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Central Illinois fishing report for May 31

May 31, 2013 at 07:23 AM

Peoria Journal Star


What’s biting

Between cold fronts and constant rain, anglers are finding fishing frustrating in many areas. About the most consistent thing going is catfish on the Illinois River.

Honey holes

Hybrid stripers, between 14 and 16 pounds, are biting on topwater baits below the spillway at Clinton Lake. Bass has also been decent above the spillway on spinners, plastic baits.

Crappie are on a good bite at Dawson Lake on waxworms or minnows. Catfish, walleye and hand-sized bluegills also being caught. Cats are taking livers, shrimp or stinkbaits; walleye on livers or minnows and gils are taking worms.

Catfish are still being caught on the Illinois River using a variety of baits like leeches, dipbaits or shrimp. Trot-liners are also finding success in the backwaters using mud leeches.

Spring Lake has been good for bluegill on minnows or waxworms and catfish on dipbaits, nitro worms or stinkbaits.

Catfish are biting and bass are in pre-spawn mode and very close to spawning at Banner Marsh.
Chautauqua Lake has been good for catfish on golden roaches (shiners).

At Evergreen Lake, bass and bluegill were good earlier in the week before the rains says larrysfishinghole.com. Bass were biting on plastics and crankbaits near weeds or shallow structure.

Bluegills were taking jigs near the submerged grass beds in the shallow flats near the boat ramp and in the coves.

At Snakeden Hallow, the weather has slowed things some but crappie are still biting at McMaster Lake on minnows.

Wall hangers

John Johnson of Peoria caught a 25-pound channel catfish at Chautauqua Lake on Tuesday using nitro worms.

Tip of the week

Fromlarrysfishinghole.com: “When Crappie fishing, depth is important. Since they look upward to feed, fish 1-2 feet above them. By taking fish from the top of the school, others will be less spooked.

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