Southern Illinois Fishing Report – April 19th, 2013
Crab Orchard Lake
Crappie action has improved. Many fish have moved shallow and some nice fish have been caught. Minnows are the primary bait. Bluegill anglers are reporting good success around the rip rap and boat docks. Wax worms are currently the best bet. Bass action has been good. Catfish have slowed.
Lake of Egypt
Bass good on spinners and crankbaits. Some in the 5-pound range pulled out of the lake in early April. Crappies good on minnow and jigs near structure. Bluegills slow but being caught in the early morning on worms. Catfish are biting in evening on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers.
Crappies are rated very good in the lake. However, with fluctuating water levels, anglers will have to experiment with depth. Minnows and tube jigs have both been effective. Bluegills are rated fair around boat docks. Anglers are fishing just off the bottom in coves and branches off the main lake. Catfish are fair on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Some white bass are being caught, but action is spotty. In the spillway, catfish are very good on shad gut, cut bait and nightcrawlers. Sauger are also rated very good. Anglers are vertical jigging curly tails tipped with a minnow, leech or nightcrawler. The best sauger action has been on overcast days. White bass are fair at the river on jigs and rooster tails. Some crappies are being caught near the river on tube jigs or curly tails.
Big crappies are being taken. Several 2 pounders have been weighed in. Fish are still scattered, and in some cases, suspended. Minnows are working better for anglers working deep water structure while jigs are effective in shallow areas. Bass anglers are reporting good catches, primarily on light-colored spinnerbaits. Muskies are slow as are bluegills.
Catfish are the best bet with anglers catching fish around the mouths of creeks and shallow necks on cut shad and worms. Crappies are fair to slow on minnows and jigs. Recent rains turned the lake muddy, and fishing has slowed. Some bass anglers are reporting fair success on plastic worms, crankbaits, Rat-L-Traps and jigs around rip rap, weed beds and drop-offs. Bluegills are being caught in the west Gun Creek area on worms and crickets. White bass are being caught under the bridges on curly tails, and Vibrax spinners.
Liottle Grassy Lake
Fishing good with anglers catching bass, catfish and bluegills. Bass htting plastic worms and crank baits. Catfish biting good on worms, large minnows or shrimp. Small spinners seem to work well with white bass. Some are being caught off the banks using minnows.