Southern Illinois Fishing Report – October 19th, 2012
Crab Orchard Lake
Fishing is picking up. Crappies are holding in shallow water. Minnows are the primary bait. Bluegill action has been steady. Bluegills are hitting on crickets, meal worms and wax worms. Catfish action remains steady. Most anglers are reporting success on stinkbaits, cheese baits and minnows. Bass action has been spotty, although some fish are still being caught along the rip rap on crickets and wax worms, fished around shallow cover.
Catfish are on the move and those that are being caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip rap and catching a few bass. Bluegills are slow but will hit on meal worms or wax worms occasionally.
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 near the spillway on bluegills. Cut bait also working as are slab spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappie fishing is good below the dam.
Muskie action has been excellent. Anglers are picking up fish trolling and casting. Spinnerbaits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Crappies are rated fair. Anglers are taking fish are varied depths, from 2-18 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. However, bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits.
Lake of Egypt
Crappie action remains slow. Some fish are being caught on curly tails and minnows. Most fish are being located in 8-10 feet in front of weedbeds. Bass are still rated fair on soft plastics. Catfish action picked up recently, fishing shrimp in shallow water.
Crappies are rated good. Anglers are taking decent size fish, although numbers are still lower. Most fish are being found at about 12 feet on minnows. Bluegills are being caught in good numbers on a variety of baits, but fish are still running small. Some catfish are being caught on liver, cut bait and nightcrawlers. Bass are spotty.
Catfish action remains steady throughout the lake. Nightcrawlers are the most effective bait. Crappies have slowed somewhat. Fish are still deep. A couple of nice fish were taken in the past week, but numbers were down. Minnows are the primary bait. Bass action remains fair.
Fishing is good across the board. Crappies and catfish are still rated excellent. Catfish are being caught along the rip rap or drift fishing shallow areas. Worms, cut shad, leeches, shrimp, stinkbaits and nightcrawlers are all effective. Crappies are holding over cover at 4-12 feet. Brush piles, bridges and the Route 154 rip rap are all hot spots. Minnows are outproducing jigs at this time. Bass are rated good around bridges and rip rap. Other anglers are finding success working cover in 6-10 feet of water. Soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and crankbaits are all effective. Bluegills are good around rip rap in shallow areas on crickets, red wigglers and meal worms. White bass are good around bridges and rip rap on spoons, jigs and inline spinner baits.