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UPDATED Sept. 10, 2014
Thanks to all who read our reports; your support makes all the work worthwhile.
God willing we will try to keep these reports going to share with you again this year..!


- We appreciate those who have been sending us reports - THANKS .!
And we welcome any new reports others wish to share with other anglers and we really enjoy those photos too..

- Wow, word of some lakes showing a turnover... This may have impacted the Slower fishing reports.?
- With these cooler temps, cooler nights and the cold rains, the fish will be scattered more and may start setting up for fall feeding soon..
- Hope You All can Get out and ENJOY the Outdoors along some GOOD FISHING..!

- One other pesky thing starting now is the leaves and stuff on the water that gets on your line.. We learned a good trick several years ago while trolling, it was to keep your rod tip underwater so the stuff does not get on your line.. I tried it over the weekend by casting and putting the rod tip in the water and reeling - Cool - No cotton on line..!

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

Oct 18 - Fall Trout Season gets under way at 5 a.m. in Illinois...

* For those heading to the Rock River for some fishing, there is a
New Bait & Tackle shop in Sterling - FISHEADS - behind Fineline Body Art at corner 3rd and Ave G
Stop by FISHEADS or call 815-564-9510 and let me know what you think..


- Three New Laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2015 to help Improve Safety and Education in Illinois´ Waterways making outdoor recreation safe and enjoyable for everyone.
The three new laws expand boating safety education, improve safety and awareness of water skiers and tubers and increase penalties for those who operate watercraft under the influence.
Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure of a watercraft used in the commission of certain offenses related to operating under the influence. The new rules bring penalties for boating under the influence more in line with those for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after Jan. 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.
Senate Bill 2731, which mandates that the operator of any watercraft that is towing a person, such as a water skier or tuber, must display a bright orange flag measuring not less than 12 inches per side. The flag must be displayed from the time the person to be towed leaves the boat until that person returns to the boat at the conclusion of the activity.
So far in 2014, there have been 16 reported boating fatalities on Illinois waterways. Increased boating safety education and responsible boating practices may have prevented many of these fatalities.

- Construction to begin at Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River in McHenry County. The $16.7 million improvement project will install new dam gates and extend lock to reduce wait times for boat traffic. Lock construction will take place during the non-boating season, November 1 thru April 30. Boaters should be alert to the construction exclusion zones near the lock and dam and of the limited fishing access that will remain outside the construction fencing. The project is expected to be completed by November 2016.
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* One big thing to remember is no matter how bad the fishing may be for us anglers, those Bait Shop owners have tried to keep fresh baits for us all.
Please make sure to stop by and support those local (family run) bait shops for your bait, supplies and for current reports.
This will help to assure they make enough to stay in business and will be there for all us anglers when we need bait.

* One big thing to remember is no matter how fishing may be for us anglers,
those Bait Shop owners have tried 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 ans/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.

AND another good example of what I am saying was highlighed by the message we received Sept. 15, 2014 from Duane & Becky of The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria telling us this :
" We are sorry to announce that we will be closing our Bait Shop due to lack of fishing traffic
and/or business. We do not know for sure if it will be a permanent or temporary decision at this point but our last day to be open is Sunday September the 21st "

  This closing is Sad and we will miss them..!


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- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream :
- Over weekend and early in week the Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on cut baits and dip baits and
reports of WhiteBass were FAIR-SLOW on bladebaits, jigs and spinners in mornings near creeks or other river intakes
BUT all this will change as the river has been coming up and with this heavy rain it will continue to rise

- Bass were FAIR along weed edges on plastics, spinners and crankbaits.
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies along weed edge..
- Catfish were FAIR on dip baits and crawlers

  - Brandon and his brother caught some of the biggest Smallmouth Bass over 3 pounds at
the Lil Vermilion River in East Central IL on Friday in the rocks on plastics. And all fish were released ..!

  -   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
- Here is latest Report from Tom :
" Norfork Lake is dropping and now below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-80s but will be dropping with the cooler weather. The water visibility is clear.
The Stripers and Hybrids are feeding on this year´s hatch of young gizzard shad. These shad are about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 inches. If you’re using spoons make sure to match the hatch with your spoon size. The striper bite at first light and has lasted up 2 hrs. I try and be on the water by 5:15 am to get setup to catch the early bite. At first light they move into water deeper but will be in the 40’ range of water. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using spoons and trolling swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs.
This past week was great for striper fishing. Lots of fish were caught with the biggest being 30 lbs. This monster was caught on 2 1/2 inch gizzard shad. I took Betty Tater out along with her husband Harry. Harry has fished with me a lot and he wanted Betty to experience catching a striper. We started early and the bite started before light. We started by catching catfish, in fact we caught 3 cats and a small striper. We had over 20 bites but only managed a hybrid & striper. Again it is not all about catching your limit, this trip was a husband & wife enjoying a early morning together under the stars catching fish.
We look for stripers on Point 1, Dam Cove, Koso ( Front & Back), Thumb Point, Dam Cove, Barron Creek across from Hand Cove, & the Backbone of Shoal Creek. The method is down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6 foot leader counted down to depth of the stripers. "
** Reading these reports may be hard to know the time & work involved to get & keep bait to be able to catch these awesome fish, but We can verify the time and how much work it is for a live bait fishing guide as we spent 2 days with Tom from start to finish of day to understand "A day as a Guide" and all the time and work involved.   Read our full STORY HERE

