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UPDATED Oct. 7, 2015

Enjoy the Fall Outdoors.!


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.
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.

-- Well Fall was definitely here last week and some trees started showing signs of it. Now some warmer weather with another Cold Front on Thursday - Friday morning (which means storms Thursday night) and a cool down for couple days. Than weekend and early next week we may see some summer like weather and temps before it cools back into fall later next week.
Fish had started to get little active at some site and soon should be moving into fall patterns and feeding up for winter.
- As we mentioned last week, again the wind has caused lots of leaves and some dead weeds floating on lakes and rivers. If you are going to be trolling we find it best to keep your rod tips under water to avoid the leaves getting on your line..
With the forecast it looks like we will have a few more Good weeks of Fishing.
- Hope You All can Get out and ENJOY the Outdoors along with some GOOD FISHING..!

** NOTE -- With waterfowl hunting seasons coming in, there will be many lakes
    CLOSED or Partially CLOSED to fishing.

-- Check below in reports for the Closure dates provided to us and more..

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- Fall Catch-and-Release Fly Fishing - Only Season is underway on 9 select sites marked with * listed in this News Release along with full details. All anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. No trout may be kept during the fly fishing-only period, but anglers can keep trout after the opening of the regular fall trout season beginning Oct. 17.
Oct. 17 - Illinois Fall Trout Season Opens at 5 a.m. on 53 select ponds, lakes and streams throughout state listed in this News Release along with full details. All anglers must have a valid fishing license and an Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under the age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is five trout.

- The IDNR Division of Fisheries has NEW regulations Now in effect for 2015 on the harvest of Flathead Catfish due to concerns about the overharvest of this large fish species.
Read the Press Release and Full Details HERE

* The New 2015-2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available in PDF format
on the IDNR website where you can read or print you a copy.


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- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream: to about HENNEPIN :
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits, crawlers with a few Drum caught too
- Sauger were FAIR-GOOD on trolled baits or jigging in 9-12 foot with mostly small fish
- WhiteBass are FAIR near creeks and around bridges.
- - Best part of being on River was the start of some fall colors in northern parts

- Heard the Crappie were hitting at couple small lakes on jigs..
  - Andrew says he caught this 3 pounder
  from a pond in Bloomington
  on a black & blue Rage Tail structure bug.
  Rigged weightless & fished across
  the tops of the weeds like a frog.
  Also caught a couple 2 pounders
  in 40 minutes on my lunch break.

  -   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 : The majority of the stripers have moved from the Norfork Lake dam. Right now it will take you some time to find the fish that will bite. Look at Diamond Bay, Big Creek, Robinson Point, and the waters above Cranfield. Stripers can still be found in water depths ranging from 35 out to 50 foot. I fished Red Bank and Calamity Beach and up to point 10 the last couple of days. I found lots of bait fish and stripers but few bites.
The surface water temperature has cooled down to the low 60s but the water temperature 2 feet below the surface is still in the 70s. The water temperature will continue to go lower as the nights stay cooler. A cold night time rain would bring the lake temperature down fast but that is not in the forecast.
This time of year you can catch stripers anytime during the day. As the water cools the stripers will go on a fall feeding binge and some topwater action will also occur.
Stripers are now feeding heavy in the evening near Calamity Beach. I have reports they are surfacing an hour before dark and are being caught on top water lured and spoons.
I took Gary the owner of Bayou Resort and his client Tim out for a morning striper trip. Both guys had not caught any stripers so it took a little while for them to learn how to hook the stripers. We caught a couple before light and then missed some but that day the stripers decided to feed during the morning hours.
I got into a school of stripers in 85 foot of water and for a while we could not keep up. We caught a few shorts but in no time we had our limit.
When the bite is on and you have out six lines it is not long before you can have a limit of stripers. That was the last time I have caught a limit of stripers at the dam.
For you out of area folks, you might want to get your calendars out and start making plans now. The fall is here and it’s a wonderful time to be on the lake. The stripers will begin their fall feed and the fall colors are beautiful.
A good tool to use to make your plans with is on the web at for everything Norfork Lake!
- Tom Reynolds has fished Lake Norfork for over 36 years and guides out of Tracy Ferry Marina; you can reach him at   or 870-421-1541 or on Facebook.
** Reading these Norfork reports it is hard to know the time and work involved to get & keep bait to be able to catch these awesome fish, but We can verify the time and how much work it is for a live bait fishing guide as we spent 2 days with Tom from start to finish of day to understand "A day as a Guide" and all the time and work involved.   Read our full STORY HERE

ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
- - THIS AREA IS CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Main Lake from Oct. 16th through Dec. 22nd during waterfowl season with bank fishing Only allowed.

