Carlyle Lake (Carlyle): Largemouth bass are fair and can be taken using crankbaits 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 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 on stake beds and brush piles on the main lake. A lot of these beds are loaded with fish but expect to catch a lot of small fish along with the good ones. 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. 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, leeches, shrimp, or night crawlers, but other nasty stuff will work. The bass bite is picking up. Some fish are still shallow around the bushes, lay-down trees and other cover. Flipping black and blue jigs around these is productive. Crankbaits are most popular around the rocks. Bluegill are being caught in shallow water. They are spawning. Use red wigglers or crickets and fish the shallow water in back of necks or along rocks. -- Clint Taylor, Crappie Xtreme Guide Service.
Silver Lake (Highland): Lake is full and clarity remains poor. Temperatures are staying in the upper 70s. Some bass are being caught on weedlines and on riprap. Try crankbaits, spinnerbaits and soft plastics in these areas. Catfish remain good on cutbait and stinkbait. -- Colby Schrumpf (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.