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Rend Lake fishing report: Crappie fishing remains excellent

May 09, 2013 at 07:25 AM

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

This week's Rend Lake fishing report shows fishing is excellent for crappie and channel catfish.

Largemouth bass

Fishing is good on worms, black and blue jigs.

Fish for bass in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes, around bridges and along the rocks. Fish are reportedly being caught around Jackie Branch and Sandusky cove.

There is a 14-inch minimum limit, six daily creel limit. In ponds, there is a one-fish daily creel limit with a 14-inch minimum length.


Crappie fishing remains excellent.

Jigs are working well. Quarter-ounce pink and white tub jigs. Also small and medium minnows.

Fish are in flooded brushy areas. Set bait two-feet deep. Reports of fish being caught shallow in buck brush in any cover and also deep water around brush piles. From shore, fish near structures.

There is a 25 fish daily creel limit with no more than 10 fish 10 inches or longer.


Fishing is good on crickets, worms, wax worms and red wigglers.

Fish in the back of necks in shallow water or along rocks. The hot spot is off the rocks under the sailboat harbor bridge in one to four feet of water.

There is a 10-fish daily creel limit in ponds.

Channel catfish

Fishing is excellent on Sonny’s stink bait, whole shad, shad gut, night crawlers, shrimp and leeches.

Fish in the back of necks in shallow water. Creeks running into the lake are hot spots after rain events. Set jugs in neck areas of the lake. Fish from the shore anywhere on the lake. Set line three to four feet from the shore over rocks.

Six-fish daily creel limit in ponds.

Jugs must be attended at all times while fishing.

White bass

Fishing is good on worms, black and blue jigs. Fish in shallow bays near brush cover and bushes. Fish around bridges and along the rocks. Reports of fish being caught around Jackie Branch and Sandusky Cove.

Twenty fish creel limit. No more than three fish 17-inches or longer daily.

Rend Lake lake levels as of May 6:

Lake level: 410.32

Average pool for this date: 408.10

Water temperature: 60° F

Additional information:

Use of a minnow seine, cast net, or shad scoop for bait collecting within 1,000 yards downstream of the Rend Lake dam and spillway is prohibited.

Maps of the fish attractor tree locations along with GPS readings are available at the Rend Lake Corps of Engineers Project Office.

Call Molly Rawlinson for more information at (618) 724-2493.

In order to maintain a cleaner recreation area, anglers and bow fishermen fishing below the dam are asked to return dead rough fish to the water.

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