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)
- Dave tells us Bass were little SLOW over weekend
- Bluegills were SLOW-FAIR and small along shoreline weeds
- Catfish were also FAIR-SLOW on crawlers and dip bait.

DAWSON LAKE - East of Bloomington Exit #149 on I-74, North through LeRoy 4-miles on CH21 then East at Moraine View State Park sign.
-- Not much reported from here this week
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, swim jigs and spinnerbaits along deep outer weed edge (look for weed formed points) with only a few on topwater.
- Bluegills remain FAIR-SLOW and small along weed edge
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR and small but some in 5 foot water this week.
- Catfish were FAIR on dip baits, liver and crawlers along timber and outer edges of weeds.

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton) - From State Route 78 in Canton, turn West on Vine Street (County Hwy. 21) go 3 miles turn right following County Hwy. 21 for 1-mile to cross-road (Cypress Rd.) and turn left (west), Lake is approx. 3/4 mile on right.
* * THIS LAKE WILL CLOSE TO FISHING - On OCT. 1st for the season --

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to
- No New Reports this week...
* New permits are required for boating and fishing each year - are free and available at Dickson Mounds Museum, 10956 N Dickson Mounds Rd, Lewistown, IL from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call The Nature Conservancy at (309) 547-2730.
- -Some of the site rules are: - No live bait except worms; - No bank fishing is allowed;
- No gas motors (not even on the boat) including ice augers.
- Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older and authorized by the minor´s parent or legal guardian.
- Boating and fishing are permitted between sunrise and sunset with additional restrictions applying
during waterfowl hunting season when fishing is allowed only between Noon and sunset.
- * NO boating, fishing or ice skating access before 12:00 pm during waterfowl hunting season & be aware that hunting might occur on the Preserve other times as well.
- - Check their site for updated rules or go to Official Site RULES file.

EVERGREEN LAKE - North of Bloomington to Exit #8 on I-39, and West just over 1-mile and turn left (south) at sign.
* This Lake has BOATING FEES and Evergreen Lake remains a 10 hp (or less) lake.
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics, spinners and crankbaits along shoreline weeds, along rock shorelines and ends of timber
- Bluegills were FAIR but smaller fish this week on waxies along weeds.
- Catfish were FAIR-SLOW on cut baits, liver and dip baits
- Crappie were little SLOW and scattered with some on minnows drifted over brush.
- Saugeye are little SLOW with a few small fish caught
  - Jason caught this Saugeye real early
  near fallen tree limbs 15 foot off bank
  on a bomber crawdad crankbait 7a
  over weekend and later this Bass
  less than a foot off bank in rocks
  on silver rat-L-trap.

* The Bait Shop is now Open with Fall Hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days/week.
The Boat Rental is now Open Fall Hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Bait Shop will close October 13th, and the Boat Rental will close October 6th for the season.

NOTE - During the weekdays staff is not present, please press buzzer on the front of the building for assistance.
For details check

-- Lake Hours are daily until sunset; launch opens at 6am, shore-fishing at 6:30am.
--- Reports still of large amounts of shad seen.
- Bass were SLOW-FAIR on small spinners along rocks and along weeds in north pool with a small Smallmouth along rocks too
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits and dip baits
- Couple Hybrids caught on roadrunner
- Walleye were FAIR-SLOW but should improve
- WhiteBass were FAIR along wind blow shorelines on jigs/twisters ro roadrunners
We heard * * The Lake may CLOSE to Fishing for the season on Oct. 7th --

LAKE BLOOMINGTON - North of Bloomington to Exit #8 on I-39, and East for 3 1/2-miles.
---This Lake does have a BOATING FEE and a 40hp limit and permit required.
- Bass remain somewhat FAIR along shoreline weeds or timber on plastics, spinners and crankbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW and small on waxies near docks and weed edges
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits and Hoss´s Hawg Bait
- Crappie are little SLOW and small on jigs and/or minnows around brush and timber.