ARGYLE LAKE - In Argyle State Park SW of Macomb off US 136 309-776-3422
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake for those with motors over 10hp.
* This is one of the sites that are stocked for Fall Trout Fishing Season that Opens on Oct. 17th

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 Oct. 14th (last day to boat fish will be Oct. 13th) --

DAWSON LAKE - East of Bloomington Exit #149 on I-74, North through LeRoy 4-miles on CH21 then East at Moraine View State Park sign.
* NEW limit Reg for Large or Smallmouth Bass . . 3 Fish Daily Creel Limit . . Protected Length Limit; 2 Fish less than 15 inch and 1 Fish 15 inch or larger. Also Bluegill or Redear Sunfish . . Protected Length Limit; 20 Fish (either singly or in aggregate)   Daily Creel Limit, of which only 5 fish can be 8 inch or larger
- Bass were just FAIR over weekend on plastics, crankbaits and swimbaits.
- Bluegills were FAIR but mostly small
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits
- Crappie were FAIR on jigs and minnows around brush or deep part of timber laydowns.

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
* * THIS LAKE IS CLOSED TO FISHING - As of OCT. 1st and remains Closed till February 1st --

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to
- Jack tells us on Sunday; from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM was one of his better days this summer. Caught several Bass, all were small except for one 18 incher. Had multiple hits that I did not hook-up. They bit on surface baits, plastic worms, swim baits and drop shots. The weeds are not near as thick as they were a month ago. When he launched the bait fish were breaking water all over the area near the ramp. Caught the first two Bass within 15 minutes walking the dog with a excalibur surface bait.
* He also had this note: "I usually take route 24 but encountered a detour at Banner, it said route 24 was closed and detoured me thru Canton. Not the biggest problem but it is probably not a good idea to start out on route 24 because the detour will add a few miles to the trip.":
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.
* Additional : With the shutdown of Dickson Mounds Museum at this time, fishing and boating permits will be done at the launch, Call (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.
* * The NEW limit Reg for Saugeye is 18 inch Minimum Length Limit and 3 Fish Daily Creel Limit
Bait Shop Fall Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 7 Days
LAST DAY BAIT SHOP OPEN is Oct. 17th (Depending on bait supply)

-- Water temps recently near 70
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, spinnerbaits, mid-size crankbaits and swimbaits on points and near submerged timber
- Bluegills were FAIR on jigs and/or wax worms
- Crappie were somewhat FAIR (will improve soon) but takes some moving around on minnows and on jigs around or over deeper brush at this time.
- A few small Saugeye caught over weekend on jig/minnow

* Lake is CLOSED to fishing for the season till April 1st, 2016 --

HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES - 2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N and then next right.)
* * Lakes are CLOSED for the season.. And will Re-open to fishing in 2016.
There are several new rules & Regs for next season you need to READ 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 and a 40hp limit and permit required.
* NEW limit Reg for 2015 is White, Black or Hybrid Crappie . . 15 Fish Daily Creel Limit
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, spinnerbaits and swimbaits around submerged weed edges or timber
- Bluegills are FAIR but small on wax worms and nibbles
- Crappie were FAIR on minnows or jigs around and over submerged brush

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 on Oct. 5th : " I am back fishing on Lake Shelbyville and a lot has changed since I left three weeks ago. The water temps have fallen from 80 clear down to 62 and the lake has some stain to it due to last week´s rain. The lake is finally at summer pool after a four month high water ordeal. The bait is moving back into coves on south end and lay down trees in coves have nice sized crappie on them. So does the trees on the main lake. I am doing much better on down trees over brush piles.
We are fishing a minnow about twelve feet down right on the heavy branches of the down trees. I have been just vertical fishing them on twelve-foot B&M rods with a soft tip that allows the minnow to load up when you get a bite. This set up also allows me to fish it in the wind where as a slip bobber rig just drifts too fast and the waves are too much. I am doing much better on minnows over jigs but have been using both. A 3/32oz. Deep Ledge Jig with some sort of chartreuse Midsouth tube on it.
The white bass are moving with the bait and I am catching them on points on the main lake as well as all the way back in the larger coves mid lake to south end. I have been getting them on one of my in-line spinners burned just under the surface in water no deeper than two-feet.
This week´s warm weather will bring that surface temp back up and I am afraid we will see this pattern for a few more weeks. We need water temps to get down in the mid 50s and then the crappie bite on jigs will explode. This also the time all my white bass rods go out of the boat and we just concentrate on crappie until ice up.
I have but one day left in October but November is mostly open and that is your best crappie catching month anyway. So don't wait to book."

PRAIRIE LAKE in Jim Edgar/ Panther Creek State F&W Area -
  - Bass were FAIR-SLOW recently.?
  - Crappie were FAIR-SLOW on minnows or jigs and but should improve soon.
  - Heard Muskie were active over weekend
  * Reminder of Partial Closures during Waterfowl Season

** If you are looking for a Great new place to stay while fishing or hunting at JEPC Park,
We recommend you check Plattner´s Ghost Hollow Lodge only 5 miles from the park, by
callin 217-458-2526 or 217-971-5256 or Click their logo on bottom right Sponsors section of this page
to Find Them on Facebook Make Sure to Contact Them for Directions ! - Tell them Larry sent you..!

