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If your fishing for the year has ended, here are some tips for
Getting Gear Ready For Winter

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Fishing success depends on many factors such as an anglers experience, the baits/lures used, the presentations/techniques, weather and other variables. Our goal is to share information to help anglers improve their fishing success by making good decisions.
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Dec.   11th   -   15th

And Things-To-Do During Off-Season Winter Months

- The Rauner Adminstration had Plans for CPO Layoffs since last year
and there has been some releases recently that those would happen at end of year.
However, State says conservation police layoffs are ´on hold´
  Read this mywebtimes News Release
- Passed by Senate, Outdoor REC Act Goes to President´s Desk
  News Release from Fishing Wire
- In June 2016 the IDNR stocked 20,000 Smallmouth Bass into the Mackinaw River at four strategic locations from Colfax in McLean County to Hopedale in Tazewell County. This was done to jumpstart the Smallmouth Bass population.     In late November a Smallmouth Bass survey was conducted on the Mackinaw River to check the population following this first year of stocking.   They were able to find fish,   including a nice one over 18 inches and weighed in at 2.8 pounds.
- What does it take to break an Ugly Stik Rod ? VIDEO
Through Dec. 31st - Sat & Sunday Historic Trolley Tours (Starved Rock Lodge) DETAILS
- Tournament directors apply now for 2017 fishing tournaments. Remember, if you held tournaments in 2016, results must be posted before you can apply for a 2017 permit. Access the online Tournament Permit System at:
* NOTICE: Paper Applications will not be accepted after 2016 fishing tournament season.
-CLICK HERE- for full Story and how you can help honor Ken Russell.

- Make your plans to attend a Show in your area -
- 2017 Sport & Fishing Show Schedule -


------------------------------------ NEWS from OUTSIDE Illinois ----------------------------------

  - Fish Tagged in Moon Lake, MS was recaptured
      about 725 miles away in the Ohio River READ STORY


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  Heroes On The Water
Helping warriors & veterans relax, rehabilitate & reintegrate   through kayak fishing
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After a day on Lake
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-- As Fisherman, we must stick together and share fishing tips with others.
- With cooler water temps, Crappies move up to vertical structures and start to feed more in preparation for winter.
Vertical structures are walls, barge pilings or trees that are in the water. Approach structure slowly,
fish along the structure use a shorter rod and you may find that plastics will do just as well as live bait.
For shore anglers, use a float and cast beyond the structure then slowly bring it close.
- Check out our article on
Late Fall Fishing Patterns
- This can be a "Great time for those Winter Sauger on Illinois River"
Read our article on Winter Sauger for some rigging tips.
- If your fishing for the year has ended,
Here are tips for Getting Gear & Boat Ready For Winter
- Whatever you do, do not avoid getting out on the water for a nice fall day of fishing.
** Support our local Bait Shops to assure they will be there when we need them for fresh,
lively baits and current fishing info or advice as well as the latest tackle
  - Just a Thought..   Get Out and ENJOY..!

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Do Not Forget - - FISHING IS MEANT TO BE FUN - -

  - Fish Facts: PIKIE MINNOW - originally carved from white cedar starting in 1919, the 6-inch lure continues to be a favorite of
  many Muskie anglers. Creek Chub Lures also came out with a jointed model which was credited for catching a 69-pound Muskie
  in the St. Lawrence River. Today the lures are molded from plastic.

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 New 2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format
on the IDNR website . Regulations in the guide are effective through March 31, 2017.
You can read or print a copy (This is a huge file so be prepared)
* One change to take note of is Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2016
will be during the Father´s Day weekend on June 17-20.

  - Fishing Tale/Story:   Izaak Walton - " Angling May be said to be so like mathematics that it can never be fully learnt."


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.

Little steam coming off lake
during this cold weather .!

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