Larry's Fishing Hole Fishing Reports

- 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 Oct. 18, 2017



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.

- We needed rain but the heavy rains over weekend caused some river to come up too much.
- With that, we again have so little reported recently
- The cool nights continue and will make for some Good Fall Fishing
during mid-day with less crowded lakes and pleasant conditions.
-- Hope You can get OUT and ENJOY the Outdoors.

** NOTE -- During Upcoming Winter season & with waterfowl hunting seasons coming in
        for Illinois soon, some lakes will be CLOSED or Partially CLOSED to fishing.

-- Check below in reports for the Closure dates, with more info adding as provided to us..
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.

    - - For Waterfowl Season DATES

- 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.

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- The Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing-Only Season is underway at nine select locations -AND-
Oct. 21st - The 2017 Illinois Fall Trout Fishing Season will open
at 54 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state. Click HERE for details & lake locations..
Remember all anglers - including those using fly fishing gear who intend to release fish caught before Oct 21st - must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp unless exempt.
* Here is a Great article from a fellow angler (Brett) on Fishing these Hatchery Trout
- Disabled Outdoor Opportunities website   - And Accessible Fishing Areas in Illinois

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

* The 2017 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available online at IDNR website

- The U.S. Coast Guard has a Free boating safety app designed to provide additional resources for mobile users. Watch USCG app features video with download info & more


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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.

 * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop west of El Paso, IL - Is CLOSED for the Season.. They wish to say Thank you for your support..!

- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream:
- Our friend Steve tells us: "We did pretty good. Three of us caught 31 White Bass in our boat
  on blade-baits up by Hennepin. Beautiful day for Friday, October 13th! "
-Than the Heavy Rains came Saturday making for High Water Levels putting river
  over flood stage at LaSalle, but this morning dropping just below flood stage..
- Once river comes off the high levels and clears up some, fishing should be Good..


  - Dave says last week he went out on windy day to
 a neighborhood pond within the city limits of Springfield, IL
 Caught around 7 Largemouth and 1 giant Bluegill in
 about 2 hours before the storms rumbled through.
 Caught them all on a Heddon Zara Puppy & two
 Big Bass were able to spit the hook on one of their jumps.
  It was Fun catching fish on top-water !

- Rice Lake is CLOSED to fishing and will Re-Open at end of Duck & Goose season..

  -   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 fall fishing bite on Norfork Lake has finally begun. Stripers, walleye, crappie, bass & white bass are now feeding heavy. The bass and white bass are chasing young shad and can be caught on small top water baits, small spoons and swim baits along the bluffs and the flats. The crappie are stacked on brush piles that are at least 20 feet deep. The walleye have moved up in the Udall area and feeding on small shad. The same is true for Big Creek past Reynolds Island. The stripers are being caught on Robinson Point before light using threadfin shad and up pass the state line on shad and trolled crank baits.
The stripers are in their fall pattern. Robinson Point is the early bite on the main lake before light. The best time starts around 5 AM and will last until the sun comes up. The upper end of Norfork lake is producing the most fish. We are catching stripers from first light into the afternoon using gizzard shad. Multiple limits of stripers with some over 20 pounds are being caught by us.
The walleye have begun their fall feed on my last trip we caught 4 keepers and lost many more. Right now, is the time to book your walleye trip or get out and troll shad raps and swim baits in 10 to 30 feet of water above the state line. The hot spots for crappie is the Fout area and near 1C in Big Creek.
The crappies are biting on minnows, small spoons, and jigs on brush piles in 20 to 30 feet of water.
Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 51 years and they guide out of Tracy Ferry Marina; you can reach him at  , 870-421-1541 or on Facebook.

ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
- - THIS AREA is CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Main Lake 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

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)
AND BANK FISHING ONLY ALLOWED AFTER 1PM   but   NO FISHING ALLOWED in EAST POINT ACCESS AREA, (lakes to the East) which is CLOSED TO ALL FISHING to provide a GOOSE REFUGE AREA during season till Feb. 1st - -

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 recently.
- Bass were FAIR with on plastics and spinnerbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR around remaining weeds
- Catfish were just FAIR on liver and some crawlers.

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake
* * THIS LAKE is CLOSED TO FISHING for the Season and remains CLOSED till Feb. 1st --

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
-- We understand the water level is LOW..
* New gates at Emiquon further science of floodplain restoration Read this PJStar article with photos..

* 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.
** REMINDER : Fishing is ONLY Allowed from noon to sunset During the Central zone waterfowl hunting season..
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 website 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.
-- No new reports this past week...

