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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..!
 

UPDATED Sept. 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.

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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.




- Some rain last week and the Hot weather returned..
- This seemed to have kept many from fishing again.
- But the forecast is for a cool down Friday into next week.!

-- BULLFROG season is still underway through Oct. 15th

- 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..
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.!!
-- With a mild weekend coming, Hope you can Get Out and ENJOY some GOOD FISHING.
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* This 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.
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  - - Notes Of Interest : -

** Maybe outside our Central IL reporting area, but Mickey shared that 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.!
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- Through a partnership with boating safety nonprofit the Sea Tow Foundation, Lake Shelbyville has opened a new Life Jacket Loaner Station available at Lake Shelbyville.
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- 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.
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** For ILLINOIS Boat REGISTRATION & SAFETY ACT INFORMATION
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- 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.!
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* The IL Dept of Natural Resources has changed the IL Boat Registration & Safety Act pushing 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
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* 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 I Fish Illinois website
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  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
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* 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 *
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- 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

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- 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!
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- 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
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  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket west of El Paso for bait.

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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
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- ILLINOIS RIVER
- - Near STARVED ROCK:
- River levels are good but No Reports for this area.?

- - Near PEORIA/PEKIN Area:

   
  - Chad & I had another good day on the river over weekend. The water went down about 4 ft after no rain
  for a week. We still found fish as shallow as 3 to 4ft for the Crappie. Minnows worked best but we were
  able to jig a few. For White Bass it was finding where baitfish were balled up. We even saw a few busts
  when the whites pushed the baitfish to the surface. Dixie Devils from Charlie Brewer Slider Co.
  were the ticket for the White Bass.   Visit www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com or call 309-212-6817

 * CONGRATS to Terry Davis & Chad Anderson for pulling off 3rd Crappie win in a row on the Illinois River.
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** NOTE -- During Winter season & with waterfowl hunting seasons for Illinois,
        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

- Rice Lake Will CLOSE to Boat Fishing on Oct. 20th
  and the Last Day To Be On The Water is Oct. 19th through Waterfowl Season and will Re-Open at end of Duck & Goose season..


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



ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
- - THIS AREA WILL CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING on Oct. 20th with the Last Day to Boat Fish being Oct. 19th in Main Lake during waterfowl season with bank fishing Only allowed.
  And typically Re-Opens on Dec. 26th..

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner,
  with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)

** THIS AREA Will CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING on Oct. 17th.!
  With the Last Day to Boat Fish being Oct. 16th
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 - -


 
 
 
 
  - Chris decided to give Banner a try for Crappie last week.
  They did start feeding later in the day and
  Justin even landed a 22 inch / 3lb walleye.

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.
- - No New Reports from here.

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
- No Reports from here for several 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.
  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.

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 Fall Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Daily
 * LAST DAY BAIT SHOP will be OPEN is OCT. 13th
** Evergreen Lake BOAT RENTAL Fall Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday - Sunday
    And BOAT RENTAL CLOSED Monday - Thursday.
 * BOAT RENTAL WILL CLOSE FOR SEASON on OCT. 7th


- - No New Report from here.?

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

HEIDECKE LAKE - site office ph 815/942-6352
- - Lake is OPEN daily until sunset;
  Boat launch opens at 6am, AND Shore-fishing Opens at 6:30am.
- Catfish were FAIR on crawlers and dip baits
- Report of couple Walleye caught on crawlers
* * Lake will CLOSE to Fishing for the season on Oct. 10th
 * With Last Day of Fishing Oct. 9th

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 be Open spring 2019.
  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.
- - No New Report from here.?

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

* For bait:  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop
* Check with them for your bait & latest reports   2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso, IL on US 24  

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

 
 
 
  - Crappie Guide Terry Davis tells us last week:
  "Dustin had a trip on Lake Shelbyville and found the fish
  on the move. With the changing weather, rain and
  cooler temps the Crappie are all in different stages of
  movement. Some can be found shallow corking & others
  can be found out in 15 to 20 ft still. Minnows have still
  been the best bite. Spider rigging is most effective when
  fish are on the move and spread out."

  Visit www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com or call 309-212-6817
  for more info or to book a fall bite trip!

* CONGRATS to Terry Davis & Chad Anderson for pulling off 3rd Crappie win in a row on the Illinois River.

REND LAKE -
- 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..

