Rock River Fly Fishing
The 3rd most popular fly fishing river in Illinois.
Monday 8 August 2016 06:15 GMT
The Rock River has several interesting fly fishing opportunities. The Rock River winds 155 miles through northwestern Illinois before its confluence with the Mississippi River. It is mainly known for its channel catfish, but there are some sturgeon and northern pike. The river generally averages about 15 feet in depth in the main channel, but between Dixon and Sterling, depths may drop to 50 feet. The bottom is largely bed rock, but there are extensive gravel areas and some places where the bottom is covered with a layer of mud or silt.
There are several tailwater fisheries at Rock Island, Milan, Sterling, Dixon, Oregon, Rockford and Rockton that are known for walleye and white bass. The prime fishing spots are the dams at Rockton and Rockford and the tributary streams which include the Pecatonica River and Willow Creek.
Overall, Rock River is the 3rd most popular fly fishing river of all 8 fly fishing spots in Illinois.