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This Month's Article
Spring = Crappie Time

Last Month's Article
He Is Catching Fish, Why Not Me ?

  Read Our Past
Fishing Articles

Along with
Articles By Friends:
- Jonn Graham
& Kayaks / Canoes for Fishing
by: Doug Abbott

- Read our full story on Aurora Outdoor Writers visit we attended at Kentucky Lake.

 Other   Features

This Month's TIP
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First Shot Decoys Hand carved decoys
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East Peoria, IL Weather Forecast

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Mentioned in: March ILLINOIS GAME & FISH magazine p49 - - - -
And Terry Brown´s Pantagraph Article

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Fishing CLIP with Hook & Hunt TV

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1st 14 minutes of interview Outdoor Writer/Broadcaster visit we attended at Kentucky Lake



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We make REGULAR UPDATES to our FISHING REPORTS, current Events, our tips, new facts, trivia, and best fishing days along with PRODUCT TEST Reviews & FISHING ARTICLES and will update any significant fishing information.
So come back, visit us often and click your refresh or reload button to assure you have the latest info available to us.

We want this to be your one stop complete information center for Central Illinois Fishing.
And for you Ladies, don't forget to check out Linda´s FISHINGALS section.
If you have any suggestion or questions feel free to let us know by e-mail address at bottom.

April   22nd (11:45am - 1:45pm)


* The future of Emiquon may change as owners, The Nature Conservancy are looking at plans to reconnect Emiquon to the Illinois River. It appears to come with a high cost too. Read the in-depth Corps report on the Emiquon reconnection project HERE but be aware as this is a huge file.. You can also offer public comment by April 24th HERE or read more.

- - Summer jobs available at Rend Lake Read this News Article for more details.

- Watch this VIDEO of 2 boys catching nice Stripers on Lake Norfork
with Guide Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

The Flying Silver Carp problem is more wide spread than one thinks. Watch this VIDEO from Indiana Outdoor Adventures on Wabash River in Indiana. These are really Big fish..

- Can not wait for summer when we see some of the wildest things at baot ramps.
But this may be the Coolest guy at the boat ramp!

April 24 - Friends of EverBloom Meeting of the year - 6:30 p.m. at Davis Lodge, Lake Bloomington
Our guest speaker is Krista Kirkham from The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Krista will be presenting about The Nature Conservancy´s mission, strategies, and where they work in Illinois. She will focus on the Mackinaw River projects, primarily on the Drinking Watersheds project. Her title is "Investing in Water: The Nature Conservancy and the Mackinaw Drinking Watersheds Program." Would encourage each of you to watch this Very Informative Short Video about their work in the area.
Hope you can make it to the meeting so you can learn even more about the great work TNC is doing to improve our water and our watersheds.
Check their web page and find them on Facebook

May 3 - 2014 ISU Bass Team Fundraiser Tournament at Lake Bloomington
Watch for more details soon was Re-Scheduled from March 23rd

June 1 - Spring Valley Walleye Club annual Fund raising raffle drawing to fund Illinois River fish stocking projects. -- This Great club does a lot for River Sauger Fishing and dues are only $10 per year..  For info or tickets (less than 100 left) contact Bill at 815-663-6141 or
- Sauger stats from 2013: Last year the IDNR hatchery was able to stock 930,000 fry and 206,337 fingerlings in the Illinois River. * Thanks for help from the Spring Valley Walleye Club - The total number of sauger stocked from 1994-2013 is 124,721,097 . That is FANTASTIC !!

June 6 - 9 : Illinois Free Fishing Days when anyone is allowed to fish without the need for a fishing license, inland trout stamp, or salmon stamp during the four-day event each June. For info on Free Fishing Days special events, contact Tom Munroe at 217-524-5861 or e-mail

June 7 - Kids Fishing Derby at Weldon Springs State Park, Clinton, IL
For more details visit

    June 14   -   Relay For Life Open Bass Tournament
    on Lake Bloomington
  For tournament details, rules and Entry form - click  HERE
  Questions: call Shawn at 309-261-3193
    or e-mail


June 21 & 22 - River Rat Catfish Classic
hosted by City of Grafton Chamber of Commerce.
Grafton, IL is a picturesque river town rich in fishing history near the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.   Hopes are this event
will help promote and jump-start the Summer of 2014
for the City after years of struggling with awful flooding.
This should be a great time, even if you do not fish, to enjoy the hospitality
and experience the hometown flavor and down-to-earth qualities
of this real river town.
For full detail, tournament rules and entry, view or print this   FLYER  

  - There are many tournament set for this year,
check our Area Tournament Dates & Results page.


by American Premier Corp. We fish their Rods


  Read Our Field Test


For a piece of paradise
at Kentucky Lake

  Contact Jack & Jan at
  High Ridge Resort
  1-800-684-8989 For All Things Muskie
& Guided Fishing Trips


After a day on Lake
See Amy Morrison
For Hair appointment

Professional Tax Help
Bob Rachowicz
call 309-922-6130






--As Fisherman, we must stick together and share fishing tips with others.
Here are some tips to help you
GET READY for those 1st days out on the water this season.
- Most anglers are so eager to hit the water and wet a line that they forget to rig up and organize in advance. When possible, tie on your selected tackle before reaching the area you wish to fish. Review and organize your tackle box, assuring quick access to needed items. This advance work will make things go more smoothly and minimize the amount of noise you make on the water at your best spots
- This early spring could be a challenge with all the crazy weather effecting seasonal patterns. The key will be finding the cleanest water and the warmest water you can find. Use your temperature gauge or a typical pool thermometer is a great tool for even the shore angler.
Shore fishing will not only be productive but fun this time of year when you have a great chance to catch some really big fish somewhat shallow.
  * We will not be producing a 2014 Best Times Fishing Calendar ( but may occasionally list Prime Times here ) .! Thanks for all your past support. *
** Support our local Bait Shops to assure they will be there when we need them for fresh, lively baits and current fishing info as well as latest tackle - Just a Thought..
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Do Not Forget - - FISHING IS MEANT TO BE FUN - -

Fish Facts: - 1973 - The Fenwick Company introduces graphite fishing rods, which leads to the graphite revolution in fishing gear..

Did You Know the State of Illinois offers Awards for Big Fish and for Catch-and-Release and now a Spear/Bow Fishing Award categories and more.
Check the I Fish site or the awards page for details and where you can fill-in and print certificate.

* The 2013-2015 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format on the IDNR website . Regulations in the guide are effective April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015.
You can read or print your copy (This is a huge file so be prepared)

Fishing Tale/Story: - ROD - Flexible, tapered stick that is the basic tool of angling. A rod of even medium length is awkward to carry, but anglers have found through experience that it can be easily shortened with an ordinary car door, trunk lid or truck tailgate..


If you are looking for a great deal on maybe the best fish mounting in Central Illinois,
E-mail me and I will give Phone Number.

The bluffs along the Mississippi River at Grafton are Awesome.!

For More Fishing photos,     or Check on our Fishing Reports page..

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