- CENTRAL ILLINOIS FISHING REPORTS -

Larrys Fishing Hole
- We Wish You All SAFE & GOOD FISHING..!
We appreciate all who visit and read these reports.
Your support makes all the work worthwhile.
Thanks to all who help supply reports for us to share with fellow anglers.

We strive each week to compile the best reports possible.
However, we cannot assure total accuracy of info supplied along with any human errors that may occur.

- We welcome any fishing reports or photos you wish to send us for sharing with other anglers -
God willing we will try to keep these reports going to share with you again this year..!
 

UPDATED Jan. 17, 2018

Wishing You and Your Family a Safe & Happy 2018 !
Thanks to all who shared reports & Thanks to all who read our reports;
it makes all the work worthwhile.

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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.
We continue to seek out and secure weekly reports on fishing conditions for most lakes
  and rivers in Central IL.
If a lake is not mentioned, it is due to a lack of current and/or useful information.
Many of our reports are from supportive anglers willing to share info to assist other anglers.
  Ultimately the real test of any lake or stream is to fish it.   GOOD FISHING.!

- Something you must consider is that fishing reports were about things and
  conditions that have already happened.   It is not always a forecast
  or a look into the future but a good starting point when heading out.




- We were back in the snow and Cold weather again.
But the forecast calls for a warm-up over weekend..
- BE CAREFUL - USE CAUTION on the Ice..!
  where it has re-frozen and with the snow cover,
The weekend warm-up could will make for sloppy surfaces again.!

Feb. 10 - Lake Camelot Sportsman’s Club annual Ice Fishing Tournament ** DATE has CHANGED Due to a conflict Register at Lake Camelot clubhouse 6pm-9pm on Friday, Feb. 9th or the morning of the tournament from 5:30am to 7am. Entry fee is $10 per person and only $5 for those 12 years old and younger. There will be bait on hand the night before and the morning of from their friends at Presley Outdoors. If the weather doesn´t cooperate the back up date will be Feb 17th.
Click HERE for more details or Contact Danny at 309-264-4390 with questions..

BE CAREFUL * - Check the Ice thickness often and Never assume the Ice is Safe

* Here are some of our ICE FISHING tips..
- Some more Great Ice Fishing Tips from the IDNR
* Be Sure To Watch the Safety Video on How To Perform A Self Rescue
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** NOTE -- During Winter season & with waterfowl hunting seasons for Illinois,
        some lakes are CLOSED or Partially CLOSED to fishing.

-- Check below in reports for the Closure dates, with more info adding as provided to us..
For State site Closures or partial Closures due to weather or hunting seasons,
  Check IDNR Closures page for full list & more info as they update it.

* You should contact the lake or site directly for Closure updates and/or winter hours before going.

    - - For Waterfowl Season DATES


  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- Fishing tournament organizers can apply for 2018 Illinois tournament permits.
    Details HERE
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* The 2017 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available online at IDNR website
  - and is effective till March 31, 2018

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* One big thing to remember is no matter how fishing may be for us anglers,
those Bait Shop owners have worked hard to keep the best fresh baits for us all to catch fish.
Please make sure to stop by and support those local (family run) bait shops for your bait,
supplies and for current reports and/or tips. This will help to assure they make enough to
stay in business and will be there for all us anglers when we need bait.


-- Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : There are some general regulations on ice fishing for public sites around Chicago fishing. Check his OUTDOOR Section for these Regs..


- OTHER LAKES & RIVERS in Illinois -
- Rice Lake is CLOSED to fishing and will Re-Open at end of Duck & Goose season..
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For - OTHER LAKE REPORTS outside Illinois -
they can be found at bottom of this page
or Click HERE



ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
- - THIS AREA is CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Main Lake during waterfowl season with bank fishing Only allowed.

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)
** THIS AREA is CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING..!
AND BANK FISHING ONLY ALLOWED AFTER 1PM   but   NO FISHING ALLOWED in EAST POINT ACCESS AREA, (lakes to the East) which is CLOSED TO ALL FISHING to provide a GOOSE REFUGE AREA during season till Feb. 1st - -

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake
* * THIS LAKE is CLOSED TO FISHING for the Season and remains CLOSED till Feb. 1st --

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
** REMINDER : No boating, fishing or ice skating access before 12:00 pm during waterfowl hunting season. Lake users should be aware that hunting might occur on the Preserve other times as well.
- - Check their website for updated rules & permits required, or go to Official Site RULES file.

