Central Illinois fishing report for July 12

July 12, 2013 at 07:39 AM
What’s biting

Bass seem to be biting fairly well in just about all local lakes. They tend to go after plastics and spinner baits and live around weed beds. Nightcrawlers on a bobber are often a fun, and relatively easy, way to catch bass, especially for young anglers.

Honey holes

Strip mines and ponds in the area are reporting that bass and bluegill are becoming very active in the evenings, especially once the sun starts to set. They both tend to bite well on worms and other live bait.

The Illinois River is down some and murky in areas, perfect conditions for catfishing. They’ve been biting on nightcrawlers near creek mouths.

At Banner Marsh, bass are biting plastics and spinners along weed beds. Bluegill have been small but hitting live baits well. Catfish have been actively biting dipbaits in the evenings.

Catfish at Dawson Lake have been biting liver, dip baits and leeches. Bass have been more active on plastics, spinnerbaits and topwaters.

Water levels at Emiquon Preserve have finally come down enough for some successful fishing. Bass are especially active. They’ve been biting plastics, chatterbaits and topwaters.

New boat launches are open at Heidecke Lake, with new docks to follow soon. Reports have catfish hitting dip baits regularly, and anglers have been catching a lot of hybrid stripers on trolled crankbaits.

Larrysfishinghole.com reports that anglers at Clinton Lake have been having a lot of success with white bass and hybrid stripers. Both are hitting minnows and crankbaits, along with any kind of bait that has a shine.

Tip of the week

Inconsistent weather has made fishing difficult over the last few weeks, but it looks like temperatures are getting hot for good. This means that fish will be congregating in cooler water: in the shade, in deeper water, or beneath moss and lily pads. Fishing under fallen trees is usually very successful, as they tend to be large enough for multiple fish to hide under at one time.