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However, we cannot assure total accuracy of info supplied along with any human errors that may occur.

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UPDATED Oct. 19, 2016



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.

-- Record breaking temps on Monday and above average on Tuesday along with very windy conditions..
With that, there were very few anglers out recently but this cold front will cool back to normal
and by weekend fishing should pick up..
- The leaves are change making for a Wonderful time to be outdoors and a good chance to see eagles.
- One fall pesky thing happening 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..
With cooling waters temps, baitfish are moving to the mouth of coves.
With that, you will find fish in these areas too.!
- Check our Fall tips on Home page and/or our Fall Fishing Season article.
- Be Safe & Get out to ENJOY the Fall & some GOOD FISHING..!

- BE AWARE that some lakes have been drawn down for the winter..!
* Use Caution
at the launches..

** NOTE -- With waterfowl hunting seasons is in for Central Zone,
    some lakes are CLOSED or Partially CLOSED to fishing.

-- Check below in reports for the Closure dates, with more adding as they are provided to us..
-- Other Lakes not mentioned in reports below that will have Closures are:
- Rice Lake is CLOSED to fishing and will Re-Open at end of Duck & Goose season..
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.

  - - Notes Of Interest : -
- Fall Trout Season is under way at 53 ponds, lakes and streams.
For more info & stocked locations, Check HERE   * Remember all anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp unless exempt.
- For list of ADA accessible Fishing sites Check IDNR Places To Fish page for locations.
- For Bank Fishing Opportunities in Illinois that are easily accessible, visit IDNR Bank Fishing page

NOTE: 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 & approved by the Dept.

Non-motorized watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, or sail boards in Illinois, are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail. Non-motorized watercraft owners are required to purchase an Illinois Water Usage Stamp for each calendar year..

* The 2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available online at IDNR website
* We have listed a few in our area that we have found in the reports below, but you still need to check and read the signs posted at lakes to be sure..

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- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream: to Near HENRY :
- The River is still up some and stained and in spots there are leaves.
- No word on Catfish this week.?
- Still hearing some Crappie being caught in slack water areas and try those barge tie-ups.
- Sauger were FAIR-SLOW near channel edge (best at hole) on trolled crankbaits or pulling minnows on 3-ways and jig/minnows.
- WhiteBass were FAIR at times on jig and minnows or twisters near Vermillion and edge of flats

  -   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:   The Norfork Lake fall bite is picking up speed with the cooling of the lake. Stripers continue to school in the upper Norfork Lake area. I have observer trollers and spooners fishing for stripers from Cranfield Island up to Twin Coves.
The whites, bass & hybrids are schooled on the flats in front of Twin Coves. The water temperature dropped another 3 degrees after the rains this week and that is all it took for the fish to start feeding. The main lake has yet to turn off so spend time fishing from Cranfield Island up to the state line or Big Creek up to the Elizabeth ramp.
Most of us that have been fishing for years tend to form opinions on what a fish should be doing certain times of years. We fish areas based on that and wonder why some years we never catch fish in that area then other years we do. We assume stripers leave the main lake and move up the creeks and river where the oxygen is better and that is a good assumption. What we do not realize is how far a striper will move up a creek. Last week I was catching bait in 4 foot of water and suddenly my net jerked and when I pulled it in I had a 8 lb striper, the next time I was up catching bait I move farther up in 3 foot of clear water and saw stripers swimming up the creek. Stripers being that far up the creek says we should always experiment when we are fishing do not stay in the normal patterns because the stripers are not.
I stated before that I had canceled trips because the water was too warm and the stripers quit feeding. One of trips I canceled was with Chuck & Debbie they were coming down for 2 days of striper fishing. We agreed when the fish started feeding they would reschedule.
Well the stripers started feeding and they came down and fished for 2 days and caught their limits both days in 2 hours. Debbie caught the biggest and most. We had a great time and their patience with me holding them off until the bite started was worth the wait for them. .
Make your plans on the web with for everything Norfork Lake!
Be sure to read our Fall Striper tactics, the article can be found on the website.
- Tom Reynolds has fished Lake Norfork for over 35 years and guides out of Tracy Ferry Marina; you can reach him at   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

ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
- - THIS AREA is CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Main Lake through Dec. 20th during waterfowl season with bank fishing Only allowed.

