- 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.
No matter what reports state, you as an angler must still find the right cover & the fish.
Try to find these kinds of cover in lakes:
- Brush piles or cribs that can be found with a sonar unit or by scouting a lake by starting in 6-14 foot and move out.
- Fallen trees along the shore.
- Boat docks that provide cover and shade in summer months.
Mark or remember any spots you catch fish and Stay mobile, move around to increase your odds of finding and catching fish.
-- With the recent Hot weather & summer temps very few anglers have been
and most of those that were out, got out in mornings.
- Some power plant cooling lakes have reports of water temps in high 90s on warm sides..
With the real Hot weather for next few days, this could affect the fish in a big way..?
- During these hot days, look for areas of cover and shade or deeper water structure to find fish.
- The forecast calls for Very Hot weather into weekend, Protect yourself from the sun and the heat, drink plenty of liquids.
Next week calls for a slight cool down and should be a Good time to get out..
- Be Safe & Get out to ENJOY some GOOD FISHING..!
** Be Sure to Check out all the Great fishing photos below,
and we So Much Enjoy getting the Kids Photos
THANKS for sharing them, and for Taking The Kids Fishing.!
With Summer weather here, Be Sure To
Protect yourself from the sun and the heat, drink plenty of liquids.
And for those pesky Gnats and all biting insects = do as we do and not leave home or go out without a bottle or two of The Original Vanilla Bug Spray to repel those biting gnats, flies and mosquitoes..
Don´t subject yourself or your pet to unnecessary pest attacks!
To get your bottle now, visit www.vanillabugspray.com for locations or to order..
Get out and ENJOY..!
- With this Hot weather, Night Fishing is a great way to escape the summer heat and crowds..
- - Notes Of Interest : -
Looking for a Boat, Trolling motor or Fishing Gear & more..
- IDNR Announces Summer Urban Fishing Clinics providing FREE instruction and Fun for Kids.
for details, more info and locations.
- BULLFROG season is underway through August 31
Bullfrogs may be taken by hand, fishing pole and line fishing, landing net, bow & arrow or bow and spear or gig.
You must have a sport fishing license is required and limits are
8 bullfrogs daily limit with 16 bullfrogs possession limit
- For list of ADA accessible Fishing sites
Check IDNR Places To Fish page for locations.
- For Bank Fishing Opportunities in Illinois that are easily accessible,
visit IDNR Bank Fishing page
NOTE: As of January 1st, No person born on or after January 1, 1998,
unless exempted by subsection (i),
shall operate a motorboat with over 10 horse power unless that person has a valid
Boating Safety Certificate issued by
the Dept of Natural Resources or an entity or organization recognized & approved by the Dept.
Non-motorized watercraft, including canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, or sail boards in Illinois,
are no longer required to be titled/registered in Illinois, unless the vessels have a motor or sail.
Non-motorized watercraft owners are required to purchase an Illinois Water Usage Stamp for each calendar year..
* The 2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available online
at IDNR website
* We have listed a few in our area that we have found in the reports below, but you still need to check and read the signs posted at lakes to be sure..
- The U.S. Coast Guard has released a Free boating safety app designed to provide additional resources for mobile users.
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- ILLINOIS RIVER
- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream: to Near HENRY :
- WOW, the rains have brought the river back up again -
and should crest today in LaSalle area a couple feet below flood stage
- LOCAL PONDS & STRIP MINE LAKES -
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, chatterbaits and some on swimbaits along weed edges and topwater/frog on weed patches mostly in morning hours
- Bluegills remain FAIR-GOOD on waxies, crickets or part crawler around
and out slightly on shore cover (laydowns and weededges) and in weed pockets
- Catfish were GOOD early in day on dip baits and liver with few on crawlers too
- 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 stripers have finally started their summer feeding pattern. I am seeing larger schools of stripers and hybrids each day.
The beginning of the week I saw only 5 or 6 stripers at one time, now I am seeing large schools of stripers feeding in water 70 to 130 feet deep.
The pattern is to look for them in 35 to 40 foot of water on a flat before light and you can usually catch 2 or 3 of them.
As it begins to get daylight follow the fish out to deeper water.
Before this week once the sun came up the bite was over, now it just a matter of finding the fish and you can catch them.
Check out the Dam Cove area and behind Koso Point because they both have the type of structure that I have described.
The lake has now reached the level that allows the work to begin on the dam gate. We should see this level of 553 for the next several weeks.
