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Crab Orchard Lake:

A number of anglers hit the lake during a brief warm-up this
month. They are reporting that crappies are being found at depths
ranging from 6 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. Bluegills are being caught near rip-rap and
around weedbeds on the typical bluegill baits. Bass fishing has
been slow.

Rick’s Bait & Tackle: Cambria

(618) 987-2534

Baldwin Lake:

Largemouth bass fishing has picked up, with a report of a
6-pounder caught in mid-January. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6
to 8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish fishing has been fair.

Obie’s Tackle: Belleville

(618) 234-5638

Carlyle Lake:

There is open water and rough traveling for anglers in boats.
From the shore, some channel cats are biting. White bass are
hitting, as well. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms. Sauger fishing
has been fair. Crappie fishing is so-so, and most success is with
minnows.

Lavish’s Bait Shop: Carlyle

(618) 594-4413

Kinkaid Lake:

Overall, fishing remains slow. Bluegills had been biting on
worms, but the bite has tapered off. Crappies are slow, but some
are being taken on minnows in 12 to 15 feet of water. Muskie are
being caught, though action is slow.

Top Of The Hill Bait Shop: Murphysboro

(618) 684-2923

Horseshoe Lake:

Crappies have started biting better. Brush piles in deep water
have provided the best action. Minnows and jigs are equally
effective. Bass have been slow, as have bluegills.

Timberline Tackle: Marion

(618) 997-9311

Lake of Egypt:

Crappie action is slow but getting better. Fishing for bluegills
has been slow.

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. 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. Bass
fishing has been slow.

Shawnee Bait & Tackle: Creal Springs

(618) 996-3089

Rend Lake:

The lake has been low. 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 on jigs fished along the
Route 154 rip-rap and over crappie sets in Gun Creek and near
bridge pillars. Bass fishing has been slow.

Rend Lake Sporting Goods: Mount Vernon

(618) 242-2191

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