Central Illinois Fishing Report – April 29th, 2016

Clinton Lake: Bluegills are biting on waxworms in shallows. Crappies and walleyes are still good. White bass are biting good on twister tails, spinners or Mepps. Catfish also coming in on shad guts or shad. 

Evergreen Lake: Fishing has been hit or miss depending on the day’s weather. Most crappies have been caught from boats from 15 to 25 feet of water. The saugeye bite still is fair at the pump house with several keepers being reported. Bass fishing remains about the same, with most fish being caught in deeper water off points and submerged trees. The muskie bite has been decent with most reports coming from either bass fishermen throwing spinners or crappie fishermen getting bites on minnows. 

Lake Shelbyville: Catfish fair. Crappies are fair around brush. Muskies picking up, as are largemouth bass. 

Newton Lake: Bass are fair but mostly smaller fish on spinners or crankbaits on main lake ledges. Catfish have been slow to fair in warmer water areas. Crappies have been slow.

Lake Springfield: Good reports of catfish biting on cheese baits and nightcrawlers. White bass are still hitting crazy blades in the hot ditch. 

Sangchris Lake: Bass picking up on spinners and plastics. Try the shallows in morning and evening. Some bass hitting live baits. Crappies good on minnows and jigs in 6-8 feet of water near structure. Catfish fair on worms and liver. Some bluegills being caught on worms.

Lake Jacksonville: Bass good on cranks and spinners. Plastic worms working good along shorelines. Early morning has been best. Some nice bluegills being caught on worms near shore.

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