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Southern Illinois Fishing Report - September 4th, 2015

Crab Orchard Lake: Fishing traffic has been fairly light. Crappie anglers are holding in water 8-10 feet over cover or around bridge pillars. Minnows and jigs have been equally effective. Catfish are hitting throughout the lake on cut shad, leeches and stinkbaits. Some bluegill anglers are still reporting success around the rip rap on wax worms and crickets. Bass anglers are picking up some fish early and the mornings and late in the evenings working soft plastics or topwater baits around the weedbeds.

Horseshoe Lake: Catfish anglers are still reporting good success drift fishing nightcrawlers throughout the lake. Crappie action has improved a bit in the past few weeks. Anglers are working brush piles on the outer edge of the tree lines. Minnows or chartreuse jigs are the primary baits. Bass and bluegill action has been slow.

Carlyle Lake: White bass are biting well below the spillway, with a few fish coming from near the trestles and the silos. Whites are also biting on the main lake on the flats. Channel cats are good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches. Good catches reported near Keyesport and Boulder. Flathead are also biting near the spillway on bluegills. Cut bait also working as are slab spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappies good below the dam.

Lake Murphysboro: Catfish are the best bet. Catfish are being caught throughout the lake on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, large minnows and stinkbaits. Bluegills remain fair in 6-8 feet of water. Wax worms, crickets and red wigglers are all producing good catches. Crappies have been fair at best. Fish are holding in deep areas. Bass anglers are reporting fair to good success on spinnerbaits and soft plastics.

Kinkaid Lake: Fishing traffic has slowed somewhat. Anglers are still catching some crappies over cover at 10-15 feet. Minnows are preferred over jigs. Catfish anglers are still reporting good success. The best catfish action has been on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, large minnows and stinkbaits. Bass action remains fair. Bluegill action has slowed down recently. There were no reports on walleyes or white bass.

Lake of Egypt: Fishing has improved, particularly in the late evening and through the night. Anglers are working around the weedbeds and drop-offs with Rat-L-Traps. Crappies are still slow. Some catfish anglers are reporting limited success on chicken livers. Bluegills are being caught in good numbers on the typical baits, but most fish are running small.

Little Grassy: Catfish action has been good throughout the lake. The best action has been on nightcrawlers. Bluegill action is spotty. Most bluegills are holding in 6-8 feet of water and can be caught on crickets and wax worms. A few crappie anglers have taken some nice fish in 15-20 feet. The best crappie action has been on minnows. Bass anglers are reporting fair numbers of fish, although most are running small.

Rend Lake: Fishing is rated good across the board. Catfish anglers are still working the subimpoundment dams and are drift fishing in Gun Creek, rip rap areas and shallow humps. Chicken livers, nightcrawlers, leeches, stinkbaits and shrimp are all producing good catches. Bass are rated good on a jig and pig, black buzzbaits and spinnerbaits around Illinois 154, Jackie Branch and Gun Creek. Crappies also earn a good rating. Minnows, chartreuse jigs, white jigs and pink/green jigs are producing fish in 6-10 feet of water over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars. 

Anglers are also drift fishing north of Route 154 and around the Gun Creek bridge. Bluegills are still being caught on wax worms, crickets and red wigglers in shallow coves. Some white bass anglers are reporting good success fishing slab spoons, Little Georges and curly tail jigs near shallow areas.

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