Southern Illinois Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013

Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie anglers are picking up fish over sets and around bridges. Fish are holding at depths ranging from 4 to 8 feet. Minnows and jigs are equally effective. Bluegills are steady on wax worms, meal worms, crickets and red wigglers. Bluegills are still holding around the rip rap. Catfish are steady on cut bait and stinkbaits. Bass action is spotty.

Baldwin Lake: Bass action has improved recently. Anglers are taking fish on topwater baits. Bluegills are rated fair on red wigglers. Catfish are being caught in good numbers on a variety of natural baits.

Carlyle Lake: White bass are excellent in the lake near the islands, silos and over the flats. Slab spoons and Little Georges are the preferred baits. Catfish are very good on nightcrawlers, cut bait and stinkbaits. Crappies are fair. In the spillway, catfish are very good on shad gut, stinkbait and nightcrawlers. White bass are good on rooster tails, jigs and minnows. Crappies are near the river on tube jigs or minnows.

Lake Murphysboro: Crappies are being caught at varying depths. Anglers working deeper water are preferring minnows. Bluegill action is good. Fish are being caught on most natural baits. Catfish action is good. Anglers are catching fish on nightcrawlers, chicken liver and stinkbaits. Bass action has been slow to fair.

Kinkaid Lake: Fishing traffic has been light. Some crappies are being caught at 10 to 15 feet, but others are finding fish in 6 to 8 feet over water over submerged cover. Anglers working deeper water are reporting better success on minnows. Bluegills are being caught in good numbers, but most fish are running small. Fish can be caught on a variety of baits. Catfish are steady. The most fish are being caught late afternoon through evening on a variety of baits. Bass fishing is fair.

Lake of Egypt: Some bass are still schooling. Anglers can catch schoolers on a variety of topwater baits. Other anglers are working deep points with soft plastics and jigs. Some crappies are being caught over deep cover, but overall crappie action is slow.

Little Grassy: There are reports of anglers taking stripers on minnows. Catfish remain the best bet. Catfish are being caught throughout the lake, primarily on nightcrawlers. Bass anglers are reporting the best action around the weedbeds. Most bass are being caught on spinnerbaits. Some crappie anglers are picking up fish over cover in 15-20 feet of water.

Rend Lake: Catfish remain the best bet. Anglers are reporting good catches on cut bait, worms, large minnows, stinkbaits and leeches. Anglers are drift fishing flats and taking water around rip rap and the mouths of creeks. Bass are still rated good around the Route 154 bridges, in the bushes, rip rap, weedbeds and lay downs. Fish are being caught on soft plastics, jigs, Rat-L-Traps and crankbaits. White bass are good on jigs and curly tails around bridges and over main lake humps. Crappies are fair in 6-8 feet of water over sets and brush. Some crappies are being caught around stumps in 1 to 3 feet of water. Minnows are out-producing jigs. Bluegills are fair on crickets, worms and small jigs. The lake is slightly over pool. Water temperature is 84 degrees.

Categories: Illinois Fishing Reports, South (Central)

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