- These Fire Extinguishers May Not Put Out The Fire
READ RECALL PREE RELEASE from BOATUS.COM
- May is Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month, an effort to educate & inform Illinois citizens about
threats posed by invasive species.
More info at www.invasive.org/illinois
- Husband and wife killed in Bass boat crash READ STORY
This is National Safe Boating Week reminds boat operators
& passengers to Wear a Life Jacket whenever on the water.
Life jackets save lives on the water -
Illinois law requires that personal floatation devices (PFDs) – life jackets or life vests –
be available for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft PLUS
anyone under the age of 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard
any watercraft under 26 feet in length at all times the boat is underway,
unless they are below deck in an enclosed cabin or operating on private property.
More info at National Safe Boating Council´s
"Wear It" campaign website
- The U.S. Coast Guard has released a Free boating safety app designed to provide additional resources for mobile users.
Watch USCG app features video with download info & more
- Illinois Boat Owners Reminded to Check their current three-year boat Registration/decal
and renew their registration if it expires on June 30, 2015. Renewing watercraft registration can be done
online through the IDNR website or by phone by calling 1-866-867-3542.
For details on Illinois watercraft registration requirements and three-year boat registration fees,
check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreation/boating
- Our friend Jonn Graham of CAMP SMALLMOUTH wants to 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"
* The New 2015-2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in Final PDF format
on the IDNR website where
you can read or print you a copy.
Noteworthy for Central Illinois is the change in
Saugeye limit on Evergreen Lake
& Crappie limit on Lake Bloomington & Bluegill limits on Dawson Lake
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- ILLINOIS RIVER
- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream: to about HENNEPIN :
-- The River level is dropping and stained..
- Catfish are FAIR with some caught near shore areas and by weekend should improve
- White Bass are FAIR around areas of clearer water flowing in such as creeks
- Nic caught this 7 pound Channel Cat
about 6:30 Sunday morning
on Kaskaskia River on north end
of Lake Shelbyville by Sullivan
on sonnys stink bait
- Our Good Friend Toby on Kentucky Lake
says that Catfishing is GREAT right now..
Caught 19 in 5 hours and missed several,
on Sonny´s Blood formula
- LOCAL PONDS & STRIP MINE LAKES -
- Bass were Fairly GOOD at some ponds and lakes with many in the post spawn.
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD and should move back to shore bedding areas after this cold spell passes.
- Catfish are FAIR on dip baits, part crawlers and waxies
- Crappie were FAIR on minnows and jigs.
- Jacob says Bass fishing
was GOOD over weekend
at Lake Warren
- 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 :
Stable weather has finally arrived and Norfork Lake has exploded. All species of fish have started feeding all over the lake.
There is topwater action on every point from Cranfield to the dam and up all of the major creeks. Bass and Stripers are really on the feed.
I even started catching Crappies up the creeks while throwing my shad net. The fish will complete their spawn this week.
The Bass will be in full spawn and the Stripers are up the creek doing the same.
Spooks, swim baits, red fins, flukes and Alabama rigs are catching Stripers and Bass.
Be on the water at first light and keep watching around your area.
The bass may not be on your point but you should see action, make sure that you do not drive up the activity
that will spook the fish. Stop short and use your trolling motor to get to the fish.
I have caught multiple limits of Stripers this week around the Hand Cove area. I have seen fish feeding on most of the points heading south
as I travel up and down the lake. I took the Burton family out, Eric, Slade, Shelby, & Norma out for their annual two day Mother´s Day fishing trip.
Both days we caught at least 7 stripers with the biggest being 20 lbs. Everybody caught at least a 12 lb or bigger striper each day.
Now is a great time to take your striper trip.
The crappie are started to bite. Don from Three Oaks Resort says the big crappie are being caught around his dock and along the shore line.
Find a good brush pile and you should catch a bunch of crappie.
For you out of area folks, you might want to get your calendars out a start making plans now. May has been a very good month to catch stripers.
