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- 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 May 23, 2018

WE WISH YOU ALL A SAFE & HAPPY Fishing Season..!
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.




- Fishing has really picked recently..
Some lakes have a few different species spawning and
Fishing could remain Fairly GOOD for few weeks as weather warms up..
Check our site for other Fishing info and events or just to get our Email..
Again - THANKS To All Who Support our site and shared reports, stories and photos -
We Truly Appreciate them all.!!
-- Get OUT and ENJOY the Outdoors this Memorial Day weekend & some GOOD FISHING too.

- We have noticed mosquitoes are out already and soon will be those pesky Gnats or all biting insects.
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..
Don´t subject yourself or your pet to unnecessary pest attacks! To get your bottle now,
  visit www.vanillabugspray.com for locations or to order..
    Get out and ENJOY..!
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- One other note is that we have heard there may be lots of ticks this spring...
Be Aware and here is a tip on - Tick Removal:
Spring is here and so are the ticks. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,
or your pets. Give it a try.
"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. Less traumatic and easy.."
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* With fishing season getting Good, this would a great time to set-up your guided trips..
- Consider hiring a local guide for a fish catching day out. They will not only provide good info
  but you will learn some useful fish catching techniques.
Check with the Guides that sponsor this page & those listed in our reports below.
* Or, Check with us for a list of Guides we recommend...


  - - Notes Of Interest : -
* The IL Dept of Natural Resources is alerting watercraft owners of changes in the IL Boat Registration & Safety Act taking effect June 1, 2018 The changes push back the expiration date of three-year IL watercraft registrations from June 30th to Sept 30th. The law also repeals Water Usage Stamp that was required for use of non-powered watercraft in IL. For full details, to find the watercraft applications page and More - Click HERE
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- Wear Your Life Jacket: Life jackets save lives, & IL law requires life jackets or life vests (personal floatation devices, PFDs) be available for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft.
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* From the IDNR Division of Fisheries.. Attention Anglers: Mussels May Not Be Used as Bait in Illinois
– Illinois fishing regulations prohibit the use of mussels of any species from any waters
  of the state as fish bait.
* An error regarding use of mussels appears in printed copies of the 2018 Illinois Fishing Information booklet (the online version of the booklet reflects the correct regulation).
Illinois fishing regulations now allow persons with a fishing license to possess up to 50 relic (dead) mussel shells by those who collect shells, or by those collecting relic mussel shells for educational purposes. To review the 2018 Illinois Fishing Information booklet online, go to the I Fish Illinois website link at https://www.ifishillinois.org/regulations/2018FishingGuide.pdf
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  IDNR ask anglers to Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species !  Best way
  is to: Remove, Drain, Dry, Your Boat Every Time  To fight the spread
  of aquatic invaders, "Be a Hero - Transport Zero."  Learn more HERE
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- Our friend Jonn Graham of CAMP SMALLMOUTH wants to again remind us all that the annual stream smallmouth season is now underway. The law states that from April 1 to June 15 all stream smallmouth must be immediately released. This law pertains to all moving bodies of water with the exception of the Mississippi, Wabash, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers. This regulation was enacted years ago by the joint efforts of the Illinois DNR and the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance.
Of course, the law is driven by the fact that the above dates are the time period when most stream smallies spawn. Immediate release provides the best chance for the future of the fishery here in IL.
Jonn says "Spread the word to friends and any other anglers you see out on the water. Many anglers who do not chase smallies regularly often do not know about the regulation. Education is the key.
  AS ALWAYS!.............HAIL TO THE SMALLIE"
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* The New 2018 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format
on the IDNR website . Regulations in this guide are effective from April 1, 2018
through March 31, 2019.

* * There are some NEW LIMIT REGS for 2018,
  CHECK Below for a few of the Central IL Lakes. * *

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- For Bank Fishing Opportunities in Illinois that are easily accessible,
  visit IDNR Bank Fishing page

- Disabled Outdoor Opportunities website
- And Accessible Fishing Areas in Illinois

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- The IDNR is asking for your help to gain important information about Muskies caught in Illinois waters
by reporting them via Muskie Creel Survey Report Card The information gained from anglers is invaluable. This survey is jointly sponsored by the Illini Muskies Alliance and the IDNR.
Completing this form as soon as you can after your catch is much appreciated!

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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 of the Chicago Sun-Times has this Reminder: Perch fishing on Lake Michigan is
  Closed through June 15. That Closure also includes a closure on the Chicago River.