HEIDECKE LAKE -
* Lake is CLOSED for the season..

HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES -
  2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N & then next right.
* * Lakes are CLOSED for season..

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
* January 20th - Terry Davis of Feel The Thump Guide Service will be at Bass Pro in East Peoria from 12pm - 4pm Stop by to learn more about his guide service or to book a trip on Clinton lake or Lake Shelbyville.

*January 26th-28th - Terry Davis of Feel The Thump Guide Service will be at the Fish & Feather Expo in Bloomington, Illinois. Stop by to book a trip on Clinton or Shelbyville or to talk Crappie fishing, electronics, equipment. He will also have Bobby Garland Baits on display along with other equipment he uses. Terry is looking forward to talking to those that stop by.

McMASTER LAKE at - SNAKEDEN HOLLOW - - NW of Peoria, just 1 1/2 miles East of Victoria South off IL Route 167, and there is a 10HP limit. 309-879-2607
** THIS AREA is CLOSED TO FISHING for the Season --
And reopens to fishing after central zone goose season ends, typically on February 1st each year.

REND LAKE -
- While planning to make a Fishing trip to Rend Lake,   make sure to look into
  a stay at the new Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club and ask about guided fishing too..

* The Rend Lake Dam Road & Spillway Bridge will be closed through early February for maintenance. Please seek alternative routes during this time. The Spillway Recreation Area, bike trail, and South Marcum boat ramp will remain open. For questions please call 618-724-2493.

- - "Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water! "   And:

SHABBONA LAKE -
- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - - Park hours thru January 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM -- February thru March 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
* Shabbona Lake State Park facebook page post: Next Night Ice Fishing Date - Saturday Feb 3rd - Shabbona Lake State Park will be extending its hours. Hours for these two days and these two days ONLY will be 8 am to 10 pm. You must be OFF THE ICE at 9:30 pm and out of the park by 10 pm. It is extremely important that everyone follow the hours. You will be ticketed if you are on the ice later than 9:30 pm or not out of the park by 10 pm. Shabbona Lakeside Bait, Tackle and Ice Fishing Equipment Rental will have extended hours on these dates - They will be open from 8am to 7pm.

- Reports of about 10 inches of Ice with FAIR Bluegills around weeds but mostly small fish
Same for Crappie, FAIR but many small and a couple Walleye caught recently.

SPRING LAKE (South & North) - Just south of Pekin off Manito Blacktop, 5 miles northwest of Manito, and there is a 25HP limit. (309-968-7135) **THIS AREA is CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Hunting Area
  -- with BANK FISHING ALLOWED ONLY AFTER 1pm--

- AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN TO BOATS ALL DAY ARE NORTH OF MAPLE ISLAND with ramp at
  north end at the Sky Ranch Road launch and IN PIKE HOLE with carry in boats --
  and Shore Fishing is allowed in entire lake after 1pm in Hunting areas or at boat ramps all day..

- - - - SOME ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -

BALDWIN LAKE - Just north of Baldwin off Route 154. - site Office 618-785-2555
--- There is a 50hp motor limit
-- Winter Hours 8 am - 5 pm through Feb. 15th
-- Hours: February 16 - April 15: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
* check with site Office 618-785-2555
A SOUTHERN PORTION OF LAKE Is CLOSED During Waterfowl Season from Nov 1st till Feb. 1st

BRAIDWOOD LAKE -
-- Daily Hours will be 6 am - 6:30 p.m.
* This Lake is CLOSED for the season..

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
* 2017 New Fish Limit Regs =   Walleye . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Blue or Channel Catfish . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate

Check with Ol´ Joe for latest Fishing Reports
Also: Joe is trying very hard to sell his business in 2018, so if anyone is interested,
  please call him at 217-935-6244. Health, main reason.

REMEMBER an easterly area of Clinton Lake (The Waterfowl Refuge Area) between the DeWitt Bridge East (CH14) and the Rt. 48 Bridge is CLOSED for season and remains Closed typically until April 1st (but due to weekend, could be March 30th in 2018.?)...

