Crappie, bluegill action warming up on both ends of state – Southern Report

Crab Orchard Lake

Anglers are reporting that crappies are being found at depths ranging from about 6 to 10 feet. Most are in heavy cover near points. The best baits have been minnows and jigs. Bright colors seem to be working the best.  Bluegills are being caught near rip-rap and around weed beds on the typical bluegill baits. Bass fishing has been slow.

Baldwin Lake

Largemouth bass have slowed. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish fishing has been fair.

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

Muskie fishing improving on Rat-L-Traps, twitch minnows, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Bluegill fair to good on crickets, waxworms, medium worms, red wigglers and nightcrawlers in outer edges of weed beds. Catfish fair to good on nightcrawlers, cut shad, crickets. largemouth slow to fair best with jig and pig around deep submerged tree tops or laydowns. Also use plastic lizards, keep driving crankbaits. White bass also taking crappie minnows, small crankbaits, small diving crankbaits. Walleyes are taking deep diving crankbaits or jig and minnow combos by the rip-rap areas or the dam.

Horseshoe Lake

Brush piles in deep water have provided the best crappie action. Minnows and jigs are equally effective. Bass have been slow, as have bluegills.

Lake of Egypt

Crappie action is slow but getting better. Bluegills have been slow. Bass action is expected to pick up as water temperatures rise. A few catfish  are being caught on worms.

Little Grassy

Crappies have been biting on minnows, mostly in cover in about 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass action has improved but remains slow. Plastic worms have worked best. Bluegills are running small and biting on late-season grasshoppers and worms.

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