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Central Illinois fishing report for May 13

June 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

Catfish have been biting cut bait and wax worms, while crappie have been hitting on wax worms and red worms. Flooding is starting to become less of an issue.

Honey holes

Area strip mines are reporting that bluegill are biting worms and crickets. A lot of minnow loyalists have switched to crickets over the last few days. Bass have also starting biting.

Banner Marsh has been reporting that bass are hitting hard on live baits, as well as plastics and jigs.

Dawson Lake reports that bass, bluegill and catfish are biting in increased numbers. There are some reports of saugeye biting, along with a few good-sized walleye.

Thompson Lake, part of The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Preserve, has seen angler numbers rise quite a bit in the last week. Water is still high at Thompson Lake, but fish seem to be biting despite the flooding.

At Lake Springfield, catfish have been biting on crawlers and dip baits. Bass have been hitting jigs, plastics and spinners hard over the last few days.

White bass have been biting hard near the bridges at Rend Lake. They seem to be preferring jigs over the last few days. Rend Lake’s depth is about four feet higher than normal right now.

Larrysfishinghole.com reports that anglers at Clinton Lake are having success on a variety of fish. Walleye have been reported near islands and dropoffs on worm rigs. A combination of redworms and wax worms has been good for catching a lot of bluegill. The website also reports that drum perch are being caught all over the lake on a variety of baits.

Tips of the week

Recent high water levels on the Illinois River have made catching catfish fairly common. Now that the water is receding, though, that might not last for long. They’ve been biting hard on cut bait and worms. Also, it’s been reported that they’re hitting hard on dew worms on the end of a rod and reel.

The lakes at Wildlife Prairie State Park have new fishing hours. They’re now open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Also, a new West Lake has been opened on the property.

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