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Central Illinois Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016

Lake Taylorville: Crappie bite picking up on minnows. Bass slow. Water conditions are murky.  Newton Lake: Bass good, but flooding has changed situation. Water clarity very murky. Some white bass were also reported prior to the rains. Crappies a big question mark after a poor fall and few reports this spring so far.  Spring Lake: Bass slow. Crappie biting on tube jigs at the…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – March 11th, 2016

Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) — Expect the early spring crappie bite to turn on soon, particularly in the Thornport area. Fish for them six inches deep with 1⁄64- to 1⁄80-ounce jigs suspended under a bobber. Anglers might also try the north shore ramp, Fairfield Beach, or Seller’s Point for saugeyes. Some saugeyes have been caught recently in…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

Sangchris Lake: Crappies have been biting good near the dam. Bass picking up, with a report of several being caught on spinners and crankbaits. Lake Bloomington: Crappies were fair around shallow brush on jigs and minnows. Water running over the spillway, causing hectic fishing action below. Clinton Lake: There is a decent crappie and walleye bite. White bass biting good on twister tails, spinners or Mepps….

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016s

DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA Whitefish action is still outstanding all over Green Bay, with some of the best spots being from Henderson’s Point to Sugar Creek, the deep water around Little Sturgeon, and the Larson’s Reef area. Most of the action is coming on jigs tipped with waxies or spikes. Perch fishing has been going pretty well. Some of the deep-water areas are…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – February 26th, 2016

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – With a layer of thin ice still covering most of this central Ohio lake, anglers are fishing the docks and catching a few crappies and other panfish. Try jig and minnow combinations or dead sticking a minnow for the best bite. Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Anglers are reporting about four inches of ice…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016

Newton Lake: Bass biting has picked up near the ash pond. Bluegills picking up quite rapidly. Crappies are good. Catfish are biting on nightcrawlers. Spring Lake: Muskie fishing has been fair to good. Crappies are biting on minnows in 8 to 10 feet of water. Evergreen Lake: The lake has been up and down, as far as biting goes. Crappies and bluegills being caught in…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – February 12th, 2016

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — With thin ice covering most of this central Ohio lake due to the recent warm up, most anglers are fishing from the docks and doing fairly well on crappies and bluegills. The most successful presentation, according to angler reports, has been dead sticking a minnow. Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) —  As of Feb….

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…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – January 29th, 2016o

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) — Anglers are catching good numbers of crappies from nine to 14 inches where there is still open water on this central Ohio lake. However, skim ice covers most of the lake at this time. A prolonged cold snap could get ice anglers on the lake in the next couple of weeks. Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking,…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

Lake Mattoon: Channel cats improving near the banks with stinkbait, nightcrawlers, 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,…

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – January 22nd, 2016

LAKE WINNEBAGO AREA Ice conditions remain kind of iffy throughout much of the Lake Winnebago area. Call ahead for ice reports before heading out. Critter’s, (920) 582-0471 Fox River Bait, (920) 233-7409 Dutch’s, (920) 922-0311 NECEDAH/NEKOOSA AREA Lake Necedah has been producing some panfish near the west access. Northern pike fishing is picking up just north of Hwy. 21 on the east side. Ice…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – January 15th, 2016

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – Anglers are hitting the spillway after recent storms to catch saugeyes and crappies. Try crankbaits in various sizes for the best bite. Some muskies are also being caught on the main lake. Target areas with woody cover. Buckeye Lake (Fairfield, Licking, and Perry counties) – Anglers are trolling Flicker Shads and stickbaits on the north end of the lake and picking up some saugeyes. Fish…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

Sangchris Lake: Channel catfish fair to good using most baits. Shore anglers doing OK near the spillway. 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. Lake Decatur: Channel catfish fair. Some fish are being caught on trot lines baited with…

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – January 8th, 2016

DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA Open-water brown trout fishermen enjoyed the mild December weather and have been doing quite well up and down the Door Peninsula, especially to the north of Sturgeon Bay. Fish in 4 to 15 feet of water; the best baits have been Rapalas, Thundersticks, and Mauler spoons. Shore fishermen also have been getting in on some of the action from…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – January 1st, 2016

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – This 394-acre lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try plastics, light-colored spinnerbaits, and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies are becoming more active. Fishing with minnows in the old creek…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – December 25th, 2015

Shabbona Lake: Bluegills and crappies are being caught over the fish cribs and around the standing timber. 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: Crappies are being caught on minnows. Bluegill fishing has been slow, with a few being caught on worms. Catfish have…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – December 18th, 2015

Kiser Lake (Champaign County) – This 394-acre lake in Champaign County is perfect for a quiet day on the water since no motors are allowed. The lake has a good population of largemouth bass; try plastics, light colored spinnerbaits, and crankbaits along the lily pads or cover on the north side of the lake. Crappies are becoming more active. Fishing…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

Lake Sara (Effingham): The crappie bite has been hot. The bait of choice is small jigs tipped with wax worms or spikes under floats. Skipping under the deeper docks or finding the submerged timber and green weeds is working. Coffeen Lake: Bass have slowed down, but a few being caught on spinners. Some catfish being caught on leeches. Newton Lake: Bluegills and bass biting…

Central Wisconsin Fishing Report – December 11th, 2015

DOOR PENINSULA AND ALGOMA/KEWAUNEE AREA Bass fishing has been good and will continue to be good right up until ice-up. Those fish are congregating along the steep shoreline drops and reefs throughout the county while putting on their winter weight. This is a very good time to catch some really big smallmouths and a bunch of them if the weather is cooperative. Blade baits,…

Central Ohio Fishing Report – December 4th, 2015

Alum Creek Lake (Delaware County) – As water temperatures decrease, the crappie bite has increased. Use a jig and minnows in and along woody cover or in water six feet or less in coves. Smallmouth bass are being caught off points in the southern basin and along the east shore of the middle basin. For saugeyes, troll crankbaits and worm…

Central Illinois Fishing Report – November 27th, 2015

Powerton Lake: Smallmouths are being caught on crankbaits and small jigs. Good currents are reported in the discharge area. Bandits and inline spinners also are working. Shabbona Lake: Bluegills and crappies are being caught over the fish cribs and around the standing timber. Lake Bloomington: Bluegills are biting on worms, but are slow and small. Crappies are being caught on minnows in 12 to 14 feet. …