Larry's Fishing Hole Fishing Reports

- We Wish You All SAFE & GOOD FISHING..!
We appreciate all who visit and read these reports.
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 accure.

- We welcome any fishing reports you wish to send us for sharing with other anglers -

UPDATED April 16, 2014
Thanks to all who read our reports; your support makes all the work worthwhile.
God willing we will try to keep these reports going to share with you again this year..!


- We appreciate those who have been sending us reports - THANKS .!
And we welcome any new reports others wish to share with other anglers and we really enjoy those photos too..

- Read about our Outdoor Writers/Broadcasters Visit at Kentucky Lake last fall..

- The warm weather over weekend had more anglers out but the wind and weather has limited fishing recently.
- Reports of a few nice Bass and Crappie that will improve when good spring weather returns, or stays around..
- Hope You All can Get out and ENJOY the Outdoors..!

- Illinois´ 2014 Spring Trout Fishing Season is underway at 47 sites.
Check THIS PAGE for details and list of lakes stocked..

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- With spring here, we have some tips to help you GET READY for Open Water Fishing..!

- Our friend Jonn Graham of CAMP SMALLMOUTH wants to 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.
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.


- One big thing to remember is no matter how bad the fishing may be for us anglers, those Bait Shop owners have tried to keep fresh baits for us all. However, they are just not selling very much bait with no one coming back in for more, they are not able to pay the rent or for inventory..
Too many have not been able to make it and went out of business in the past making it hard to find bait - so -
Please make sure to stop by those local (family run) bait shops for your bait, supplies and for current reports. This will help to assure they will be there for all us anglers when we need bait.
- - - - - -

- Check our sponsors on the right for your baits, tackle, guide options and more.
    Visit their website links on the right.. ---------------->


-- Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : That Coho fishing in southern Lake Michigan has been GOOD with many big fish and only weather has been a limiting factor .

  - Our friend Toby shared this photo
  of his son Hudson with his biggest Bass yet.
  A nice 6 pounder at Kentucky Lake
  Says he got it on the Best Lure, White Spinnerbait..
  I know Toby has caught several the last few days too..

- The river level is dropping and has cleared up some.
- Sauger are FAIR with mostly males being caught caught jiggin the flats
- Reports of a few WhiteBass caught recently..?

- Connor tells us he and friend found fishing FAIR at a strip mine lake in McLean County over weekend in afternoon.
He slow fished a swimbait with a few light biting 1 - 1.5 pound Bass in deeper water 10+ feet. Better Bass were caught on plastic worms and even caught a nice 10.5 inch Crappie
A few small Crappie on a jig and white 3 inch grub tail also deep.
The key was to fish slow and deep.

- Ron at J & R Riverside Bait & Tackle in Pekin tells us that Non Residents of Tremont can now purchase a yearly permit to fish those great bank fishing lakes in Tremont at Hwy 9 & I-155 where he hear some nice Crappie have been caught..

  -   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 from Tom :
" Norfork Lake is at normal pool. The water temperature is in the high 50s and rising. The water visibility is stained. The night bite is good.
The lake is warming up fast and the Stripers are moving into the banks. The big fish have moved up the creek and are starting to feed. Shad have started moving to the banks and the Stripers are following. The lake should be in the 60 degree range by weeks end. I fished Bennett’s Bayou and found that the best bite was mid-day with clouds or overcast skies. Sunny days the bite is off with very little activity. I fished with Larry & Linda Leonard and we caught our fish from 10am to 12pm, Linda caught the big Striper at 12pm, it was 22 lbs. The Stripers were caught on 5 to 7 inch gizzard shad. The night bite is strong, the best time is from 8pm to 10pm, fish the banks that had wind on them during the day, rouges are working the best.
The Crappies are biting on small spoons, jigs, and minnows on brush piles in 20 feet of water in the mornings. Later as the day warms up the Crappie are moving shallow and are getting ready to spawn and limits are being caught in all the major creek arms.
The Walleyes will be spawning now the water is warming. The rains this week will see a big push up the river to spawn. The best spots are at the state line, Liner Creek, Udall Marina, and from Bridges Creek to the 160 bridge. "

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)
  - Craig fished Banner on the 12th,
  fishing shallows and caught
  couple 1 - 2.5 pound Bass
  one about 3 and one about 4 pounder.
  Tells us big spinnerbaits and rat-l-traps were lures for this day.

