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

Was UPDATED Nov. 14 , 2018

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Fishing success depends on many factors such as an angler´s 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.

- With the 1st Firearm Deer Season this weekend, there are only couple reports,
And the weather really turned COLD this past week and was windy.
- Our friends in NW Wisconsin tell us Ice is forming on small lakes.
- Some Anglers here are even getting already for Ice fishing.?
- The forecast is for upper 40s to 50 next week..
There may still be some good days for fishing and we hope you have not hung up your rods yet.

* BE AWARE * Use Caution at the launches and Watch for
Ice on launch ramps during Cold Weather, Particularly in Mornings..

- We welcome any info or reports you wish to share with others in our updates..
- Check our site for other Fishing info and Events or just to get our Email..
And our ITEMS FOR SALE page - If you are looking for a New Trolling motor or onboard Charger,
     = let me know we will give you contact info.
* 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 with Fall Colors & some GOOD FALL FISHING too.

** NOTE -- During late Fall & Winter seasons and with waterfowl hunting seasons for Illinois,
        some lakes are CLOSED or Partially CLOSED to fishing (Check below in reports).

- With that, there will be many becoming preoccupied distracted with upcoming fall hunting seasons.
For us it signals the nearing of Good Fishing season with less crowded lakes and pleasant conditions.
 * But this will make for fewer Fishing Reports..
-- Hope you can Get Out and ENJOY some GOOD FISHING.

* This also would be a good time to set-up your guided trips for the Great Fall Fishing..
- 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 :
  Fishing Gear  &  SHOTGUN SCOPE  &  MISC -
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  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- 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.


* 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.


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** NOTE -- During Winter season & with waterfowl hunting seasons for Illinois,
        some lakes are 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

RICE LAKE - This Area is CLOSED to Boat Fishing through Waterfowl Season
  and will Re-Open at end of Central Duck & Goose season..

** Maybe outside our Central IL reporting area, The Morrison-Rockwood´s State Park,
Lake Carlton boat ramp will be CLOSED for the 2018 season
for construction of a new ramp
and boat docks. They are sorry for the inconvenience.   THANKS Mickey for sharing this.!

For - OTHER LAKE REPORTS Outside Illinois -
can be found at bottom of this page
or Click HERE
* And Check Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters tips

-- Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times in part : Perch came in better last week....

- - Near STARVED ROCK and downstream:

* NEWS: Bill Guerrini of Spring Valley Walleye Club tell us:
 Barto Landing is OPEN as of Nov. 16th   9:00AM

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.     And Re-Opens on Dec. 26th..

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 has been underway for 3 weks.

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 - -

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake
    for the Season -  And
   will re-Open February 1st --

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
* 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.
  and  Rule #6 = 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.
* 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.

** REMINDER : Fishing is ONLY Allowed from noon to sunset During
    the Central zone waterfowl hunting season..

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.

 ** Evergreen Lake BAIT SHOP And BOAT RENTAL are CLOSED For The Season.

* * A Reminder COMLARA Park/Evergreen Lake WILL BE CLOSED to general use during the Firearm Portion Of Deer Management Program: Nov. 16 - 18 & Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2018. ALL of the Park and Lake will be Closed with the exception of the front section of the Campground for camping and Campground Cove & The Pumphouse for shoreline fishermen. Thank you for your cooperation.


HEIDECKE LAKE - site office ph 815/942-6352
* * Lake is CLOSED to Fishing for the season till typically April 1st

  2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N & then next right.
* * Lakes are CLOSED for season.. and will Re-Open spring 2019.
  For the complete Rules & Regs details, click HERE

LAKE EUREKA - This Lake is only 30 acres
- Eureka Lake is starting over with the restock of fish PJ Star story

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

* *The 29th Annual Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities will be during the first firearm season - * As a safety precaution, Lone Point and Lithia Springs Campgrounds and all of Sullivan Beach, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek and Opossum Creek Recreation areas will be CLOSED to all automobile and pedestrian traffic from 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 to 7 p.m. Sunday Nov. 18