We have had anglers Give shout outs to Mike´s Minnow Bucket again this year for ´Premium´ minnows. Great bait, even better than last year, nice new sign too. Note: Don´t worry if the garage doors are down, he´s just trying to keep the morning sun off the bait tanks.
*- For Bait if you come to lake from the north, stop by Mike´s Minnow Bucket 2.7 miles west of I-39 from El Paso on US 24.
Hours are opening at 3:00pm Mon - Thur and All Day Fri, Sat & Sun. with A Great supply of Good minnow, worms and more. This is also where you can get Hoss´s Hawg Bait, call Mike at 309-303-2375 and he will be there for you..

LAKE EUREKA - This Lake is only 30 acres, and is a good place for the family and kids, a lake where the whole shore line can be fished, there is a boat ramp and ONLY trolling motor use is allowed and if boat has a Motor on it, you must have a City Motor Permit but still May Not start it for any reason.! (Remember - No Minnows fishing Allowed)
- Fishing is reported as - SLOW last weekend

  Signs posting
  City Ordinances
  and Regulations
  for Lake Eureka

* Mike´s Minnow Bucket 2.7 miles west of I-39 from El Paso on US 24. Hours are opening at 3:00pm Mon - Thur and All Day Fri, Sat & Sun. A Great supply of Good minnow, worms and more. This is also where you can get Hoss´s Hawg Bait, call Mike at 309-303-2375 and he will be there for you.. Hours are 7am - 6pm Mon - Fri and as early as needed on Sat.

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951. *On June 5th the IDNR stocked 255,978 sauger into Lake Shelbyville from the nursery pond adjacent to the lake. It is hoped that a self-sustaining sauger fishery can be created for this lake.
And some 111,000 walleye fingerlings were also stocked by DNR hatcheries in May.

- Here is report from Guide Steve Welch for Sept 8 - 14th: " The area around the Bo-Woods boat ramp has started to turn over and soon this will spread throughout the lake. We have some cool weather coming and this will speed this up.
Currently I am seeing anything from 75-80 degree surface temps. The turnover will slow the bite in these areas so look for wind swept shore lines or creeks and fish shallow.
Once the turnover is done on the north end the fish will move shallow and start hitting jigs so good things are about to happen.
The south end is much deeper so it still has a strong thermocline at about 18 feet. We are fishing main lake structure with slip bobbers set at 12-15 feet depending on how much sun we have and how high the branches are. I keep my minnows very lively with on-board air system and that is key for getting those summer crappie.
We are still catching white bass on a jigging spoon in anywhere from 18-25 feet of water off of points and flats on the south end. They are mixed in with the huge buffalo so be prepared to hang on.
Very soon the white bass will move shallow on main lake flats and back in coves with feeder creeks. I like to chase them with one of my in-line spinners, You can fish this bait very shallow and a blade always catches bigger fish than a plain jig and twister. "
  - Jason Frerichs, his father-in-law Gary
  and brother-in-law Mike
  showing off a four man 60 fish limit
  of Crappie caught last week.

McMASTER LAKE at - SNAKEDEN HOLLOW - - NW of Peoria, just 1 1/2 miles East of Victoria South off IL Route 167, there is a 10HP limit. 309-879-2607
** The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria, 2 blocks south of U.S. 167 on Union St. has live bait & tackle open from an just before sunrise till 7 - 8pm, 7 days a week!! Stop in and tell Duane & Becky we said HI, or give them a call at 309-879-2401
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, swimbaits/flukes and crankbaits along weed edges and near deep ends of timber
- Bluegills are FAIR in most lakes on wax worms along weed edges
- Catfish were FAIR-SLOW this past week on cut baits, dip baits and crawlers in most lakes
- Reports of a couple small Walleye and a couple Muskie follows at McMasters recently this week.
** This may be the last report for here as our best resource for info was Duane & Becky of The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria.. They tell us they will be closing The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria due to lack of fishing traffic and/or business. Not sure if it will be a permanent or temporary decision at this point but their last day to be open is Sunday September the 21st
THIS IS SAD .! and is why we say we all need to support our local family run bait shops..

