Central Illinois Fishing Report – December 28th, 2012
Bass are fair near hot water ditch on jigs and crankbaits. Crappies are fair on minnows. The west and east arms of the lake and dam area are closed to boat traffic through the end of January. During this time, fishing boat traffic is permitted in the center hot arm only. The exception will be for hunting programs with restricted usage during this time. For more info, contact the site office at 217-498-9208.
Catfish are fair near the warm-water discharge ditch. Crappies are fair in warm-water end of the lake on minnows around docks and brush. White and yellow bass are good, but many are small fish and near the warm-water area. Largemouth bass are slow, but picking up on plastics and spinners. Some nice bass being caught near pilings and under bridges. Bluegills have slowed.
Lake and Comlara park will be closed for late-winter firearm antlerless deer season. Exceptions to the closings are: bank fishing will be allowed at the pumphouse, in the campground cove and Jone’s Pond. Some anglers are reporting good crappie catches using minnow and jigs. Bass have slowed, as have catfish.