ARGYLE LAKE - In Argyle State Park SW of Macomb off US 136 309-776-3422
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake for those with motors over 10hp.
* * This is one of the sites stocked for Fall Trout Fishing Season That is underway right now.!

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)

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.
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake for those with motors over 10hp.
- -Lake level was up some over weekend
- Bass were FAIR on plastics and spinnerbait.
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD on wax worms along weeds and some timber
- Catfish were FAIR on dip bait & crawlers
- Crappie were somewhat FAIR at times mostly on minnows and some on jigs

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
* * THIS LAKE IS CLOSED TO FISHING for the Season till Feb. 1st --

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to
* *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.
* 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:
* *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 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.
-- Not Much Reported from here for past week..?
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits off points and out from shore timber
- Bluegills were FAIR but small on wax worms along weed edges or shoreline timber.
- Crappie were FAIR on jigs and/or minnows around brush in 8 - 14 foot water
- Saugeye were little SLOW

* * THIS LAKE is CLOSED for Season..

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..
For the new rules & Regs you can READ 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 and a 40hp limit and permit required.
-- Not Much Reported from here for past week..?
- No word on Bass this week.
- Bluegills were FAIR but small on waxies around seawall and docks
- Crappie are FAIR on jigs and/or minnows at coves
- Hybrids were SLOW-FAIR with a couple caught on jigs and roadrunners with twisters near coves
* AND Good News For bait:  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop   2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso, IL on US 24     is OPEN for the season..!

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)
- - No New Report this week
- Check with folks at Mike´s Minnow Bucket for latest reports they may have..
* 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.
- No word on Bass this past few days.?
- Catfish were still FAIR-GOOD on most baits off edges/breaks of flats.
- Crappie were FAIR with few in 6 foot water on minnows and some 8 - 14 foot around brush piles or trees.
- Walleye/Sauger were SLOW-FAIR on drifted crawler, minnows or twisters and some on trolled crankbaits.
- WhiteBass are SLOW-FAIR just look for shad

LAKE STOREY - North of US 34, 1 mile on US 150 at north edge of Galesburg.
- -This Lake is City owned and only allows trolling motors
-- The Lake has drawn down lake for winter - USE CAUTION at ramp..!

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 -- reopens to fishing after central zone goose season ends, typically on February 1st each year.

PRAIRIE LAKE in Jim Edgar/ Panther Creek State F&W Area -
  -- This is a " No Wake " Lake for motors over 10hp
  * Bluegills were GOOD over weekend..
* Reminder of Partial Closures
 during Waterfowl Season
- Lake is CLOSED from Nov. 1st to Jan. 15th
  to Fishing until after 12:01 PM
  on Wednesday & Saturday.

** 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 Find Them on Facebook
Make Sure to Contact Them for Directions ! - Tell them Larry sent you..!

-- The lake is still up some but slowly dropping
  - Guide Ric Barth with Todd Gessner Outdoors Guide Service   (& Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club) tells us Catfish were FAIR-GOOD last week on Hoss´s Hawg Bait and Crappie are getting GOOD mostly on jig but also minnows fished anywhere from 8 - 16 foot of water. Once it cools again, they will be found more shallow around brush. around brush and stake beds at varying depths with jigs workin well ..
- 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
- - Here is latest Fishing Report from US Army Corps who 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.

- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
-- Water temps reported in low 60s over weekend
- Bass were somewhat FAIR along remaining weeds on plastics & spinners with some on topwater.
- Crappie were FAIR with most around cribs and some in shallow during cloudy days
- Muskie remained active over weekend for Bass anglers near NMZ
- Walleye were FAIR on crankbaits and few on spoons along weed edge
along with a few Perch too..

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 Waterfowl Hunting Area through Waterfowl Hunting Season -- with BANK FISHING ALLOWED ONLY AFTER 1pm--
- AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN TO BOATS 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..


