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Central Illinois fishing report for July 5

July 05, 2013 at 03:09 PM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

Warmer weather mixed with a little bit of rain has stirred up bass and bluegill in many areas.

They’re biting on just about everything, but a lot of people seem to be having luck on live worms and plastics.

Honey holes

Bass have been slowing down at Lake Springfield, but they will still bite jigs, spinners and plastics.

Bluegill have been small, but biting redworms and wax worms.

White bass are active early in the morning and late in the evening, while catfish have been biting cut baits, crawlers and dip baits.

Bass at Coffeen Lake have been hitting crankbaits and topwaters. Catfish have been biting well on crawlers and dip baits. Small crappie have been going after minnows, but they haven’t been very big over the last week or so.

Different fish have been biting at different areas of Spring Lake recently.

Bass have been active on soft jerk baits near beds of lily pads, while bluegill are biting near shores. Good amount of catfish have been caught off of roadways.

Crappie at Lake Bloomington were biting well over the weekend. There are reports of hybrid striper hitting crankbaits with some regularity. Walleye are biting on jigs, minnows and small crankbaits.

Reports out of Banner Marsh are saying that bass are biting on worms and topwater baits. Small bluegill have been biting red worms and wax worms.

Plastics, crankbaits and topwater baits have been attracting bass at Sangchris Lake. Catfish biting on cutbait and nightcrawlers.

Of the three big lakes in the area, it seems that Clinton Lake has been better than Decatur Lake or Lake Shelbyville.

Catfish are biting well at Clinton, mostly on shad guts, chicken liver or whole shad. A good number of walleye have been caught, mostly by trolling.

Bass are biting spinners, worms and crankbaits. There are even some reports of Asian carp being caught in the lake on curly tails and twister baits.

Tip of the week

With temperatures starting to increase, most fish will begin to look for deeper, cooler waters. The deeper you can get your bait, the better your chances are of catching anything, especially catfish and walleye.

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