Larry's Fishing Hole

Keeping Our Fishing Season Going

  With fishing being a major part of our lives, we find many things to do so our fishing season never ends. Winter can seem long and hard for a few anglers while several extend their fishing season by ice fishing. However, for us here in Central Illinois, we found some winters in the past did not provide enough safe ice. However, those winters with some mild days provided opportunities for some open water fishing at the power plant lakes or you can find many other fishing related activities to keep you busy during the winter months.
  Winter can be the perfect time to clean, maintain and organize your gear and tackle while taking inventory too. Now you have an idea of needed tackle or gear so you can make a list to check for deals at Fishing Shows. Next would be to re-spool all your reels with new line, check rods and guides for damage and arrange tackle into storage containers so you will know exactly where each item is once you can get back on the water. We find this a great time to catch up on reading those fishing magazines, books or articles we never had time for during the year and even better now while you have more time to focus helping you to learn new techniques or tricks. We also use this time to plan and set-up the coming year fishing trips and prepare for the fishing shows we will be attending.
  A great Central Illinois show this month is the Illinois Fish & Feather Expo, an outdoor show that offers visitors tackle exhibitors, Lake Charters Captions, Vacation resorts or lodges and Outdoor specialty items. Larry Andris, the show promoter says, “Kids will have a lot of things to do too with a kids casting competition each day, you can also practice your archery skills at the Illinois Bowfishers booth. As always they will have plenty of different food options, pulled pork from Lone Horn Steak House, fish fry meals, pizza and delicious soft serve ice cream. There will be several seminars by local pro anglers with featured speaker, Semi-Pro Crappie USA and Guide Steve Welch along with other great demonstrations and all weekend reel oiling sponsored by Xtreme lubricants reel+. Also are the wonderful give-a-way prizes every couple hours with the Grand Prize a stay at Eagle Fall Lodge on Red Lake in Ontario, Canada.
  The Illinois Fish & Feather Expo will run January 27- 29 and starts on Friday at noon to 7 PM, Saturday 9 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM with admission of $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for children 6 to 12, and kids 5 and under are Free. The show is held at the Interstate Center in Bloomington, Illinois with ample free parking available and you can view a map with directions to the show, the seminar speakers and more at And if you look back on page 29 of this issue you will find a $2.00 OFF coupon for admission to this show good for Fri & Sat from 5 – 7PM.
  These things will not only keep you busy with fishing related activities but you will be better prepared and ready for fishing, which for many of us will not be soon enough.
  Stop by our booth while at the Illinois Fish & Feather Expo Jan 27-29 where we will have some of those Flat Bottom baits you have heard about, the Original Vanilla Bug Spray and you can get a copy of our 2012 Best Times Fishing Calendar (maybe just one more year). Or visit us on the web at for details, check the Classified page if you are looking for a place on a lake in Florida and where you will still find all the great fishing info.
  Till Next Time, Happy New Year, GOD BLESS & GOOD FISHING !

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