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Central Illinois fishing report for Aug. 24

August 24, 2012 at 06:31 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

The heat has yielded to cooler conditions, and it’s taking time for fish — and fishermen — to adjust. “Some of the reports are just not that great,” said an area expert. “We’re getting lots of complaints from people trying to catch bluegill and crappie. I think about two more weeks and we’ll start to see strong activity there.”

Honey holes

- On the Illinois River, catfish are hammering cheese baits (Sonnys and Hoss) around the Peoria Lock & Dam, and on the edges of the channel. Not much yield in the shallows. Bluegill and crappie yields are not strong this week. “Bass is listed as fair yield,” one expert said. “They are always out there in area strip mines and ponds, but you have to work for them.”

- At Clinton Lake, water levels are down two feet, but they are catching nice-sized white bass around the bridges using spoons. In the lake, stripers are hitting blade baits and any type of spoon. Catfish yields are strong using stink baits, some shad and night crawlers. Good action on largemouth bass with spinners, plastics and jigs.

- At Dawson Lake, crappie being caught on metals and waxworms. Catfish are hitting worms and stink bait. Walleye fair, using jigs. Bass fair on artificial baits. Bluegills strong on worms. The water level is down 3 feet, but still 20-21 feet deep at the dams.

- Snakeden Hollow action is good. Bluegills are responding to dew worms and wax worms. Crappies are iffy on minnows and seem confined to deep water. Catfish and bass are producing quality size and yields. Walleyes are starting to bite in the big lake.

- Crappie and saugeye are slow at Argyle Lake, while bass are fair on plastics and crank baits.

Tip of the week

From larrysfishinghole.com: Keep in mind when fall comes, water may be much more clear, so think slow — since bass will be moving slow. A good cold-water bait is a jig tipped with a minnow or a spoon vertically jigged. This will give the flash and bulk along with the wiggle of bait fish. This bait is good for fish eaters such as bass, walleye and crappie.

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