bass - Fair: Find smallmouths along rock lines with strong current. 

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad-Cities 7.12 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is 10.70 feet at Fairport and flood stage is 14 feet. Channel catfish - Good: Use nightcrawlers or stink bait above brush piles in the sloughs in the Andalusia Islands. Also try around the mouth of Sunset Marina in Rock Island. Largemouth bass - Fair: Try fishing with plastics around brush piles and logs in the Andalusia Island complex. White crappie - Fair: Use minnows or plastics around brush piles in the Andalusia Island complex. Also try in the Andalusia Harbor. Walleye - No report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast crankbaits or troll three-way rigs with nightcrawlers.

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tailwater stage at Lock and Dam 16 in Muscatine is 7.95 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. River stage is 7.95 feet at Muscatine and flood stage is 16 feet. The ramp at Big Timber is open. Channel catfish - Fair: Use nightcrawlers or stink bait around brush piles and snags along the main and side channels. White crappie - No report: Try minnows or plastics around brush piles in the Cleveland Slough and Big Timber. Largemouth bass - Fair: Look for largemouth bass in the backwaters. Try around brush piles and logs in the Cleveland Slough and Big Timber. Walleye - No report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast crankbaits or pull three-way rigs with crawlers. 

Lost Grove Lake

Largemouth bass - Fair: Catch decent numbers of bass in shallower water during the early morning and late evening. They are deeper the rest of the day. Channel catfish - Fair: Work the face of the dam and along the old creek channel below the causeway.

Illinois

Croegaert’s Great Outdoors in Rock Island produced the following fishing report, which was released this week by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Water conditions: Mississippi River levels are back to near normal; the Rock River is dropping. Fishing success is picking up real well.

Bluegill

Good: Area lakes are producing fish on beetle spins, wax worms or red wigglers near docks, other structures and weed lines near Andalusia Island.   

Crappie

Fair to good: Anglers are finding fish near Andalusia Island with minnows, jig and twister tail and tubes.

Flathead catfish

Good: Fish being taken from the Rock River at the Steel Dam with bluegill, dip bait and leeches.

Channel catfish

Good: Sunset Marina, Andalusia Island and the Moline riverfront along the edges are hot spots on dip bait, bobber and leeches and shad bodies.

Largemouth bass

Good: Fish from the banks at Sunset Marina or near wing dams in Rock Island with spinner baits and crank baits; early and late hours are best. 

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