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Illinois hunting and fishing

Powerton Lake flatheads biting

March 12, 2009 at 04:07 PM

Not everyone is sitting inside or flooded. Prior to the recent cold spell, anglers reported some nice catches.

The biggest was from Jason Smavely of Mackinaw, who hooked a 56-pound flathead catfish at Powerton Lake last Saturday afternoon. For bait Smavely uses Asian carp that he catches on waxworms.

Smavely, who kept the fish to donate to Rev. Charles’ Everly’s Saturday fish fry at Zion Baptist Church in Pekin, said he has caught larger flatheads.

“I caught some up to 65 pounds there,” he told the Pekin Daily Times. “It took about three or four minutes to bring it in (Saturday). The kids there were excited to see it.”

Even adults were excited to see the 65-pound, 50-inch flathead an unnamed angler brought to Pekin Bass & Bow on Wednesday. “It was huge,” proprietor Merle Keefer said.

Powerton is also producing good numbers of hybrid striped bass and plenty of channel catfish, which are running small.

Power plant cooling lakes are the best bet in most of the rest of Illinois, as well. Crappie are good at Springfield Lake and Lake of Egypt, bass are biting at Braidwood and anglers are itching for the opener at LaSalle Lake on Sunday.

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