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Central Illinois Fishing Report – June 12th, 2015

Mattoon: Crappies slow. Fish have moved back deeper; lower a minnow near submerged brush. Bluegills good. Cast a waxworm or red wiggler near the docks or shallow weedlines. Largemouth bass good. A recent tournament reported that everyone caught fish with 12 pounds being the winning stringer; anglers using plastic, topwater, and spinnerbaits. Channel cats good.

Paradise: Largemouth good. Best early and late by tight lining plastics, top water lures, or spinnerbaits near shoreline brush and cover.

Walnut Point Lake: Bass slow. Not much fishing activity due to rainy weather and wet conditions.

Dawson Lake: Largemouth slow. Rainfall slowed fishing activities.

Mingo: Crappies slow. Small sized fish are biting by tight lining minnows. Slow fishing activity due to rainy weather and wet conditions. Bass fair.

Lake Vermilion: Anglers are catching crappies with minnows, but mostly small sizes. Bluegills are hitting waxworms or red wigglers under a bobber near shallow weedlines and near structure.

Evergreen Lake: Bass biting on plastics and spinnerbaits along weed edges. Bluegills biting on waxies and crickets.   Crappies fair on minnows, with some 9- to 10-inch fish near deeper brush. Saugeyes were fair on jigs/minnows and roadrunners in deeper water with most 12-14 inches in length.

Bloomington: Bass fair near shoreline cover on plastics and spinners. Crappies good on minnows out in 8-10 feet of water. Stripers fair. Hybrid stripers were fair to slow on trolling swimshads, Rattle Trap and even one on a spoon.

Clinton Lake: Crappies have moved back out and are suspended in approximately 10 feet of water near brush; lower a minnow or a jig tipped with a minnow. Bluegills good on waxworms or red wigglers under a bobber and cast near shallow weedlines or around docks. Walleyes fair. Anglers finding fish on the west side with crawlers, Lindy Rigs, or small crankbaits. Channel cats good on chicken liver, shrimp, shad, and stinkbait near the banks. Striped bass good at the spillway with topwater lures, spoons, or cut carp. White bass good at the spillway with cut carp bait, spoons, or topwater lures.

Mill Creek Lake: Anglers are still picking up a few crappies, but fish have moved back out to deeper water levels and are harder to find. Offer a minnow near submerged brush. Channel cats good up along the trees, the fish are laying right under them. Anglers using everything shad, stinkbait, minnows.

Lincoln Trail Lake: Crappies have moved back out into deeper water. Lower a minnow near submerged brush in approximately 10 feet of water. Channel cats in the 5- to 7-pound range have been reeled in off the boat dock with nightcrawlers; night fishing best; the west boat dock is popular.

Charleston Side Channel: Fishermen reported catching channels cats with cheese bait, nightcrawlers, and dip bait; bank poles at night are good; fish were in the 4- to 7-pound range.

Lake Shelbyville: Crappies slower. Fish are harder to find as they have moved deeper and are suspended in about 15 foot of water. Also finding a few fish in the river with minnows. Walleyes good. Look for them somewhat shallow at times caught pulling bottom bouncers and spinners with some nice fish being caught; also try leeches and extra large minnows near the rip-rap.

Lake Decatur: Fishing activity has been slower due to wet weather conditions; fish have moved deeper. For crappies, lower a minnow or twister tail. For bluegills, toss a wax worm or red wiggler under a bobber near shallow weedlines or around docks. Leeches are popular for channel cats. Put in shallow levels along the edges; also check out the docks.

Coffeen Lake: Bass good using plastics and worms. Channel cats good using nightcrawlers and stinkbait. Bluegills good using nightcrawlers and artificial lures.

Silver Lake: Bass good using crankbaits. Crappies good on minnows.

Lake Springfield: Bass fair using plastics, swimbaits and crankbaits. Channel cats good using most baits.

Sangchris: Bass fair using plastics, crankbaits and topwater deep off points.

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