Well, the fishing pattern had been switching to a low-water, fall pattern, but heavy rains overnight Thursday and Friday morning changed all that.
The La Salle-Peru area didn’t get the drenching that some areas upstream on the Illinois, Fox and Green rivers and the upper reaches of many area streams received.
“The river’s coming up fast,” said Buster “Cajun” Culjan from his bait, tackle and supplies store in Utica Friday morning.
Before the rain, anglers were catching crappie up and down the Illinois River, catching some stripers on blade baits after sunrise and catching drum and catfish just about any time.
However, places like Sublette, Marseilles and Midway Airport received 4-5 inches of rain in a big hurry, and all of that water rushed into tributaries and onward.
The AP reported Burbank and Reavis school districts called off classes in southwest suburbs after 5.5 inches of rain and standing water disrupted morning commutes and forced roadway shutdowns, such as between Chicago and O’Hare.
Once all this water rushes downstream a bit, creeks and small rivers should be back to being user-friendly, and may be attractive to anglers who use kayaks and canoes tools rather than thrill-seekers’ playthings.
This is a time of year yours truly generally looks forward to fishing more, as hunters turn their attention to game and more families disappear from fishing spots as school is back in session. It's also a time of year where folks with leisure time are making late-summer trips to places like the Boudary Waters, Hayward, Spooner, Chetek, the Lac du Flambeau area, Chippewa Flowage, etc., and we've been hearing a lot of reports that can incite misguided jealously.