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Central Illinois fishing report for July 13

July 13, 2012 at 07:27 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

Catfish and walleye are striking hard in specific locations around the area. In other spots, the prolonged heat and dry conditions have taken a toll on yield. Check below.

Honey holes

Clinton Lake is producing some walleye, some of which have been more than 7-pounders. Hitting Berkley flicker shad. Drifting for flatheads has worked, too. Largemouth bass in the 14-17 inch range have been hitting plastics.

Heat has not seemed to hurt fishing at Dawson Lake. Anglers were pulling in limits on catfish and crappie Tuesday and Wednesday.

Limits being reached on bluegill, too, which are reportedly the size of man’s hand. Bass is fair. Catfish hitting stink bait and liver. Crappie and bluegill hitting wax worms, nightcrawlers and minnows. Lake levels are down about a foot but helped by feed from a spring.

Powerton Lake seems impacted by the prolonged heat. Water temps are high. Catfish activity is slow, and one fisherman joked “We can’t even find Asian carp out there.”

Fish are biting on the Illinois River, especially channel cat. Tim and his partner at Presley’s caught 35 catfish Wednesday using dip cheese baits, Sonny’s and Hoss’s Hawg baits, working near the edge of the channel. Bass are hitting. Crappie fair. Lack of fishermen because of the heat, but traffic expected to increase.

Argyle Lake says crappie, bluegill, saugeye and catfish are all slow this week. Bass produced fair yields on plastics and crank baits.

Banner Marsh offering active bass hits on PowerWorms, but bluegills and catfish have been only fair, using wax worms and dip baits, respectively.

Emiquon Preserve bogged down from prolonged heat and dry conditions, no significant fishing yields to report.

Evergreen Lake east boat launch will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday through noon Saturday for its annual fishing tournament. Fishermen and boaters are advised to use White Oak West boat launch.
Tip of the week

From With this hot weather of summer, many bass and other fish will seek out areas near shore with overhanging trees, docks or other objects that create a shaded area.

These fish are for the most part unreachable by most anglers with overhand casting. But you can drop a lure right on them in their strike zone by skipping a soft plastic fluke stickbait, wacky worms or some tube baits all fished without a weight.

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