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|🗺️ Location||LOWER ILLINOIS RIVER|
|⏰ Fast Updates||Every day|
|🐟 Species||All Species|
|🗓️ Next Update||Tomorrow|
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The morning started off so promisingly. We had plans to haul butt down to the lower grounds where there had been some good kelping but we got stopped short. The setup was epic. We had a 1-2 degree water temp break, and we were instantly catching fish. They were mostly small yellowfin. There was a sprinkling of 15-20+ pound tuna in there but most were throwbacks. But it felt like the school of straight bigs was right off the bow. We found a nice kelp and caught a dozen nice yellows and some more of that small tuna with a sprinkle, and again, we felt like it was soon coming. It never came. We stayed very busy but unfortunately it was mostly that throwback yellowfin. Eventually we gave up on what we thought was our honey hole and we never found much else the rest of the day. The lower zone produced enough for the couple boats that were down there so we're going to start down there tomorrow.
The weather was great most of the day. It got a bit breezy late but hopefully that comes down tomorrow.
All I can say is we tried. The baiting went well last night and we arrived to cow town before sunrise. Until 3:30 in the afternoon we didn't see much. We fished hard though once again. Most stayed at the rail. We tried 4 anchor jobs, and a bunch of drifts but like I said, until 3:50 we didn't see much. At 3:50 though things woke up but unfortunately it was short lived and we have nothing to show for it. It gets dark so early now. We saw 3 good spots of 200-300 pound tuna blowing out of the water and 1 really good sonar school of 50 pounders but we could get no reaction from them. At least we got to see them. It's better than never seeing them at all.
I felt the vibe on board and I know the passengers want some action so we're going to try and deliver. We'll be running up tonight and we're going to give "The Ridge" another try tomorrow. We'll go for action and then we still have wahoo to catch.
Dan and his brother David spent the day with us landing 6 Yellowtail and 2 Yellowfin tuna. Fun fishing the weather was excellent.
We had awesome variety this year on our 8-10 day trips. Especially the Dorado fishing on kelp patty’s!
Fishing reports for lower illinois river are updated each week, usually by Thursday morning. The reports are compiled by an outside contractor who receives the information from bait shops, marinas and fishing guides.