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Central Illinois fishing report for May 2

May 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

With many lakes closed and the river still not fishable, area farm ponds and strip mines continue to be best for crappie, bluegill and bass.

Honey holes

Bluegill are starting to move up in area farm ponds and strip mines. Crickets and waxworms working. Crappie also biting on tube jigs or minnows. Bass are in both pre-spawn and spawn phases, with jig-n-pig, lizards, shallow crankbaits and spinners all working.

Clinton Lake is a hotbed for bass, with fish biting on just about any of the usual bass baits.

At Dawson Lake, crappie and some catfish are being caught. Crappie biting on minnows and jigs in 4 to 5 feet of water, catfish on chicken livers.

Dink’s in Lewistown reports anglers finding plenty of crappie north of Canton. Fish are biting toward the bank in 4 to 6 feet of water on tube jigs tipped with minnows using a slip bobber.

Crappie good at Evergreen Lake on minnows in about 6 feet of water. Bass are beginning to bite there on crankbaits and spinners.

Lake Wee-Ma-Tuk has been good for crappie on minnows.

At Snakeden Hollow, walleye and crappie have been biting good at Lake McMaster. Spinners, along with purple and white worms, have been good for bass. Leeches are working for walleye. Two new lakes opened for fishing just north of Illinois routes 180 and 167 have been “great” according to Depot Bait & Tackle, with bass, red ear, crappie all biting.

Bass are biting at Spring Lake on spinners, plastics, shallow crank baits, beaver style baits on both ends of the lake.

Wall hangers

Robert Mersman caught a 22-inch bass taken on jig-n-pig and a 14-inch crappie at Lake McMaster in April.

Tip of the week

Reminder: The annual stream smallmouth season is still going. The law states that from April 1 to June 15, all stream smallmouth must be immediately released.

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