Southern Illinois Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013
Devils’ Kitchen: Trout action is good in the dam area. Anglers are catching fish on pinches of nightcrawlers. Bass action has been good around shallow cover.
Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish action is excellent. Fish are being caught on leeches, stinkbaits, nightcrawlers and minnows in shallow areas. Crappies have moved into deeper water, 10-12 feet. Fish are still being caught on minnows and jigs. Bluegills remain steady around the banks on crickets, wax worms and red wigglers. Bass action has been good around shallow cover on baits ranging from soft plastics to spinner baits.
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: Crappies 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.
Kinkaid Lake: Fishing has slowed down due to the extreme heat earlier in the week. Catfish are the best bet, particularly in the evening. Cut bait and stinkbaits have been the most productive. Bluegills are being caught in fair numbers, but most fish are running small. Bass action is slow. A few crappies are being caught around deep color.
Lake Murphysboro: Fishing has slowed in the past week. Some anglers are still taking catfish in the evenings on stinkbaits and cut baits. Bluegills are still being taken in shallow areas on a variety of baits, but most fish are running small. Bass action is slow.
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.
Mermet Lake: Fishing has been slow on all fronts, though crappie action has improved in recent weeks. Crappies are being caught on jigs. Bass fishing has been slow.
Rend Lake: Bass are in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam. Crappies are in flooded brushy areas (set bait 2 inches deep). Reports of fish being caught shallow in buck brush in any cove and also deep water around brush piles. Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore, fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch and Sandusky and Marcum coves, and North Marcum Boat Ramp. For channel cats, creeks running into the lake are hot spots. Also try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3-4 feet from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. Fish are schooling on the flats.