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Posted: 07 February 2011 01:17 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve heard many fish stories about people catching white bass by the hundreds and having a great time. Anybody have any tips for me on where and when to go? Sounds like a fun time to me!

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Posted: 07 February 2011 08:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Depends on where you are located?

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Posted: 07 February 2011 10:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Aerosmith…..The only white bass fishing I have done is at Powerton in Pekin. I think most of them are actually hybrid striped bass with a white and yellow mixed in. I average about 6-7 an hour. They are fun to catch. They are hitting right now. I cut a shad in half, put it on a hook behind a 2’ leader with a 1/2 - 3/4 oz weight. Cast out in the current, keep the line tight and wait for the tap then set the hook.

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Posted: 08 February 2011 09:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m located in West Central Illinois. I’ve never been to Powerton, but I’ve heard its a good place to catch a variety of fish. Is it open to anyone at anytime?

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Posted: 08 February 2011 10:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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You can also catch white bass on the river.  Below the dam or the mouth of the mackinaw.

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Posted: 08 February 2011 07:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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panther martins are the choice for me on the river, all silver or i love all white. That is the main lure of choice for me

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Posted: 09 February 2011 08:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I don’t have a boat large enough for the river. I have heard the white bass fishing on the river is good but can’t speak from experience. I did pretty good down at Clinton Lake a few weeks ago from the DeWitt bridge. 1/2 oz white jig head with at white curly tail. Those hybrids are fun!

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Posted: 10 February 2011 09:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I’m going to give Powerton a shot I think. Sounds like Powerton is a catfish/smallmouth lake now, but the white bass are coming back? I also heard Clinton was a good place to go in the summer time. I just wouldn’t have any idea where to start fishing on that huge lake.

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Posted: 14 February 2011 01:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Well, Powerton was a bust. All I caught was 1 small bluegill, and no one else in my party caught anything to speak of either. It looks like a pretty cool lake though, I think we may have just went on the wrong day. Lots of people there and not too much success with any of them. Everything I’ve read about the rocks at powerton is completely true! You WILL get hung up and have to break your line a lot!

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Posted: 15 February 2011 11:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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The “white bass” at Powerton are actually hybrid stripers that the power company put in a few years back. Two years ago they were everywhere and averaged a pound or so. A ton of people left with huge stringers full and it just made me sick because these things get big and fight hard. If they where whites I wouldn’t mind so much because they would reproduce. The hybrids don’t, you get what you get. I had great success with a minnow on the bottom during the winter months. Later in the spring the fly rod was a blast there. Unfortunately a ton were caught and removed so they are not as prevalent as they were a few years back. Clinton is loaded with both the whites and hybrids, with a few holdover pure strain stripers. It should be very good for the next couple years. From what I have heard, two years ago (don’t quote me on this) but the DNR released a ton of whites or hybrids not sure, but what put it over the top was the power company then matched (doubled) what the state added. Unfortunately, fortunate for me, due to heavy spring floods a good number ended up in the spillway area. This is a good area for us that don’t have the $ for a boat. Last spring was non-stop action on clouser and crease fly’s. The fish were only about 10-12 inches but still fun on a 4wt rod.  Again guys were keeping stringers full and it soon died down. The mouth of the Vermillion River where it empties into the IL is another great area in the spring if you have a small boat or kayak. Just have to get the timing right.

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Posted: 15 February 2011 05:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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the best white bass fishing in the state can be found at either carlyle lake/below kaskaskia river   or lake shelbyville/below kaskaskia river . the average fish during the run will be 1 lb and fish reaching up to 3lbs. 100 fish days are common. if you would like more info shoot me an email i would be glad to help you. i will start up my carlyle lake fishing report here in a few weeks when the weather hits the 50’s consistantly

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Posted: 19 February 2011 10:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Josh,looking forward to your reports.Been wanting to get down that way and try fishin some of those spillway’s….maybe this will be the year.

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Posted: 19 February 2011 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I think I may have to make the trip down to Carlyle this year. I will wait until Josh tells me to go though.

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Posted: 24 February 2011 09:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Aerosmith16-   white bass fishing starts to pick up in june , the biggest numbers and the bigger fish come up in the spawn run in mid to late july.
heres a post from last year describing tackle and tactics,
http://www.prairiestateoutdoors.com/index.php?/jadkins/article/white_bass_fishing_hotter_than_the_weather

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Posted: 25 February 2011 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Is the Mister Twister Sassy Shad the same thing as the Bobby Garland Sassy Shad?

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Posted: 25 February 2011 03:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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never seen the mr twisty sassy shad,  heres a pic of the Bobby Garland, these are the best thing since sliced bread on a 1/8 oz jighead double rigged.
good colors are shad/chartruce/black&chartruce;/ and even pink
i got hooked on em down in oklahoma and the local store now carries them. great for anything from crappie to true stripers!

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