Local fishing report

May 14, 2014 

SILVER LAKE (Highland): Things continue to improve. Clarity is getting better week to week and so is the fishing. There have been many reports of keeper crappie being caught. Try fishing shallow laydowns with minnows or jigs in cove-related areas. Catfish are good on cut and stink bait. Bass are in all three stages of the spawn and the bite is inconsistent. Try working dark-colored soft plastics in spawning areas or spinnerbaits on weedlines. -- Colby Schrumpf wwwcolbyschrumpf.com

CARLYLE LAKE (Carlyle): Catfish are very good, becoming active. A lot of crappie fishermen have been landing some nice cats while fishing for crappie. They are getting ready to move into the rocks. Crappie are excellent. They are in the rocks now, being caught right off the bank about 6 inches to a foot deep. White bass are fair. Starting to hear of a few whites being caught here and there; nothing hot yet, though. -- Henkel's Hook & Arrow

CARLYLE LAKE SPILLWAY (Kaskaskia River): Crappie are very good with many nice crappie being caught on the river. Minnow or tube jigs are productive. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, shrimp and starting to get some action with cheese baits. Sauger are very good; the bite has finally turned on. I've been seeing limits caught. White bass are very good, still very active on inline spinners with curly tail or tube jib. -- Henkel's Hook & Arrow

REND LAKE (Ina): Catfish bite is very good in creeks feeding the lake and at the mouth of creeks where they open into the lake. Catfish are feeding heavily in creeks. Fish can also be caught in about any neck in front of the buck brush. Bass have moved shallow. Many are being caught in 1 to 4 feet of water. Flipping plastics out front of the bushes will produce good fish. Black and blue jigs are a favorite. Spinner baits in the shallows also have been catching fish. Bluegill are moving shallow and are being caught in the back of some necks. Red wigglers will catch fish in the back of some necks.

-- Clint Taylor, Crappie Xtreme Guide Service.

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