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a Safe & Good Fishing Season

We make REGULAR UPDATES to our FISHING REPORTS, current Events, our tips, new facts, trivia, best fishing days and PRODUCT TEST Reviews & FISHING ARTICLES.
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.
So come back, visit us often & click the refresh or reload button to assure seeing latest info.

We want this to be your one stop complete information center for Central Illinois Fishing.
If you have any suggestion or questions feel free to let us know by e-mail address at bottom.

April   27th   -   28th   and   May 2nd at Dawn & Dusk


* We want to remind Illinois boat owners to check your three-year boat registration/decal and renew your registration SOON if it expires on June 30, 2017.
- Cabela´s announces revised deal with Bass Pro
- Surprisingly DNA analysis indicates the Illinois-record crappie Ryan Povolish caught March 28 at Kinkaid Lake is a Hybrid - SunTimes Article  Nevertheless, at 4.55 pounds (4# 8.8oz), it is still New Illinois Hybrid Crappie record topping the old 2008 record of 4.52 pounds (4# 8.3oz).
- Great article from month ago : Self-Imposed Limits - The Key to Great Panfishing
and applies for spring (helps identify Male gills)..
May 5 - Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Bass Fishing Tournament Series sectionals. Tournament sites and team assignments Posted HERE - The IHSA State Final is set for May 19 and 20th at Carlyle Lake. You can also find Links for various Results & other info on above site.
  May 13 - Relay For Life – 10th Annual Open Bass Tournament

    at – Lake Bloomington - with Lunch provided after tournament.

    CLICK HERE   for details and entry form.
May 13 - Crappie USA Kids 12 & under Fishing Rodeo at Lake Shelbyville Dam - West Access Area, N. 9th Street. Sign-up is FREE at 8 AM - with fishing from bank area from 9AM until 11AM. Young angles may check-in any species of fish, any size & after counted (only numbers recorded), immediately released. * All youngsters need to bring their own pole or rod and reel & box of worms or other bait. All will receive a small tackle pack & have their names entered into a college scholarship drawing taking place at Cabela´s Crappie USA Classic in Paris, TN in October. To date Crappie USA has awarded $342,000.00 in college scholarships through not-for-profit corporation. For more info call 502-384-5924 or email - visit
May 13 - The USFWS is hosting a Migratory Bird Day Event at Chautauqua NWR Sat. 9-3pm. Auto-tour route for visitors, with guided bird-watching hikes every hour on refuge trails, members of Emiquon Partnership providing displays & exhibits at the refuge headquarters. Read FLYER
  June 3 - 5: 7th annual Fishing for Freedom event to honor our Wounded Warriors taking place
at Quincy, IL -Volunteer Boaters Are The Key To Making This Event Successful so 100% of warriors can partake- depends on the number of boats they can put on the water. To Sign-up, recruit boaters or just check details for this Great Event : visit
  July 22 & 23 - Southern Illinois Sportsman Show at Expo Hall, Duquoin Fairgrounds FLYER

- We highly recommend taking a boating safety course - maybe get a discount on insurance.
- - Below are some 2017 Boating Safety Education courses in Central, IL from the IDNR - -

- May 6 & June 24 & July 22   8:30am-5:00pm IL Waterway Visitor Center 950 N 27 Rd, Ottawa
- to Register call 815-667-4054 or email
* For future class dates & locations by County - Click HERE (they make updates frequently)


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 For a piece of paradise
  at Kentucky Lake,  or
Great Business Opportunity for income while enjoying the outdoors and Good fishing;

  Contact   High Ridge Resort

  Heroes On The Water
Helping warriors & veterans relax, rehabilitate & reintegrate   through kayak fishing
    & the outdoors.

After a day on Lake
See Amy Morrison
For Hair appointment


  Concealed Carry Training?
Exercise your
2nd amendment right !



-- As Fisherman, we must stick together and share fishing tips with others.
- Before you launch your boat, be sure to check important things:
such as Install the Drain Plug and Remember to Be Courteous at the ramp
do your preparing the boat before you even get in line on the ramp.
Last thing you should do is Remove the Bow Strap once trailer wheels are at the water.
Here is good video
Launching & Retrieve a boat by yourself
Lots of Great Key points: Hands on bottom of steering wheel when backing, put truck in neutral.
*When retrieving, we like to back down to fully wet bunks than pull up to fenders just out of water.
This makes the boat slide better on bunks with all parts wet.

- Having trouble catching spring Crappie, try this trick from Wally, "Mr. Crappie", Marshall
Fish a minnow on a hook with no weight about 3 - 4 feet under a bobber.
Cast out and let the minnow drop very slowly and if you do not get a bite,
gently sweep the rod tip 3 or 4 feet pulling the minnow back to surface and letting fall again.
Just the sight of that slowly falling, struggling minnow is more than even finicky crappie can resist..
- How  &  Where  to catch  Crappie in April -

Here are Some Tips to help you Get Ready For Spring.
By doing these things now, you will be ready to Go Fishing as soon as the weather breaks.

** Support our local Bait Shops to assure they will be there when we need them for fresh,
lively baits and current fishing info or advice as well as the latest tackle..!
  - Just a Thought..   Get Out and ENJOY..!

* Looking to save some money on your next fishing trip?
Make sure to browse timeshare resales for sale and rent by owner.
Timeshare resales that are for sale and rent by owner are
typically 70% off the price you´d pay at a resort or vacation home directly.
There are several timeshare resales available for rent around the Lake of the Ozarks.

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Do Not Forget - - FISHING IS MEANT TO BE FUN - -

  - Fish Facts: Late 1950s - Former physics professor Elwood L. ("Buck") Perry of Hickory, North Carolina, rocks the fishing world with
  demonstrations of his innovative system of angling, called Spoon-plugging. Perry´s theories on the deep-water habits of species such
  as Bass & Walleye; and his astonishing success at catching large fish even in the most fished-out urban waters; virtually rewrites
  the book on warm water angling, giving birth to the era of structure fishing..

Did You Know the State of Illinois offers Awards for Big Fish and for Catch-and-Release and now a Spear/Bow Fishing Award categories and more.
Check the I Fish site or the awards page for details and where you can fill-in and print certificate.

* The New 2017 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format
on the IDNR website . Regulations in the guide are effective through March 31, 2018.
You can read or print a copy (This is a huge file so be prepared)
* Once again for 2017, Illinois Free Fishing Days will be during
the Father´s Day weekend on June 16 - 19.

  - Fishing Tale/Story:   Stream - A narrow watercourse small enough to be privately owned by someone
        who does not fish and dislikes fishermen..

Tomorrow is never promised. Appreciate today !

If you are looking for a great deal on maybe the best fish mounting in Central Illinois,
E-mail me and I will give Phone Number.

On The Water Again..

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