- ILLINOIS RIVER
- The river level came up again from recent rains and
crested today (May 23rd) about 2 foot below flood level at LaSalle
- Reports from weekend and early in week:
    Catfish were Fairly GOOD and White Bass were FAIR-SLOW..


For - OTHER LAKE REPORTS Outside Illinois -
can be found at bottom of this page
or Click HERE



ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
* New 2018 Large or Smallmouth Bass Limit Regs = 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
  of 12 inch Minimum Length Limit..

DAWSON LAKE - East of Bloomington Exit #149 on I-74, North (right) through LeRoy 4-miles on CH21 then East at Moraine View State Park sign.
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake for those with motors over 10hp.
- Not much Reported this week but Catfish were FAIR and
Crappie were FAIR-GOOD with more small fish recently

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
- No New Reports for this week
* He wants me to REMIND anglers of the Rules at Emiquon,
      and Rule #10 = No live bait except worms.
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- - Check their website for updated rules & permits required, or go to Official Site RULES file.
* A LAKE ACCESS PERMIT is required for boating and fishing Each Year - Free & 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.
Again - - Check their website for updated rules & permits required, 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.

-- BAIT SHOP is OPEN with Hours: 8 am – 4 pm -- 7 Days/Week
-- BOAT RENTAL is OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY Fri., Sat. & Sun. with Hours: 8 am – 4 pm
* On MAY 26th BOAT RENTAL Hours will be: 8 am – 4 pm 7 Days/Week

* Make Sure You Have a Boat Sticker..!

- Bass were FAIR at times on plastics, swimjigs and spinnerbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD with several smaller fish on jigs/twisters and/or minnows
    - Guide Paul Center had this to add: "Your favorite method of catching Crappie should still be working.
     If you are not get bites, do not forget to try little deeper. "
    ** For a guide trip to Lake Bloomington or Evergreen Lake
    contact Paul Center of Angling Adventures at 309-454-8942

HEIDECKE LAKE - site office ph 815/942-6352
- - Lake is OPEN daily until sunset;
  Boat launch opens at 6am, AND Shore-fishing Opens at 6:30am.
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD crankbaits along rock with report of a nice Smallie too
- Crappie were GOOD over weekend on jigs and/or minnows
- Hybrids were FAIR-SLOW recently
- Walleye were FAIR-GOOD with many small fish on trolled crankbaits with few 15 - 19 inch fish.
- WhiteBass were FAIR on jigs with twisters and/or minnows with some Yellow Bass too

HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES -
  2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N & then next right.
* * Lakes are OPEN for season through September 3rd this year.
 Lakes are Closed on Mondays except Memorial Day and Labor Day. All you need to fish is
 a state license and one of their permits, which you can fill out on-site and lasts all season.
 They have updated their rules and catch limits this year, on the advice of the IDNR.
  For the complete Rules & Regs details, click HERE

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 with a 40hp limit and Permit Required.
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies near docks and sea walls
- Catfish were FAIR at times
- Crappie were FAIR on jigs and/or minnows and little scattered

    ** For a guide trip to Lake Bloomington or Evergreen Lake
    contact Paul Center of Angling Adventures at 309-454-8942

* Good News For bait:  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop   is OPEN for the season..!
* Check with them for your bait & latest reports   2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso, IL on US 24  
- Mike from Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop west of El Paso says: Crappie were Fairly GOOD over weekend on minnows and jigs in 8 - 12 foot of water. Look for them to be moving up more..

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.!
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD and fun for the kids.
* For bait, Check  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop 2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso, IL on US 24.!

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
- Lake level is slightly down with water temps in low 70s
Various reports of FAIR Walleyes on crankbaits and WhiteBass have been FAIR

 
 
 
 - Dennis says that Shelbyville was still very hot and what
  a beautiful day (Saturday) to fish in the kayak. He had
  good luck with both minnows and jigs producing nice
  fish about 8 feet down in 12 feet of water
  just outside of standing timber.
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 - Crappie Guide Terry Davis tells us: "We have continued to stay down on Lake Shelbyville and it´s not a
 hard decision when the fishing is on fire and the quality of fish we see daily to take our clients down here.
 This week we have caught fish anywhere from 18 inches under a cork to 15 ft deep. The fish are in
 all different stages of spawn and as someone put it perfectly they are ´dazed and confused.´ As the warmer
 months arrive we will mainly be doing week day trips to avoid the heavy boat traffic on weekends.
 We have also already started booking for the fall so don’t miss out on some phenomenal fall fishing
  this year. I am expecting it to be even better than last year."

    Visit   www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com or   call Terry @ 309-212-6817   to book a trip..

