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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.

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God willing we will try to keep these reports going to share with you again this year..!

UPDATED July 19, 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.


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.

- This report may sound like a broken record but the weather run us and many other anglers
off the water last week into weekend and there is little change in fishing.
The early mornings and late evenings remain best again this past week.
- There were few lakes we had No Reports from, maybe next week due to mild weather.
- After the week of Hot temperatures in the 90s, this cool down is welcome.
Along with the river level dropping and fishable, this weekend should be a
Great time to get out and Enjoy Good Fishing - The usual mid-summer baits..
-- Also remember that BULLFROG season is underway through Oct. 15th
- Check our site for other Fishing info and events or just to get our Email..
Also check our ITEMS FOR SALE page
* 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 & some GOOD FISHING too.

* During the Hot weather days, Protect yourself from the sun and the heat, drink plenty of liquids.
  And, look for areas of cover and shade or deeper water structure to find fish.

- With mosquitoes out and those pesky Gnats or other 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..!

- One other note is that we hear there are ticks out too...
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.."

* During this fishing season 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...

  ** CHECK OUR - ITEMS FOR SALE Page - For :
  a Jon Boat & Trailer ($ has been REDUCED)
  Plus several Fishing Items & More -

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- BULLFROG season is underway and runs through Oct. 15th Bullfrogs ONLY may be taken by hand, hook and line, landing net, bow & arrow and spear or gig and - Common snapping turtles may also be taken during this time by hand, hook and line or bow & arrow except in southern most counties. A sport fishing license is required; Limits of 8 bullfrogs daily with 16 bullfrogs possession limit and daily harvest limit for common snapping turtles is 2 with a possession limit of 4. * Common snapping turtles and bullfrogs may not be taken by bowfishing tournament participants * We Recommend you read full Regulations for more details and or exceptions HERE on page 6.!
* Check Your three-year Boat Registration/decal & renew your registration if it expires in 2018. The IL Dept of Natural Resources has changed the IL Boat Registration & Safety Act effective 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

- 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.


* 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

  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

* 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. * *


- 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


- 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!

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

  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket west of El Paso is Open for the season.


  - Check our sponsors on the right for your baits, tackle, guide options and 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.

- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream:
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits with dip baits doing well
- Sauger were FAIR-SLOW jig/minnows or trolling crankbaits
- - Near PEORIA/PEKIN Area:
- Catfish had been Fairly GOOD near Peoria on Hoss´s Hawg Bait dip bait near narrows.

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For - OTHER LAKE REPORTS Outside Illinois -
can be found at bottom of this page
or Click HERE
* And Check Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters comment on: During Summer,
  "Catch your limit and quit for the day, save some fish."

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..

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
- No Reports from here for some weeks.?
* We want to REMIND anglers of the Rules at Emiquon,
      and Rule #10 = No live bait except worms.
- - 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.

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 Hours: 8 am – 4 pm 7 Days/Week

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

- We found water temps to be about 83 on July 18th
- Bass were FAIR on plastics and spinnerbaits off points with wind in
- Bluegills were FAIR with small fish around outer weed edge and shore cover
- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW and scattered with minnows early or late in day best
- Saugeye are FAIR and mostly small on minnows along weed edge or around brush
- Full Details HERE

  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 good for 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.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics and spinnerbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR near docks and off the seawalls
- Catfish were FAIR on dip baits in late evening along breaks near mouth of creeks.

    ** 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  

LAKE EUREKA - This Lake is only 30 acres
- Eureka Lake, overpopulated with European carp, the plan is to kill them off in August & start over.
  PJStar Story

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.

- Bass were FAIR-GOOD at time recently on plastics, jigs and crankbaits off flats and points
- Catfish are FAIR on mud leeches, shad and dip baits
- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW recently but FAIR at times on minnows fished around cover 16-19 foot
  and some caught trolling
- White Bass are FAIR early and late in day
- A few Walleye caught while trolling

PRAIRIE LAKE in Jim Edgar/ Panther Creek State F&W Area - 217-452-7741
  -- This is a " No Wake " Lake for motors over 10hp

* Road Closures at JEPC: A park road improvement/resurfacing project at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area in Cass Co. will affect access to the site during the month of July and will require the closure of the site’s Prairie Lake and Questing Hills campgrounds from July 16-27. The road project at Jim Edgar Panther Creek SFWA. Site visitors may encounter road closures for several weeks while roadway improvements are made.

- 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..