A word of caution, do not take sharp turns on points and if you are not familiar with the creeks do not go far up them.
There are a lot of trees that are now above or just under the surface.
I had a request to take a father and his two sons out for their first striper fishing trip. Richard and his sons RC and Jimmy came down from central Missouri Friday night
and fished with me Saturday morning. RC told me this trip was part of his high school graduation present.
I really wanted to make sure they had a good time and have RC catch some stripers.
As luck would have it RC hooked and landed the first striper. He then caught a catfish so he was 2 for 2.
The next eight stripers were caught by Richard and Jimmy. We kept teasing RC that he should have not caught the first striper.
Jimmy had caught four and Richard three and RC one.
I really wanted RC to catch at least one more so I kept moving into deeper water and was running six down lines and 2 floats all set at 40 foot.
Finally the float went down and RC started fighting the striper and when he finally got it in, his pole went down again so he started fighting that striper.
Before I could get the poles in two more went down. We missed one and landed another. RC caught his limit plus one.
We were able to release two so everybody caught their limit and his present was one he will remember for a long time.
Be sure to read our Summer Striper tactics, the article can be found on www.FishNorfork.com for everything Norfork Lake!
- Tom Reynolds has fished Lake Norfork for over 37 years and guides out of Tracy Ferry Marina;
you can reach him at www.stroutfitters.com or 870-421-1541 or on Facebook
AND - Be sure to check out Tom´s Summer Striper Tactics article!
** 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
BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)
* 2016 New Written Regs to clarify - Large or Smallmouth Bass . . . Protected Slot Length Limit with one
fish greater than or equal to 18 inches and/or 2 fish less than 12 inches . . 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
- Eric caught a surprise Muskie over weekend and Erin (on left) caught a nice 4 pound 19 inch Bass.
He adds the Bass were FAIR on plastic swim bait & worm along weed line,
Bluegills were FAIR on nightcrawler but small fish.
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.
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake for those with motors over 10hp.
* 2016 New Regs = Walleye, Sauger or Hybrid Walleye (Saugeye) of
15 inch Minimum Length Limit with no more than 1 Fish greater than or equal to 20 inches; 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
-- Lake level was up some and word of Crap being active
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD on plastics, spinnerbaits and some topwater and recently best in late evening hours..
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD on wax worms and part crawler
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on dip bait, liver & some crawlers along outer weed edge or ends of timber
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR and small fish on minnows fished near deeper brush
DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake
- From State Route 78 in Canton, turn West on Vine Street (County Hwy. 21)
go 3 miles turn right following County Hwy. 21 for 1-mile to cross-road (Cypress Rd.) and turn left (west), Lake is approx. 3/4 mile on right.
- Jack tells us: Bass were FAIR 1st half of day Friday on Power SwimBaits along & thru the weeds
Also hooked a Muskie he would guess, never saw it though before it broke off.
Water was as clear as he had ever seen it, about 3 foot visibility.
EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to http://experienceemiquon.com
- Jack says his friend told him Crappie fishing on Emiquon at 1:00 PM on Friday was little SLOW..
* New permits are required for boating and fishing each year - are free and
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.
- -Some of the site rules are: - No live bait except worms; - No bank fishing is allowed;
- No gas motors (not even on the boat) including ice augers.
- Minors must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older and authorized by the minor´s parent or legal guardian.
- Boating and fishing are permitted between sunrise and sunset with additional restrictions applying:
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.
- - Check their site for updated rules or go to Official Site RULES file.
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.
* 2016 New Bass Limit Regs = 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit of 15 inch Minimum Length Limit..
-- BAIT SHOP & BOAT RENTAL Hours: Daily 6:00 am to 6:00 pm
-- COMLARA PARK VISITOR CENTER (309)434-6770.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, crankbaits and swimjigs off deep points, around deep ends of timber and weed edge
with a few on topwater early.
- Bluegills were FAIR fish on wax worms and crickets around shore cover.
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits along deep breaks around beach area
- Crappie were little SLOW this past week on minnows around and over deeper cover
* July 23rd - TAKE A KID FISHING TOURNEY at EVERGREEN LAKE
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED IN-PERSON, ON-LINE, MAIL, or PHONE-IN
HEIDECKE LAKE -
-- Very little reported from here this week..
- Bass were SLOW-FAIR
- Bluegills were FAIR with many small
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits
- