Southern Illinois Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

Note: Late December rains caused flooding and many lakes that were producing quality fishing before Christmas have suffered from the high water. Also, many roadways were dangerous due to flooding. Take precautions.

Crab Orchard Lake: Bass action has slowed. Bluegills being caught on worms.

Baldwin Lake: Warm-water areas good for catfish, though those being caught are small. Anglers are tossing crankbaits around rip rap and catching a few bass. Bluegills are slow but will hit on meal worms or wax worms occasionally.

Carlyle Lake:   Due to the rising water level, some breakwaters and facilities at Carlyle Lake were overtopped as the New Year arrived and caution was advised for those fishing near these and other submerged structures.  Boaters are also reminded to use caution and watch for floating logs and other debris that may be present. Some township roads around the lake became inundated, so motorists should use caution when driving in low lying areas around the lake.

Eldon Hazlet State Park was closed due to inundation of the entrance road.

The Corps of Engineers was working with local agencies to monitor the situation.  For more information, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at 618-594-2484 or email at

Those who did fish found channel cats good on the lake for anglers drifting or jug fishing with cut bait or leeches. Crappies good below the dam.

Kinkaid Lake: Muskie action steady. Anglers expect February to be good for muskies if temperatures stay above 30 degrees. Spinnerbaits and shallow running baits are the most effective. Catfish and bluegill action has been slow. However, bass anglers are reporting good success on spinnerbaits.

Lake of Egypt: Bass are still rated fair on soft plastics. Catfish action fair, fishing shrimp in shallow water.

Rend Lake: Largemouth bass excellent using worms, black/blue jigs, minnows and spinnerbaits. Fish 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 excellent using pink/white tube jigs, meal worms, small and medium minnows. Fish the main lake drop off areas. Try the Gun Creek Area. From shore fish near structures, hot spots are Jackie Branch, Sandusky, Sailboat Harbor, Marcum coves, and Ina Boat Ramp. Bluegills good using crickets, worms, wax worms, meal worms and small jigs. Fish in the back of necks and on flat shallow banks and on the rocks. Try fishing shallow with crickets, worms or small jigs. Channel catfish excellent using Sonny’s Stink Bait, Hoss Hawg Bait, leeches, nightcrawlers and large minnows. Try the Waltonville Dam, Turnip Patch, Jackie Branch, and North Sandusky Day Use Area. Set line 3 to 4 feet from the shore over rocks. Try leeches in moving water. White bass fair using jig/curly tail grubs and inline spinners. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around along the rocks and dropoffs. Reports of fish being caught around the 154 bridges.

Silver Lake (Highland): Bass good using jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Crappies excellent using minnows. Channel catfish excellent using Sonny’s Super Sticky Dip Bait. Bluegills good using crickets. Saugers fair using jigs.

Categories: Illinois Fishing Reports, South (Central)

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