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
- Our friend Jack tell us on Saturday the parking lot was full and they caught lots of
  small Crappies on minnows. But some friends, fishing with worms, caught a nice mixed bag of
  four decent Crappies, a Bass and a legal Walleye using a small Bluegill as bait.

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..

- Bass were FAIR recently around shallow cover
- Catfish are picking up with few along areas of rock
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD on jigs around brush with a few out deeper.
  (See US Army Corps Report below for more)
- - Read the latest Fishing Report from US Army Corps who says:
"Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water !"

SHABBONA LAKE -
- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
-- Water temps were in mid to upper 60s
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics, jigs and crankbaits
- Bluegills are FAIR-GOOD around beds
- Catfish were FAIR and improving.
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD little scattered, most on jigs with some on minnows.
- Hybrids are SLOW with a few caught recently
- Report of a couple Muskie in 40 inch range caught over weekend
- Walleye were SLOW-FAIR on jigs & crawlers or leeches

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)

* New 2018 Large or Smallmouth Bass Limit Regs = 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
  with Protected Slot Length Limit; 12-18 inches..

* New 2018 White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie Limit Regs = 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
  with no more than 10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches..

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BRAIDWOOD LAKE -
-- Daily Hours are 6 am - sunset
- - Not much reported again.?
- Bass still FAIR along weeds on plastics, jigs and crankbaits
- Catfish remain FAIR on most baits

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

- Ol´ Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle tells us:
- Bass are FAIR-GOOD on plastics, crankbaits & spinnerbaits.
- Bluegills are GOOD on wax worms
- Catfish are GOOD on most baits
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD with minnows and some on jigs
- Stripers are little SLOW but a few being caught
- WhiteBass are FAIR-GOOD on jigs and bladebaits with some on minnows too.

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.

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.
- Our friend Ken tells us: "Coffeen Lake is at full pool. Main lake water temperatures were mid to upper 80s and mostly clear. The hot water arm is in the lower 90's and murky.
Bass fishing was Fair. Most fish were caught on a junebug colored ned rig. No report on other species."

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass FAIR on plastics, small crankbaits and swimbaits
- Catfish remain FAIR-GOOD on most baits
- Crappie are FAIR 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
** 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 -
- Lake is Open Daily to fishing 6 am - sunset..
* Reminder or boaters, the new wind velocity rule of 12 mph will cause the ramps to be CLOSED.
With the windy days we have - it would be a good idea to
Call ahead at (815) 357-1608 to enquire on openings.


- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD with a few Blues too

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
- Lake is Open Daily with SUMMER HOURS (May 1st - Sept. 30th): 6am - 8pm

   * For guided Catfish trip on Powerton, contact Jason Hill
    of Hill´s Guide Service   217-855-2692   - or   www.illinoiscatfishguide.com

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 on plastics and spinnerbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD around shore cover
- Crappie are FAIR and scattered out deeper on jigs and/or minnows
 - - Check with Trevor at Big Red´s Bait and Tackle for current reports
  at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield on your way to lake..

** For guided Catfish trips on Sangchris Lake, contact Jason Hill of Hill´s Guide Service
  217-855-2692   - or   www.illinoiscatfishguide.com


- 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:   May 21st - The fishing on Norfork Lake continues to improve. The shad are still spawning and the Stripers are on a very early morning bite.
We are catching Stripers as soon as we get a bait in the water somewhere around 5 am. The bite does not last long and is usually over by 7am. I am seeing a shift in the bite due to the hot May weather.
This past week I boated over 35 Stripers in three days but the weekend with the boat traffic and people fishing slowed the bite. What´s now happening is the Stripers are beginning to feed heavy on crawdads, which means they are very shallow, then they are moving to deep water.
I have yet to find a consistent deep-water bite but it is only a matter of time and you will catch them later in the morning. Right now, we are catching them on weighted floats set at 15 and 30 feet, long lines with split shots and planner boards with the bait 20 feet behind the board.
The odd thing this past week is where I have been catching them, normally it has been off the points but we found large schools of male Stripers in waters 90 to 140 foot feeding on shad before and shortly after light.
There is some topwater but it does not last long. Start looking at Robinson Point in the 20 to 30 foot of water range near the bottom. The stripers will be feeding on crawdads. Start very shallow then continue to move out till you find them. This pattern will occur all over the lake as the water continues to warm.
We are near or at the 80 degree water temperature all over the lake. The lake is also being drawn down a few inches every day, so start planning on switching to a full summer pattern within the next week or so.

  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 contact him for your next fishing trip.!


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


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