Powerton: Crappies biting hard on minnows. Smallmouths fair on
crank-baits and tubes. Some smallmouths being taken with little
jigs. A few channel catfish but not very big. Asian carp are
showing up in increased numbers in the intake canal and throughout
the lake, so beware. Flathead catfish have gone deep, but big blues
up to 40 pounds are in the intake canal.
Lake Bloomington: Bass fair on plastics, crankbaits and jigs
along weeds or timber. Crappies slow to fair and little scattered
but should improve on jigs and/or minnows. Catfish slow to fair on
dipbaits, shad, crawlers. Walleye slow but should improve with
Evergreen Lake: According to Jay Angel, water temps are in the
low 60s. Crappie fishing is fair to good. Best crappie fishing is
found over structure that is just offshore. Crappies are found in 6
and 18 feet of water and running between 6 and 11 inches long.
Minnows and slip bobbers accounted for a majority of the catches.
Note: Bowfishing closed on Evergreen Lake and all tributaries
within the park boundaries. Bowfishing will reopen Jan. 19, 2009.
Also, October through Jan. 1, 2009, gas motors will be prohibited
around Deer Island and all of Six Mile Creek Bay. Trolling motors
are still allowed around Deer Island and in Six Mile Creek Bay, and
gas motors are allowed on all other parts of lake, as well.
McLean County Parks Department
Clinton Lake: Catfish going strong on shrimp. Below the
spillway, anglers finding walleyes using Rapalas or sand blasters.
Crappies being caught with jigs or minnows. White bass fair on
blade baits. Some walleyes on Big Dudes. Reports of hybrids and
walleyes below the spillway.