Lake Taylorville: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow.
Water conditions are murky.
Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle
Banner Marsh: Bass are fair on plastics, spinnerbaits or
chatterbaits and fair at East Point Access. Bluegills are slow to
fair and small on wax worms. Crappies are fair on minnows or jigs
with many yet to spawn.
Powerton: Smallmouth bass biting fair. Some catfish biting on
shad. Lake still closed to boaters due to ongoing work on the
discharge. Lake is open to bank anglers daily from 8 a.m. to 4
Newton Lake: Bass good, but flooding has changed situation.
Water clarity very murky. Some white bass also were 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
Lake Bloomington: Bass are fair to slow and have moved out
deeper on crankbaits or plastics. Bluegills are fair to slow on
real small jigs. Crappies are slow on small jigs and many still
have not spawned. Walleye are fair to slow on smaller jigs with
twisters or minnows and mostly small ones around the docks. Hybrid
Striper are fair to slow and scattered along seawalls on jigs,
rattle baits and blade baits.
Lake Shelbyville: The crappie spawn is on and minnows seem to be
working best. The Corps reported the lake is stained, in the 70s
and rising. The lake has new crappie daily creel limits of five
fish under 10 inches and 10 fish 10 inches or over.
Evergreen Lake: Crappies and saugeye are still biting pretty
good, but most fish are small. Around Deer Island and backs of most
coves best for crappies, and they are biting on minnows. Saugeyes
are biting best off main lake points and humps and some mouths to
coves – best on jig/crawler or jig/minnow combos. Catfish are the
hot ticket. Many reports of numbers and some real good-sized fish,
as well. Above the Spillway, around Swimming Beach and at
Pumphouse, best action is for cats on nightcrawlers. Bass are on
spawning beds, and some decent fish are being reported but not a
lot of numbers. Muskie have slowed down. A few fish following baits
to boat, but no hook-ups. Bowfishing: Carp are definitely going
into the spawning mode and are moving into shallow weedy areas.
Quillback are starting to move into coves and shallow areas at
McClean County Parks Department
Clinton Lake: Bass are fair on crankbaits, jig/grub and plastics
on points and around cover with the west side being better this
week. Bluegills are fair on wax worms in coves. Catfish are good on
shad gut, shrimp or dip baits throughout lake. Crappies are fair on
tube jigs or minnows around trees or brush. Hybrid stripers are
fair on trolled baits. Walleye are slow on jigs/crawler off flats.
White bass are fair on jig/twisters or minnows and spinners early
Coffeen Lake: Bass are good on topwater baits, crankbait and
plastics. Bluegills are fair on wax worms and fairly shallow
Catfish are good on dip baits, crawlers and cut bait, with some big
flatheads being landed. Stripers are fair on deep running
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
Sangchris Lake: Crappie bite picking up on medium size minnows.
The lake will have a new large and smallmouth bass daily limit of
three, with only one 15 inches or larger and two fish under 15
inches. The new regulations were effective April 1. The west and
east arms of the lake and the dam area is open for boat