  - Andrew says he caught some Bass
  in lakes near Bells Landing Sat. night about 8:30ish
  on chatterbaits around stumps.
  Water was 55 in that lake..
  He also says he fished some FIZARDS
  and caught several Carp too...

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.
-- Water temps were near 50 over weekend
- Muskie were a little SLOW and maybe in a spawn but report of a 40 inch fish caught fairly shallow recently.
* The Bait Shop & Boat Rental are Open with Hours:
BAIT SHOP HOURS are Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm & Friday – Sunday: 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
BOAT RENTAL HOURS are Friday – Sunday: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm & CLOSED Monday – Thursday

Expanded hours beginning May 24, 2014

- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW on the north side but not like opening week...
- A few Walleye reported on minnows or Gulp baits.

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 and a 40hp limit and the new Bluegill limit is 25 fish a day with no size restriction.
*- For Bait if you come to lake from the north, stop by Mike´s Minnow Bucket 2.7 miles west of I-39 from El Paso on US 24.
Hours are 7am - 6pm Mon - Fri and as early as needed on Sat, A Great supply of Good minnow, worms and more. This is also where you can get Hoss´s Hawg Bait, call Mike at 309-303-2375 and he will be there for you..

LAKE EUREKA - This Lake is only 30 acres, and is a good place for the family and kids, a lake where the whole shore line can be fished, there is a boat ramp and ONLY trolling motor use is allowed and if boat has a Motor on it, you must have a City Motor Permit but still May Not start it for any reason.! (Remember - No Minnows fishing Allowed)
* Mike´s Minnow Bucket 2.7 miles west of I-39 from El Paso on US 24 is open for season. Hours are 7am - 6pm Mon - Fri and as early as needed on Sat, A Great supply of Good minnow, worms and more. This is also where you can get Hoss´s Hawg Bait, call Mike at 309-303-2375 and he will be there for you..

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
- Here is report from Guide Steve Welch for April 14th-20th: " The Corp has the lake rising to 596 and presently it needs about 4-inches. They will raise it to summer pool of 599.99 in May.
The water temps I saw this past week were running from 49-51 with it spiking up to 57 on calm sunny days. The entire lake has cleared up quite a bit. The wind keeps it stirred up but overall color isn't a problem unless you want to catch them on the bank. The shallow fish that everyone has enjoyed chasing these past three weeks have moved back out to about 10 feet on the north end and slightly deeper on the south end.
The stained and dirty water from the wind has the fish suspending high in the water column. We caught fish down anywhere from 6-10 feet over deeper brush and heavy trunks of down trees. Water depth does not mean as much as a branch in the 6-10 foot range. Remember this time of the year fish are seeking warmth and heavy trunks of down trees provides more so brush might only have small fish in it.
With the current water color we have my best colors on dark rainy days have been a 1/8 or 3/16oz.Deep Ledge Jig in either orange, black or chartreuse with a chartreuse glow Midsouth tube or an orange and chartreuse tube. On sunny days I am using a white head and a Bass Pro Crystal Minnow or my Brush Bugs with a white head, pearl tensile and glow legs. Since we aren't fishing that deep I have downsized from my typical 1/4oz. jigs and got out my twelve-foot rods so we can stay back.
On windy days we have been drifting slip bobber rigs over deep brush with plain minnows, calm days sticking more to jigs.
On calm days I can see the fish suspending off the sides of points with my side imaging on the south end where there are stumps and brush so we are getting out the spinner rigs this week and line counter reels and doing some long line pulling. This method is deadly on suspended fish. "

