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Central Illinois Fishing Report – May 1st, 2015

Lake Taylorville: The crappie bite is picking up on minnows. Bass fishing is slow. Water conditions are murky.

Newton Lake: Bass good. Crappies are a big question mark after a poor fall and few reports this spring so far. Catfish good.

Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappies biting on tube jigs at the south end bays. Channel cats also biting on shad at the big turn on the south end.

Lake Decatur: Crappies are being caught on minnows. Bluegill fishing has been slow, and a few being caught on worms. Catfish have been very slow on worms and stinkbaits.

Lake Shelbyville: Fishing below the spillway has been slow, with efforts to drop the lake. Conditions are better late in the day for muskies and walleyes. Walleyes are active below spillway. Best to use jigs and twisters or shad bodies. On main lake, fishing has been slow, with high water, but some crappies are being caught on sunny days. Jigs over deadfall trees are working on the main lake. Some fish on the north, shallow end. Large bass being caught with a mixture of spinners, crankbaits, jigs or plastics. Muskies are also becoming active, though water levels are affecting the fish.

Evergreen Lake: Crappies are biting the best. Average fish being caught are in the 8- to 9-inch range with many larger fish being reported. Hot baits right now are minnows and tube jigs. Fish are being caught in 2-5 feet of water near structure. Bass reports are few and far between. Many smaller ones being caught, but no lunkers being reported.

Clinton Lake: Crappies, white bass, stripers, walleyes and largemouth bass biting hard. Jigs and minnows, twister tails and spinnerbaits working well. Bank fishermen having luck with crappies, white bass and largemouths. Some catfish being caught on liver and nightcrawlers.

Coffeen Lake: Bass biting on spinners and waxworms. Catfish biting stinkbait and worms. Crappies spotty. Reports of big flathead being caught.
Lake Springfield: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow. Channel cats being taken on shad. Crappies have been good on jigs fished in or near hot water area, with many small ones. White and yellow bass are good on jigs and bladebaits in or near warm water areas.

Sangchris Lake: Crappie bite still good in shallow on minnows and jigs. Bass biting on river worms, or big shiners in the east arm near the hot arm.

Illinois River: High waters cut off much access, but prior to that the sauger bite was on fire. There are several reports of limits being caught as well as double-digit fish days.
Jigging the flats and pulling three-way rigs has started to put some fish in the boats. Check the water conditions prior to heading out as the river at this stage can get dicey and several of the launches close due to high water.

 

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