- The heavy rains last week brought the lake level up
  but lately fishing is still Fair-Good

- - Read the latest Fishing Report from US Army Corps who says:
"Please fish safely! Always wear your PFD when on the water!
  ......because.........
You could find yourself in the water unexpectedly with little advance warning."

SHABBONA LAKE -
- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
-- Not Much from Here recently
Bass were FAIR on plastics, spinnerbaits and topwater
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD recently on cut baits
- Crappie were FAIR suspended around cribs & best on minnows under bobber
- Word of couple small Hybrids

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)
** Last Day of Boat Fishing in Hunting Areas is Oct. 19th
- As - THIS AREA will CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING in Hunting Area on Oct. 20th
  -- 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..

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 lakes map, visit wildlifeprairiepark.org/fishing

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BRAIDWOOD LAKE -
-- Daily Hours are 6 am - sunset
- - Not much reported recently.
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD on crankbaits and some plastics along areas of rock
** This Lake will CLOSE for the season on Oct. 17th
 * with Last Day of Fishing Oct. 16th

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 will CLOSE in mid Oct. and remains Closed typically until April 1st ..?

   
   - Jason Hill of Hill´s Guide Service says "Still pulling in nice Blue Cats
    last week and lots of Channel Cats mixed in as well."
  ** For guided Catfish trips on LaSalle Lake, contact Jason Hill of Hill´s Guide Service
      217-855-2692   - or   www.illinoiscatfishguide.com
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  - Crappie Guide Terry Davis says: "We are at the beginning
  of the seasons changing & the good fall bite is right around
  the corner. Went through about 6 dozen minnows Tuesday
  and managed 38 keeper Crappie from Clinton. Minnows are
  definitely the ticket right now and the fish are showing
  some good size and thickness so you can tell they are starting
  to feed heavy. Still focusing on 10ft or deeper but with cooler
  temps in the forecast the fish should be on the move.
  * Call us at 309-212-6817   or
    visit   www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com


- Ol´ Joe says this past week  :
- Bass still FAIR-GOOD on spinnerbaits & small crankbaits around areas of rip-rap
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD but mostly small
- Catfish were Fairly GOOD on most baits and drifting shad too
- WhiteBass were GOOD on jig/minnow

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.

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

- Bass were FAIR plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits.
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits
 --- 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.

LaSALLE LAKE -
- 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.


** Lake will CLOSE for the season Oct. 16th
 * With Last Day of Fishing Oct. 15th

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
--  WINTER HOURS start Oct 1st : 8am - 4pm

* The Last Day for Boat Fishing is Oct. 19th
- And - Last Day for Shore Fishing is Oct. 26th
- As - LAKE WILL CLOSE To ALL FISHING On Oct. 27th -

- Lake Will RE-OPEN to Shore Fishing on Dec. 24th
- but - Will Remain CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING Untill 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.
- - Not Much at all Reported this past week
- Bass were little SLOW recently
- Catfish are FAIR on dip baits and cut baits
 - - 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 ARE CLOSED DURING WATERFOWL SEASON to boat traffic (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.

** 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
www.stroutfitters.com
- Here is latest Report from Tom:   The Norfork Lake Striper bite will continue near the dam until the water begins to cool. Instead of the water getting cooler it is going up with the warm afternoons. No rain increases the chances that the stripers will be near the dam for a while. The latest oxygen level shows there is no oxygen for the stripers other than the dam area. Stripers need 5 percent of oxygen to be active. As each percent is reduced the striper activity decreases. Right now, at 70 feet the oxygen is 2 percent.
The stripers are still feeding but you need to get your bait right on their noses. I am using 4 oz barrel weights and a short 18 foot leader and dropping it to the bottom then reel up a couple of turns. Gizzard shad is my bait of choice, they are more active than threadfin in both size and activity.
I had a guide fishing next to me using threadfin shad and while I was getting bites he was watching us catch fish after fish. While we were catching our sixth fish for a limit he finally caught 1.
Fish live bait right now, I have watched the trollers and spooners fish every day and only see 1 or 2 fish caught.
When the water cools the bait will begin to school and will move to shallower water in the mouths of the creeks. Check Big Creek if you're on the lower end of the lake and Robinson Point, Float and Panther Creeks in the mid-lake area. The Fouts area will begin holding fish along with areas from Red Bank to the 160 bridge. Find the bait and you will find the stripers. They will be hungry and begin their fall feeding pattern.

  Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 52 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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