McMASTER LAKE at - SNAKEDEN HOLLOW - - NW of Peoria, just 1 1/2 miles East of Victoria South off IL Route 167, there is a 10HP limit. 309-879-2607
** The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria, 2 blocks south of U.S. 167 on Union St. has live bait & tackle open from an hour before sunrise till an hour after sunset, 7 days a week!! Stop in and tell Duane & Becky we said HI, or give them a call at 309-879-2401
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW with a couple nice fish on jig/plastics, swimbaits and small crankbaits.
- Muskie were SLOW this week
- No word on Walleye..?
-- Check with them at The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria for Bait & current reports and info on Fishing in the area.

-- Lake level is up and stained with temps about 47...
- Bass are little SLOW with mostly small fish right now.
- Crappie are FAIR-GOOD and will improve with stable mild weather. Some caught around brush pile but also some in the buck brush on jig/minnow with some on tube jigs too.
- Check with Todd Gessner Outdoors Guide Service on Rend Lake at 618-513-0520 for future fishing trips and make sure to look into a stay at the new Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club now with a bait shop too..
- - Here is this week's Fishing Report from US Army Corps
and they want to remind us all to Please fish safely! Always wear your life jacket on the water!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Rend Lake has partnered with the Rend Lake Lunker Busters and Mt. Vernon Winnelson Company, to provide collection stations for recycling monofilament fishing line. Monofilament fishing line can be damaging to our environment and harmful to wildlife and visitors when not disposed of properly. Each year hundreds of animals are entangled in discarded fishing line. In addition, the improperly discarded fishing line causes damage to boat motors and can even entangle swimmers and divers. The recycling containers for monofilament line are provided at various locations around Rend Lake at the following boat ramps: Dam West, Jackie Branch, Sailboat Harbor, Rend Lake Conservancy District, Ina, South Marcum, North Marcum, South Sandusky, North Sandusky, Rend Lake Resort, and Gun Creek. While at the lake, visitors are asked to place all used fishing line in the newly placed recycle containers but please do not place cans, bottles, or other trash in these special fishing line recycling bins. All used line that is collected will be sent to a manufacturer in Iowa where it will be made into fish habitat structures. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encourages all visitors to pitch in to make Rend Lake a safer and more beautiful place to recreate. For more info feel free to contact the Rend Lake Project Office at 11981 Rend City Road, Benton, IL 62812 or by phone at 618-724-2493.

- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM
- Just a couple nice Bass reported over weekend.
- Crappie FAIR-SLOW around deep trees and near no-motor zone
- A couple 33 - 36 inch Muskie caught over weekend.

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)
- Bass were GOOD over weekend but have Slowed some...
- Muskie were little SLOW
And stop by Larry´s Restaurant & Family Bar at south end for their Awesome homemade tenderloins along with current reports.
-- Check with J & R Riverside Bait & Tackle in Pekin on your way for bait and latest reports.


BALDWIN LAKE - Just north of Baldwin off Route 154. - site Office 618-785-2555
--- There is a 50hp motor limit
- Over weekend the Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW along shore on jig & waxie or part crawler.
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD with mostly small fish on bottom fished crawlers

-- Hours are 6 am - sunset
- Bass were little SLOW but those caught were nice fish
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
--A NO-WAKE speed limit is in effect from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise at Clinton Lake. Signs will be posted at the lake for reminders and a Violation will lead to a $75 ticket.
* Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle on Rt. 54 in DeWitt is Open from 5am - 5pm 7 days a week for ALL your fishing needs and full line license service.
He want to let those interested know that the business is FOR SALE . - We can highly recommend you stop by or call Joe at 217-935-6244.
** Also, this is the place to get your   FIZARDS  .!
- Ol´ Joe´s report for this week... "CRAPPIE !! CRAPPIE !! CRAPPIE !! White bass, Catfish, some Walleye !! Spring has Sprung at Clinton Lake !! Hot water areas producing all types of fish. MINNOWS best bait with night crawlers and jigs next. Some nice fishing also reported below the dam at spillway. Some Stripers, Walleye, Crappie, Asian Carp, Catfish. Artificial and live baits working well.
Thanks to all from Ol´ Joe´s your Clinton Lake fishing connection."
-- Ol´ Joe´s Clinton Lake Catfish tournament next date is May 3rd at Weldon ramp and starting at 6pm - 12pm.

