Southern Illinois Fishing Report – January 11th, 2013
Crab Orchard Lake
Anglers are reporting that crappies are being found at depths ranging from about 6 to 10 feet. Most are in heavy cover near points. The best baits have been minnows and jigs. Bright colors seem to be working the best. Bluegills are being caught near rip-rap and around weedbeds on the typical bluegill baits. Bass fishing has been slow.
Largemouth bass fishing has slowed. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish fishing has been fair.
White bass are hungry for jigs. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms. Sauger fishing has been fair. Crappie fishing is so-so, and most success is with minnows.
Overall, fishing has been slow. Bluegills had been biting on worms, but the bite has tapered off. Crappies are slow, but some are being taken on minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water. Muskies are being caught, though action is slow.
Crappies have started biting better. Brush piles in deep water have provided the best action. Minnows and jigs are equally effective. Bass have been slow, as have bluegills.
Lake of Egypt
Crappie action is slow but getting better. Fishing for bluegills has been slow.
Crappies have been biting on minnows, mostly in cover in about 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass action has improved, but remains slow. Plastic worms have worked best. Bluegills are running small and biting on worms.
Crappies are biting fair on jigs fished along the Route 154 rip-rap and over crappie sets in Gun Creek and near bridge pillars. Bass fishing has been slow.