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Central Illinois fishing report (5-27)

May 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM

What’s biting

Anglers looking forward to good fishing for Memorial Day weekend, with warmer weather expected. Bluegill coming on in many areas, with crappie still doing well.

Honey holes

• Bass and crappie still going good at all entrances of Banner Marsh. Bass biting on just about any typical bait, with senkos and topwaters working well. Bell’s Landing and Johnson Lake best for the crappie.

• Bass and bluegill are both hitting at Spring Lake. The bass are taking plastics, some spinner baits and even some topwater weedless baits. Bluegills are moving up along the shore and taking waxworms.

• Channel cats, crappie, white bass and hybrid stripers continue to be good at Clinton Lake. Cats are taking shad, stinkbaits, nightcrawlers or mud leeches. Crappie taking jigs and minnows. Largemouth bass can be found around the coves on plastics, spinner baits, crankbaits or jigs.

• Large flatheads and blues are still on a strong bite at Powerton Lake. Chubs, shiners and Asian carp catching big fish.

• Crappie still being picked up on minnows hooked with a bobber at Fulton County Conservation Area and area farm ponds. Crappie moving out into smaller lakes on minnows at Snakeden Hollow.

• Catfish and crappie are good at Chautauqua Lake.

• Good reports on bass, crappie and bluegills at Emiquon Preserve. Crappie biting in the 12-14 inch range.

Wall hangers

• Clay Burley caught a 2.11-pound redear May 16 using live bait.

• John Drowns of Pekin caught a 3.7-pound crappie using minnows at Banner Marsh on May 18. Downs also caught a 3.2- pounder and a 3.3-pounder.

• Michael Parker of Lewistown caught a 30-pound flathead Monday near the Bernadotte Bridge using minnows and chubs.

Tip of the week

• From larrysfishinghole.com: “Bluegills will bite on a variety of different baits. Tip a small jig with wax worms just over the hook barb so their body is more horizontal. ... Since bluegills are primarily sight feeders, a moving bait will many times produce better catches when fishing in murky water.”

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