Today’s first weird fishing tip: Anglers fishing for catfish at La Salle Lake have learned that the hybrid striped bass like chicken liver.
Julie Farrell at B&B Bait shop and distributorship in Ottawa said people come in to get chicken livers because the hybrid striped bass at the nuclear power plant cooling lake sometimes grab the bait meant for catfish.
This reporter said the stripers are a strange fish and that’s a strange phenomenon.
“They’re in strange water,” she said.
Farrell said something always seems to be biting at the lake, though.
Today’s second weird tip: Mulberries are ripe, carp and catfish are hanging out under those trees and this is the time of year I love to use that fruit as bait on a stout hook and heavy line.
High water has kept a lot of anglers off of the Illinois River, but Kevin Mateika of Peru spent many of his evenings fishing for catfish in the floodplain from the Peru Slough bridge. Using night crawlers, he landed a five-pounder and eight-pounder. The Illinois and Michigan Canal at La Salle has been a popular destination for catfish angling this week, too, since it was stocked for the youth fishing tournament by the Better Fishing Association.
Farrell said she also had heard some reports of success on catfish and white bass at the river.
AtShabbonaLake, fishing for walleye near the rocks in 15 to 16 feet of water has remained decent, except for Wednesday and Thursday when storms rolled through, said Clint Sands atLakesidebait. He shared a photo of a big walleye caught the weekend of June 9 there, and also a photo of a big hybrid striped bass landed at Shabbona.
Crappie have gone deep and bluegill were in the shallows, spawning June 14, he said.
An area angler told NewsTribune Outdoors his brother caught some big bluegill at Mautino State Fish and Wildlife Area in recent days. They were fishing from a boat, however, not from shore.
The same angler reported good catches of crappie in the 8- to 10-inch range recently at Lake Dawson, southeast of Bloomington, too.