June looks very promising. You crappie folks should keep a close eye on current Norfork Lake conditions also as crappie time is beginning now.
A good place to start is on the web at www.FishNorfork.com for everything Norfork Lake!
- Tom Reynolds has fished Lake Norfork for over 35 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)
-- Still Not much reported from here..?
- Bass were FAIR over weekend on plastics, swimbaits and crankbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR on part crawler or wax worms around shoreline cover and weed edge
- Crappie were FAIR with more small fish this week on jigs and/or minnows
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.
* NEW limit Reg effective April, 1 2015 are Large or Smallmouth Bass . . 3 Fish Daily Creel Limit . . Protected Length Limit; 2 Fish less than 15 inch
and 1 Fish 15 inch or larger. Also Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . Protected Length Limit; 20 Fish (either singly or in aggregate)
Daily Creel Limit, of which only 5 fish can be 8 inch or larger
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD over weekend on plastics, and spinnerbaits with reports of possible spawning.?
- Bluegill seemed to be in bedding areas and being caught on crawler parts and waxies.
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD on jigs and minnows while some still seemed to be spawning last week..
- Walleye FAIR last Friday on jigs with crawlers or minnows in deeper water and near area of dam
- Tom says Bass fishing has been great.
He caught this 4 pounder on a perfect plastic rodent.
Also tried a spinner bait for the first time this year
and caught 2 more Bass in 20 minutes.
Rodents on football jig heads, kvd caffeine shads,
and robo worms on the spot remover stand up jig head
have been producing the best for me.
- He also mentioned several people were catching
limits of Crappie on chartreuse crappy jigs or marabou jigs.
* Just a friendly reminder - there is NO FISHING from the docks.
EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to http://experienceemiquon.com
* 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.
* The New Bridge over the Evergreen Lake Spillway is now complete and the road around the lake is OPEN!
- Bass were FAIR and scattered along weed edge and ends of timber on plastics, spinners and swimbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR with many small fish out from shore areas of weeds
- Todd tells us Crappie were FAIR-GOOD over weekend on jigs and/or minnows and best out with 10 inchers was along break at about 6-7 foot, but not sure what this this cold front has done to them. ?
- Guide Paul Center say the Saugeye were FAIR-GOOD late last week with mostly small fish with couple 14-16 inch. However, this cold front has Slowed them.
- White Bass were FAIR-SLOW on jigs/twisters and jigs/minnows
** NEW limit Reg for 2015 is Saugeye . . 18 inch Minimum Length Limit and 3 Fish Daily Creel Limit
Bait Shop hours: Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Friday - Sunday from 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Boat Rental hours: Open ONLY Friday - Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Expanded Hours Beginning Memorial Day Weekend!
HEIDECKE LAKE -
- - Lake Open daily until sunset; launch opens at 6am, shore-fishing at 6:30am.
-- Reports of water temps over weekend of 66-68
- Bass were just FAIR on plastics, swimbaits and crankbaits
- Crappie were FAIR in south part of lake on jigs and/or minnows and roadrunners and it is just finding them..
- Hybrids were FAIR at times on bladebaits, jig/twister and crankbaits
- Walleye were FAIR on crankbaits or bait rigs with crawlers or leeches
- A few WhiteBass and YellowBass reported too
HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES - 2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N and then next right.)
* Hennepin & Hopper Lakes continue to be Closed to all public sport fishing,
while the Wetlands Initiative and the (IDNR) monitor efforts to remove invasive common carp from the lakes. --
* LATEST NEWS
* Fishing could return to Hennepin & Hopper Lakes sometime this 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 and a 40hp limit and permit required.
* NEW limit Reg for 2015 is White, Black or Hybrid Crappie . . 15 Fish Daily Creel Limit
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, spinners, small crankbaits and again swimbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD with many small fish around docks and seawalls
- Guide Paul Center says Crappie were FAIR-GOOD over weekend on jigs and/or minnows with many 9-10 inchers, a few 11-12 and one 14 inch fish.
