- 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..
- This real cool down in the weather may have slowed the bite a little but it does feel Good.
Looks like the next week or so will be rainless and more stable weather, so Fishing should be GOOD..
With Summer weather, Be Sure To
Protect yourself from the sun and the heat, drink plenty of liquids, Get out and ENJOY..!..
- Hope You All can Get out and ENJOY the Outdoors along some GOOD FISHING..!
We find those pesky Gnats are out and if you do too = do as we do and not leave home or go out without a bottle or two of The Original Vanilla Bug Spray to repel those biting gnats, flies and mosquitoes..
To get your bottle, visit www.vanillabugspray.com for locations or to order..
- BULLFROG season is underway and runs through Aug 31
Bullfrogs may be taken by hand, fishing pole and line fishing, landing net, bow & arrow or bow and spear or gig.
You must have a sport fishing license and limits are
8 bullfrogs daily limit with 16 bullfrogs possession limit
* The Illinois DNR is making changes to yellow perch regulations on Lake Michigan to reflect the wishes of perch anglers
while continuing to protect the lake’s perch fishery. For the first time since 2001, perch fishing will be open during the month of July,
the most popular month for perch angling. The number of fish allowed per angler remains at 15 per day.
Starting in 2015, yellow perch fishing will close from May 1 to June 15 to further safeguard the spawning stock.
Illinois perch anglers have indicated support for a spring closure to protect pre-spawn and spawning perch from harvest.
Read the full ANNOUNCEMENT
- - Notes Of Interest : -
* There´s a New Bait & Tackle shop in Sterling - FISHEADS -
behind Fineline Body Art at corner 3rd and Ave G
Owner Shannon says he has live bait and frozen for the Catfish anglers and more.
He also builds the SS Custom Fishing Rods (can find on FB) along with good supply of tackle.
If you are headed to the Rock River for some fishing, stop by FISHEADS or call 815-564-0406
- 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.
* 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 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.
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- ILLINOIS RIVER
- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream :
-- Well, here we are again, with recent rains the River was back up in Flood Stage at La Salle and near at Peoria but is starting to drop below again.
Looking ahead at a week of rainless weather (not sure if rainless is a word ?),
the River should drop towards normal soon..?
Maybe next week we can find some fishing reports..?
- LOCAL PONDS & STRIP MINE LAKES -
- Bass were FAIR along weed edges with topwater baits working early and late in day.
- Bluegills were GOOD in the weeds or along weed edge - look for those pockets..
- Carl caught this 6 pound Bass on a
crankbait at Frank Holten State Park
in 6 feet of water.
He feels the cooler weather lowered the surface temp
to 75 which brought the fish up shallower.
- Our friend John caught this
40 inch Pike on a trolled
Flicker Shad crankbait
at Devils Lake, ND
- 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 :
" Norfork Lake is at normal pool for the summer with water temperature in the low 80s
and water visibility is stained. The Stripers & Hybrids are feeding on crawdads in 35 to 40 foot of water on the flats near the old river channel.
The bite begins before dawn and continues until 8 AM. Once the sun is bright, move off into the channel. Stay in 80 to 120 feet of water,
the stripers are starting to school and the schools are roaming along the old river channel next to the flats.
Live bait is the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are now being caught trolling using umbrella and Alabama rigs.
Also spoons have produced a few nice fish. I caught stripers near the dam, the Brushy Creek area, and in Big Creek.
The method was down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6 foot leader counted down to depth of the stripers.
I took Sara & Chris out and they caught their limit of stripers. Now is the time to get out on the lake.
The stripers are on the feed and the action will continue.
The Walleye have moved to their summer pattern and can be caught by trolling crank baits, nightcrawlers on worm harnesses, and spoons.
The walleye are staying between 25 and 30 foot of water on the flats, brush piles, and rounded points. Look at East Pigeon Creek, the Panther Bay area, Hand Cove, and the flats leading into Float Creek.
-- Also check out Tom´s Blog for Summer Striper Tactics on June 27th post.
ARGYLE LAKE - In Argyle State Park SW of Macomb off US 136 309-776-3422
- - No New Report - this is from july 9th
- Bass are FAIR on plastics and crankbaits
- Catfish were FAIR on dip baits and shad best in evenings
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR on minnows
BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)
- Bass were FAIR on plastic, swimbaits and crankbait along weed edge (and better with timber near) with some on topwater early or late.
- Bluegills were FAIR with mostly small fish on waxies and cricket
- Catfish were FAIR on cut bait, liver and dip baits in evenings
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.
- Bass were just FAIR on plastics, crankbaits and topwater along weed edges and near dam in morning and evening.
