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July 21, 2014

Two different Fishing reports are listed here -

Crappie Xtreme and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Fishing is always great on Rend Lake. 

Fishing reports are more sporadic during the winter months -

we will keep-you-up to date as we receive them.

2014 Christmas Tree Location List



The summer bite is Good. Most fish are being caught in deeper water on the main lake. Use your depth finder and try to locate drop offs and brush piles. The Army corps. of engineers have a Christmas tree drop location map which can help you get started. Both jigs and minnows have been producing fish. I have been tipping my jigs with minnows.  My favorite jig color on Rend is red chartreuse. Stake beds and brush piles in 4-13 feet of water are producing the best fish. Expect to catch several small fish between keepers. Some fish are being caught under the gun creek 154 bridge and the sailboat harbor bridge. I like to take kids fishing this time of year because of all the action. We catch lots of fish, but a lot of them are on the smaller side.  


Kids enjoy the action take them fishing. 


Fishing around the lake for everyone


The bite is good. You can use jugs and trot lines on Rend lake. Both are very effective. Drifting is the most popular and probably the most productive technique right now. Use the wind to your advantage and drift across the lake while dragging baits across the bottom. Rend lake is an excellent catfish lake.  Fish can be caught in about any part of the lake. Whole Shad and shad gut are my favorite, but about any nasty bait will work.


Rend lake is a GREAT catfish lake. I would argue the best in the state.


Bass :

Some bass are being caught in 1-4 foot of water while other are being caught on jigs and crank baits along the rocks and off the corners of the bridges in 12 feet of water. The sail boat harbor bridge is a favorite right now. Black and blue jigs are always an all time favorite here on Rend. Spinner baits and worms in the shallows have also been catching fish. When shallow concentrate on structure you can see in the water. Lay down trees etc. Fish on Rend relate well to structure.     



Bluegill are shallow and are being caught in the back of most necks. Red wigglers in the back of some necks will catch fish. The last few years I have been catching more and bigger bluegill. Rend is not know for its Bluegill, but I think they are improving. Some have moved out of the necks and can be caught shallow along the rocks under bridges.



Rend Lake fishing report is provided by

Clint Taylor, 618-731-0323

Rend Lake Guide

Crappie Extreme Guide Service for Rend Lake


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             Watch out for the wind. It can make the main lake very dangerous


Come to Rend Lake if you want to catch crappie

July 14, 2014

U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers Fishing Report


US Corp. Fishing Log

Corp. normally do not do fishing reports during the winter.

for more info on the Corp's fish report

Randy Cordray

Natural Resource Specialist

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Rend Lake Project Office

11981 Rend City Road

Benton, IL 62812

Office - (618)724-2493

Fax - (618)724-4089

Get your Fish Attractor

Location List with GPS Coordinates


State of Illinois Fish Records

        Note: (provided by Rend Lake Corps of Engineers)

Use of a minnow seine, cast net for bait collecting within 1000 yards downstream of the Rend Lake dam and spillway is prohibited. For more details call the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Region V office at 618-435-8138.

Note: Maps of the Fish Attract or Tree Locations along with GPS readings are available at the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers project office.


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