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Central Illinois fishing report for June 7

June 07, 2013 at 07:43 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

Flooding is still a major issue for most bodies of running water, including the Illinois River. Catfish seem to be biting just about everywhere on dew worms and leeches.

Honey holes

Local strip mines are reporting that bass may be trying to make their beds and crappie are slowly moving out of the shallows.

Anglers at Lake Shelbyville are bringing in 20-25 walleye and sauger per boat. There has been a lot of success with spinner bait on bottom bouncers.

Hybrid striper have been biting well at Clinton Lake, below the spillway. They seem to be hitting top water baits hard. Catfish are biting well too, mostly on shrimp, leeches and stink bait. Crappie are hitting the jig well and are starting to make their beds.

The Emiquon Preserve hasn’t been seeing a lot of action recently, because of high water levels and a lot of rain. With a few days of nice weather, though, fish could be biting in large numbers.

Despite heavy flooding in the Lewistown area, catfish are biting leeches and dew worms pretty well. Now that the rain has slowed, crappie are biting live minnows and fake gulp minnows.

According to larrysfishinghole.com, anglers at Banner Marsh are seeing activity from bass on plastics, small crankbaits and some weedless topwaters.

Bluegill have been biting on wax worms and red worms along weeds or in small weed pockets. Crappie have seen some varied success on jigs and minnows.

Tip of the week

June 7-10 are Free Fishing Days in Illinois. No license or tags are required to fish at any public fishing holes during this time period.

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