- Bluegills are FAIR-GOOD on wax worms and red worms along weed edge and near docks
- We found Crappie FAIR on trolled crankbaits with many small fish in 12 - 14 foot water.
- Catfish were FAIR last week on dip baits and chicken liver along edges in early morning or later evening .
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.
- Jack tells us last Friday the Bass were FAIR on plastics and small spinners in and behind the leafy looking weeds.
EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to http://experienceemiquon.com
-- Jack tells us Bass were little Slower last week on plastics but caught Bass (and couple Crappie) on a small spinner bait and trolled the ditch edges back toward the ramp.
He also caught Crappie on a fluke.
His buddy who fished earlier last week found large & fat Bluegills to be FAIR-GOOD on worms
fishing among scattered clumps of moss where he also caught several Bass on the same bait.
Mike Conlin (Retired-Illinois DNR Fisheries Chief) has started an online petition to
"Stop The Proposed Project Endangering Emiquon Preserve".
Mike urges us all to read and signing the petition. It is very easy to do..
.. just Click on this Link
to view the petition and sign on to support this effort.
* New permits are required for boating and fishing each year and 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 are FAIR on plastics, swimbaits and crankbaits along weed edges and timbered points
- Bluegills are FAIR-GOOD but many small on waxies and crickets.
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits, liver and dip baits
- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW and takes some sorting on jig/minnows with some tight to cover and some suspended over deeper brush (keep moving around) with few on trolled crankbaits.
- Saugeye are little SLOW again this week.
- WhiteBass were FAIR-SLOW just watch for them busting the surface near big coves in mornings & evenings..
* The Bait Shop & Boat Rental are Open 7 days/week from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For detail check http://www.mcleancountyil.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=157
HEIDECKE LAKE -
-- Lake Hours are daily until sunset; launch opens at 6am, shore-fishing at 6:30am.
- - Last week the Lake had a lot of small shad everywhere and local angler called it "the Heidecke summer shad hatch".!
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits and dip baits in mornings and evening with shore anglers still doing well.
- Crappie were SLOW .
- Walleye were little SLOW this week.
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 are FAIR along weed edges or near timber off points and along bluffs on plastics, swimjigs and crankbaits with some on topwater late in day
- Bluegills were FAIR but small on waxies and crickets near weed edge, docks and sea walls
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits, liver and Hoss´s Hawg Bait dip baits from Mike´s Minnow Bucket west of El Paso
- Crappie are SLOW-FAIR on jigs and/or minnows with many small fish suspended over brush in 10 - 16 foot water.
- Hybrid Striper were SLOW-FAIR on topwater where there is surface feeding fish
We have had anglers who want to : 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 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)
-- Not much reported again from here
- Bluegills were FAIR but small on waxies and crickets.
- Catfish were FAIR on dip baits in evenings
for Lake Eureka
* Mike´s Minnow Bucket 2.7 miles west of I-39 from El Paso on US 24.
Hours are 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..
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 July 14 - July 20th: "
We have had some pretty good rains this past week and the lake is on the way up.
It is three-feet over summer pool and still slightly rising each day. The water temps are running about 82
and the water color is gin clear on the south end and has some good stain on the north end.
This has done nothing to slow down the crappie bite and this is what we are fishing for every day now.
The white bass are too unpredictable for me to chase around and those that you find are small.
We are targeting down trees, standing trees and brush piles all on the main lake and for the most part
out on channel banks. The fish are hovering around 11-17 feet down in much deeper water using heavy
branches on trees to hide under. They are also using the thickest brush piles you can find
and burying themselves in them. Both of these types of structure gives them protection from the bright sun
and ability to ambush their prey.
We simply use a special slip bobber rig using twenty-pound braid and a lighter line for a leader
so we can get into the thick of anything and get our rigs back. The crappie are coming in the boat so fast
that three anglers can expect to catch close to 200 a day. I have seen some very big fish over two pounds
the last couple of weeks as well. Summer crappie fishing on Shelbyville is on fire and will be all summer so get
Also I have several openings coming up so check my website at www.LakeShelbyvilleGuide.Com "
- Richard sent us this photo
of Nice Slab Crappie that
Louis caught over weekend.
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 or crankbaits along weed edges and near timber and on topwater early
- Bluegills are FAIR-GOOD on waxies and crickets along weed edges and pockets
- Catfish are FAIR on cut baits, leeches and crawlers in evenings
-- Check with them at The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria for Bait & current reports
and info on Fishing in the area as well as the new lakes.
REND LAKE -
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits around cover and along break in 8-12 foot water
during day and some topwater early or real late in day.
- Bluegills are FAIR on wax worms, part crawler and crickets along shoreline cover and rocks with Sailboat Harbor being good shore fishing spot.
