Southern Illinois Fishing Report – August 8th, 2014

Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are taking fish on leeches, cut bait and minnows. Crappies are still being caught in 10-12 feet of water around cover. Minnows and jigs both effective. Bluegill action is still steady. Meal worms, wax worms and crickets are all effective. Bass anglers are still catching good numbers of fish around shallow cover.

Carlyle Lake: White bass are the best bet in the lake. Anglers are taking good numbers of fish near the silos, humps and flats. Slab spoons or Little Georges combined with a curlytail are the most productive baits. Whites also are being caught by trolling crankbaits. Catfish are rated very good on night crawlers, cut shad and stinkbaits. Saugers are being caught in good numbers by the island and silos by anglers trolling crankbaits. Catfish are rated very good in the spillway on cut shad, night crawlers and stinkbaits. White bass are good on rooster tails, jigs or minnows. Crappie and sauger fishing is fair. Sauger action good on overcast days.

Kinkaid Lake: Some anglers are still finding crappies, although fish have moved into deeper water. Anglers are reporting finding fish suspended at 10-12 feet in about 30 feet of water. Minnows are the most productive bait. Bluegill action remains steady. Fish are still fairly shallow and can be caught on a variety of baits. Catfish are rated good, particularly early in the morning and in the evenings. Liver, shrimp, leeches and night crawlers are all producing good catches. Bass action is spotty.

Lake of Egypt: Crappies are being caught in water up to 20 feet deep. Minnows are the primary bait. Bluegill action is still fair in shallow areas on wax worms and crickets. Catfish remain steady on night crawlers and stink bait. Bass are rated fair to good. Most bass are holding in 10-20 feet of water and can be caught on jigs or soft plastics. Some bass are being caught in shallow areas on spinnerbaits, although those fish tend to be small.

Little Grassy: Bluegill action is still excellent. Most fish are still being found around the beds and can be caught on wax worms and crickets. Catfish are still fair to good and are being caught on night crawlers. Anglers are taking good numbers of bass in the weed beds, although fish are running small. Jigs are the primary bait. Crappie action is slow.

Rend Lake: The lake is nearly two feet above normal pool and water temperature is holding at 81 degrees. Crappies and channel catfish retain their excellent rating. Crappies are being caught over structures at Gun Creek, Jackie Branch, Sandusky, the Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves and the Ina boat ramp. Minnows and pink/white jigs are the best bet. Catfish are being caught on stinkbaits, leeches, nightcrawlers and minnows. Some anglers are drift fishing the flats, others are reporting good success in 3-4 feet of water near rip rap. Bass are rated good on soft plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits fished around shallow brushy cover. Bluegill are being caught on meal worms, wax worms and crickets fished at the backs of bays and near the rip rap. White bass are rated fair on jigs and in-line spinners fished around the Route 154 bridges and rip rap.

Categories: Illinois Fishing Reports, South (Central)

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