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Southern Illinois Fishing Report – August 10th, 2012

Crab Orchard Lake

A few anglers are still reporting catching crappies, although fish are running small. Most crappies are being located in water 10-15 feet deep. Minnows and jigs are equally effective. A few catfish are being caught on stinkbaits. Anglers are taking bluegills near the banks on wax worms, meal worms and crickets. Bass anglers are still reporting some success early in the mornings and late in the evenings on soft plastics and buzz baits.

Horseshoe Lake

Fishing traffic has been light in the heat. Anglers have been drift fishing for catfish throughout the lake. Nightcrawlers are the best bet. Other species are 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. Flatheads are also biting well, with a 30-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.

Lake Murphysboro

Crappies are fair to good in water ranging from 5-10 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish are good to very good on nightcrawlers, cut shad and liver. Bluegill and redear action is still good on red wigglers, wax worms and crickets fished in 4-8 feet of water. Bass are also rated fair on deep diving crankbaits and plastic worms.

Kinkaid Lake

Crappies are still rated good at the edge of the weed beds. Small to medium minnows are the best bait. Bass are still rated fair to good on deep diving crankbaits, Carolina rigs, topwater around weed edges and soft plastics. White bass are surfacing in shallow areas and can be caught on in-line spinners, small crankbaits and beetle spins. Catfish action remains steady on nightcrawlers, cut shad and chicken livers. Bluegills remain fair to good on wax worms and crickets in 4-8 feet of water and around the docks. A few walleyes are being caught trolling deep diving crankbaits around the bars and humps.

Lake of Egypt

Fishing traffic has been light. Most anglers are targeting largemouths. Bass anglers are working deep areas with soft plastics. Catfish anglers are taking a few fish on stinkbaits and chicken liver. Anglers are taking fair numbers of bluegills, but most are running small. Crappies are slow.

Little Grassy

Anglers are taking a few crappie on minnows in water about 20 feet deep. Some small bass are being caught. Anglers are taking a few bluegills on wax worms and meal worms. Catfish have also slowed, but a few fish are being taken on nightcrawlers.

Rend Lake

Fishing remains good across the board. Catfish anglers are still reporting good success on liver, shrimp, nightcrawlers, leeches and stinkbaits fished near the subimpoundment dams or drift fished near rip rap, or shallow areas and near Gun Creek. Crappies are rated good on minnows, white or chartreuse jigs or green and pink jigs. Fish are holding in 8-10 feet of water and can be taken over Christmas tree sets or near bridge pillars. Bluegill anglers are reporting good success on meal worms, wax worms, crickets and red wigglers in shallow coves. Bass are being caught on black buzzbaits, spinnerbaits or a jig and pig. Gun Creek, Jackie Branch and the Route 154 rip rap are areas anglers are concentrating on. White bass on being caught in shallow areas of the lake on slab spoons and Little Georges.

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