- Catfish remain GOOD on Hoss´s Hawg Bait fished along channel breaks.
  (See US Army Corps Report below for more)
- - Read the latest Fishing Report from US Army Corps who says:
"Please fish safely! Always wear your PFD when on the water!
You could find yourself in the water unexpectedly with little advance warning."

- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
- Bass were FAIR on plastics and topwater
- Bluegills were FAIR along weeds & weed pockets
- Catfish were FAIR on crawlers and dip baits.
- Crappie were FAIR at times around cribs
- Walleye were FAIR around rock piles and edges on leeches and some on minnows
- Read a blog thinking Muskie may get active during this cool down.?

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..

  Fishing is open during Park hours that opens at 9am every day. Call (309) 676-0998 for details
-- 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.
ONLY electric motors are allowed.
-- IDNR Statewide sport fishing regulations will be in effect and enforced.
* For More Rules, Regs and lakes map, visit wildlifeprairiepark.org/fishing


-- Daily Hours are 6 am - sunset
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD on waxies and red worms
- Catfish are FAIR on crawlers, dip baits and/or cut baits

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.

  Crappie Guide Terry Davis tells us:
  "Made it out to Clinton earlier this week and was able
  to put a good bag of fish together. If we could count
  as good as we can catch fish we would have had our
  double limit in about 3 hours but missed it by 1.
  Minnows were definitely the way to go but we were
  also able to catch them on Bobby Garland Baby Shad.
  It was nice being back on Clinton. The population of
  Crappie is enormous so catching fish is easy
  but the size is hit or miss."
    Visit   www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com

- Here other fish reports from Ol´ Joe   :
- Bass were Fairly GOOD on plastics, crankbaits and small white shiny bright lures along areas of rock.
- Bluegills are FAIR-GOOD on wax worms in coves.
- Catfish were GOOD by drifting shad, shrimp or any meaty baits throughout most of lake
- White Bass were GOOD in most of lake on spinners & shiny baits - Also check out Spillway area

Check with Ol´ Joe for latest Fishing Reports and ALL your fishing needs..!

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.
  - He is offering a Great Deal on this shop, property and Includes his Huge inventory..!
  -- Turn-Key operation, 1 1/2 acres Bait Shop is only 6 years old and another building next door.

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go to east.

- Catfish were FAIR on cut bait and dip baits.
- White Bass were FAIR on bladebaits or jigs with minnows and/or twisters very early or very late in day.

 --- Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for your bait and current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield 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
* And get your bottom of The Original Vanilla Bug Spray to repel those biting gnats, flies and mosquitoes.

- 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.

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

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, jigs, crankbaits & swimbaits around deep cover and weed edges.
- Bluegills were FAIR but most small
- Catfish were FAIR cut baits and dip baits in the north end of lake.

 - - 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
- Here is latest Report from Tom:   The Striper bite continues to be great the first 2 hours of light on Norfork Lake. I did find a striper bite after 7 am but it took a lot of searching to find active fish. What I found was Stripers that were off points next to a channel swing in waters ranging 60 to 120 feet.
The Stripers are feeding on crawdads then moving to the deeper water to find this year's hatch of shad. Once you find the fish you will limit out very fast.
We average less than 30 minutes to get a limit. Since I set out 7 rods we usually will have 2 to 4 rods get hit when a school swims by.
The oxygen is great this year with good levels as deep as 115 feet, so we should see a great bite well into September.
As we get to August I expect to see some great action on Robinson Point every few years when we have good oxygen and normal water levels the stripers will school on Robinson Point, the best bite is usually middle afternoon into evening. We will also see a strong movement towards the dam. You should find large schools of stripers on the lake side of Koso Point near or next to the channel.
This should be fantastic late summer fishing season. Stripers are being caught from Diamond Bay off point 2 in the channel, Georges Cove, Koso Point, Hudson, Hand Cove, Dam Cove and Thumb Point.
- Remember, we are now in the summer period of striper fishing so you should stop releasing legal stripers caught on live bait. The slogan for the summer is "Grow Trophies, Catch Your Limit And Go Home." Catch your limit and quit for the day or change your target species. Save some fish for your next trip and watch them grow into trophies.

* Now we are in the summer period of striper fishing and it is time to stop releasing legal stripers caught on live bait. Studies have shown that between 16 and 20 percent of stripers caught on live bait will die within 5 days of being released. The percentage increases as the summer continues by August it will be around 40 percent.
Catch your limit and quit for the day, save some fish.

If you go to   www.arkansasstripers.com/catch_and_release_kills_stripers.htm   you can view the findings.

  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 some years ago at Kentucky Lake.

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