Southern Illinois Fishing Reports

Southern Illinois Fishing Report - July 11th, 2014

Crab Orchard Lake: Bass good using topwater and jigs. Bluegills good using wax worms and crickets. Crappies good using minnows and jigs. Channel cats good using nightcrawlers, shad and leeches.

Kinkaid Lake: Bass good. Channel cats good using just about everything. Early morning and late evening.   Bluegills good using wax worms and red wigglers. Crappies good in deeper water.

Little Grassy: Bass good using jigs.   Channel cats good using worms.   Bluegills good using crickets and meal worms.

Murphysboro: Bluegills good using wax worms and red wigglers in shallow water. Crappies good in deeper water.   Channel cats good in the early morning and late evening.

Newton Lake: Bass good using plastics. Crappies good using minnows and jigs.

Rend Lake: Bass good using worms, black/blue jigs, minnows & spinnerbaits. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam.  Crappies excellent using pink/white tube jigs, meal worms, small & medium minnows. Spawning fish are biting around 1 to 3 feet deep in the bushes. Fish the main lake drop off areas. Try the Gun Creek area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Bluegills good using crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. From shore try Sailboat Harbor.   Channel cats excellent using Sonnys stinkbait, Hoss Hawg Bait, leeches, nightcrawlers and large minnows. Recent success when fishing a few feet inside the bushes from the lake side. Otherwise: Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3 to 4 feet from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. Try deeper water in the middle of the lake. Drift fish the flats. White bass fair using jig/curly tail jigs and inline spinners. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and dropoffs. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges.

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