- CENTRAL ILLINOIS FISHING REPORTS -

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- 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..!
 

Was UPDATED March 13, 2019

  With the ongoing Winter Weather
  AND the Lack of Current Fishing Reports,
  We may not have much new to report till spring.!  

  WE WISH YOU ALL a SAFE & HAPPY 2019.!
 
Thanks to all who shared reports & Thanks to all who read our reports;
this keeps us going and it makes all the work worthwhile.
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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.


- LaSalle Lake is set to Re-Open for the season on Friday March 15th..
- Still a couple lakes Closed for winter season, Check below for details.
- With this warm-up and rain, Ice Fishing is over in Central IL

* Use Caution in Mornings, Watch for Ice on launch ramps..

- 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..
 * CHECK OUR - ITEMS FOR SALE Page - For : Fishing Gear  &  MISC -
And - 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.!!

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

* The New 2019 Illinois Fishing Information guide
    Effective: April 1, 2019 is now available
in PDF format

* 2019 New Fish Limit Regs =   POWERTON LAKE . . Blue, Channel or Flathead Catfish . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate, of which
  No more than 1 fish greater than or equal to 35 inches.

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-   April 1st - New 2019 Fishing Licenses are required
  as your 2018 Fishing Licenses Expire on March 31st.

  2019 Fishing Licenses will go on sale MARCH 1, 2019
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- Our friend Jonn Graham of CAMP SMALLMOUTH wants to again 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"
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-   April 6 - Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season Opens at 58 sites Details & Locations
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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.

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** NOTE -- Still a couple lakes CLOSED to fishing during the Winter season.
-- Check below in reports for the Closure/Opening dates, with more info adding as provided to us..
For State site Closures or partial Closures due to weather or hunting seasons,
* You should contact the lake or site directly for Closure updates and/or winter hours before going.



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



- ILLINOIS RIVER

- The River is coming up again with the rains & melting snow.
It is expected to crest about 1+ feet above flood stage at LaSalle by weekend.
While possibly also getting just over flood stage at Peoria

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- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close 6 Illinois River locks in 2020 for major repairs,
( Details & Webinar Video w/highlights presentation )
with navigation not affected.


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.

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

HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES -
  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 in spring.
  For the complete Rules & Regs details, click HERE

WELDON SPRINGS LAKE - Lake is located southeast of Clinton in Dewitt County
  south of Illinois Rte 10 and east of Illinois Rte 51

* * This is one of the New sites stocked for Spring Trout Fishing Season
  Opening on April 6th Details & Locations

WILDLIFE PRAIRIE PARK LAKES -
  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

- - - - CENTRAL ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -

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

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´s Bait and Tackle for latest Fishing Reports and ALL your fishing needs..!
With his health issues the new Hours are: 5am - Noon and CLOSED on Mondays

Also: Joe is trying very hard to sell his business, 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.

 

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 Dr 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

LaSALLE LAKE -

** THIS LAKE is CLOSED -- BUT :
Is scheduled to Re-Open on Friday March 15th..

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

-- Lake is Open to All Fishing with  WINTER HOURS Through April 30th: 8am - 4pm

* 2019 New Fish Limit Regs =   POWERTON LAKE . . Blue, Channel or Flathead Catfish . . 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit, singly or in the aggregate, of which No more than 1 fish greater than or equal to 35 inches.

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..


- 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
www.stroutfitters.com
- Here is Toms Report from March 11th:   Sometimes you have to look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are wrong and change the game plan. I had been catching threadfin shad in the marina for 2 days and could not keep them alive. I called on some experts and got lots of advice that I tired but nothing worked. On the night of the second day I woke up and said it is time to switch baits.
In the morning I went to Gerry´s Quick Stop and purchased 2 lbs of large shiners. I started fishing where I had caught fish the previous weekend but after 2 hours and no bites, I moved to the flat above Fout´s marina and started catching stripers right away. By the end of day one trip we boated 8 hybrids & stripers, we also missed as many fish.
Day two we caught fish right away but also kept missing some too. The stripers were bigger on day two and finished with a limit but only kept 5 keeping of the bigger fish.
There are large schools of threadfin shad on the flat by Fout´s marina and on the flat above Fout´s. I have been running 10 rods, 2 planner boards, 6 long lines with only a split shot, and 2 downlines set at 20 feet. We caught or had bites on all the type of rigs.
Stripers and hybrids will continue to feed prior to their spawn. You can catch fish in the Fout´s area, Big Creek above Reynolds Island and also Brushy Creek. I caught Fish around 6B in Bennett´s Bayou before the run up. Now they have moved out to deeper water around Fout's Marina and Crystal Cove.
The best bite was from mid-morning until late afternoon. Shad, shiners, spoons, and umbrella rigs have been catching all of the species. The threadfin shad are dying by the thousands and will continue to until the water temperature hits and stays above 50 degrees.
We need warm nights and south winds to warm the water. Once that happens the lake will explode with fish being caught all over the lake. And once the south winds begin blowing, start fishing the northern bays and banks.
The night bite will start after that so fish the northern banks as they warm the fastest in the spring. These same patterns will happen in all the creeks on Norfork Lake.


- Read about our Outdoor Writers/Broadcasters Visit some years ago at Kentucky Lake.


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