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This Month´s Articles

Spring = Rain Gear and Jigs

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Herald & Review article on Fish is a healthier alternative to meat
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ILLINOIS GAME & FISH magazine p49
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We appreciate all who visit and read the events, articles, reports and other fishing related items.

a Safe & Good Fishing Season

* MEMORIAL DAY - a day of remembrance and to honor
those for their heroic sacrifice & service
for the United States of America.

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.

May   26th   (27th & 28th at Dusk & 29th at Dawn)


May 20-26: National Safe Boating Week; Wear Your Life Jacket. Boat operators and passengers are reminded to wear a life jacket whenever on the water in IL. Life jackets save lives, & Illinois law requires that life jackets or life vests (personal floatation devices, PFDs) be available for each person aboard boat or other watercraft. State law also requires that anyone under age 13 must wear a life jacket while aboard any watercraft under 26 feet in length at all times boat is underway, unless they are below deck in enclosed cabin or operating on private property. IL law also requires persons of any age wear a PFD while operating a personal watercraft. More info, on the National Safe Boating Council´s "Wear It" campaign website at More Illinois Boating info & review a copy of latest edition of the Illinois DNR Boating Report @ this page
- May is Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month Preventing the spread of AIS is essential to reducing environmental impacts and economic losses and also to preserving our waters so that we can fish and boat for many years to come. More information HERE
- 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.
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
June 10 - Climb the Tower Volunteer Day - Anyone who comes to support Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge and helps the staff remove bush honeysuckle from the forested areas near Refuge headquarters will get the opportunity to climb the historic observation tower for one of the best vistas in Mason County. Full details about event HERE
June 16-19: Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2017, during the Father´s Day weekend.
June 24th - 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. For more info call 502-384-5924 or email - 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.

- 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


 YOUR Boating Headquarters 

Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club   At Rend Lake
Check with them for all your Fishing or Hunting outfitter in the future !

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

 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

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.
- We started spring with high lake levels including some flooding and
now we will encounter many lake level are dropping. While these waters were up,
fish were up in those new shallow areas taking advantage of the great feeding,
but with levels dropping, they will move back out deeper.
The key is to move out with them while targeting any edges with spinnerbait, crankbaits
or plastics. With lake levels dropping and less rain, you may find clearer water conditions.
Keep your boat out away from areas you plan to fish to prevent spooking these fish
while fishing the shallow part or side and slowly fishing deeper till fish are caught.
With the warmer temps, some fish have spawn and started moving into summer patterns.
but Bluegills should still be a lot of FUN for next couple weeks near shore and some Bass too.
Once we again get warmer weather and with some post spawn fish, look for areas holding baitfish
& many times out along a break or other structure; once you find a pattern, duplicate this pattern
or feature on other similar areas of the lake. Once these fish recover, they will
come into shallow areas again to feed and maybe early or late in day try those topwater baits.
- Fish shallower in stained water, low light conditions and/or when wind is breaking the water surface.

** 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..  
********** Give yourself the gift of time outdoors this year. ***********
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:   1832 - The roots of Mustad fish hooks can be traced back to this time when a Company was producing nails, steel wire and
  various metal products in Norway. Later, son-in-law Ole Hovelsen Mustad, took over the company with his son Hans and changed its name
  to "O. Mustad" and later "O. Mustad & Son". By refining and industrializing the manual production of fish hooks in 1877, the company managed
  to become a global market leader in just a few years. In some parts of the world ´Mustad´ is in fact the local word for a fish hook.

  Did You Know the State of Illinois offers Awards for Big Fish, for Catch-and-Release and a Spear/Bow Fishing Award categories and more.
Check I Fish Illinois 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:   Panfish - Anything removed from the water that will fit into a frying pan
            and does not melt, smolder, give off sparks, or explode when cooked..

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.

Awesome evening with many Nice Bluegills and Crappie
THANKS again to Guide Paul Center for asking us..!

For More Fishing photos,     or Check on our Fishing Reports page..

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