 * For some Good Fall Fishing, Contact Paul Center of Angling Adventures
  at (309) 454-8942   for your Guided Fishing trip on Evergreen Lake or Lake Bloomington..


* Lake is CLOSED for the season..

  2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N & then next right.
* * Lakes are CLOSED for season..

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.
* 2017 New Fish Limit Regs =   Striped, White, or Hybrid Striped Bass . . . .
  10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, with no more than 3 Fish greater than or equal to 17 inches
Walleye . . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit

- Guide Paul Center tells us the lake is down about 4 foot which is not unusual but the water is 65 and boy is that high for mid Oct. We had many small bites, small and med Bluegills and Crappie around the deeper seawalls and docks as some brush/wood is a little shallow now. We also had a few Yellow Bass and small/med Stripers and some very small Bass.

* For a guide trip on Lake Bloomington or Evergreen Lake yet this year, contact Paul Center of
  Angling Adventures at 309-454-8942

 * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop west of El Paso, IL - Is CLOSED for the Season.. They wish to say Thank you for your support..!

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
- Bass were somewhat FAIR-GOOD on plastics, crankbaits on points around cover and along cover at coves and jigs for the deeper water areas.
- Catfish were FAIR on crawlers, liver and cut baits with a few on dip bait
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD on jigs and/or minnows in coves and near standing timber..
- White Bass were FAIR-SLOW at times recently on 2 jig rigs, bladebaits, jig/twisters or spinners up on wind blow flats

** For guided Catfish trips on Lake Shelbyville you can contact Jason of Hill´s Guide Service
  217-855-2692   - or

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 --
And 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 - 217-452-7741
  -- This is a " No Wake " Lake for motors over 10hp
* Reminder of Partial Closures
 during Waterfowl Season
- from Nov. 1st to Jan. 15th
  Lake access is CLOSED until after 12:01 PM
  on Wednesday & Saturday.

- 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..

- - 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.
- - - Park hours thru October 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
-- Not Much Reported from here recently
- Catfish were FAIR
- Crappie were FAIR and most small around brush & near cribs
- Muskie remain active with follows on in-line spinners.

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 Hunting Area -- with BANK FISHING ALLOWED ONLY AFTER 1pm--
- AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN TO BOATS ALL DAY 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
-- Winter Hours 8 am - 4 pm Nov 1st through Feb. 15th
** Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day * check with site Office 618-785-2555
A SOUTHERN PORTION OF LAKE Is CLOSED During Waterfowl Season from Nov 1st till Feb. 1st

-- Daily Hours will be 6 am - 6:30 p.m.
* This Lake is CLOSED for the season..

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
* 2017 New Fish Limit Regs =   Walleye . . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit
Blue or Channel Catfish . . . 10 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate

  - Crappie Guide Terry Davis reports: "Crappie fishing on Clinton hasn´t changed much, we are still jumping
  from spot to spot picking through smaller fish. Some spots are holding better fish than others. Looks like temps
  are starting to drop and that will flip the switch on Clinton to really trigger the fall bite. November & December
  are my favorite months on Clinton. Don´t miss out on some great late fall/early winter crappie fishing.
  Dates are booking fast so Visit or call 309-212-6817 to book your trip."

REMEMBER an easterly area of Clinton Lake (The Waterfowl Refuge Area) between the DeWitt Bridge East (CH14) and the Rt. 48 Bridge is CLOSED for season and remains Closed typically until April 1st (but due to weekend, could be March 30th in 2018.?)...

- Check with Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle for latest reports and ALL your fishing needs
* 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..!

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

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
  - Trevor of Big Reds Bait and Tackle
  in Springfield shared this photo of
  Justin, who he was fishing with Sunday
  on Lake Springfield and caught this
  12 lb 10 oz Blue Cat trolling KRAZY BLADES..!

  The lure hanging on line in back on left

 --- 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..!

* 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 Through April 30th) will be: 8am - 4pm
- - THIS LAKE is CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING for the season and CLOSES TO SHORE FISHING and ALL FISHING ON OCT. 28th (Last day for Shore fishing is Oct. 27th) - -
  - Jason of Hill´s Guide Service says "Bite was Good over weekend at Powerton Lake.
  Lots of fish over 20 pouns drifting cut bait. Deanna & Dylan both with personnal best..
  Contact Jason today for that fish of a lifetime..   217-855-2692   - or   on Powerton, Clinton, Sangchris, & Shelbyville Lakes

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 and Small AREA NEAR DAM ARE CLOSED DURING WATERFOWL SEASON to boat traffic effective Oct. 18th through Jan. 31, 2018 (during this time fishing boat traffic is permitted in the center hot arm only).
--- 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
--- 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 a few years ago at Kentucky Lake.

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