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Central Illinois fishing report for June 28

June 28, 2013 at 07:27 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

Water levels are down (for now, at least) and lakes are becoming more accessible. Worms and other live baits have been popular for catching a lot of bass and bluegill.

Honey holes

Area ponds and strip mines have been producing bass on plastics, spinners and crank baits. Bluegill have been hitting wax worms and crickets.

The water levels at the Emiquon preserve have finally come down enough to allow for some good fishing. Bass are biting hard on just about everything.

Banner Marsh has been seeing more activity now that rains have slowed and temperatures are up. Bass are biting on worms, and there are reports of a lot of small bluegill biting on both redworms and wax worms.

Larrysfishinghole.com is reporting a lot of active fish on Shabonna Lake. Bass have been biting plastics and topwaters, while bluegill have been active along shorelines.

Hybrid striper are hitting spinner baits, and walleye have been biting minnow, nightcrawlers and crankbaits. Catfish have been biting a little bit of everything. From nightcrawlers to minnows, dip baits and stink baits, anglers have been having a lot of luck with the cats.

Anglers at Lake Bloomington are reporting that catfish are biting hard in the evenings, especially in mouths of coves. Walleye are also hitting on jigs and small crank baits.

The area around Lewistown has been very active for catfish lately. Cats are hitting stink baits hard, and anglers are having luck with rod and reel fishing for channel cat. Also, Dink’s bait shop is reporting that handfishing is getting off to a good start.

Wall hangers

A joint hand-fishing effort by a Knoxville family brought in a flathead catfish that weighed in at 41.6 pounds.

Tip of the week

Due to more heavy rains to the north this week, river levels in central Illinois are likely to rise again.
Wax worms and redworms seem to be attracting all kinds of fish lately.

There are a lot of reports of bluegill and bass all over the area biting on worms.

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