- Hybrids were SLOW-FAIR with couple small fish on crankbaits and blade baits at mouth of coves and few near pumphouse.
- Guide Paul Center tells us Walleye were SLOW with only one that was 16.5 inches.
- A few Yellow Bass caught over weekend
* For bait check out Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop ..!
2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso on US 24
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)
- Last week Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD with a few Crappie reported too
- Bass were FAIR but smaller fish past couple days
* For bait check out Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop ..!
2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso on US 24
LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan -
LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
- Here is report from Guide Steve Welch on May 17th : "
The lake is rising fast and at present it is only about a foot low. So
this means it came up two-feet this week. This has moved the Crappie to
the banks in many coves. Even though the spawn is about done the fish
will remain shallow as long as there is food present. The rivers are
starting to produce some nice Crappie as is Bo-Woods cove. Minnows are
your best bet under a slip bobber.
I am splitting the day between Crappie and Walleye depending on the customer.
My best day last week was 16 legal sized and about 30 fish total.
Most days I am getting a half dozen. We still need water to get the fish up on the shallow flats.
If it is very windy I am drifting and throwing either a Deep Ledge Jig
Spinner or twistertail in 3/16 or 1/4oz. Or I am drifting and throwing
a 1/4oz. Big Dude in Candystripe, Chrome or Chartreuse. Both baits I am
throwing them into the wind and reeling them back very slowly or almost
not bringing them in at all depending on how hard the wind is blowing.
We are also using my 1/2oz. Candystriper when drifting in deeper
water. The Walleye are very shallow in less than four-feet of water and I
have seen some nice ones this week with the biggest a fat six-pound fish
but I had two this past week that looked to be eight or so. Got to
see the bellies as they pulled the hook free. The Sauger are slightly
deeper in ten-feet or so.
On calm days we are pulling 1 1/2oz. bottom bouncers and spinners tipped
with a minnow on line counters at about 1-1.4mph. We are fishing about
ten to fifteen feet of water and targeting the Sauger.
Even though the Crappie are still biting very good I am switching to
pulling bottom bouncers 90% of the time for the next three weeks. This
gets some nice Walleye and Sauger and post spawn Crappie as well. Plus
it is something my clients can easily do and they seem to enjoy it. We
are the only guide service that is doing this on the lake and it takes a
special rig and trolling motor big enough to do it all day.
- Timothy has this to share for the Upper Kaskaskia - "Water levels came up nearly 3 feet after last week´s rains and are dropping again.
Bait has started to move again becoming harder to catch. The initial surge of Catfish has slowed.
Seeing more gar, carp, and drum nearing 20 pounds. Good news is I´ve seen more crappie and sauger.
The walleye and white bass bite continues.
Also saw a few Muskie over the weekend including a 40 incher."
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
- No New Reports from here for past week..
REND LAKE -
- Lake level was up about 3 foot
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD on jigs, spinnerbaits and some caught on minnows near shallow brush in coves, timber and along the rocks.
- Bluegills remain FAIR on wax worms, crawler parts and some on crickets along shoreline cover in coves and rocks along with Sailboat Harbor
- Catfish are GOOD on dip baits, crawlers and leeches along break off flats with some near shoreline rocks with jug fishing working well up creeks.
- Crappie were GOOD at times on tube jigs and/or minnows in or around the bushes and along drop-offs in Gun Creek
- WhiteBass were FAIR over weekend on spinners and jig/twisters in bays and 154 bridges.
- 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
- - Read this week's Fishing Report from US Army Corps who says
"Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water! "
And Please recycle your monofilament fishing line at collection stations
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.
SHABBONA LAKE -
- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Bass were FAIR with a 5.15 pounder over weekend and they seemed about to bed
- Crappie were FAIR-GOOD with some nice fish reported even in deep trees
- Hybrids were FAIR-SLOW over weekend with just couple nice fish
- Muskie were FAIR-SLOW with a real nice fish caught over weekend.
- Walleye were SLOW-FAIR on road bed over weekend with a 29 inch, 6.55 pound fish caught & Released
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)
-- Have not heard much from here..?
