Central Illinois fishing report for July 27
Peoria Journal Star
Will the high heat ever stop? Rain dance, anyone?
“Can’t fight Mother Nature, it’s been brutal,” said one angler.
Fishing in some spots was fairly good this week, though, partly because the heat wave meant fewer fishermen on the water competing for catches.
Around the area
The Illinois River produced strong action from catfish, using stink bait. Also good action from bass, catching them on top of the grass, using frogs and plastic worms.
Powerton Lake had little to offer this week. “No one out there, really,” said a local bait shop employee. “One guy came in to buy bait saying he was catching some bluegill, but he wouldn’t say where.”
Clinton Lake is a hot spot.
Lots of catfish — flathead and channel — hitting on shad.
Bass fishing has been strong — some 8-pound catches and larger reported.
Shops say anglers are using Carolina rigging method with float, putting weight down with barrel swivel.
At Argyle Lake, bluegill, saugeye and crappie all slow, while catfish and bass seem average in action.
Lake Bloomington reports crappie, walleye and bass are all slow, while catfish and bluegill are hitting fairly well.
Dip baits, wax worms and nightcrawlers working for catfish. Smaller wax worms triggering bluegill.
Spring Lake seeing good action from catfish on dip bait and nightcrawlers.
Tip of the week
From larrysfishinghole.com: Shad would be a good bait choice during summer because it is natural to the catfish’s environment.
Shad are sometimes hard to find at bait shops, so try a Drift Net pulled behind your boat around piers and dams for live shad.
Also try chicken livers, stink baits (such as cheese), dip baits such as Hoss’s Hawg Bait, or an ol’ nightcrawler is sure to catch you a catfish.