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Powerton Lake: Yellow bass, white bass, smallmouth and bluegills
are biting in the discharge water.

Lake Decatur: Crappies are being caught on minnows. Bluegill
fishing has been slow, with a few being caught on worms. Catfish
have been very slow on worms and stinkbaits.

Mike’s Tackle World: Decatur

(217) 423-0730

Lake Shelbyville: Crappies have been biting in shallows or
around brush on jigs and tubes of chartreuse with yellow, red or
white and chartreuse tubes. Muskies are biting below the
spillway.

Mike’s Tackle World: Decatur

(217) 423-0730

Lake Charleston: Lots of action with crappies, bluegills, small
stripers and bass. Most crappies fall in the 9- to 10-inch range.
Most fish are being caught one or two feet from the bottom in 10
feet of water.

Evergreen Lake: All ice fishing is “at your own risk.” The water
level is up just a bit. The level is at about 2″-feet above
capacity. Water clarity has improved a little. Clarity levels are
up to a foot. As of Jan. 30, most coves had between 4-6 inches of
ice on them. The ice has become “pitted” from recent warmth, so use
caution. The warmth also thawed a lot bigger open water area around
the de-strat pump. The fishing has not improved much, though.
Fishing is still pretty spotty, with reports of a few crappies,
bluegills, bass, and yellow bass on small ice fishing jigs tipped
with waxworms. Note: The new Evergreen topo maps are now available
at Comlara Visitor Center.

McLean Parks and Recreation

(309) 726-2022

Clinton Lake: Crappie fishing has been fair near brush with
minnows. Bluegills are being caught on worms near shore.

Clinton Bait & Tackle: Clinton

(217) 935-3851

Coffeen Lake: Bass fishing has been good for anglers using
crankbaits and plastic worms. Crappies have been slow to bite.
Catfish have been caught on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. Striped
bass have been hitting topwater lures in the evening.

Indian Grove Fishcamp: Coffeen

(217) 537-3001

Lake Springfield: Bluegills are biting on worms along
shorelines. Crappie fishing has been slow. Catfish have been biting
on shad. White bass have been hitting near the bridges.

Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle: Springfield

(217) 787-1951

Sangchris Lake: DNR is reminding anglers that the west and east
arms of the lake and dam area are closed to boat traffic through
Jan. 31 for waterfowl season. Crappie fishing has been good on
minnows.

Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle: Springfield

(217) 787-1951

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