  - Crappie Guide Terry Davis tells us: "The bite is about as good as it can get right now.
  Colder mornings have got them a little sluggish at times but when they are active it doesn’t take long
  to put multiple limits in the boat. We are regularly catching our limits of overs before we fill our limits
  of unders. Shelbyville has had a large population of 10 plus inch fish for the last year so right now
  we are regularly catching 10 1/2 to 12 inch fish. It’s cold and only looks to get colder so now is the time
  to get in on the action."     visit :   www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com for more info or to book a trip.

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 LAKE is CLOSED TO FISHING for the Season,
  and will Re-Open on February 1st. -

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..

- - 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.

-- Water temps were 41 - 43
- Crappie are FAIR on jigs fished slowly around cribs -Keep Moving-

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 as of Oct. 20th

  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..

  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 fishing lakes map, visit wildlifeprairiepark.org/fishing


BALDWIN LAKE - Just north of Baldwin off Route 154. - site Office 618-785-2555
--- There is a 50hp motor limit
* A SOUTHERN PORTION OF LAKE is CLOSED During Waterfowl Season till Feb. 1st
-- Hours may vary & Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
* Check with site Office 618-785-2555 as these times may change.!

-- Daily Hours are 6 am - sunset
** THIS LAKE is CLOSED for the season..

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

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 remains Closed typically until April 1st ..?

- 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 issues is reason & Joe is trying to keep shop OPEN as long as he can take it.!
  - 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.

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 to east.

 --- 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


** THIS LAKE is CLOSED for the season..

NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
As written in the fishing regs booklet :** The cold arm of Newton Lake shall be CLOSED daily
from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm to all fishing and boat traffic except for legal waterfowl hunters during waterfowl season commencing with regular duck season through the close of the Canada goose and regular duck season.
* For here - Regular South Zone Waterfowl Season for 2018: Nov. 22 - Jan. 31

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135

* LAKE is CLOSED to ALL FISHING for the season -
- Lake Will RE-OPEN to Shore Fishing on Dec. 24th
- but - Will Remain CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING Until Feb. 15th -

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..

* * THE WEST and EAST ARMS OF LAKE and Small AREA NEAR DAM IS CLOSED DURING WATERFOWL SEASON to boat traffic through Jan. 31, 2018 (during this time fishing boat traffic is permitted in the center hot arm only). The exception will be for hunting programs with restricted usage during this time period. For more info, contact site office at 217/498-9208 from 8 a m- 4 pm Monday through Friday.

- 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 (11-11-18) from Tom:   Norfork Lake´s striper bite is moving into the winter pattern. We fished both the Calamity Beach area and Fouts Marina area. The striper bite was strong in the beginning of the week in both areas but by the end of the week the Fouts area was by far the best place to fish. This pattern is the same as it was last year. The stripers stack up in the channel from Fouts to 6B. Roaming schools of fish pass by moving into the creeks to feed. We caught them all day long each day we fished. The last good bite on Wednesday was at 3:30 in the afternoon. They will stay in waters from 28 to 35 foot until the bait moves out towards Crystal Cove then you should find them in 40 to 60 feet of water.
We are using shad but shiners will be an effective substitute to shad. The best method is downlines set off the bottom about 2 feet. I also had 1 rod set about 20 feet down to catch the roving hybrids that are in the higher water column.
Float and Panther Creeks should also hold stripers plus Big Creek. Follow the same pattern, find the bait and the stripers are nearby.
The crappie bite is very strong on the deep brush piles limits are being caught using a small spoon or minnows.
The white bass bite is strong on the flats by Cranfield Island and the big flat about Fouts using small spoons.

 - Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 52 years and they guide out of Tracy Ferry Marina. Tracy Ferry Marina is the only marina on Norfork Lake that has 24 fuel. You can get gas anytime using your credit card. You can reach Tom 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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