Central Illinois Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013
Powerton: Powerton reopened for boat and bank fishing in late August following a levee maintenance project. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 30 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Oct. 1. So far, smallmouths are fair on crankbaits and tubes. Some smallmouths being taken with little jigs. A few channel catfish but not very big. Asian carp are showing up in increased numbers in the intake canal and throughout the lake, so beware. Flathead catfish have gone deep, but big blues up to 40 pounds are in the intake canal.
Lake Bloomington: Bass are fair to good on plastics, swimbaits or crankbaits along weedlines and Carolina-rigged plastics off points. Hybrid stripers are fair, with best action early and just before dusk when fish are chasing shad on the surface and hitting jigs or Roadrunners. Bass best on jigs, chatterbaits and soft plastics off points with timber and along the weeds in the evenings. Catfish are fair on dipbaits and crawlers. Late evenings are best. Anglers are catching some crappies up to 12 inches in 12-18 feet of water. Drifting jigs is working best for these suspended fish.
Lake Shelbyville: Bass have been good in shallows and coves. Walleyes are good over newly covered rock and rip-rap. White bass are good, crappies and catfish are fair and walleyes are slow. Some muskies are biting below the dam, but are slow. White bass are biting on crankbaits. Catfish can be found by drift fishing.
Dawson Lake (Moraine View): Catfish and bass are slow to fair, biting on chicken livers, shrimp and stinkbait.
Evergreen Lake: Some crappies are starting to be caught in the shallows, with most still being caught in deeper waters 10-15 feet on minnows. A few smaller saugeyes reported recently in the 10- to 15-inch range caught on crawlers off of points. Catfish have been hitting on crawlers, livers and stinkbaits. Bluegills coming on small pieces of crawlers and wax worms along deep weedlines. Bass action has started to pick up a bit on crankbaits, spinners and plastic worms.
Lake Springfield: Catfish are excellent while white bass are fair to good. Catfish are biting on stinkbait, shad, bluegills, leeches, chicken liver and nightcrawlers.
Forbes Lake: Channel catfish are good on chicken liver and dipbait off points and weedlines in the evening. Stripers are busting shad early in the morning.