Southern Illinois Fishing Report – February 8th, 2013
Lake of Egypt
A few channel cats being caught on shad and shrimp. Crappies good on minnows and jigs. Bluegills being caught on waxworms near structure and in shallows. Bass slow, but a few caught on plastics in shallows.
Crab Orchard Lake
Bass slow but picking up on plastics. Panfish good on worms under ice and in weedbeds. Catfish good on shad.
Crankbaits and spinners catching bass around rip-rap. Bluegills good on meal worms or wax worms. Catfish excellent on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers.
Crappies good below the dam using minnows. Bluegills good near edges on worms. Channel cats fair on worms drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches.
Muskie action has been picking up. Anglers expect February to be good for muskies if temperatures stay above 30 degrees. Spinnerbaits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. However, bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits.
Crappies and bluegills fair on minnows and waxworms near structure. Bass are still rated fair on soft plastics. Catfish action fair, fishing shrimp in shallow water.
Crappies excellent on minnows, white jigs and pink/green jigs over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars in 5-8 feet of water. Channel cats good on worms, along rip-rap on nightcrawlers. Bass picking up on spinners and plastics.