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Central Illinois fishing report for Aug. 23

August 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

The heat wave has slowed bite of crappie in some areas, but bluegill and catfish have still been good in several locations.

Honey holes

Catfish have been best at Banner Marsh on dipbaits. Some crappie were also hitting deep in the cooler weather.

Local strip mines and ponds have been good for crappie and bluegill. Crappie were taking minnows and biting better in cooler weather but slower in the heat. Gills especially good around Fulton County Conservation Area.

At Dawson Lake, crappie have been good on minnows and jigs in 12-14 feet of water. The catfish and bluegill have also been biting around the edges. Bass have been taking spinners in the center of the lake by the dam, and walleye can also be found around the same area.

On the Illinois River, the cats are biting in deeper holes on shrimp or dipbaits. The mouth of the Mackinaw has been good for white bass and hybrid stripers on chicken livers, gay blades, rooster tails or hammer spoons.

At Clinton Lake, all kinds of catfish are being caught on cut shad, whole shad, dipbaits or shrimp. Crappie are also hitting, and white bass are taking blade baits. Below the spillway, hybrid stripers, catfish and buffalo can be found.

At Spring Lake, catfish were biting around the pull-offs on whole shad or shrimp. Red ear also biting on the south end on chicken livers and stinkbaits. Crappie are deep on white and black twister tails. Muskie have been caught on the north end.

Big catches

Tom Weeks of Bartonville caught a 77-pound blue catfish at Powerton Lake on Tuesday using shrimp.

Tip of the week

From Lee Fritz at Riverside Bait in Pekin: When fishing for the large blue catfish at Powerton Lake, keep your line up off the bottom a couple feet with weight bearing bobbers using real large hooks.

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