- Bass are FAIR on plastic, spinners and crankbaits
- Bluegills are FAIR on wax worms and red worms
- Crappie were FAIR around or over main lake brush on minnows and/or some on jigs.
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on dip bait (Hoss´s Hawg Bait), cut baits and crawlers along creek channels and after a rain at sub-dams
- Check with Todd Gessner Outdoors Guide Service on Rend Lake at 618-513-0520 for future fishing trips and make sure to look into a stay at the new Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club and they have a bait shop too..
* Gun Creek Bait & Tackle where You can get your jar or bucket of Hoss´s Hawg Bait...!
And to get your bottle or two of The Original Vanilla Bug Spray to repel those biting gnats, flies and mosquitoes..
- - Here is this week's Fishing Report from US Army Corps - Please fish safely! Always wear your life jacket on the water! Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center at 618-724-2493

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake has partnered with the Rend Lake Lunker Busters and Mt. Vernon Winnelson Company, to provide collection stations for recycling monofilament fishing line. Monofilament fishing line can be damaging to our environment and harmful to wildlife and visitors when not disposed of properly. Each year hundreds of animals are entangled in discarded fishing line. In addition, the improperly discarded fishing line causes damage to boat motors and can even entangle swimmers and divers. The recycling containers for monofilament line are provided at various locations around Rend Lake at many boat ramps. While at the lake, visitors are asked to place all used fishing line in the newly placed recycle containers but please do not place cans, bottles, or other trash in these special fishing line recycling bins. All used line that is collected will be sent to a manufacturer in Iowa where it will be made into fish habitat structures. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages all visitors to pitch in to make Rend Lake a safer and more beautiful place to recreate. For more info feel free to contact the Rend Lake Project Office at 11981 Rend City Road, Benton, IL 62812 or by phone at 618-724-2493.

- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, small spinners and crankbaits along weed edges with a 22 incher, 5.85 pounds and a 6 lbs 4 oz bass caught during the (ISHA) tournament over weekend.
- Bluegills were FAIR.
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on dip bait and liver with some nice fish being caught.
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR around and over cribs
- Muskie were SLOW but active in no-motor zone (last Friday Lakeside had 10 to 12 inch Muskie Suckers - Best check 1st now)
- Walleye were SLOW-FAIR along weed edge in east bay

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)
- - No New Reports -
Stop by Larry´s Restaurant & Family Bar at south end for their Awesome homemade tenderloins along with current reports.
-- Check with J & R Riverside Bait & Tackle in Pekin on your way for bait and latest reports.


CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
--A NO-WAKE speed limit is in effect from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise at Clinton Lake. Signs should be posted at the lake for reminders and a Violation will lead to a $75 ticket.
* Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle on Rt. 54 in DeWitt is Open from 5am - 5pm 7 days a week for ALL your fishing needs and full line license service.
- We can highly recommend you stop by or call Joe at 217-935-6244.
** Also, this is the place to get your   FIZARDS  .!
- Ol´ Joe´s report says the Crappie are improving ..
* Read a post few weeks ago where an angler had this to Share : "Shout-Out to Ol´ Joe´s Bait shop in Dewitt for the great info and bait. Any questions about the lake, ask them. They will put you on the fish for sure.! "
Check with Joe for latest update and Ol´ Joe says "Be Safe & Enjoy !" ..

COFFEEN LAKE - Southeast of Hillsboro off Rt 127 or south of Coffeen off Rt 185, site office 217-537-3351.
-- There is a 25hp motor limit.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, swim jigs and crankbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW on wax worms and some on small minnows.
- Catfish were FAIR on dip bait

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, swim jigs and crankbaits.
- Bluegills were SLOW
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD at times in mornings but slow up some during day on most baits.
- WhiteBass were SLOW-FAIR on jig/twisters and bladebaits
-- 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

NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
-- This Report by the Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area:
- Bass remain FAIR on plastics and crankbaits.
- Bluegills are little SLOW
- Catfish are FAIR on dip bait and cut shad near dam

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
-- SUMMER HOURS (May 1st - Sept. 30th): 6am-8pm   WINTER HOURS (Oct. 1st - April 30th): 8am - 4pm
- Fishing was a little SLOW this past week but also very few reports..?
* Check with at J & R Riverside Bait & Tackle in Pekin (309) 347-3793 on your way for bait and latest reports or his full line of tackle, Baits and some tips.. Tell them Larry sent you..!

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.
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics, swimjigs or crankbaits along deeper outer weed edges and near deep timber.
- Bluegills remain FAIR-SLOW along weed edges on waxies.
- Catfish are FAIR on cut baits, shrimp and dip bait.
* The West Boat ramp and road leading to as well as the parking lot for the West Boat ramp remains Closed as of Sept 8th; with re-construction on going and a completion date (hopefully) sometime in mid-late Sept.
-- Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield on your way to lake..

- LINKS or Other Lake Reports outside Central Illinois. -

- For Chicago area and southern 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 a fishing trip (we would recommend), check STR Outfitters at
--- View STR Outfitters Facebook page click here for real time up to date each day or read Tom´s fishing blog here at

If you are thinking of Fishing or Hunting this year
Check the Reports & specials from Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

- Read about our Outdoor Writers/Broadcasters Visit at Kentucky Lake last fall..

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