Southern Illinois Fishing Report – June 15th, 2012
Bluegills are still holding around the beds. However, fishing has slowed. The standard bluegill baits are still effective.
Crab Orchard Lake
Bluegill action is still good near the beds. Catfish action is picking up. Anglers are reporting good success on cut bait, stinkbait and leeches. Crappies are holding over cover in 6-9 feet of water. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Bass anglers are still reporting good success using topwater baits and soft plastics over shallow woody cover.
Largemouth bass have slowed. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Fishing for crappies and catfish has been fair.
Crappies and catfish best. Catfish taking shrimp, leeches, cut shad and shad guts off flooded trees. White bass hitting tube jigs and twister tails. Crappies 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.
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: Catfish are still the best bet. Anglers are taking fish on nightcrawlers, stinkbait, liver, cut shad and leeches. Bluegill anglers are catching good numbers of fish, but most are running small. Crappies are scattered at 8-12 feet. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Bass action is spotty. Crappies picking up on minnows. Muskie improving on Rat-L-Traps, twitch minnows, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. White bass also taking crappie minnows, small crankbaits, small diving crankbaits. Walleyes taking deep diving crankbaits or jig and minnow combos by the rip-rap areas or the dam.
Lake of Egypt
Bluegill action is good on crickets, meal worms and wax worms. Crappie action has picked up in the past week. Most anglers are fishing with minnows in 18-22 feet of water. Bass action is spotty. Anglers are taking fair numbers of fish, although most are running slow. Jigs and soft plastics are most effective for bigger fish. Anglers are taking good numbers of smaller fish on shallow running baits. Catfish action has been fair.
Bass action is excellent. Anglers are taking good fish on a variety of baits. Crappies are hitting on minnows. Most crappies are holding in 8-10 feet of water. Crappie anglers are catching good numbers of bass on minnows. Bluegill action has been excellent on crickets and meal worms. Catfish anglers are reporting good success on nightcrawlers and cut bait and biting on worms.
Bluegills are still rated excellent. Sunfish are still bedding and can be caught in shallow areas on crickets and meal worms. Crappies and catfish were downgraded from excellent to good in the past week. The crappie spawn is essentially completed and fish have retreated to cover in 6-14 feet of water. Jigs and minnows are still producing good catches. Catfish are still being caught around shallow rip rap areas. Cut shad, leeches and stinkbaits are all effective. Largemouth action is still good around woody cover, rip rap and bridge piers. Soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and crankbaits have all been productive. White bass are also rated good on spoons, jigs and crankbaits near bridge piers and rip rap. The lake is just below normal pool and water temperature is 73 degrees.
Lake Murphysboro: Catfish anglers are reporting good success. Fish are biting on virtually every natural bait. Bluegill action is good, but most anglers are reporting fish are running small. Crappie and bass action is both spotty.