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Central Illinois fishing report for April 28

April 28, 2013 at 07:31 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

Flooding biggest concern for many in lake and river areas, so farm ponds and strip mines may be your best bet to snag decent bluegill and crappie. Local bait shops say everything biting well in certain areas.

Honey holes

Area farm ponds producing bluegill on waxworms and crappies on minnows. A few bass being picked up in strip mines using jigs.

Despite high waters and muddy conditions, some catfish being caught at Clinton Lake using dipbaits on pieces of Asian carp.

Plenty of rain not keeping anglers at Dawson Lake from catching good amounts of crappie on minnows and jigs in 4-5 feet of water. Catfish also biting on chicken livers, and some bass are taking spinner baits.

Catfish biting good in backwaters and timber areas around Lewistown, if you can get to those spots, on worms and nightcrawlers. Crappie and bluegill have been found in 12-18 inches of water.

Spring Lake has been good for crappie and catfish. Crappie taking small to medium minnows. Muskie also biting on north end of the lake on creek suckers.

Banner Marsh good for crappie and bass in all areas. Bass, in 14-18 inch range, have been caught on plastic lizards, crankbaits and spinners. says bass are starting to move on calm evenings in Lake Bloomington on small tubes drifting with the trolling motor or gas motor. Active fish ranging from 1.5 to 2 pounds.

At Snakeden Hollow, bass were fair at walk-in lakes on spinners. The state has opened two new lakes that are a half-mile north of Illinois routes 180 and 167.

Wall hangers

John Wollner of Pekin caught a 19-pound, 8-ounce channel catfish at Spring Lake last week.

Tip of the week

The cold front and murky water conditions sent fish deeper, but warmer weather should bring them up in the shallows and soon into spawning phase. Also, backwaters have been good for cats on the Illinois River, but anglers should stay away from the main channels.

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