- Angler reported late last week in hot water arm water temps ranged from mid 60s - 70 and the lake level seemed down some.?
Crappie were FAIR-GOOD about 8.5 - 10.5 inches on minnows in 2 foot water

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass were SLOW-FAIR at times on spinners and jigs Crappie are SLOW-FAIR with small fish near creeks on minnow or jigs..
-- Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for your bait and current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield 62703just a mile west from the lake dam. You can call them at (217) 679-1800

LaSALLE LAKE - (815) 795-2448
-- Hours for April are daily 6 a.m. - sunset.
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW this past week
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits or liver.
- Hybrids were FAIR with most on drifted chicken liver

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
-- WINTER HOURS (Oct. 1st - April 30th): 8am - 4pm   SUMMER HOURS (May 1st - Sept. 30th): 6am-8pm
- No reports this week..?
* Check with at J & R Riverside Bait & Tackle in Pekin (309) 347-3793 on your way for bait and latest reports or his full line of tackle.. Tell them Larry sent you..!
* Oh Yeah, this is a place to get FIZARDS...! the New Rockport Rattler jigs AND also Asian Carp sides to legally fish Powerton..!
Bait Shop HOURS: Mon - Sat 6am to 6pm and Sun 6am to 4pm..

SANGCHRIS LAKE - South of Springfield off I-55 Exit 82 and go east on Route 104 about 10 miles, with a 25HP limit.
-- Sangchris Lake site office at 217/498-9208 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Bass are SLOW-FAIR on swimbaits, spinners and some crankbait.
- Crappie were FAIR on minnows or jigs and twisters or small swimbaits.
* The West Boat ramp remains closed due to pending construction with a completion date of this spring.
-- Check with Trevor at Big Reds 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. -

The complete Guide to the Carlyle Lake area.

- For Chicago area and southern 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 a fishing trip (we would recommend), check STR Outfitters at
--- View STR Outfitters Facebook page click here for real time up to date each day or read Tom´s fishing blog here at

If you are thinking of Fishing or Hunting this year
Check the Reports & specials from Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters

[ HOME ]

Fishing Reports
Sponsored by



Angling Adventures & Custom Rods     Custom Built Rods & Guided Fishing Trips

- - - - - - - - - - - For All Things Muskie
And Guided Fishing Trips

- - - - - - - - - - -
For a piece of paradise
at Kentucky Lake
Contact Jack & Jan at
High Ridge Resort

- - - - - - - - - - -
Hoss's Hawg Bait Hoss's Hawg Bait
The Dip Bait that is Easy on the Nose,
and 2nd to None.



Largest Live Bait Selection in Central IL
921 S. 2nd St(IL 29) Pekin, IL
Open 7-days a Week
(309) 347-3793

Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club  On Rend Lake
Check with them for all your fishing or hunting outfitter
in the future !

  - - - - - - - - - - -
Fizards   Fish see it,
Smell it, Taste it,
Hear it and Feel it
Make your next bite an instinctive bite !

  - - - - - - - - - - -
contact Jonn Graham

  - - - - - - - - - - -
After a day on Lake
See Amy Morrison
For Hair appointment 309-369-7122

  - - - - - - - - - - -

  - - - - - - - - - - -
Coon Creek Rv Park & Lodge Coon Creek Rv Park & Lodge

- - - - - - - - - - -