Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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Crab Orchard Lake: Anglers are picking up a few crappies in 6-10
feet on minnows and jigs. Catfish action has slowed somewhat.
Bluegill action has slowed also, although some fish are still being
caught along the rip rap on crickets and wax worms. Bass action is
good on a variety of baits fished around shallow cover.

Baldwin Lake: Catfish are on the move, and those that are being
caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip rap and
catching a few bass. Bluegills are slow but will hit on meal worms
or wax worms occasionally.

Horseshoe Lake: Crappie action remains steady. Anglers are using
jigs and minnows fished around and over brush piles. Fish are being
caught throughout the lake. Most fish being caught are keepers.
Other anglers are still catching catfish drift fishing worms just
off the bottom in the middle of the lake.

Carlyle Lake: White bass are biting well below the spillway,
with a few fish coming from near the trestles and the silos. Whites
are also biting on the main lake on the flats. Channel cats are
good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait
or leeches. Good catches reported near Keyesport and Boulder.
Flatheads are also biting well, with a 43-pounder caught recently
near the spillway on a bluegill. Cut bait also working as are slab
spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappie fishing good below the
dam.

Kinkaid Lake: Fishing has slowed considerably since the cold
front passed through southern Illinois in late October. Crappies
are still steady. Anglers are finding fish at varying depths and
reporting good success on minnows or jigs. Bass are rated good on
spinner baits. Bluegill and catfish action is iffy.

Lake of Egypt: Fishing is still spotty. The water temperature
has dropped to about 64 degrees. Some bass are being caught on soft
plastics fished off the points. Crappie fishing is still slow. The
fish that are being caught are still holding in 10-12 feet of
water. Minnows and jigs seem to be equally effective. Catfish have
slowed as the water has cooled.

Lake Murphysboro: Bass are the best bet. Anglers continue to
report good success on spinner baits. Crappie fishing had been good
until the cold front. Action has been hit and miss since then.
Catfish and bluegill fishing is slow.

Little Grassy: Fishing traffic has been light. Anglers are
taking a few bluegills and redears. Most fish are holding in 8-10
feet of water and are being caught on wax worms and red wigglers.
Crappie and bass action has been slowed. The Little Grassy
Campground Marina closes soon.

Rend Lake: The lake is about a foot over normal pool and water
temperature is at 69 degrees. Crappies are still rated good on
minnows, chartreuse jigs, white jigs and pink/green jigs. Fish are
being caught over Christmas tree sets and near bridge pillars in
6-10 feet of water. The Route 154 rip rap, Gun Creek bridge and the
sailboat harbor wall have all been productive areas. Catfish action
has also been good. Catfish anglers are working rip rap areas, Gun
Creek, the subimpoundment dams and shallow areas. Shrimp, shiners,
night crawlers and stink baits have all been effective. Bass are
rated slow with some fish being caught on spinner baits, black buzz
baits and soft plastics. White bass also earn a good rating.
Anglers are fishing curly tail jigs in shallow areas and using
minnows in rip rap areas.

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