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Devils’ Kitchen: Bass improving on spinnerbaits. Crappie bite is
slow but improving. Bluegills biting in shallows on worms and
crickets.

Crab Orchard Lake: Bluegills are still being caught in good
numbers. Crappies are moving into slightly deeper water. Anglers
are catching good numbers of fish, but most crappies are running
small. Most fish are holding in cover in 5-7 feet. Anglers are
taking good numbers of fish around bridge piers. Minnows and jigs
are equally effective. Catfish action is good throughout the lake
on leeches, cut bait and stink baits. Bass are still being caught
around shallow cover on baits ranging from soft plastics to
topwater.

Baldwin Lake: Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass have been good
on jigs. Catfish excellent on cut bait. Bluegills good on worms.
Crappie fair on minnows.

Obie’s Tackle: Belleville

(618) 234-5638

Carlyle Lake: Lake was more than 6 feet above pool. Crappie and
catfish best. Catfish are taking shrimp, leeches, cut shad and shad
guts off flooded trees. White bass hitting tube jigs and twister
tails. Crappies biting on minnows, jigs, tube jigs by Hazlet State
Park. Sauger hit and miss, if they can be found. Bluegill fishing
is fair on worms. Carp spawning in shallows.

Lavish’s Bait Shop: Carlyle

(618) 594-4413

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: Some anglers are still picking up crappies in the
no-wake zone. Fish are being found over cover at varying depths.
Minnows are currently out-producing jigs. Bluegills are on the beds
and are being caught in good numbers. Wax worms, red wigglers and
crickets are all producing excellent results. Catfish have slowed
somewhat. Muskie action has also slowed.

Al Nutty

(618) 694-4897

Lake of Egypt: Crappie action has slowed down. Crappies are
still being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Roadrunners and minnows
have been the most effective baits. Bass remain steady on silver
Rat-L-Traps and plastic worms. Anglers are reporting best success
on bass in front of the weed beds. Anglers are catching good
numbers of bluegills, although fish are running small.

Little Grassy: Bluegill action is good on crickets. Anglers are
locating fish just beyond the beds around weed lines. Bass are
being caught in good numbers in shallow areas on a variety of
baits. Crappies are holding over cover in about 15 feet of water.
Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish action has also been good
throughout the lake on night crawlers.

Rend Lake: The lake is still more than two feet above normal
pool. Water temperature has dipped back down to 78 degrees. Catfish
continue to be the best bet with anglers catching good numbers of
fish from around rip rap areas and the subimpoundment dams. Catfish
are being caught on chicken liver, night crawlers, stink baits and
shrimp. Bluegill fishing is fair to good in shallow coves on meal
worms, wax worms, red wigglers and crickets. Crappie action has
been fair over Christmas tree sets, bridge pillars and the sailboat
harbor wall. Fish are dispersed at varying depths and are being
caught on minnows as well as chartreuse, white and pink jigs.

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