Banner Marsh: Bass fishing is 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: Smallmouths good in the cool part of the lake, in the
back and off of points. Most were caught on crankbaits, some 18
inches and bigger. Channel catfish are excellent in the rocks,
hitting crankbaits.

Newton Lake: Bass good, but weather taking toll. Water clarity
very murky. Some white bass also were reported prior to the rains.
Crappie a big question mark after a poor fall and few reports this
winter so far. Catfish good.

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

Lake Bloomington: Bluegills are good and taking spinners off the
seawalls; but most are under 8 inches. Catfish are good on dipbait
and are taking jigs fished for other species off points. Walleyes
are good on crankbaits, jigs and crawlers on points or deep flats
and quarter-ounce chrome-and-blue Rat-L-Traps near the pump house.
Bass fair.


Lake Shelbyville: Bass picking up, but higher waters have slowed
action. 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 are moving shallow and biting early and
late, but many are small. Evenings are best for keepers in the
shallows. Channel catfish are good also, particularly at the mouth
of Six Mile Creek Bay, the swim beach, the pump house and off the
spillway. Saugeye fishing good in the evenings in the same spots as
crappies. Hot spots include the dock just south of the boat rental
and the boat rental dock. Bass are deep off main-lake points and

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Clinton Lake: Walleye, catfish and stripers are biting below the
spillway. On the main 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. Walleyes are slow on
jigs/crawler off flats. White bass are fair on jig/twisters or
minnows and spinners early or late.


Coffeen Lake: Bass are excellent on topwater baits, crankbaits
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. Some large flatheads being caught
at night on leeches and cut 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

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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 are open for boat

Forbes Lake: Channel cats good on nightcrawlers in shallows and
along weedlines. Crappies good on minnows in brush and weeds.
Bluegills fair on crickets. Walleye spotty. Muskie slow.

Horseshoe Lake (Madison County): Catfish on minnows and cut
shad. Crappies good on minnows. Bluegills good on waxworms.

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