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Central Illinois Fishing Report - June 28th, 2013

Posted on June 27, 2013

Powerton: Smallmouths good in the cool part of the lake, in the back and off of points. Most were caught on crankbaits, some 18 inches and bigger. Channel catfish are excellent in the rocks, hitting crankbaits.

Newton Lake: Bass good. Crappies fair on minnows. Catfish good.

Lake Bloomington: Bluegills are good and taking spinners off the seawalls; but most are under 8 inches. Catfish are good on dipbait and are taking jigs fished for other species off points. Walleye fishing is good on crankbaits, jigs and crawlers on points or deep flats and quarter-ounce chrome-and-blue Rat-L-Traps near the pump house. Bass fishing is fair.

Lake Shelbyville: Bass picking up, but higher waters have slowed action. The crappies hitting minnows, shallows seem to be working best. Catfish are being caught on worms and shad at night.

Evergreen Lake: Crappies are moving shallow and biting early and late, but many are small. Evenings are best for keepers in the shallows. Channel catfish are good also, particularly at the mouth of Six Mile Creek Bay, the swim beach, the pump house and off the spillway. Saugeyes are good in the evenings in the same spots as the crappies. Hot spots include the dock just south of the boat rental and the boat rental dock. Bass are deep off main-lake points and humps. 

Clinton Lake: Walleyes, catfish and stripers are biting below the spillway. On the main lake, bass are fair on crankbaits, jig/grub and plastics on points and around cover with the west side being more productive. Bluegills are fair on wax worms in coves. Catfish are good on shad gut, shrimp or dip baits throughout lake.

Sangchris Lake: A few nice bass caught on spinners. Crappies biting on minnows. Bluegills and catfish hot on nightcrawlers and worms.

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