Devils’ Kitchen: An early-April bass tournament produced three
fish each more than 9 pounds. High water levels have caused overall
fishing to be slow.
Crab Orchard Lake: Anglers are reporting that crappies are being
found at depths ranging from about 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 weed beds on the typical bluegill
baits. Bass fishing has been slow.
Baldwin Lake: Largemouth bass have slowed. Bluegills are biting
on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish fishing has
Obie’s Tackle: Belleville
Carlyle Lake: Crappie and catfish best. Catfish taking cut shad
and shad guts off rocks by Keysport. Crappie biting on minnows,
jigs, tube jigs by Hazlet State Park. Sauger hit and miss, if they
can be found. White bass are said to be hungry for jigs. Bluegill
fishing is fair on worms.
Lavish’s Bait Shop: Carlyle
Pinckneyville Lake: Largemouth bass have slowed. Bluegills are
biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish
fishing has been fair.
Kinkaid Lake: Crappie picking up on minnows. Muskie improving on
Rat-L-Traps, twitch minnows, spinnerbaits and soft plastics.
Bluegill fair to good on crickets, waxworms, medium worms, red
wigglers and nightcrawlers in outer edges of weed beds. Catfish
fair to good on nightcrawlers, cut shad, crickets. largemouth slow
to fair best with jig and pig around deep submerged tree tops or
laydowns. Also use plastic lizards, keep driving crankbaits. White
bass also taking crappie minnows, small crankbaits, small diving
crankbaits. Walleyes taking deep diving crankbaits or jig and
minnow combos by the rip-rap areas or the dam.
Lake of Egypt: Bass action is picking up as water temperatures
rise. Look for them along shorelines and in 6-8 feet. Crappie
action is slow but getting better. Bluegills have been slow. A few
catfish being caught on worms.
Shawnee Bait & Tackle: Creal Springs
Little Grassy: Largemouth bass hitting crankbaits and spinners
along beds and near points. Crappies have been biting on minnows,
mostly in cover in about 15 to 20 feet of water. Plastic worms have
worked best. Bluegills are running small and biting on worms.
Rend Lake: Crappies are good in the coves or around the bridges.
Catfish are excellent. Army Corps report the lake is several feet
above normal pool and in the mid-70s.
Rend Lake Sporting Goods: Mount Vernon