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Central Illinois fishing report (6-17)

June 17, 2011 at 11:23 AM

What’s biting

Bluegill bite is slowing in some areas, but still plentiful in others. Bass beginning to pick up and you can never go wrong with catfish, which should continue to get better in the coming weeks. Anglers just need a few more dry days for high waters to recede.

Honey holes

  Bass doing better in local strip mines, farm ponds on topwater lures. Plastics, like 6-inch lizards, are also working. Bluegill were biting in area lakes, ponds near Galesburg on crickets hung from a bobber up in the shallows.

  Trotline anglers are catching good numbers of catfish in the backwaters of the Illinois River, with fishing conditions expected to be high for cats in a few weeks. Near Utica, catfish and drum are best, but river is still high. Cats also biting on stinkbaits for pole and line anglers at Anderson Lake.

  Bass and channel cats about the best bets at Banner Marsh, with Johnson Lake being a prime location. Cats taking stinkbaits, shrimp and nightcrawlers.

  Good-sized bluegill and plenty of them being caught on waxworms at Spring Lake. Anglers also using tube jigs to pick up gills, with the south end lake road turn offs and pike hole areas the best. Bass are also pretty good here on topwater weedless baits around weed pads.

  Smallmouth bass are starting to come back at Powerton Lake on Panther Martin spinners, minnows or plastics. Big blues and flathead cats also being harvested here, with flatheads in the 30-40 pound range.

  Crappie, bluegill, bass and walleye still biting at Evergreen Lake. Crappie are around structure in 10-15 feet of water.

  Channel, flathead and blue catfish are on a good bite at Clinton Lake. Shad, frozen shrimp, stinkbaits, leeches all working.

  Snakeden Hollow continues to be decent for crappie, bluegill and catfish. Live baits are working best.

  Walleye are biting better on the outside edges of weedlines at Lake Storey. Minnows, worms or spinner rigs are being used.

Wall hanger

  Local angler Keith Hadsall caught a 19-inch smallmouth bass at Powerton Lake.

Tip of the week

  From larysfishinghole.com: Look for trees overhanging the shoreline where cicadas may be located. Fish are gobbling up the cicadas. Also, take dad out fishing this weekend for Father’s Day.

 

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