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Southern Illinois Fishing Report- May 1st, 2015

Crab Orchard Lake: Fishing is good across the board. Crappies have moved to the banks. Anglers are taking fish on minnows and jigs. Bass have also moved into shallow areas and around the points. Fish can be taken on a variety of baits around shoreline cover. Bluegill action has also been good on crickets and wax worms. Catfish anglers are reporting good success on cut bait, leeches, stinkbaits and minnows.
Baldwin Lake: Largemouth bass have slowed. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappie and catfish fishing has been fair.

Carlyle Lake: Crappies and catfish best. Catfish taking cut shad and shad guts off rocks by Keysport. Crappies biting on minnows, jigs, tube jigs by Hazlet State Park. Sauger hit and miss, if they can be found. White bass are said to be hungry for jigs. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms.

Pinckneyville Lake: Largemouth bass action has slowed. Bluegills are biting on worms in 6 to 8 feet of water. Crappies and catfish fishing has been fair.

Kinkaid Lake: Muskie fishing improving on Rat-L-Traps, twitch minnows, spinnerbaits and soft plastics. Bluegills fair to good on crickets, waxworms, medium worms, red wigglers and night crawlers in outer edges of weedbeds. Catfish fair to good on nightcrawlers, cut shad, crickets. Largemouth action slow to fair, best with jig and pig around deep submerged tree tops or laydowns. Also use plastic lizards, keep driving crankbaits. White bass also taking crappie minnows, small crankbaits, small diving crankbaits. Walleyes are taking deep diving crankbaits or jig and minnow combos by the rip-rap areas or the dam.

Lake of Egypt: Bass action has been fair to good. Crappie action has been improving. Anglers are taking fair numbers of fish. Some anglers are still catching fish with eggs. Minnows and jigs are equally effective. Most crappies are still holding in shallow water. Catfish action is slow.

Little Grassy: Crappies have been biting on minnows, mostly in cover in about 15 to 20 feet of water. Bass action has improved but remains slow. Plastic worms have worked best. Bluegills are running small and biting on late-season grasshoppers and worms.

Rend Lake: Largemouth bass are fair using worms, black/blue jigs, minnows and spinnerbaits in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch, Sandusky Cove, and below the dam.
Crappies are fair using pink/white tube jigs, meal worms, small and medium worms. Lately, many fishermen have been fishing at Big Muddy bridge and Highway 154. Fish the main lake drop off areas. Try the Gun Creek Area.
Channel cats are good using Sonnys stinkbait, Hoss Hawg bait, leeches, nightcrawlers and large minnows. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line three or four feet from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. Drift fish the flats.

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