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Southern Illinois Fishing Report – July 24th, 2015

Devils’ Kitchen: Bluegill action has picked up during the past week. However, anglers are reporting most fish are running small.

Crab Orchard Lake: Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are taking good numbers of fish on stinkbaits, cut baits and leeches. Crappies have slowed down. Fish have moved into 7-9 feet over brush. Minnows and jigs are both effective. Bluegills are being caught in good numbers on a variety of baits. Bass action remains spotty.

Horseshoe Lake: Catfish remain the best bet. Anglers are catching fish throughout the lake, drift-fishing nightcrawlers off the bottom. Bluegills, crappies and bass are slow.

Carlyle Lake: Catfish taking shrimp, leeches, cut shad and shad guts off flooded trees. White bass hitting tube jigs and twister tails. Crappies 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: Bluegills are biting on worms in 8 to 10 feet of water. Crappies slow. Catfish fair on worms, liver and stinkbaits.

Kinkaid Lake: Fishing has settled into the summer pattern. Anglers are picking up some crappie fishing at night. Some nice fish are being caught, but most are running small. Minnows fished over cover in 10 feet of water or more have been effective. Night fishermen have also been picking up some white bass. Some catfish are being caught, although action has slowed. Stinkbaits, nightcrawlers, chicken liver and leeches are all effective. Bluegills are still being caught, but most fish are running small.

Lake of Egypt: Bass anglers are taking some schooling fish in the mornings and evenings, but the most consistent action has been in deep water off the points. Soft plastics and jigs are the most effective baits. Some bluegill anglers are reporting catching fish in 20-22 feet of water. Crappies are also holding in deep cover.

Little Murphysboro: Fishing has been slow. Catfish are the best bet. Anglers are taking fish on stinkbaits, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and leeches. Some bluegills are being caught, but most are running small.

Little Grassy: Crappie action is still good. Anglers are taking fish on minnows over cover in 15 feet of water. Bluegill action is good in shallow water on crickets. Bass are holding in deep grassy areas. Plastic worms and jigs are the most productive baits. Catfish action has been excellent on nightcrawlers.

Rend Lake: Crappies are being caught over cover in 6-10 feet of water on jigs and minnows. Other anglers are reporting catching fish in shallow water at the Ina marina.  Catfish are being caught in good numbers around rip rap and wing dams on nightcrawlers, cut shad, leeches and stinkbaits. Bass are rated good on soft plastics, Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits and crankbaits fished around bridges and rip rap. Other bass are holding around woody cover. Bluegills are good on crickets and meal worms. White bass are also good on jigging spots, in-line spinner and jigs around bridges and rip rap.

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