Central Illinois Fishing Report – February 8th, 2013
Bluegills are fair to good on waxworms. Catfish are hitting waxworms in 8-12 foot of water. Crappies are fair in 8-12 feet of water.
Crappies good on minnows, white jigs and pink/green jigs over tree sets and near bridge pillars in 6-8 feet of water. Channel cats good on worms, along rip-rap on nightcrawlers. Bass fair, but picking up on spinners and plastics. Most bass being caught are small.
The panfish bite has been hot on worms and minnows. A couple of large bass caught near shore using spinners and plastics. Catfish slow, but a few taken on minnows.
Crappies are being caught in structure on minnows. A few catfish caught on stinkbaits.
A lot of the fishing activity has been in the mouths of coves, off points, and in the main creek channel. Wax worms have been the bait of choice among most through the ice. Most fish reported were being caught in deeper waters and mostly in the late afternoon hours. A recent report from the weekend yielded hundreds of crappies, with the majority being at least 9 inches.