Central Illinois Fishing Report – July 12th, 2013
Banner Marsh: Bass good on spinnerbaits. Bluegills fair on crickets and worms. Crappies good on minnows or jigs. A few catfish being taken on stinkbaits.
Powerton: Bluegills biting on worms. Smallmouths good near points and in deeper water using crankbaits. Catfish being caught on rocks using worms.
Newton Lake: Bass picking up on spinners and plastic worms. Best bet is late evening wherever structure can be found. Crappies slow. Catfish fair on liver.
Lake Bloomington: Catfish fair on dipbait. Bass good on spinners. Walleyes slowing but still hitting good on crankbaits.
Lake Shelbyville: Anglers still catching a lot of white bass but are having to work a little harder for them. North end of the lake on wind-blown shore lines seems to be best spot, and also on the drop-offs where the sandbars meet the creek channels. Crappies are still biting on jigs on any kind of wood structure, deep and shallow on any part of the lake. The bigger fish are coming out of deeper water. Bass fishing is a bit slower but they are still being caught. Most of the bigger fish are coming out of deeper water, but don’t hesitate to throw top-water baits along the edge of the smart weeds that are growing on the flats and points. Walleye fishing has improved some, you do have to move and keep fishing until you find the water depth that they are holding.
Evergreen Lake: Bass are fair real early in the day or late on plastics around timber and some on topwater. Bluegills fair along shore weeds on wax worms. Catfish are fair on just about anything. Crappies are fair on minnows drifted over 20 to 30 foot of water. Saugeyes are fair and mostly small on jig and minnows off weed edges with a couple on crankbaits too. A couple of muskies were recently caught by bass anglers on spinners and crankbaits.
Clinton Lake: Crappies are still being caught in shallows near DeWitt bridge. Catfish plentiful and being caught on cheese baits, shad, shrimp and leeches. Bluegills just about all over on worms, redworms and wax worms. Bass and smallmouths reported at both bridges on nightcrawlers. No real large fish are being caught. Otherwise fish lay downs, structure, points, drop-offs with your jigs, rubber worms, cranks and spinnerbaits. White bass are plentiful around bridges in early morning on worms and spinners. Nice-sized carp and drum perch are being caught at bridges.
Coffeen Lake: Bass are good on plastic worms. Catfish good on cut bait and nightcrawlers. Stripers being caught on crankbaits.
Lake Springfield: Bass were fair on plastics, jigs, swimbaits and crankbaits. Catfish were fair on cut bait and dip baits. White bass were fair on bladebaits or jigs and twisters real early or real late in day.
Sangchris Lake: Bass were fair on plastics, swimbaits and crankbaits around deep cover and weed edges. Catfish were fair on cut bait and dip baits in the north end of lake.
Forbes Lake: Channel cats good on nightcrawlers in shallows and along weedlines. Crappies good on minnows in brush and weeds. Bluegills fair on crickets. Walleyes spotty. Muskies slow.
Horseshoe Lake (Madison County): Catfish decent on minnows and cut shad. Crappies good on minnows.