McMASTER LAKE at - SNAKEDEN HOLLOW - - NW of Peoria, just 1 1/2 miles East of Victoria South off IL Route 167, and there is a 10HP limit. 309-879-2607
** THIS AREA WILL CLOSE TO FISHING for the Season on Oct. 12th (last day to fish is Oct. 11th) till Feb. 1st--

-- Water temps were in mid 60s
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on most baits and dip bait such as Hoss´s Hawg Bait fishing along breaks off flats and ends of rocks near shore areas
- Crappie are FAIR-GOOD on jigs as well as minnows in 8 - 14 foot water
- 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
- - Read the latest Fishing Report from US Army Corps who says
"Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water! "   And

  - Please use these collection stations for recycling monofilament fishing line
  provided at various locations around Lake.
  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
-- Water temps over weekend were in low-mid 60s
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics (flukes) and crankbaits near rock piles
- Bluegills were FAIR but some small fish.
- Crappie were FAIR on minnows around and over brush and cribs.
- Hybrids were somewhat FAIR but small on shad type baits with some around area of deep trees
- Muskie were FAIR-SLOW and active recently on bucktails.
- Reports of couple Walleye caught near rock piles late in day
-- Oct. 3rd, there were about 2400 Smallmouth Bass (average 5 inch) stocked in lake from the rearing pond..

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)
**THIS AREA WILL BE CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Hunting Area ON OCT. 17th with Last Day to Boat Fish being Oct. 16th -- with BANK FISHING ALLOWED ONLY AFTER 1pm--
- AREAS THAT REMAIN OPEN TO BOATS ARE NORTH OF MAPLE ISLAND with ramp at north end at the Sky Ranch Road launch and IN PIKE HOLE with carry in boats --

  Call (309) 676-0998 for details, including rules and regulations.
- RULES and/or REGS For Fishing: (While park is Open for season)
-- 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.
No boat ramps or road access will be available for trailer launching. ONLY electric motors are allowed.
-- Statewide sport fishing regulations will be in effect and enforced.
Valid Illinois fishing license is required for those age 16 years and older.
  *Fishing Hours*
East Side at Park:
Daily 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
- Lakes open to the public are Deep Lake, Caboose Lake, Beaver Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.
West Side lake:
Daily Sunrise - Sunset
- Lake open to the public is Taylor Lake, located on the west side of WPSP property


* NEW limit Reg effective April, 1 2015 on Bass for a Daily Creel Limit of three 15 inches Minimum Length Limit.
- - Hours are 6 am - sunset, seven days a week.
* * Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : Final day of fishing is Oct. 13th and LAKE will be CLOSED for the season..

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
- Bass were FAIR on plastic, spinners, mid crankbaits and swimbaits off points (best with stumps) and around shoreline timber
- Bluegills are FAIR-GOOD on wax worms, part crawler and red worms in the coves, near the docks and at weed line pockets
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on cut baits, shrimp and few on dip baits along edges of deep holes.
- Crappie were FAIR over weekend on minnows and should improve real soon
- WhiteBass are FAIR on jigs/twisters, bladebaits and few on spoons
- Check with Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle for latest reports
- - Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle is open from 5am - 5pm 7 days a week for ALL your fishing needs, as well as a full license service and more.. Check them out and get the latest fishing reports.
- And Ol´ Joe says the Bait Shop is FOR SALE..!
REMEMBER an easterly area of Clinton Lake between the DeWitt (CH14) and the 48 bridges is CLOSED FROM OCT. 10th through MARCH 31st to protect fish and wildlife...

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle tells us:
Catfish are FAIRLY GOOD on most baits
Crappie have been FAIR and may improve
Reports of WhiteBass and a few nice Yellow Bass too
-- Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for your bait and current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield 62703 just a mile west from the lake dam. You can call them at (217) 679-1800
** While there, Check out his panfish baits and the KRAZY BLADES for White Bass ..!

Lake is open with Daily Hours of 6 a.m. - sunset 7-days a week.
** Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : Final day of fishing is Oct. 15th and LAKE will be CLOSED for the season.

NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
As written in the fishing regs booklet :** The cold arm of Newton Lake shall be Closed daily from one-half hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm to all fishing and boat traffic except for legal waterfowl hunters during waterfowl season commencing with regular duck season through the close of the Canada goose and regular duck season.
* For here - Regular South Waterfowl Season: Nov. 14 – Jan. 31

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
- - THIS LAKE WILL CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING ON OCT. 17th (Last day for Boat fishing will be Oct. 16th) and CLOSES TO SHORE FISHING and ALL FISHING ON OCT. 24th (Last day for Shore fishing is Oct. 23rd)

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.
- - Water temps recently were about 80 in the east arm.
- Dan tells us Crappie were FAIR on Big Red´s Bait - minnows fished about 6 to 8 feet down in 10 to 12 foot of water with exception of one brush pile in 6 to 8 foot water in east arm.
-- 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 effective Oct. 14th (last day to boat fish will be Oct. 13th) through Jan. 31, 2016 (during this time fishing boat traffic is permitted in the center hot arm only).

- 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 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

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

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