Central Illinois Fishing Report – August 22nd, 2013
Lake Taylorville: Catfish picking up on nightcrawlers and shrimp. Some being caught on shad. The crappie bite is good on minnows. Bass fishing is fair using spinners and plastic worms.
Evergreen Lake: Crappies continue to bite on minnows and jigs in 18 feet of water. The saugeyes are still biting well on twister tails with a crawler on it and deep diving crankbaits. Most people have been targeting weedy points and humps. Bass have been hitting along weedlines and drop-offs. Bluegills are biting near weeds, but have slowed some. Catfish fair to good on stinkbaits.
Newton Lake: Crappies showing some action on minnows and jigs. Catfish good on nightcrawlers and dough baits.
Lake Decatur: Bass biting on spinners near weeds. Bluegills good on worms and crickets. Catfish picking up on doughs, worms and stinkbaits.
Lake Shelbyville: Walleyes are still active below spillway on jigs and twisters or shad bodies. Crappies are being caught with jigs over deadfall trees mostly in the shallow end. Large bass being caught with a mixture of spinners, crankbaits, jigs or plastics.
Banner Marsh: Catfish are biting on worms, dip bait and shrimp. Bluegills and crappies have been getting better on minnows.
Clinton Lake: Catfish are being caught on worms, shad guts, leaches, stinkbait and shrimp. Walleyes good. Largemouth bass hitting spinners and buzzbaits.
Dawson Lake: Catfish have been good on stinkbaits, shrimp and chicken livers. White bass and walleyes have been fair in deep waters. Bluegill action is slow.
Decatur Lake: Bass action has picked up on spinners and plastic worms. Some nice catfish have been taken on shad guts, shrimp, stinkbaits and leaches.
Emiquon Preserve: Bass being caught on buzzbaits, crankbaits and spinners. Catfish good on stinkbaits.
Mazonia Lakes: Bass hitting topwaters and spinners. Bluegills slowing but still being caught on worms. Catfish are small but biting on liver.