SOUTHERN ILLINOIS FISHING REPORT – October 1, 2019
Fishing report provided by Illinois Outdoor News
Crab Orchard Lake: Crappie action continues to be good. Minnows and jigs in 6-8 feet of water around the brush should produce a nice mess of fish. Around the rocks and bridges about 10 feet deep is where you’ll find catfish. Jugs, leeches, cut bait and minnows are the baits of choice. Bass and bluegills are good, as well. Wax Worms and crickets for bluegills and anything that makes noise for bass works.
Devils Kitchen Lake: Bass action has been good around shallows with spinners and plastic worms. Find bluegills with worms and crickets.
Lake of Egypt:Crappie fishing is fair. Around the points and weed beds seems to be where they are feeding. Anglers are using minnows and jigs with regular success. Fair describes the bass fishing around weed beds using anything plastic. Shrimp has been a good bait for catfish at night off the shoreline and around the docks.
Little Grassy: A few crappies are being taken using minnows in 15-20 feet of water. Catfish are fair around the weed beds using nightcrawlers. There have been no bass being reported or weighed in.
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Carlyle Lake: White bass are good, especially in evening. Channel cats are excellent with cut bait, nightcrawlers or leeches. Cut bait is also working for flatheads. Crappies improving below the dam on minnows and jigs.
Horseshoe Lake: Catfish are the most popular with the anglers here. The middle of the lake and fairly deep is where they are being caught with nightcrawlers at any time of day. Crappies are slow and those that are being caught are around the brush piles about four feet deep, using minnows. Bass and bluegill fishing slow.
Kinkaid Lake: Anglers are reporting that the crappie fishing is starting to pick up nicely. Minnows are the favorite bait in about 12 feet of water around submerged cover. There has not been much talk about bass and the catfish are pretty scarce as well. Bluegills are small but plentiful, hitting on crickets, waxworms and red wigglers.
Lake Murphysboro: Catfish have been fair to good near the dam or in areas with heavy cover. The best action has been on nightcrawlers and red wigglers. Other anglers have been reporting good success with crickets fished during the evening. Bluegills are holding in 3-5 feet of water. Most fish are being caught on wax worms and crickets. Crappies are hard to find. Crappies are holding on structure right on the bottom in 12-15 feet. Minnows are the primary bait. Bass action has been slow.
White and hybrid striped bass and channel cats are rated good. Anglers are catching the different species of bass with curly tailed jigs and large minnows. Drifting the minnows along the edge of Highway 154 and tossing jigs over the flat areas of the lake seem to be the most successful. Drifting with shrimp around the sub-impoundment dams, riprap areas and in the shallows is what will bring in the channel cats. Fishing for largemouth bass, bluegills and crappies is still slow.
White, pink/green, chartreuse jigs and minnows are working on the crappies in 6 to 10 feet of water around pillars and over Christmas tree sets. The outlet channel below the dam and shallow coves with cover are the places where bluegills are being caught using waxworms.