Crab Orchard Lake: A few anglers are still reporting catching
crappies, although fish are running small. Most crappies are being
located in water 10-15 feet deep. Minnows and jigs are equally
effective. A few catfish are being caught on stink baits. Anglers
are taking bluegills near the banks on wax worms, meal worms and
crickets. Bass anglers are still reporting some success early in
the mornings and late in the evenings on soft plastics and buzz
Horseshoe Lake: Fishing traffic has been light in the heat.
Anglers have been drift fishing for catfish throughout the lake.
Night crawlers are the best bet. Other species are slow.
Carlyle Lake: White bass are biting well below the spillway,
with a few fish coming from near the trestles and the silos. Whites
are also biting on the main lake on the flats. Channel cats are
good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait
or leeches. Good catches reported near Keyesport and Boulder.
Flathead are also biting well, with a 43-pounder caught recently
near the spillway on bluegill. Cut bait also working as are slab
spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappie fishing good below the
Lake Murphysboro: Crappies are fair to good in water ranging
from 5-10 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish are good to
very good on night crawlers, cut shad and liver. Bluegill and
redear action is still good on red wigglers, wax worms and crickets
fished in 4-8 feet of water. Bass are also rated fair on deep
diving crank baits and plastic worms.
Kinkaid Lake: Crappies are still rated good in 8-12 feet of
water at the edge of the weed beds. Small to medium minnows are the
best bait. Bass are still rated fair to good on deep diving crank
baits, Carolina rigs, topwater around weed edges and soft plastics.
White bass are surfacing in shallow areas and can be caught on
in-line spinners, small crank baits and beetle spins. Catfish
action remains steady on night crawlers, cut shad and chicken
livers. Bluegill remain fair to good on wax worms and crickets in
4-8 feet of water and around the docks. A few walleye are being
caught trolling deep diving crank baits around the bars and
Lake of Egypt: Fishing traffic has been light. Most anglers are
targeting largemouth. Bass anglers are working deep areas with soft
plastics. Catfish anglers are taking a few fish on stink baits and
chicken liver. Anglers are taking fair numbers of bluegills, but
most are running small. Crappies are slow.
Little Grassy: Fishing has been slow this week. Anglers are
taking a few crappies on minnows in water about 20 feet deep. Some
small bass are being caught. Anglers are taking a few bluegills on
wax worms and meal worms. Catfish have also slowed, but a few fish
are being taken on night crawlers.
Rend Lake: Fishing remains good across the board. The lake is
still nearly a foot above normal pool and water temperature has
reached 83 degrees. Catfish anglers are still reporting good
success on liver, shrimp, night crawlers, leeches and stink baits
fished near the subimpoundment dams or drift fished near rip rap,
or shallow areas and near Gun Creek. Crappies are rated good on
minnows, white or chartreuse jigs or green and pink jigs. Fish are
holding in 8-10 feet of water and can be taken over Christmas tree
sets or near bridge pillars. Bluegill anglers are reporting good
success on meal worms, wax worms, crickets and red wigglers in
shallow coves. Bass are being caught on black buzz baits, spinner
baits or a jig and pig. Gun Creek, Jackie Branch and the Route 154
rip rap are areas anglers are concentrating on. White bass are
being caught in shallow areas of the lake on slab spoons and Little