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 BAIT HOUSE
LIVE BAIT & TACKLE
RETAIL WHOLESALE
1313 W. LAFAYETTE
WATSEKA, IL 60970
815-785-6285
Located on US 24 West Edge of Watseka

CRICKETS
CHICKEN LIVER
SONNY'S CATFISH BAIT
DOC'S CATFISH BAIT
 
LEECHES

NIGHTCRAWLERS
 
WAX WORMS
NEON GREEN WORMS
RED WIGGLERS
RED WORMS

MINNOWS:
SMALL FATHEADS
  LARGE FATHEADS
 
MED. GOLDEN ROACHES
LARGE GOLDEN ROACHES
  MED. SUCKERS
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Sugar Creek - Milford, IL Iroquois River - Rensselaer, IN Iroquois River - Brook, IN

Iroquois River - Iroquois, IL Iroquois River - Chebanse,  IL
 The Bait House is located within 20 minutes of many places to fish and relax. Sugar Creek and the Iroquois River meet in Watseka. The Bait House is located on the bank of Sugar Creek and 1/4 mile from the Iroquois River. There is a public boat launch in Watseka with free parking. There is also another boat launch at the Plato Bridge North West of Watseka on the Iroquois River about 15 minutes from the Bait House.
    Sugar Creek is the main tributary to the Iroquois River. It extends South and West through the towns of Woodland, Milford, Stockland and in to Indiana. It is suitable for small boats most of the fishing season in the Watseka area. Sugar Creek is a volatile stream that is narrow in some places with very few straight runs making it prone to log jams and strong currents at times. It is not as clear as the Iroquois River which is evident at the mouth of the two streams. Sugar Creek is great for Blue and Channel Catfish, Crappie, Walleye, Blue Gill and Small mouth in some places upstream.
    The Iroquois River at Watseka running upstream, flows West through the town of Iroquois and into Indiana all the way through Rensselaer. Upstream from Watseka provides excellent fishing, but can be difficult to travel far by boat. The river is narrow upstream from Sugar Creek and can and will become completely blocked by log jams. There are some places that can be fished from shore. Channel Catfish, Crappie, Walleye, Small mouth, Northern Pike, and Blue Gill can be found.
    The Iroquois River running downstream from Watseka is boatable most of the fishing season. After it picks up Sugar Creek the river widens. There are some sand bars that may make boating difficult when water levels are very low, but there is no blockage. The boat launch at the Plato Bridge provides boating all season. The Iroquois River picks up Spring Creek and Beaver Creek before it empties into the Kankakee River at Aroma Park and retires its name. Great fishing all year with the same fish listed above can be found in this part of the river from Watseka to Aroma Park.