Central Illinois fishing report for June 21

June 21, 2013 at 08:56 AM
What’s biting

Lakes are becoming a lot more clear now that heavy rains have stopped. With clearer waters, trolling for walleye has been more successful.

Honey holes

Anglers are having some success with bluegill at Eureka Lake. There are still some very active pockets of crappie.

Water levels are receding on the Illinois River. South of Peoria, levels are still above flood stages. Catfish have been hitting liver and dip baits hard, despite high waters.

Spring Lake is reporting that bluegill are becoming very active. They may be beginning to spawn.

At Banner Marsh, bluegill are biting hard on redworms and wax worms. Lots of small bass are biting plastics, crank baits and weedless topwaters.

Reports out of Shabonna Lake suggest walleye have been hitting hard on just about everything but may be beginning to slow. There have been reports of a 23-inch walleye caught recently.

Anglers at Lake Bloomington are reporting that bass, catfish and bluegill have been biting very well on shorelines. Boaters are not having as much success.

White Bass are attacking anything that hits the water at Lake Shelbyville, according to larrysfishinghole.com. Small shad are being caught as well, but only on very small baits.

Walleye are biting pretty well at Snake Den Hollow in Victoria. There are reports of some good-sized catfish.

Catfish, yellow bass and hybrid stripers are biting well at LaSalle Lake.

Catfish are biting hard at Clinton Lake. They’re hitting shrimp, shad, shad guts, bits of carp ... just about anything. Walleye are biting leeches, and hybrid stripers have been active on the surface of the lake. They’re hitting crankbaits near the spillway.

Wall hangers

There are reports out of Clinton Lake of a 68-pound flathead catfish being caught during a tournament. It was apparently hooked while trolling for walleye.