WSIL — Below is the Rend Lake fishing report for the week of July 14, 2014.
SPECIES: Largemouth Bass
BAIT OF CHOICE: Worms, black and blue jigs, minnows and spinner baits.
SUGGESTED LOCATIONS: Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam.
REGULATIONS: 14″ minimum length limit, 6 daily creel limit. 1 fish daily creel limit in PONDS 14″ minimum length.
BAIT OF CHOICE: Jigs are working well. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs. Small & medium minnows. Meal worms.
SUGGESTED LOCATIONS: Large crappie have been caught lately off points in 6-10 feet of water using minnows. Fish the main lake drop off areas. Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore, fish near structures. Hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp.
REGULATIONS: 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than ten fish 10 inches or longer
BAIT OF CHOICE: Crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms, small jigs.
SUGGESTED LOCATIONS: Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. From shore try Sailboat Harbor.
REGULATIONS: 10 fish daily creel limit in PONDS.
SPECIES: Channel Catfish
BAIT OF CHOICE: Sonny’s stink bait, Hoss’s Hawg Bait, leeches, night crawlers, and large minnows.
SUGGESTED LOCATIONS: A lot of fish have been caught from the sub-impoundment dams lately. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area.
REGULATIONS: Set line 3-4′ from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats. 6 fish daily creel limit in PONDS. Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.
SPECIES: White Bass
BAIT OF CHOICE: Jig and curly tail grubs, inline spinners.
SUGGESTED LOCATIONS: Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and drop offs. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges.
REGULATIONS: 20 fish creel limit. No more than 3 fish 17″ or longer daily
Information as of: 07/14/2014
LAKE LEVEL: 408.35 AVERAGE POOL FOR THIS DATE: 406.62 WATER TEMP: 78°F 1.42 inches of rainfall in last 24 hours
Use of a minnow seine, cast net, or shad scoop for bait collecting within 1000 yards downstream of the Rend Lake dam and spillway is prohibited.
Maps of the Fish Attractor tree locations along with GPS readings are available at the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers Project Office. Contact Randy Cordray for more information at (618) 724-2493. In order to maintain a cleaner recreation area, anglers and bow fishermen fishing below the dam are asked to return dead rough fish to the water.