Devils’ Kitchen: Bass improving on spinnerbaits. Crappie fishing
is slow but improving. Bluegills biting in shallows on worms and
Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are taking
good numbers of cats on leeches, stink baits, cut shad and night
crawlers. Catfish have been active throughout the lake. Crappie
anglers are finding nice fish over cover in 7-8 feet of water or
around bridge piers. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Bluegills
are holding steady around the rip rap. Wax worms, meal worms,
crickets and red wigglers. Bass action has reportedly slowed
somewhat, although some anglers are still reporting good success
around shallow cover.
Carlyle Lake: Crappies and catfish best. Catfish taking shrimp,
leeches, cut shad and shad guts off flooded trees. White bass
hitting tube jigs and twister tails. Crappie slowing but 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.
Pinckneyville Lake: Largemouth bass action has slowed. Bluegills
are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappies and catfish
fishing has been fair.
Kinkaid Lake: Crappies have moved into 8-12 feet of water, but
anglers are still reporting good success on minnows. Catfish action
has improved with fish being caught on night crawlers, stink baits
and chicken liver. Good numbers of bluegills are being caught,
although most fish are running small. Bluegills are being caught
just beyond bedding areas on wax worms, meal worms and crickets.
Some anglers have been reporting sporadic white bass jumps. Bass
action is spotty.
Lake of Egypt: Fishing has slowed. Bass have been slow. Some
fish are still being caught around the weed beds on soft plastics.
Bluegills are being caught on a variety of baits, but most fish are
running small. Crappies are holding around the drop-offs in water
15-18 feet. Minnows and jigs have been equally effective.
Little Grassy: Fishing traffic has tailed off with the advent of
hotter weather. Catfish remain the best bet. Catfish are being
caught throughout the lake on chicken liver and night crawlers.
Bass are still being caught in good numbers around the weed beds on
spinner baits or crank baits. Crappies are fair. Anglers are
finding crappies in water 15 feet or deeper. Minnows are the
primary bet. A few bluegills are being caught outside the weed beds
on crickets and wax worms.
Rend Lake: Catfish action remains excellent around rip rap
areas, the subimpoundment dams and shallow humps. Catfish are
biting on chicken liver, night crawlers, large shiners, stink
baits, leeches and shrimp. Bluegills are rated good on wax worms,
meal worms, crickets and red wigglers fished over cover in shallow
coves. Crappies are fair on minnows or white, chartreuse and pink
and green jigs. Crappie anglers are taking fish over Christmas tree
sets, at the sailboat harbor and near bridge piers. Crappies are
holding at various depths. White bass action has improved in
shallow areas of the lake. Fish are being caught on slab spoons,
Little Georges and curly tails. Some striped bass are being caught
in the spillway. Largemouths are fair on black buzz baits and
spinner baits at Jackie Branch, Gun Creek and along Route 154 rip