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Southern Illinois Fishing Reports

Southern Illinois Fishing Report - February 20th, 2015

Crab Orchard Lake: Bass action has slowed. Bluegills being caught on worms. Panfish, in general, are biting good on worms under ice and in weedbeds.

Newton Lake: Warm-water areas good for catfish, though those being caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip-rap and catching a few bass. Bluegills are slow but will hit on meal worms or wax worms occasionally.

Carlyle Lake: Channel cats are good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches. Crappies good below the dam.

Kinkaid Lake: Muskie action has been picking up. Anglers expect February to be good for muskies if temperatures stay above 30 degrees. Spinnerbaits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. 

Lake of Egypt: Crappies and bluegills being caught on waxworms near structure. Bass are still rated fair on soft plastics. 

Rend Lake: Crappies are still rated good on minnows, chartreuse jigs, white jigs and pink/green jigs. Fish are being caught over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars in 6-10 feet of water. 

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