Central Illinois fishing report for July 19

July 19, 2013 at 01:05 PM

What’s biting

Fish are a lot less active in the middle of the day, when temperatures are as high as they have been.

Bass are still biting hard just about everywhere and catfish have been active in evenings. Temperatures are hot and hard to deal with, but the fish are still biting in shaded, cooler areas.

Honey holes

* Catfish have been active on the Illinois River this week. They’re biting on shad and dip baits. Also, anglers have had success near creek mouths with nightcrawlers.

* Local farm ponds have reported that bass are biting on plastics, crankbaits, and bussbaits. Bluegill are hiding out in weed pockets, but they’re biting live baits regularly. Catfish have been active on just about everything that has a strong scent to it. There are even reports of catfish biting under bobbers.

* Bass at Banner Marsh are biting plastics along weed beds and other heavy cover. Catfish have been very active in the evening.

* Dawson Lake is reporting that bass are biting on plastics and spinners. Bluegill are biting both wax worms and redworms.

Dawson Lake allows Bow Fishing for carp, and has reported a lot of success there.

* Crappie at Evergreen Lake have been small lately, but very active. They’re biting minnows and trolled crankbaits for the most part. White bass are biting spinners and bladebaits, and there have been reports of saugeye biting small crankbaits, crawler rigs, and minnows.

* Larrysfishinghole.com reports that anglers have had a lot of success with crappie in deep areas of Lake Springfield.

Bluegill have been biting on pieces of nightcrawlers and wax worms there. Bass are hungry for plastics and jigs.

* At Clinton Lake, anglers are catching a lot of medium-sized catfish, both from banks and from their boats. Asian carp are hitting topwater baits hard and near the top of the lake, it’s been reported that walleye are biting crankbaits.

Tip of the week

Fish become less active when temperatures rise, but they can still be caught. They tend to congregate in shaded areas, under fallen logs, or in heavy brush. They’ll be most active in the early morning and evening, which is when they’ll be feeding. Those times are your best bets for getting a lot of action.