Central Illinois Fishing Report – May 3rd, 2013
Bass excellent on spinner baits and chatter baits. Catfish good on worms. Crappies are fair on jigs fairly shallow along rocks near dam.
Crappies good near and around brush on minnows and jigs. Bass and bluegills are slow.
Bass are good on spinners, plastics and crankbaits in coves and at points in shallow water. Bluegills fair on crickets and worms. Catfish biting on cut shad, crawlers and shrimp. Crappies picking up on jigs and minnows. Walleyes have gone deeper but still being caught on jigs. White bass are good on minnows, roadrunners, spinners and twisters. Hybrid stripers are fair on bladebaits.
Bass are fair on plastics. Bluegills are fair along rocks on waxworms. Catfish are fair along the roadway on crawlers. Crappies are slow on jig and minnows. Muskies have been slow.
Crappie fishing has been the best bet. Anglers still are catching crappies all over the place anywhere from 5-20 feet of water. Saugeye and bass fishing has been off to a slow start, with many smaller ones being caught.
Bass good on plastics and spinners, mostly in shallows. White bass good on spinners, mostly on the south end of the lake. Crappies hitting minnows. Some nice catfish being caught on cut bait and shad.
Bass picking up on spinners and crankbaits. Crappies biting good on minnow and jigs near structure. White bass slow but being caught in evening on rooster tails. Sauger are biting, but slowing as water warms.