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Central Illinois fishing report for May 24

May 24, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Peoria Journal Star

What’s biting

Bluegill are spawning and biting well in many areas. Channel catfish are also starting to come on along the Illinois River.

Honey holes

Area farm ponds and strip mines, especially Fulton County Conservatory, have been very good for bluegills. Waxworms and crickets are working best.

- At Clinton Lake, hybrid stripers are biting below the spillway on topwater lures. Catfish are being caught around bridges.

- At Dawson Lake, crappie and bluegills have been biting. Crappies are taking minnows and crappie jigs. Channel cats are biting in low waters on stinkbaits and chicken livers. Some walleye also being caught in deeper parts of the main areas.

- Water is two feet above flood stage at Anderson Lake, but trot-liners still had success catching catfish last weekend.

- Spring Lake has been hot for red ear and bluegill in the channel that leads to the Pike Hole bridge. Anglers must park at the Pike Hole parking lot and walk to the channel. Gills taking crickets and waxworms. Catfish also biting off the shore, with anglers using bluegill for bait.

- Bass are on their beds at Banner Marsh and biting on jig-n-pig. Crappie also biting there on medium minnows or 8-inch plastic worms.

- Along the Illinois River, channel cats are biting by the train bridge and the Lock and Dam in North Pekin on nitro worms and regular crawlers. Around Peoria, cats biting on dipbaits, shrimp and most any other catfish bait.

- Channel cats are on a good bite at Lake Chautauqua.

Wall hangers

- Ryan Walls of Morton caught a 40-pound blue catfish Tuesday on the Illinois River using bait shrimp.

Tip of the week

- From Lee Fritz at Riverside Bait in Pekin: When the cottonwood flies, it will not be long before catfish are spawning. Catfish will be on a good bite before and after the spawn.

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