Monday, January 30th, 2023
Monday, January 30th, 2023

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Crab Orchard Lake: Anglers are reporting that crappies are being found at depths ranging from about 4 to 10 feet. Most are in heavy cover near points. The best baits have been minnows and jigs. Bright colors seem to be working the best. Catfish have been

Rick’s Bait & Tackle: Cambria, (618) 987-2534

Baldwin Lake: Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits but are
slow. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water.
Striper fishing has been good, and crappie and catfish fishing has
been fair.

Obie’s Tackle: Belleville, (618) 234-5638

Carlyle Lake: Catfish have been biting on cheese baits and shad.
Largemouth bass are hitting spinnerbaits and crankbaits around
Peppenhorst Branch. White bass are said to be hungry for spoons,
Lil’ Georges, and jigs. Bluegill fishing is fair on waxworms and
crickets. Sauger fishing has been fair using crankbaits trolling
near the silos. Crappie fishing is so-so, and most success is with
minnows.

Lavish’s Bait Shop: Carlyle, (618) 594-4413

Kinkaid Lake: Bill Hall reported catching a pair of 5-pound bass
near the spillway, but overall fishing has been slow. Bluegills had
been biting on waxworms, but the bite has tapered off. Catfish are
being taken on stinkbaits near Johnson Creek area. Crappies are
slow, but some are being taken on minnows in 12 to 15 feet of
water. Muskie anglers have little to report, but expect fishing to
pick up as the water cools.

Top Of The Hill Bait Shop: Murphysboro, (618) 684-2923

Horseshoe Lake: According to Paul Newberry, crappies have
started biting better as the water has cooled down. Brush piles in
deep water have provided the best action. Minnows and jigs are
equally effective. Channel cats are being caught by drift fishing
night crawlers just off the bottom in the middle of the lake. Bass
have been slow, as have bluegills.

Timberline Tackle: Marion, (618) 997-9311

Lake of Egypt: Bass have been biting in deeper water, roughly 15
to 20 feet, on soft plastic worms and jibs. Best spots have been
near and around the points. Bass have been schooling early in the
mornings and late in the evenings. Topwater baits are effective on
schooling fish. Crappie action is slow but getting better.
Bluegills have been slow, though catfish have been biting in
evenings on cut bait and nightcrawlers.

Shawnee Bait & Tackle: Creal Springs, (618) 996-3089

Little Grassy: Crappies have been biting on minnows, mostly in
cover in about 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass action has improved but
remains slow. Plastic worms have worked best. Catfish have been
caught at night using nightcrawlers. Bluegills are running small
and biting on late-season grasshoppers and worms.

Rick’s Bait & Tackle: Cambria, (618) 987-2534

Mermet Lake: Fishing has been slow on all fronts, though crappie
action has improved in recent weeks. Crappies are being caught on
jigs around the rip-rap. Catfish have been biting on natural baits
near the points with the lily pads. Bass fishing has been slow.

Shawnee Bait & Tackle: Creal Springs, (618) 996-3089

Rend Lake: The lake has been low, more than a foot below normal
pool. Channel cats are biting on stinkbaits, cut shad, shrimp, and
shad gut. The best fishing is reported to be near the main dam
breakwater, areas near North and South Marcum, Jackie Branch, and
Gun Creek. Crappies are biting fair on minnows and shad-colored
jigs fished along the Route 154 rip-rap and over crappie sets in
Gun Creek and near bridge pillars. Bass fishing has been slow,
though some have been taken on crankbaits, jigs, and soft plastics.
Anglers have been concentrating on Gun Creek, Jackie Branch,
Honkers Point, and breakwater points. The bluegill bite has been
slow.

Rend Lake Sporting Goods: Mount Vernon, (618) 242-2191

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