Carlyle Lake (Carlyle): Largemouth bass are fair and can be taken using cranks fished along rocks. Some also are being caught in the wood. Catfish are excellent. They are beginning their spawn and can easily be found on the rocks, particularly early morning and right before sunset. Fish 3-to-10 feet off the rocks at a depth of 1 to 1 1/2 feet. Nightcrawlers, cheese bait, shad, leeches and crickets are doing great now. Crappie are are still very sporadic with the lake level so high. White bass are poor.-- Henkel's Bait & Tackle Inc.
Carlyle Lake Spillway: White bass are excellent on rooster tails coupled with curly tails or tube jigs. Catfish are very good on shad, night crawlers and cheese bait. Crappie are very good on tube jigs or minnows. Sauger bite is very good on tube jigs and curly tails. -- Henkel's Bait & Tackle Inc.
Rend Lake (Ina): The crappie bite is good but a lot of the fish being caught are small. Spawn is about over and fish are pushing back deep. Jigs and minnows work equally well. Catfish bite is really good. A lot are being caught in back of necks in shallow water. Creeks leading into the lake are producing a lot of fish. The catfish are spawning. You can fish from the shore about anywhere around the lake and catch catfish. Fish on the bottom. My choice of baits are shad gut, leaches, shrimp, or night crawlers, but other nasty stuff will work. The bass bite is almost non-existant and will remain slow till water drops and clears. Some bluegill are being caught in shallow water. Use red wigglers and crickets and fish the shallow water in the back of necks. -- Clint Taylor, Crappie Xtreme Guide Service.
Silver Lake (Highland): Lake is full and clarity remains around 1 inches. Water temperatures are staying in mid-70s. Catfish are still being caught well on stink and cut bait. All other fishing is slow. Hopefully, with the warming weather the lake will start to clear and drop and fishing will improve. -- Colby Shrumpf, www.colbyschrumpf.com
Report compiled by the News-Democrat sports Department. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and several local bait shops contributed to this report.