Silver Lake (Highland): The lake is full after this week's rain. Water clarity remains around 4 inches throughout the lake and temperatures are in the low 80s. Shad have finally started moving from the deeper water to shallow, causing bass and crappie to become more active. For crappie, try main lake laydowns using red and charteuse jigs tipped with a nibbler. Bass are good around weedlines and riprap in point-related areas. Try chatterbaits and crankbaits for these fish. They can also be caught slowing down and fishing jigs and various soft plastics. Catfish remain good on cut and stink bait. -- Colby Schrumpf, www.colbschrumpf.com
Carlyle Lake (Carlyle): Catfish are very good. Trot lines have been producing well using leeches or nightcrawlers. Boaters have been drifting with shrimp. Line and pole fishermen are having success with Sonny's or Geno's. Crappie bite is good. They are moving back out. Fish them at about 8 feet in the brush and stumps. White bass are good. Fish the humps and flats with cranks or slab spoons coupled with curly tails. -- Henkel's Hook & Arrow
Carlyle Lake Spillway (Kaskaskia River): Catfish have been very active on nightcrawlers and cheese baits. Flatheads have been very active on live baits. Still seeing some nice crappie from the spillway, with minnows and tube jigs producing now. Sauger bite is very good from boat or bank. Boaters are using a lot of crank baits while bank fishermen are doing well on curly tails. White bass are very active with inline spinners coupled with curly tails or tube jigs.
Rend Lake (Ina): Crappie bite is good. Most fish are being caught in deeper water on the main lake. Both jigs and minnows have been producing fish. I have been tipping my jigs with minnows. Catfish are great. Some catfish are shallow spawning and some have moved back deeper. Whole shad and shad gut are favorite baits, but almost any nasty bait will work. Some bass are still being caught in 1 to 4 feet of waer, while others are bring caught on jigs and crank baits along the rocks and off the corners of bridges in 12 feet of water. Black and blue jigs are an all-time favorite on Rend Lake. Spinner baits and worms in the shallows have been catching fish. Bluegill are shallow and are being caught in the back of most necks. Red wigglers in the backs of some necks will catch fish. -- Clint Taylor, (*130*)rappie Extreme Guide Service