Central Illinois Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Lake Mattoon: Channel cats improving near the banks with stinkbaitnightcrawlers, chicken liver or suckers. Bass fair. Bluegills getting better on worms.

Mill Creek Lake: Largemouth bass fair on spinnerbaits.   Channel catfish fair on livers and stinkbait along the edges.

Dawson Lake: Bluegills are fair to good on waxworms. Catfish are hitting waxworms in 8-12 foot of water. Crappies are fair in 8-12 feet of water.

Clinton Lake: Crappies good on minnows, white jigs and pink/green jigs over tree sets and near bridge pillars in 6-8 feet of water. Channel cats good on worms, along rip-rap on nightcrawlers. Bass fair, but picking up on spinners and plastics. Most bass being caught are small.

Lake Jacksonville: The panfish bite has been hot on worms and minnows. A couple of large bass caught near shore using spinners and plastics. Catfish slow, but a few taken on minnows. 

Lake Springfield: Crappies are being caught in structure on minnows. A few catfish caught on stinkbaits.

Evergreen Lake: A lot of the fishing activity has been in the mouths of coves, off points, and in the main creek channel. Wax worms have been the bait of choice among most through the ice. Most fish reported were being caught in deeper waters and mostly in the late afternoon hours. A recent report yielded hundreds of crappies, with the majority being at least 9 inches.

Lake Bloomington: A few catfish being caught on worms. Crappies fair on minnows. Bass good on spinnerbaits near submerged edges. Bluegills fair on wax worms.

Newton Lake: White bass biting is fair near the ash pond. Largemouth bass picking up but still slow. Crappies are slow. Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers.

Spring Lake: Muskie fishing has been fair to good. Crappies biting on minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water.

Lake ShelbyvilleWalleyes good below the dam with spoons. Striped bass good using spinners during early hours. Watch for fish feeding. White seems to be a popular color.

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