Lake of Egypt: Crappie action has been good for the past couple of weeks. Fish are being caught on minnows and jigs over shoreline cover. Several fish approaching 3 pounds have been caught recently. Bass action has been steady around the weed beds on a variety of baits. Some anglers are taking bluegills near the shoreline.
Crab Orchard Lake: Crappies caught in 10 feet of water. Minnows and jigs have been equally effective. Bass anglers are taking a few fish throwing a variety of baits at shoreline cover. Most catfish are being caught on trot-lines. Some bluegills are being caught in shallow areas on crickets and wax worms.
Baldwin Lake: Larger catfish are 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.
Carlyle Lake: Crappies are taking minnows or tube jigs in brush pile areas. Catfish are biting in the backwaters on cut bait or night crawlers. On the Kaskaskia River, crappies, white bass and sauger all very good. Crappies taking minnows and jigs. White bass biting on curly tails, rooster tails or tube jigs. Sauger taking 3-inch curly tails tipped with minnows or crawlers vertical jigging off the bottom.
Kinkaid Lake: Crappies are steady, most fish are being caught in 6 to 8 feet of water over trees and brush piles. Minnows and jigs are equally effective right now. Bass are still good on a variety of baits. Muskies are on a feeding frenzy. Anglers have caught a number of fish ranging into the mid-40s. Bluegills are being caught in 3 to 4 feet of water. Red wigglers and wax worms are the primary bluegill baits. Catfish action is slow.
Rend Lake: Crappies biting good on either jigs or minnows. Crappies found off rocks from a foot to 14 feet deep or around brush piles in 5-7 foot of water. Bluegills good on crickets or red wigglers. Bass slow but picking up on jigs, spinner baits, soft rubbers. A 3-pound, 2-ounce crappie was caught in early_April.