Central Illinois Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013
Powerton: Smallmouths fair on crankbaits and tubes. Some smallmouths being taken with little jigs. A few channel catfish are being taken, but they are not big. Asian carp are showing up in increased numbers in the intake canal and throughout the lake, so beware.
Spring Lake: A few catfish on dew worms and shad. Bluegills fair on wax worms off shore. Bass slow. Crappie biting on tube jigs at the south end bays.
Lake Bloomington: 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 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 riprap. Crappies are spotty. Muskies are being caught in deeper waters.
Evergreen Lake: Many reports of crappies being caught. A lot of sorting was done in order to find the keepers, but they were being caught. Most of the larger fish were caught in 10-15 feet of water, many smaller fish caught in shallower water. Bass were doing well, with many fish being caught early morning on top water baits. There was an 8-pound, 4-ounce lunker caught near the dam by a submerged tree in 6 feet of water on a red and white spinnerbait. Several reports of small muskies being caught by anglers fishing for bass with topwater baits. Bluegills are also still doing well along weed edges. Not many reports of catfish.
Clinton Lake: Catfish very good on guts, shrimp and shad. Crappies being caught with jigs or minnows. A few walleyes and bass decent on buzzbaits. White bass fair on bladebaits. Some walleyes on Big Dudes. Reports of hybrids and walleyes below the spillway. Largemouths good on spinners and plastics.