A PORTION OF LAKE FROM ABOUT IP POINT UP TO 54 BRIDGE IS CLOSED

* January 20th - Terry Davis of Feel The Thump Guide Service will be at Bass Pro in East Peoria from 12pm - 4pm Stop by to learn more about his guide service or to book a trip on Clinton lake or Lake Shelbyville.

*January 26th-28th - Terry Davis of Feel The Thump Guide Service will be at the Fish & Feather Expo in Bloomington, Illinois. Stop by to book a trip on Clinton or Shelbyville or to talk Crappie fishing, electronics, equipment. He will also have Bobby Garland Baits on display along with other equipment he uses. Terry is looking forward to talking to those that stop by.

COFFEEN LAKE - SE of Hillsboro off Rt 127 or south of Coffeen off Rte 185, site office 217-537-3351.
-- There is a 25hp motor limit.
* During the Central Zone waterfowl season: No fishing north of the railroad tracks (upper pool) until after 1pm daily through Jan. 31st

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
 --- Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for your bait and current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield 62703 just a mile west from the lake dam. You can call them at (217) 679-1800
** While there, Check out his New baits and the KRAZY BLADES - One of the best White Bass, Walleye and Crappie Lures made..! BigRedsBait.com

LaSALLE LAKE -
* This Lake is CLOSED for the season..

NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
As written in the fishing regs booklet :** The cold arm of Newton Lake shall be CLOSED daily
from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm to all fishing and boat traffic except for legal waterfowl hunters during waterfowl season commencing with regular duck season through the close of the Canada goose and regular duck season.
* For here - Regular South Waterfowl Season for 2017: Nov. 23 - Jan. 31

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
- Shore fishing is Open with hours through April of 8am - 4pm
- - THIS LAKE remains CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING - -
and set to REOPEN TO BOAT FISHING FEB. 15th - -

SANGCHRIS LAKE - South of Springfield off I-55 Exit 82 - go east on Route 104 about 10 miles.
-- Lake has a 25HP limit, Lake site office # 217/498-9208 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
* * THE WEST and EAST ARMS OF LAKE and Small AREA NEAR DAM ARE CLOSED DURING WATERFOWL SEASON to boat traffic effective Oct. 18th through Jan. 31, 2018 (during this time fishing boat traffic is permitted in the center hot arm only).


- LINKS or Other Lake Reports outside Central Illinois. -

- For Chicago area and southern to central Wisconsin Fishing Reports check out the
Chicago Sun-Times Outdoors section by  Dale Bowman


- MARK TWAIN LAKE in Missouri
---Check Out The Fishing Reports from the Good people at
South Fork Resort


  -   NORFORK LAKE in Arkansas
For current reports or to set up an Awesome fishing trip (we highly recommend), check Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters at www.stroutfitters.com
- Here is latest Report from Tom:   - The cold and snow last week sure changed Norfork Lake. The water temperature dropped almost 4 degrees and moved the stripers.
I pre-fished Thursday morning and started where we caught all the fish the previous week. I found plenty of shad and that usually brings the stripers. We fished all morning and only had 1 bite.
Friday I took my clients to where the bait was and fished for another 7 hours moving all around the Blue Lady and 101 flats. I was always on shad and had 2 stripers hooked but we never boated them. Sometimes in life you look at all the wrong places to find what is right in front of you.
The assumption is in winter is find the shad and you will find the stripers. When the water turns cold the shad will always move deeper and the stripers will follow. I have followed that logic all the time in the winter with great success.
The next day I started looking in Float Creek since there was bait and a few fish caught there the day before. My son Sean was out looking around and text me an image of a massive number of stripers and hybrids in 28 foot of water with no bait around. We immediate went to Duck Blind Point and hooked up and landed 3 stripers. We stayed on the fish but they quit biting when the sun went behind the clouds and the wind turned east. Sean also found stripers shallow in Float Creek near the boat docks. The moral of the story is quit doing the same thing over and over and do not be afraid to change up your pattern. You just may find the mother lode of stripers.
Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 51 years and they guide out of Tracy Ferry Marina; you can reach him at  www.stroutfitters.com  , 870-421-1541 or on Facebook
We have fished with Tom a couple times and would highly recommend you caontact him for your next fishing trip.!


- Read about our Outdoor Writers/Broadcasters Visit a few years ago at Kentucky Lake.


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