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Central Illinois fishing report for May 10

May 10, 2013 at 06:51 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

With most lakes reopening after flooding, crappie are the catch in several areas. Bass are in all phases of the spawn right now.

Honey holes

Bluegills are moving up in strip mines and farm ponds and taking waxworms or crickets. Spinners, jigs and plastics have been working for bass.

Banner Marsh reopened earlier in the week and has been a good spot for crappie and bass. Crappie are on spawning beds and taking medium minnow. Bass are in pre-spawn mode and biting on jig-n-pig.

“Crazy” amounts of crappie being caught on jigs or minnows in 4-5 feet of water at Dawson Lake, according to Depot Bait & Tackle. Catfish are also biting on chicken livers.

Spring Lake “going nuts” says Lee at Riverside Bait in Pekin. Crappie are biting on both north and south ends on medium minnows. Jig-n-pig working for bass, with 71/2- and 81/2-pounders caught in tournament over the weekend. Big channel cats biting on nitro worms or nightcrawlers on the second and third pull-offs on the south end. Bluegill also starting to turn on.

Lake Bloomington and Evergreen have been good for crappie using medium minnows.

On the Illinois River, catfish are biting on dipbaits in the Peoria area up creek and flooded willow areas. Around Utica, the water level has gone down some and anglers are starting to catch striper, drum and catfish on worms and blade baits. Cats also biting in backwaters near Henry.

At Snakeden Hollow, good-sized crappie biting on minnows in most lakes. Bluegill, about one pound in size, and bass in 6-pound range being hauled in on waxworms and redworms at McMasters and the two new lakes.

Tip of the week

From larrysfishinghole.com: Big blue catfish feed mainly at night by moving in shallow from deep water to feed on baitfish and crawfish.

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