Central Illinois fishing report for Aug. 2
August 02, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Peoria Journal Star
Catfish have been biting consistently well in most areas in the evenings. Your best bet for catching a big cat is to use cut shad, chicken livers or bits of other fish. Anything that has a strong smell should attract them.
Local ponds and lakes are reporting that bass are biting plastics, swim baits and buzzbaits. Bluegill are biting wax worms and crickets, while catfish are hitting just about anything.
Catfish at Banner Marsh are biting nightcrawlers and dip baits. They have been much more active in the evenings than during the day.
Larrysfishinghole.com reports that bass at the Emiquon Preserve are biting plastics, chatterbaits, swimbaits and topwaters.
Small crappie have been actively biting minnows at Evergreen Lake. Catfish have been hitting crawlers, cut shad and dip baits. Bluegills are most active on wax worms and crickets.
Hybrid striper at Lake Bloomington are biting trolled crankbaits. Bass are hitting most plastics and crankbaits.
Reports out of Lake Eureka suggest that bluegill are small but very active on wax worms. Bass have been biting plastics, mostly on the shorelines.
Catfish are biting at Snakeden Hollow, mostly on cut bait, crawlers and dip baits in the evenings.
Clinton Lake is reporting a lot of catfish bites all over the lake. They’re biting shrimp, livers and nightcrawlers. Anglers are catching a ton of white bass. They’ll bite most white or shiny lures. The best way to catch them is to watch where the gulls are feeding and throw your lures there.
Tip of the week
The unseasonably cold weather has caused fish to not bite quite as often as they normally do. Starting this weekend, though, temperatures are forecasted to climb into the mid-80s and stay there. Fishing should pick up again once the temperatures are warmer.