BALDWIN LAKE - Just north of Baldwin off Route 154. - site Office 618-785-2555
--- There is a 50hp motor limit
-- Hours April 16 - Oct 31: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
- No New Report this past week..
A SOUTHERN PORTION OF LAKE Is CLOSED During Waterfowl Season from Nov 1st till Feb. 1st

** This Lake is CLOSED for the season

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
-- Water temps on Oct 17th were about 72 at Mascoutin and 68 near area of spillway on lake
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, crankbaits and swimjigs off points and around brush or timber.
- Bluegills are FAIR on wax worms and part crawlers near remaining weeds and laydowns
- Catfish remain FAIR-GOOD on cut shad and dip baits & few on big minnows along edges off flats
- Crappie were GOOD on jigs and/or minnows around brush or timber (see photo below)
- Crappie Guide Terry Davis (Feel the Thump Guide Service) had this report: "Reports of limits still coming from bank fisherman at the Mascoutin ramp and 54 bridge. On the lake fishing 6 to 8 foot over brush with a bright colored jig or minnow seems to do the trick. Chartreuse slab busters and minnows can be picked up at Ol´ Joe´s Bait shop."
  ** We had a Good Crappie catching day on Clinton Lake
  on Monday, Terry stayed with it and worked hard
  during this Very Windy day to keep us on fish..
  And that meant we had fresh Crappie for dinner..!
      (Here are a few of those Nice Crappie)
  - We would Highly Recommend contacting him at 309-212-6817
  or email
  or FB--
  * Tell him Larry told you

- Check with Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle for latest reports and ALL your fishing needs (Including Fishing Licenses)- now Open 7 days a week 5 - 5.
* Ol´ Joe says the Bait Shop is FOR SALE as well as the Building next door, just give him a call at 217-935-6244 if interested..!
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 on MARCH 31st...
AND Mascoutin campground/day-use/boat ramp will be CLOSED October 28 - 29, 2106 for the Annual Youth Pheasant Hunt and November 7 - 12, 2016 for the Annual Disabled Shotgun Deer Hunt.
As of Oct. 17th - The dock at West Side boat access was still Closed pending repairs.
-- Contact Terry of Feel the Thump Guide Service, at 309-212-6817 to book Crappie fishing trip
on Clinton Lake or email Terry Davis   * Tell him Larry told you
-- Keep in mind to Contact Matt Lamb of Clinton Lake Catfish Guide Service to book Catfish catching trips for next year
with night or day trips available on Weekends. Call 217-855-8406 * Tell him Larry told you to call..
* Places to stay while at Clinton Lake are - the Holiday Inn Express hotel, the newest hotel in Le Roy, IL  
AND - Days Inn in Le Roy, IL   both Just off I-74 between Bloomington and Champaign,
  only 17 minutes from Clinton Lake. Make your reservations today (309) 962-4439 or (309) 962-4700

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.
* During the Central Zone waterfowl season: No fishing north of the railroad tracks (upper pool) until after 1pm daily: Oct. 22nd through Jan. 31st

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, jigs and crankbaits
- Catfish were FAIR this week on cut baits, crawlers with some on dip baits
- Crappie were GOOD on minnow and/or jigs
- WhiteBass were SLOW-FAIR on KRAZY BLADES and jigs/twisters.
  - Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle
  posted this photo of couple Nice Crappie
  from few days ago..

-- 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 ..!

Daily Hours reportedly will be 6 a.m. - sunset
** This Lake is CLOSED for the season

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
WINTER HOURS (Oct. 1st - 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.
-- Check with Trevor at Big Red´s Bait and Tackle for current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield on your way to lake..
- Bass were FAIR on plastic, swimbaits and crankbaits along points at coves & around edges of cover
- Catfish are FAIR on most baits
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD on minnows with some on jigs near brush and ends of laydowns
* * THE WEST and EAST ARMS OF LAKE and Small AREA NEAR DAM are CLOSED DURING WATERFOWL SEASON to boat traffic effective Oct. 12th through Jan. 31, 2016 (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

The complete Guide to the Carlyle Lake & area.

- 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

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