Southern Illinois Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013
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.
Carlyle Lake: Crappie and catfish best. Catfish taking cut shad and shad guts off rocks by Keysport. Crappies biting on minnows, jigs, tube jigs by Hazlet State Park. Sauger hit and miss, if they can be found. White bass are said to be hungry for jigs. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms.
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: Muskies 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, deep driving crankbaits. 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: 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 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.
Rend Lake: Crappies are good in the coves or around the bridges. Catfish are excellent. Army Corps report the lake is several feet above normal pool and in the mid-70s.