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, spinners and weedless topwater.
- Bluegills were FAIR
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits and dip bait
- Crappie were little SLOW.
WILDLIFE PRAIRIE PARK LAKES-
Call (309) 676-0998 for details, including rules and regulations.
- RULES and/or REGS For Fishing: (While park is Open for season)
-- Anglers will enter and exit the park like all other visitors. A general admission fee is charged at the main gate
or yearly membership privileges are applicable.
-- Fishing in all these lakes will be from shore, belly boats, or portable boats.
No boat ramps or road access will be available for trailer launching. ONLY electric motors are allowed.
-- Statewide sport fishing regulations will be in effect and enforced.
Valid Illinois fishing license is required for those age 16 years and older.
East Side at Park:
Daily 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
- Lakes open to the public are Deep Lake, Caboose Lake, Beaver Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.
West Side lake:
Daily Sunrise - Sunset
- Lake open to the public is Taylor Lake, located on the west side of WPSP property
- - - - SOME ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -
BRAIDWOOD LAKE -
* NEW limit Reg effective April, 1 2015 on Bass
for a Daily Creel Limit of three 15 inches Minimum Length Limit.
- - Hours are 6 am - sunset, seven days a week.
- Only report was that Catfish were Fairly GOOD
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.
-- No bowfishing allowed in spillway which is considered a developed recreational area.
- - On Sunday morning water temps reported as around 70 near Marina.
-- Couple anglers say they feel with the plant switch back on and generating again last week,
may have confused or put some fish in somewhat neutral a mood. But should improve again..
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, crankbaits, spinners and swimbaits
- Bluegills are FAIR but GOOD at times in coves
- Rick says he has been catching lots and lots of small, mostly Crappie up shallow and in coves with some around 9 to 10 inches.
- Catfish are Fairly GOOD on most baits
- Walleye were little SLOW
- WhiteBass were somewhat FAIR over weekend on jigs/twister, jig/minnow and in-line spinners near Muscoutin
- - Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle is open at 5am with all your favorite baits and jigs, as well as a full license service
and carries full lineup of BrushPile Jigs.. Check them out and get the latest fishing reports.
* The New Clinton Cats Tournament Series on Clinton Lake at Marina
Check our Tournaments Page for more details & dates
or contact Matt Lamb 217-855-8406
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.
- - Water temps were said to be about mid to upper 80s in main lake over weekend
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD last week on plastics, spinnerbaits and few even on minnows
- Bluegill were somewhat FAIR around any shore cover and some fishable docks
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on dip bait, shrimp and cut bait
- Crappie were FAIR on minnows or roadrunner
LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD late last week into weekend but have Slowed some and should come back by weekend on plastics, jigs and crankbaits
- Bluegill were somewhat FAIR at times
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits
- Crappie were little SLOW with some from deeper water recently on 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 -
Lake is open with Daily Hours of 6 a.m. - sunset 7-days a week.
** All fishermen must be off the lake by closing time each day. Hours may be adjusted due to staffing issues,
so visitors should call ahead to (815) 795-2448 to confirm operating hours.
* As a Reminder after the capsized boat and one drowning
* Visitors are also reminded that LaSalle Lake is a perched lake
and can become turbulent during windy or inclement weather.
When the light of the wind warning system is flashing,
no boats are to be launched and boats on the lake should seek shelter.
- Wear your Life Jackets at all times on the water -
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits
- Hybrids were FAIR at times..
NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
-- Very little talked about or shared from here..
- Bass were FAIR last week plastics, deep crankbaits, and spinnerbaits.
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD along cover in coves
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on dip baits and crawlers with a few on minnows too
- Crappie were FAIR at times on minnows
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, swimbaits and crankbaits around timber and stumps
- Bluegill were FAIR in coves
- Catfish were FAIR this week on cut baits and some on dip baits
- Crappie FAIR-SLOW and small fish on jig/minnow in deeper water.
-- 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 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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