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Southern Illinois Fishing Report – July 10th, 2015

Devils’ Kitchen: Bass slowing in heat. Crappies biting on minnows and jigs. Bluegills hitting crickets in shallows.

Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish action is still steady. Cut bait, nightcrawlers and leeches are all producing good catches. Crappie action is still good in 7-9 feet of water over structure. Jigs and minnows are both effective. Bluegills are still in shallow areas and are being caught in good numbers on crickets, wax worms and red wigglers. Bass action has slowed.

Cedar Lake: Catfish are being caught in good numbers on cut bait, nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. Crappies are scattered deep. Bluegills are still being caught in good numbers, with bigger fish holding in depths of 6 feet for more.

Lake Murphysboro: Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are taking good numbers of fish on nightcrawlers and stinkbaits. Crappies are rated slow. Some crappies are being located in water 12 feet or deeper. Bass are fair to good. Anglers are taking some fish, but most are running small. Bluegills are being caught, but most are running small. The bigger fish are in 6-8 feet of water.

Carlyle Lake: Catfish taking shrimp, leeches, cut shad and shad guts off flooded trees. White bass hitting tube jigs and twister tails. Crappies are slowing but biting on minnows, jigs, tube jigs by Hazlet State Park. Sauger hit and miss, if they can be found. Bluegill fishing is fair on worms. Carp spawning in shallows.

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

Baldwin Lake: Bass are biting on plastic worms and spinnerbaits near shore. Bluegills being caught on worms and crickets in 7-10 feet of water. Crappies fair on minnows. Catfish fair on nightcrawlers and dough baits.

Kinkaid Lake: Bluegills are still being caught in good numbers. The bigger fish are holding in 6-10 feet of water. A variety of natural baits are producing fish. Crappies are slow. Fish are moving to deep water to escape the heat. Fish are scattered. Some fish are being caught on minnows and jigs. Bass are being caught on shallow-running baits fished around grassy cover. Most bass are running small. Catfish action is good in the late evening on nightcrawlers and cut bait.

Lake of Egypt: Bass action has been good. Some anglers are taking fish early in the mornings and late in the evenings on top-water baits. At most times during the day, anglers are fishing deeper with minnows and jigs. Some catfish are still being caught on a variety of natural baits. Crappies are fair at best with anglers reporting some success on minnows fished in 20-25 feet of water.

Little Grassy: Bluegill action is fair to good. Fish have moved slightly deeper and can be caught on crickets, wax worms and red wigglers. Catfish action remains good in the evenings on nightcrawlers and cut bait. Bass action has also been good in the evenings on black plastics near grassy areas. Crappies have slowed.

Rend Lake: Most species are rated excellent. Crappie action is good on minnows and jigs over cover in 6-10 feet of water. Bass anglers are targeting rip rap, shallow woody cover and bridge piers with Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and soft plastics. Bluegills are still shallow and are being caught in good numbers on crickets and wax worms. Catfish are being caught on nightcrawlers, cut shad, leeches and stinkbaits around rip-rap and subimpoundment dams. White bass are rated good near rip-rap and bridge piers on jigs, in-line spinners and crankbaits.

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