Central Illinois Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016
Newton 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. Bass have been caught on plastic worms and spinners.
Lake Shelbyville: Below the spillway, fishing has been only fair for walleyes and saugers.
Lake Springfield: Flathead catfish and channel cats were fair to slow in discharge area on shad. Some white bass caught in the discharge area on bladebaits.
Evergreen Lake: Bluegills and crappies have been fair, with some yellow and white bass being caught in the mouths of coves.
Sangchris Lake: Bass good on crankbaits and plastics. Biting mostly in evenings, near shore. Catfish good.
Lake Jacksonville: Bass have picked up lately as water temps remain cold. Most hitting on plastics and crankbaits. Bluegills good on worms. Crappies good on minnows and jigs. A few catfish being caught on worms and cut bait.
Coffeen Lake: Some bass being caught on spinners near warm areas or under bridges. Morning and evening best. Channel cats good on doughbaits and nightcrawlers, mostly at night. Large flatheads caught on livers and stinkbaits. Crappies fair, hitting mostly white jigs and minnows. Bluegills fair on worms.
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.
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 Mattoon: Largemouth bass good. Angling success is hit and miss; using a nightcrawler under a bobber off the banks when the fish are feeding. Channel catfish excellent with stink bait, nightcrawlers, chicken liver or suckers. Later evening hours are best. Bluegills biting, but are small.
Mill Creek Lake: Largemouth bass good on minnows and on spinnerbaits, and topwater lures. Bluegills good on worms. Channel catfish fair on chicken livers and stinkbait along the edges during early morning or later evening hours.
Lake Mingo: Bluegills good on worms near structure and weed lines. Catfish biting on just about anything, especially stinkbaits. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits or crankbaits near shallow laydowns, stumps, or brush.
Lake Bloomington: Bluegills are the best bet using worms and small jigs. Bass good on minnows and frog lures. Try bouncing spinners on shallows. Channel catfish good on dip baits, cut baits and nightcrawlers in evenings. Crappies excellent on minnows and light jigs around and over brush.
Lake Shelbyville: Walleyes have been caught on minnows and on spoons. Area below the dam still pretty good using a combination. Striped bass improving using spinners during early hours.
Lake Vermilion: Channel cats good on stinkbait or liver during later evening hours or in deeper holes during day time hours. Smallmouth bass picking up. Try deeper holes and fish early hours. Bass fair on spinners. Bluegills fair on worms and small jigs tipped with worm.
Walnut Point Lake: Crappies good on minnows or jigs tipped with a worm. Bass hitting crankbaits during early morning or later evening hours. Bluegills excellent on wax worms and red wigglers. Channel catfish excellent on chicken livers in approximately 4 to 6 feet of water.
Lake Paradise: Crankbaits and spinners catching bass around rip-rap. Bluegills good on meal worms or wax worms. Catfish excellent on stinkbaits and nightcrawlers.