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Southern Illinois Fishing Report - April 29th, 2016

Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie action had been good. Crappies are still scattered at various depths and are being caught on minnows and jigs. Catfish anglers are reporting good success on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Some bluegills are being caught in shallow areas on wax worms and crickets. Bass action has been fair. Anglers are taking some nice fish over shallow cover with jigs and soft plastics.

Lake of Egypt: Bass are rated slow to fair. Some bass are being caught on jigs and soft plastics, others are reporting catches on spinnerbaits and crankbaits. About half the bass are in post-spawn stage. Crappies have slowed. The fish being caught are in brush in 18-20 feet of water. However, constant winds are making it difficult to hold boats over deep cover.

Carlyle Lake: Crappie anglers are taking good numbers of crappies on the rip rap. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Catfish action is improving on stinkbaits. In the tailwater, white bass and crappies are both rated very good on jigs and minnows. Sauger action is fair. Anglers are fishing vertically with jigs tipped with minnows or nightcrawlers. Catfish are rated good on a variety of baits.

Kinkaid Lake: Crappie action remains fair to good. Fish are being found at scattered depths with some concentrations at 4-8 feet. Minnows and jigs are equally effective on shallow fish. Minnows are better for deeper fish. Anglers are also taking some bluegills, although most are running small. Bass are rated fair on a variety of baits. Muskie fishing has been up and down. 

Rend Lake: Crappies and catfish are both rated excellent most recently. Crappies are being caught with jigs and small minnows. Currently, minnows appear to be out-producing jigs. Crappies are still scattered in water ranging from 3-14 feet deep. 

Stumps, stake beds, rip rap and the mouths of creeks are all holding fish. Channel cat anglers are drift fishing leeches and nightcrawlers over shallow flats.

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