Southern Illinois Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013
Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie action has improved most recently. Most fish are being located in 8-10 feet of water over submerged cover, rip rap or bridge pillars. Minnows and jigs are equally effective. Catfish action is still fair. Catfish are being caught on leeches and cut bait. Bluegills are still holding close to the bank and can be caught on wax worms, crickets and red wigglers. Bass are still active in the shallows, feeding on shad around the weedbeds.
Horseshoe Lake: Fishing traffic has been light. Most anglers on the lake are targeting catfish. The best success has been by anglers drift fishing nightcrawlers just off the bottom in the middle of the lake. A few crappies are being taken from brush piles at the outside edge of the tree lines. Minnows have been the primary bait. Bluegill and bass action is slow.
Carlyle Lake: White bass are biting well below the spillway, with a few fish coming from near the trestles and the silos. Whites are also biting on the main lake on the flats. Channel cats are good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches. Good catches reported near Keyesport and Boulder. Flatheads are also biting on bluegills. Cut bait also working as are slab spoons thrown up along the wall. Crappie action is good below the dam.
Lake Murphysboro: Catfish have been fair to good near the dam or in areas with heavy cover. The best action has been on nightcrawlers and red wigglers. Other anglers have been reporting good success with crickets fished during the evening. Bluegills are holding in 3-5 feet of water. Most fish are being caught on wax worms and crickets. Crappies are hard to find. Crappies are holding on structure right on the bottom in 12-15 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Bass action has been slow.
Kinkaid Lake: Catfish and bluegills are the prime targets. Catfish are primarily being caught on nightcrawlers throughout the lake. Bluegills are being caught on wax worms and meal worms. Most bluegills are holding in 6-8 feet of water near weedbeds and dropoffs. Crappies are scattered. Some fish are being caught on minnows fished around structure. Most fish are holding in about 12 feet of water. Bass action has been slow. Walleye and muskie action is slow.
Lake of Egypt: Fishing has improved recently. Bass action has been upgraded to fair. Anglers are taking some fish early in the mornings and late in the evenings, flipping soft plastics to openings in the weedbeds. Catfish and crappie action is slow. Some crappies are being caught over deep cover, but overall crappie action is slow. Some bluegills are still being caught in shallow areas around the bank, but most fish are running small.
Little Grassy: 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. Minnows are the primary bait. Bluegills are being caught in good numbers, but fish are running small. Most bluegills are still in 5-8 feet of water and can be caught on wax worms, crickets and red wigglers.
Rend Lake: Catfish and white bass action is still good while all other species are slow. Catfish are being caught near Gun Creek, the subimpoundment dams and rip rap areas on liver, nightcrawlers, large shiners, stinkbaits and leeches. Other anglers are reporting success drift fishing shrimp in shallow areas. White bass are rated good on curlytail jigs, gay blades and large minnows. Gay blades are producing the best results along rip rap while jigs have been more successful around the flats. Crappie action has slowed, although some fish are being caught in 6-10 feet of water over Christmas tree sets and bridge pillars. Minnows, chartreuse, white and pink/green jigs have produced the best success. Bass are slow with some fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Gun Creek and the Route 154 rip rap on black buzzbaits, spinnerbaits and a jig and pig. Some bluegills are being caught in shallow coves on wax worms, red wigglers and crickets.