Southern Illinois Fishing Report – November 16th, 2012
Crab Orchard Lake
Crappie action is improving. Fish are being found at varying depths, depending on cover. Minnows and jigs seem to be equally effective. Catfish action has slowed somewhat. Bluegills have slowed, although some fish are still being caught along the rip rap on crickets and wax worms. Bass action is good on a variety of baits fished around shallow cover.
Catfish are on the move and those that are being caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip rap and catching a few bass. Bluegills are slow but will hit on meal worms or wax worms occasionally.
Catfish remain steady. Anglers are catching fish by drift fishing nightcrawlers just off the bottom. Some crappies are being caught in brush piles at the outside edge of the tree line.
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 32-pounder caught recently near the spillway on shad. Cut bait also working as are slab spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappie fishing is good below the dam.
Muskie action has been excellent. Anglers are picking up fish trolling and casting. Spinnerbaits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Crappies are rated fair. Anglers are taking fish at varied depths, from 4-15 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. However, bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits.
Lake of Egypt
Crappie action remains slow. Some fish are being caught on curly tails and minnows. Most fish are being located in 8-10 feet in front of weedbeds. Bass are still rated fair on soft plastics. Catfish action picked up during the recent weather changes, fishing shrimp in shallow water.
Catfish action remains excellent, particularly in the morning and early evening. Most anglers are using chicken liver and nightcrawlers. Bass are also rated fair to good. Crappie anglers are finding fish are various depths. Minnows are the preferred bait. Bluegill action is slow.
Fishing traffic has been light. Bluegill and redear anglers are picking up some fish in about 10 feet of water. Catfish action remains steady throughout the lake. Nightcrawlers are the most effective bait. Crappie fishing has slowed somewhat. Fish are still deep. A couple of nice fish were taken recently, but numbers were down. Minnows are the primary bait. Bass action remains fair.
Crappies are still rated good on minnows, chartreuse jigs, white jigs and pink/green jigs. Fish are being caught over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars in 6-10 feet of water. The Route 154 rip rap, Gun Creek bridge and the sailboat harbor wall have all been productive areas. Catfish action has also been good. Catfish anglers are working rip rap areas, Gun Creek, the subimpoundment dams and shallow areas. Shrimp, nightcrawlers, shiners and stinkbaits have all been effective. Bass are rated slow with some fish being caught on spinnerbaits, black buzzbaits and soft plastics. White bass also earn a good rating. Anglers are fishing curly tail jigs in shallow areas and using minnows in rip rap areas.