Central Illinois Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

Sangchris Lake: Channel catfish fair to good using most baits. Shore anglers doing OK near the spillway.

Lake Springfield: Bass fair using plastics (worms and flukes), crankbaits and a few on swim jigs. Bluegills fair. Channel catfish fair to good using dip baits, liver and cut baits in the evening.

Lake Decatur: Channel catfish fair. Some fish are being caught on trot lines baited with cut carp and skip jack. White bass fair. Anglers are getting some bites using Mepps in the dredging area.

Evergreen Lake: Bass fair to slow on plastics, jigs, and spinnerbaits around submerged timber or on points. Bluegills fair: on jigs and/or wax worms. Channel catfish fair on cut baits, dip bait, or liver in evenings. Crappies fair with many small fish on minnows and some on jigs around or over brush.

Lincoln Trail Lake: Channel catfish fair. Fishermen are using chicken livers and nightcrawlers near the edges. Bluegills biting on red worms and some crickets under a bobber near weed lines. Largemouth bass fair. Fishermen have been successful from the bank and from boats with top water lures, spinners, and worms.

Lake MattoonCrappies are hit and miss; some biting a bit better; look for them in 6 to 7 feet of water with wax worms and minnows over brush; lots of angling activity. Largemouth bass fair. Angling success is hit and miss; using a nightcrawler under a bobber off the banks when the fish are feeding. Channel catfish fair. Anglers are fishing along the banks with stink bait, nightcrawlers, chicken liver or suckers. Later evening hours are best.

Mill Creek Lake: Bluegills good, with fish hitting on wax worms, crickets, and red wigglers near weed lines, docks, or structure. Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits, frogs, and topwater lures are popular cast near weeds during early morning or late evening hours. Channel catfish good. Fish are biting on chicken livers and stinkbait along the edges during early morning or later evening hours.

Lake Mingo: Channel catfish slow. Once in a while one is caught with chicken liver.   Bluegills slow. Anglers are using Bee moth (wax worms)near structure and weed lines.   Largemouth bass slow. Toss a spinnerbait or crankbait near shallow laydowns, stumps, or brush. Early and later hours best.

Lake Bloomington: Bass fair on plastic (flukes), spinnerbaits, and jigs around timber or submerged weed edges. Bluegills fair on wax worms and nibbles. Channel catfish fair on dip baits, cut baits and liver in evenings. Crappies fair on minnows with a few on jigs around and over brush.

Clinton Lake: Bluegills good. Anglers finding some fish in the coves and near the docks and weed lines with red wigglers or wax worms. Largemouth bass fair off points and near shoreline stumps, and downed trees with Mepps, frogs, and swimbaits. White bass are good hitting on spoons and twister tails. Striped bass are fair at the spillway. 

Lake ShelbyvilleWalleyes fair. Check out the area below the dam with spoons. Cooler weather temperatures have improved fish activity. Striped bass fair using Mepps spinners during early or later hours. Watch for fish feeding. White seems to be a popular color.

Lake Vermilion: Channel catfish fair. Anglers are catching just a few recently. Look for fish near brush or cover around the shorelines with stinkbaitnightcrawlers, or liver during later evening hours or in deeper holes during day time hours. Smallmouth bass slow. Look for fish to start biting anytime; just a few are being caught; waiting for better conditions and for the water to clear up.

Walnut Point Lake: Crappies fair. Look for fish near brush and downed trees with minnows or tube jigs tipped with a wax worm; best during early morning or later evening hours.   Bluegills good. Bigger ones are in 1 to 4 feet of water on wax worms and red wigglers  Largemouth bass fair. Fish hitting on a rubber worm; mainly smaller sized fish. Channel catfish good. Look for fish biting on chicken livers in approximately 2 to 7 feet of water.

Lake Paradise: Bluegills fair. Anglers are getting bites near rocks and docks with crickets, red wigglers, and wax worms. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits and top water lures.

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