- Catfish are GOOD on Hoss´s Hawg Bait, cut bait along channel bends
and some having success drifting with the wind and fishing just off rocks out from shore.
- Crappie are FAIR on minnow and some on jigs around and over deeper brush with several small fish being caught.
- 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 were You can get your jar or bucket of Hoss´s Hawg Bait...!
- - 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
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.
SHABBONA LAKE -
- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Bass were FAIR along weed edges and deep timber on plastics, crankbaits and topwater with reports of a 22 & 23 inch fish at sunset last week.
- Bluegills were GOOD with some really nice fish too.
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on crawlers, dip bait and liver with some nice fish including a 9 pounder.
- Suprisingly, Denny says Crappie are FAIR on minnows fished over cribs, along weedlines and in shallow brush of 10 foot or less.
Good fish keeper rate about 1 out of 3..
- Hybrids were SLOW-FAIR with a 7 1/2 pounder caught last Friday evening
- Muskie were SLOW-FAIR with a 47 inch Muskie caught and released while trolling back to the boat launch over weekend
- Walleye were FAIR on leeches and minnows drifted along weed edges in 8 - 11 foot water.
*- The past weekend was Bluegill Contest Weekend to help raise funds for walleye restocking.
Results for 10 fish:
1st Place: Yuette Lee with 3.10 lbs
2nd Place: Nan and Barry Brummerstedt 3.00 lbs
3rd Place: Tiffany Linman 2.60 lbs
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 Report - this is from July 9th:
- Bass are FAIR on weedless baits
- Bluegills have been FAIR but small on waxies and part crawler
- Catfish are just FAIR on dip baits, cut bait and liver with evenings little better
And 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.
- - - - SOME ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -
CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
A PORTION OF LAKE FROM ABOUT IP POINT UP TO 54 BRIDGE IS CLOSED
--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 .!
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics, jigs and crankbait along edges and deep ends of timber
- Bluegills are FAIR-GOOD but small on waxies and crickets along shore cover and at launch docks
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits
- Crappie were SLOW with mostly small fish in coves on west part of lake
- Walleye were little SLOW this past weekend..
- WhiteBass remain FAIR-GOOD on jig/twister or spinners and a few on trolled crankbaits too
* Read a post last week 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 the 4th.!" ..
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.
- Ken tells us Water temps in Main lake were in upper 80s to low 90s and clear with lake slightly below full pool.
- He also says Bass were SLOW-FAIR mostly on soft plastics with watermelon/candy colored senko type baits best.
- Other reports say Bluegills were FAIR on waxies and part crawler
- And Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on dip baits, crawlers and shrimp
LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass are FAIR on plastics, jigs, spinners and crankbaits.
- Bluegills were little SLOW this week on waxies and crickets
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits.
- Crappie were little SLOW but some small fish on jigs and/or minnows
-- 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
LaSALLE LAKE -
-- Hours are still reported as daily 6 a.m. - sunset.
* Lake Hours are Daily 6 am to sunset.
- Only word is Blues were FAIR on cut baits and small shad over weekend
NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
-- This Report by the Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area:
- - Water temps reported over weekend were 94-97 and fairly clear
- Bass were FAIR on plastics and topwater around shore cover in mornings with some on and crankbaits fished deeper during day.
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW and small on waxies and red worms
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on cut bait, crawlers, shrimp and dip baits
- Crappie were SLOW
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
- Bryan caught this 10 pound Blue Catfish
on cut channel cat right in the
return channel in evening last week.
* 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 and some tips.. Tell them Larry sent you..!
* Oh Yeah, this is a place to get FIZARDS...! And the Rockport Rattler jigs with no lead in them.
Also check out their creek chubs, shiners and goldfish ..!
Bait Shop HOURS: Mon - Sat 6am to 6pm and Sun 6am to 4pm..
SANGCHRIS LAKE - South of Springfield off I-55 Exit 82 and go east on Route 104 about 10 miles, with a 25HP limit.
-- Sangchris Lake site office at 217/498-9208 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Bass were FAIR with mostly small this week on plastics, jigs or crankbaits along outer weedlines or near timber with some on topwater early.
- Bluegills were FAIR at times but also little SLOW at other times..? Most were small fish along weed edges in west arm on waxies and crickets.
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on cut baits, crawlers and dip bait and best in north part of lake arms.
- Crappie were little SLOW.
* The West Boat ramp remains Closed as of July 15th; construction has resumed with a completion date of early summer.
-- 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. -
The complete Guide to the Carlyle Lake area.
- 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 www.stroutfitters.com
--- View STR Outfitters Facebook page click here
for real time up to date each day or read Tom´s fishing blog here at http://stroutfitters.blogspot.com
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
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