NOTE: As of January 1st, No person born on or after January 1, 1998,
unless exempted by subsection (i),
shall operate a motorboat with over 10 horse power unless that person has a valid
Boating Safety Certificate issued by
the Dept of Natural Resources or an entity or organization recognized and approved by the Dept.
- The IDNR Division of Fisheries has NEW regulations Now in effect for
the harvest of Flathead Catfish due to concerns about the overharvest of this large fish species.
Read the Press Release and Full Details HERE
* The New 2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format on
the IDNR website
you can read or print you a copy that will be Effective: April 1st through March 31, 2017.
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- LOCAL PONDS & STRIP MINE LAKES -
- Ed sent us this photo
of Elmer´s ice fishing catch
at Park pond in East Central, IL
- T-Roy had Good day
Ice fishing last week
in Bloomington area
- 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 CORPS has to begun lower Norfork Lake approximately 9” a day, the lake already has dropped 4 ½ feet. The quick draw down will change the fish movements. The current has increased so the fish will relate to that more then anything else. Look for them in the river channel of the lake. Stripers now can be anywhere from Robinson Point, up to Mallard Point, and in the Howard Cove area. February is a hard month to fish for stripers. I usually avoid fishing February and spend my time at sport shows and snow goose hunting. In normal years the first part of the month the pattern is the same as January, however with the high water, high water temperature for this time of year, and the lake draw down all bets are off on what and where the stripers will roam. They must feed, that’s one sure constant. Find the shad and you will find the stripers. As the month proceeds, the weather will turn warmer and we should start getting some south winds. That’s when the shad and stripers start moving. Start watching the water temperature and once it’s in the middle to high fifties, start moving up the creeks starting half way up. The shad will start moving and the stripers will follow. If we get a warmer period the second half of February the night bite will start. I think this year we should see an early bite for stripers both day and night. Next week I will be at sport show so I plan on skipping the next two weeks of fishing reports. I will put out my spring article on early striper tactics in late February, until then good luck fishing. For you out of area folks, you might want to get your calendars out and start making your spring plans now. Winter has been very mild on Norfork Lake so it’s been a wonderful time to be on the lake, much like early spring. The stripers along with the other predator species remain in their winter feed patterns but with the air and water temperatures not as low as normal the spring bite could arrive sooner than you think..
A good tool to use to make your plans with is on the web at www.FishNorfork.com for everything Norfork Lake!
For a real outdoor adventure, you might consider a striper fishing trip combined with a pheasant hunt. It's a blast!
- Tom Reynolds has fished Lake Norfork for over 36 years and guides out of Tracy Ferry Marina;
you can reach him at www.stroutfitters.com or 870-421-1541 or on Facebook.
** Reading these Norfork reports it is hard to know the time and 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)
** THIS AREA HAS Re-OPENED TO ALL FISHING --
DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
* * THIS LAKE HAS Re-OPENED TO FISHING --
HEIDECKE LAKE -
* Lake is CLOSED to Fishing for the season till April 1st, 2016 --
HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES - 2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N and then next right.)
* * Lakes are CLOSED for the season..
And will Re-open to fishing in 2016.
There are several new rules & Regs for next season you need to
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 HAS Re-OPENED TO FISHING --
PRAIRIE LAKE in Jim Edgar/ Panther Creek State F&W Area -
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake for motors over 10hp
- No Reports
** If you are looking for a Great new place to stay while fishing or hunting at JEPC Park,
We recommend you check Plattner�s Ghost Hollow Lodge only 5 miles from the park, by
calling 217-458-2526 or 217-971-5256 or Click their logo on bottom right Sponsors section of this page
to Find Them on Facebook
Make Sure to Contact Them for Directions ! - Tell them Larry sent you..!
REND LAKE -
- 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
- - The US Army Corps says
"Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water! " And
- Please use these
collection stations for recycling monofilament fishing line
provided at various locations around Lake.
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.
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 HAS Re-OPENED TO ALL FISHING --
- - - - SOME ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -
BRAIDWOOD LAKE -
* * This Lake is CLOSED for the season..
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
- Check with Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle for latest reports
and ALL your fishing needs. During this winter season they will remain Open and have bait all season but only with morning hours.
* Ol´ Joe says the Bait Shop is FOR SALE well as the Buiding next door,
just give him a call at 217-935-6244 if interested..!
As of Jan. 25th - The dock at West Side boat access was still Closed pending repairs.
REMEMBER an easterly area of Clinton Lake (The Waterfowl Refuge Area) between the DeWitt Bridge East (CH14) and the Rt. 48 Bridge
is CLOSED and will re-open no later than 3:00 pm on MARCH 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 for White Bass ..!
LaSALLE LAKE -
Lake is open with Daily Hours of 6 a.m. - sunset 7-days a week.
** LAKE is CLOSED for the season thru March 15, 2016.
NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
** The Entire Lake has Re-Opened to all fishing.
POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
* Powerton Lake is OPEN TO SHORE FISHING ONLY
but - NO BOAT FISHING till FEB. 15th - -
WINTER HOURS (through - April 30th): 8am - 4pm
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 HAVE Re-OPENED TO ALL FISHING --
- No current reports, but Scott tells us a week ago the water was dirty with temps in 40s and fishing was real Slow..
-- Check with Trevor at Big Red´s 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 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 a fishing trip (we would recommend),
check STR Outfitters at www.stroutfitters.com
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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
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