Southern Illinois Fishing Report – March 8th, 2013
Lake of Egypt
Crappies are biting in shallows on minnows and tipped jigs. Bass biting good on spinnerbaits and jigs or soft rubbers. A few catfish are taking nightcrawlers and dough bait.
Crab Orchard Lake
Catfish and bass both have started biting. Cats being caught on worms. Bass hitting crankbaits and jigs. Crappie fishing is fair on minnows. Bluegills are being caught on worms.
Larger catfish being caught on worms and stinkbaits. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip-rap and catching bass. Bluegills are slow but will hit on meal worms or wax worms occasionally.
Reports of heavy sauger action in the spillway between the dam and the suspension bridge. Best baits have been jigs tipped with minnows. Flatheads are being caught on cut shad and cheese bait. White bass action has been active along rocks. Crappies are fair on tube jigs and minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits. Muskies fair on shallow running baits. Catfish and bluegill action picking up.
Bass slow. Crappies biting in 5-10 feet of water on jigs. Channel catfish being caught on nightcrawlers.