June 20, 2008

Dream Catcher’ Reels in Big Saugeye at Evergreen

By Scott Richardson

By Scott [email protected]

HUDSON - Jerry Martoglio has been fishing for bass for years, and he still shows the "youngsters" a thing or two at tournaments where largemouth are the ticket.

But don't kid yourself. Martoglio, who operates Dream Catcher Guide Service now that he's retired, is a multi-species angler who can catch whatever swims. He proved that again this week at Evergreen Lake when he boated six saugeye in two hours. One was nearly 6 pounds. Three others were more than 5 pounds. One weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces and the "small one" was 3 pounds, 12 ounces.

"The saugeye bite is on," Martoglio said.

The saugeye are relating to humps. Deeper fish, down in the range of 13 feet, were located to the sides of the humps and were caught jigging on a Fuzz-E-Grub jig and half a nightcrawler. Shallower fish on the humps came casting small crankbaits.

Most of the larger fish came on the south end of the lake. Six- Mile Creek is dumping off-color water into the reservoir there, so chartreuse is a great color.

"The next two or three weeks are going to be good," he said.

For more information, contact Martoglio at (309) 826-0930.

What's biting

Crappie - Slow to fair at Shelbyville, Dawson, Evergreen, Banner Marsh, Clinton, Lake Bloomington; good at Shabbona;

Saugeye - Good at Evergreen;

Sauger - Slow on the Illinois River, which is high but clearing;

Walleye - Good at Lake Bloomington, Shabbona, and in the spillway at Shelbyville and Clinton;

Largemouth bass - Good at Shabbona, Sangchris, Jacksonville, Dawson; fair at Bloomington, Evergreen, Spring Lake; fair at Weldon Springs.

Smallmouth bass - Fair at Powerton, LaSalle Lake;

Striped bass - Slow at Clinton, Sangchris; fair at Lake Bloomington;

White bass - Slow at Clinton because they are spawning in the creeks; slow at Shelbyville, which remains high and dirty; high water ramps are open;

Catfish - Very good at Clinton Lake, Shabbona, Powerton, Sangchris, Dawson, Shelbyville, Illinois River, Spring Lake; good at Weldon Springs, where dredging is nearly complete;

Muskies - Fair at Shabbona; slower at Evergreen; very slow at Shelbyville.

Bluegills - Excellent at Sangchris; good most other places.

Got a fish story, a hot spot, big fish or lots of them? Something funny happen? Phone Pantagraph outdoor editor Scott Richardson at (309) 820-3227 or e-mail [email protected]

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