Wednesday, February 1st, 2023
Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

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Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie action has improved during the past
few weeks. Most fish are being located in 8-10 feet of water over
submerged cover, rip rap or bridge pillars. Minnows and jigs are
equally effective. Catfish action is still fair. Catfish are being
caught on leeches and cut bait. Bluegill are still holding close to
the bank and can be caught on wax worms, crickets and red wigglers.
Bass are still active in the shallows, feeding on shad around the
weed beds.

Horseshoe Lake: Fishing traffic has been light. Most anglers on
the lake are targeting catfish. The best success has been by
anglers drift fishing night crawlers just off the bottom in the
middle of the lake. A few crappies are being taken from brush piles
at the outside edge of the tree lines. Minnows have been the
primary bait. Bluegill and bass action is slow.

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.
Flathead are also biting well on bluegill. Cut bait also working as
are slab spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappies good below the
dam.

Lake Murphysboro: Catfish have been fair to good near the dam or
in areas with heavy cover. The best action has been on night
crawlers and red wigglers. Other anglers have been reporting good
success with crickets fished during the evening. Bluegill are
holding in 3-5 feet of water. Most fish are being caught on wax
worms and crickets. Crappie are hard to find. Crappie are holding
on structure right on the bottom in 12-15 feet. Minnows are the
primary bait. Bass action has been slow.

Kinkaid Lake: Fishing has slowed somewhat. Catfish and bluegill
are the prime targets these. Catfish are primarily being caught on
night crawlers throughout the lake. Bluegill are being caught on
wax worms and meal worms. Most bluegill are holding in 6-8 feet of
water near weed beds and dropoffs. Crappies are scattered. Some
fish are being caught on minnows fished around structure. Most fish
are holding in about 12 feet of water. Bass action has been slow.
Walleye and muskie are slow.

Lake of Egypt: Bass action has been upgraded to fair. Anglers
are taking some fish early in the mornings and late in the
evenings, flipping soft plastics to openings in the weed beds.
Catfish and crappies are slow. Some crappie are being caught over
deep cover, but overall crappie action is slow.

Little Grassy: Catfish remain the best bet. Catfish are being
caught throughout the lake, primarily on night crawlers. Bass
anglers are reporting the best action around the weed beds. Most
bass are being caught on spinner baits. Some crappie anglers are
picking up fish over cover in 15-20 feet of water.

Rend Lake: Catfish and white bass action are still rated good
while all other species are slow. Catfish are being caught near Gun
Creek, the subimpoundment dams and rip rap areas on liver, night
crawlers, large shiners, stink baits and leeches. Other anglers are
reporting success drift fishing shrimp in shallow areas. White bass
are rated good on curly tail jigs, gay blades and large minnows.
Gay blades are producing the best results along rip rap while jigs
have been more successful around the flats.

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