Central Illinois Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013

Lake Taylorville: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow. Water conditions are murky.

Banner Marsh: Bass are fair on plastics, spinnerbaits or chatterbaits and fair at the east side. Bluegills are slow to fair and small on wax worms. Crappies are fair on minnows or jigs with many yet to spawn.

Powerton: Smallmouth bass biting fair. Some catfish biting on shad. Lake still closed to boaters due to ongoing work on the discharge.

Newton Lake: Bass good, but flooding has changed situation. Water clarity very murky. Some white bass were also reported prior to the rains. Crappies a big question mark after a poor fall and few reports this winter so far. Catfish good.

Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappies biting on tube jigs at the south end bays. Channel cats also biting on shad at the big turn on the south end.

Lake Bloomington: Bass are fair to slow and have moved out deeper on crankbaits or plastics. Bluegills are fair to slow on real small jigs. Crappies are slow on small jigs and many still have not spawned. Walleyes are fair to slow on smaller jigs with twisters or minnows and mostly small ones around the docks. Hybrid Striper are fair to slow and scattered along seawalls on jigs, rattle baits and blade baits.

Lake Shelbyville: The crappie spawn is on and minnows seem to be working best. The Corps reported the lake is stained, in the 70s and rising. The lake has new crappie daily creel limits of five fish under 10 inches and 10 fish 10 inches or over.

Evergreen Lake: Crappies and saugeye are still biting pretty good, but most fish are small. Around Deer Island and backs of most coves best for crappies, and they are biting on minnows. Saugeyes are biting best off main lake points and humps and some mouths to cover – best on jig/crawler or jig/minnow combos. Catfish are the hot ticket. Many reports of numbers and some real good-sized fish as well. Above the spillway, around Swimming Beach, and at pumphouse best for cats on nightcrawlers. Bass are on spawning beds, and some decent fish are being reported but not a lot of numbers. Muskies have slowed down. A few fish following baits to boat, but no hook-ups.

Bowfishing: Carp are definitely going into the spawning mode and are moving into shallow weedy areas. Quillback are starting to move into coves and shallow areas. 

Clinton Lake: Bass are fair on crankbaits, jig/grub and plastics on points and around cover with the west side being better this week. Bluegills are fair on wax worms in coves. Catfish are good on shad gut, shrimp or dip baits throughout lake. Crappies are fair on tube jigs or minnows around trees or brush. Hybrid Stripers are fair on trolled baits. Walleye are slow on jigs/crawler off flats. White bass are fair on jig/twisters or minnows and spinners early or late.

Coffeen Lake: Bass are good on topwater baits, crankbait and plastics. Bluegills are fair on wax worms and fairly shallow Catfish are good on dip baits, crawlers and cut bait, with some big flatheads being landed. Stripers are fair on deep running crankbaits.

Lake Springfield: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow. Channel cats being taken on shad. Crappies have been good on jigs fished in or near hot water area, with many small ones. White and yellow bass are good on jigs and bladebaits in or near warm water area.

Sangchris Lake: Crappie bite picking up on medium size minnows. The lake will have a new large and smallmouth bass daily limit of three, with only one 15 inches or larger and two fish under 15 inches. 

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