Southern Illinois Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013

Crab Orchard Lake: Crappies are steady. Fish are being found at depths beginning at about eight feet. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Bluegill are being caught in good numbers on wax worms and crickets. Fish are still off the beds. Catfish anglers are reporting good success on cut bait, leeches and stink baits. Bass anglers are still catching fish over shallow shoreline cover on a variety of baits..

Horseshoe Lake: The few anglers on the lake are targeting crappies and catfish. Some crappies are being caught at the base of single trees. Minnows and jigs are equally effective. Catfish anglers continue to catch fish by drifting night crawlers or chicken liver just off the bottom.

Carlyle Lake: White bass are the best bet in the lake. Anglers are taking good numbers of fish near the silos, humps and flats. Slab spoons or Little Georges combined with a curlytail are the most productive baits. Whites also are being caught by trolling crankbaits. Catfish are rated very good on night crawlers, cut shad and stinkbaits. Sauger are being caught in good numbers by the island and silos by anglers trolling crankbaits. Crappie action has slowed considerably. Catfish are rated very good in the spillway on cut shad, night crawlers and stinkbaits. White bass are good on rooster tails, jigs or minnows. Crappie and sauger fishing is fair. Sauger action improves on overcast days.

Kinkaid Lake: Fishing traffic has slowed somewhat. Anglers are still catching some crappies over cover at 10-15 feet. Minnows are preferred over jigs. Catfish anglers are still reporting good success.

Lake of Egypt: Crappie anglers are still reporting good success on crappie in 18-20 feet of water. Minnows are the primary bait. Bluegill action has slowed. Some catfish anglers are still reporting success on night crawlers. Bass action has slowed a bit with several fronts moving through the area. Most bass anglers are still working the points with soft plastics and jigs.

Little Grassy: Catfish action has been good throughout the lake. The best action has been on night crawlers. Bluegill action is spotty. Most bluegills are holding in 6-8 feet of water and can be caught on crickets and wax worms. Crappie action is still fair to good. Fish are holding over deep cover on minnows.

Rend Lake: The lake is still three feet above normal pool and water temperature is hovering around 82 degrees. Catfish are still rated excellent with the best action being near the mouths of creeks, Waltonville Dam, Jackie Branch, the Turnip Patch and Sandusky. Stink baits, leeches, night crawlers and minnows are all producing good catches. Crappie anglers are still reporting good success fishing submerged cover in 7-11 feet of water or water about two feet deep around flooded bushes. Quarter-ounce pink/white jigs and minnows are both effective.
Bluegills are still good near the backs of necks and at the Sailboat Harbor bridge on a variety of baits. Bass are rated good on soft plastics and jigs fished near shallow brushy or woody cover. White bass are being caught around the bridges and rip rap.

Categories: Illinois Fishing Reports, South (Central)

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