Carlyle Lake (Carlyle): Largemouth bass are fair and can be taken using cranks fished along rocks. Catfish are very good. They are no longer right on the rocks but are still very active. Boaters are catching fish drifting with bait shrimp. Crappie are fair. White bass are excellent. They have finally turned on in the lake; slab spoons or Little Georges coupled with curly tails are producing well. -- Henkel's Bait & Tackle Inc.
Carlyle Lake Spillway: White bass are excellent on rooster tails coupled with curly tails or tube jigs. Night fishermen are using the submersible lights and minnows and tying off on the buoys. Catfish are very good with shad, nightcrawlers and cheese bait doing well. Seeing a lot of flathead. Crappie are very good. Most crappie coming from the spillway are being caught on minnows. Sauger bite is still going strong from the bridge to the buoys. -- 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 the beds are loaded with fish but expect to catch a bunch of small ones. Jigs and minnows seem to be working equally well. Catfish bite is really good. Drifting is the most popular technique now. Pick your spot, cast out some lines and let them drag on the bottom as you drift across the lake. A lot are being caught in the back of necks in shallow water. Creeks leading into the lake are producing a lot of fish. My choices of baits are shad gut, leeches, shrimp or nightcrawlers. Bass are being caught in shallow bushes/laydowns in 1 to 3 feet of water pitching soft plastics and spinner baits. Black and blue jigs are a good choice. Fish are moving toward the rocks. Bluegill are being caught in shallow water and along the rocks on regular old worms. -- Clint Taylor, Crappie Xtreme Guide Service.
Report compiled by the News-Democrat sports Department. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and several local bait shops contributed to this report.