Central Illinois Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013

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

Banner Marsh: Crappies biting on minnows. Bass hitting chatterbaits and spinnerbaits.

Newton Lake: Bass good, but weather 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: Water levels have been up and down. Bluegills are biting on worms, but are slow and small. Crappies are being caught on minnows in 12 to 14 feet.

Lake Decatur: Fishing has been slow as water clarity has been poor. Crappies are being caught on minnows. Bluegill fishing has been slow, and a few being caught on worms. Catfish have been very slow on worms and stinkbaits.

Lake Jacksonville: Bass have been slow but picking up in late evening and early morning. Bluegills good on worms.

Lake Shelbyville: Fishing below the spillway has been slow, with efforts to drop the lake. Conditions better late in the day for muskies and walleyes. Walleyes active below spillway. Best to use jigs and twisters or shad bodies. On main lake, fishing has been slow, with high water, but some crappies are being caught on sunny days. The lake has new crappie daily creel limits of five fish under 10 inches and 10 fish 10 inches or over.

Evergreen Lake: Crappies best bet near boat docks, Campground Cove, pump house and Six-Mile Creek Bay. Launches are open. Only good action is for bluegills in front of the boat rental docks and at the pump house. Small jigs and minnows or waxworms are working best.

Clinton Lake: Crappies, white bass, stripers, walleyes and largemouth bass biting hard. Jigs and minnows, twister tails and spinnerbaits working well. Bank fishermen having luck with crappies, white bass and largemouths.

Coffeen Lake: Bass, catfish excellent all around the lake. Bass biting on spinners and waxworms. Catfish biting stinkbaits and worms. Crappies spotty. Reports of big flathead being caught.

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 west and east arms of the lake and the dam area are best bets for bass.

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