Lake Taylorville: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow.
Water conditions are murky.

Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle

(217) 787-1951

Banner Marsh: Crappies are biting on minnows. Bass hitting
chatterbaits and spinnerbaits. Bell’s Landing Access to Banner
Marsh is being drawn down so workers can repair a damaged levee
near the site’s pump house. Lakes accessed via the East Point and
Main accesses will not be impacted by the draw down.

Newton Lake: Bass good, but flooding has changed situation.
Water clarity very murky. Some white bass were also reported prior
to the rains. Crappies are a big question mark after a poor fall
and few reports this winter so far. Catfish good.

Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappie biting on tube jigs at the south
end bays. Channel cats also biting on shad at the big turn on the
south end.

Lake Decatur: Fishing has been slow as water clarity has been
poor. Crappies are being caught on minnows. Bluegill fishing has
been slow, and 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: The lake is two feet below normal pool and
warming through the 60s. Crappie and largemouths are preparing to
the spawn. Fishing below the spillway has been slow, with efforts
to drop the lake. Conditions better late in day for muskies and
walleyes. Walleyes are active below spillway. Best to use jigs and
twisters or shad bodies. On main lake, fishing has been slow, with
high water, but some crappies caught on sunny days.


Evergreen Lake: Crappies are still hit or miss. Some days
fishermen are catching limits or near limits, other days not much
at all. When they are catching them the west side of Deer Island,
just inside Six-Mile Creek Bay (on the left/north shoreline), Two
Cedars Cove, and Campground Cove are best. Small tube jigs with or
without minnows best. Saugeyes are starting to pick up a bit. There
were a few reports of some decent-sized fish being caught at the
Pumphouse and off the Big Flats on jig/minnow or jig/crawler combo
worked very slowly on the bottom. Finally starting to get a few
reports of some bass being caught although they are small. Fish are
starting to move up into coves. Plastics worked very slowly around
structure best. Also a few reports on catfish behind Deer Island
and up near the Six Mile Creek Bridge on nightcrawlers.

McClean County Parks Department

Clinton Lake: Crappie, white bass, striper, walleye and
largemouth bass biting hard. Jigs and minnows, twister tails and
spinner baits working well. Bank fishermen having luck with
crappies, white bass and largemouth.

Coffeen Lake: Water is rising. Water temperatures ranging from
low 60s to 90s in hot water arm. Bass, catfish excellent all around
the lake. Bass biting on spinners and waxworms. Catfish biting
stinkbait and worms. Crappie spotty. Reports of big flathead being
caught. David Williams, of Bethalto, caught 61-pound flathead on
tube jigs using 12-foot bucks crappie pole with 6-pound test line,
while crappie fishing March 15 in the main channel.

Indian Grove Fishcamp: Coffeen

(217) 537-3001

Lake Springfield: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow.
Channel cats being taken on shad. Crappies have been good on jigs
fished in or near hot water area, with many small ones. White and
yellow bass are good on jigs and bladebaits in or near warm water

Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle

(217) 787-1951

Sangchris Lake: Mark Blough of Rochester caught a 76.5-pound
flathead catfish on April 19 . The fish was just short of the state
record 78-pounder caught in 1985 below Carlyle Lake. Crappie bite
picking up on medium-sized minnows.

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