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Central Illinois Fishing Report – December 13th, 2013

Lake Sara (Effingham): The crappie bite has been hot. The bait of choice is small jigs tipped with wax worms or spikes under floats. Skipping under the deeper docks or finding the submerged timber and green weeds is working.

Coffeen Lake: Bass fishing has been good for anglers using crankbaits and plastic worms. Crappies have been slow to bite. Catfish have been caught on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. Striped bass have been hitting top-water lures in the evening.

Evergreen Lake: Crappies are found in 6 and 18 feet of water and running between 6 and 11 inches long. Minnows and slip bobbers accounted for a majority of the catches. Note: Bowfishing is closed on Evergreen Lake and all tributaries within the park boundaries.

Newton Lake: Bluegills and bass biting fair on minnows and worms.

Banner Marsh: Bluegills are being caught on waxworms. Crappies being caught mostly in 18-20 feet of water.

Lake Springfield: Bluegills are biting on worms along shorelines. Crappie fishing has been slow. Catfish have been biting on shad. White bass have been hitting spinnerbaits near the bridges.

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