Central Illinois Fishing Report – May 13th, 2016
Lake Taylorville: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow.
Banner Marsh: Crappies biting on minnows. Bass hitting chatterbaits and spinnerbaits.
Newton Lake: Bass good. Some white bass were also reported. Catfish good.
Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappies biting on tube jigs at the south end bays. Channel cats also biting on shad at the big turn on the south end.
Lake Bloomington: Bluegills are biting on worms, but are slow and small. Crappies are being caught on minnows in 12 to 14 feet.
Lake Decatur: Fishing has been slow as water clarity has been poor. Crappies are being caught on minnows. Bluegill fishing has been slow, and a few being caught on worms. Catfish have been very slow on worms and stinkbaits.
Lake Shelbyville: Fishing below the spillway has been slow, with efforts to drop the lake. Conditions better late in day for muskies and walleyes. Walleyes active below spillway. Best to use jigs and twisters or shad bodies.
Evergreen Lake: Crappie fishing is heating up with the warm weather. Most fish are being reported along the banks in 2-4 feet of water. Minnows and light jigs are the ticket for the close to spawn fish. Bass have started to bite with most starting to be caught near the shore line.
Clinton Lake: Crappies, white bass, stripers, walleyes and largemouth bass biting hard. Jigs and minnows, twister tails and spinnerbaits working well. Bank fishermen having luck with crappies, white bass and largemouths.
Coffeen Lake: Bass, catfish excellent all around the lake. Bass biting on spinners and waxworms. Catfish biting stinkbait and worms. Crappies are spotty.
Lake Springfield: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow. Channel cats being taken on shad. Crappies have been good on jigs fished in or near hot water area.
Sangchris Lake: Crappie bite picking up on medium-size minnows. The lake will have a new large and smallmouth bass daily limit of three, with only one 15 inches or larger and two fish under 15 inches. Both live bait as well as artificials are allowing fishermen to bring a few fish to hand. Jerkbaits in a shad pattern or white twister tail grubs on jigs are the top producers.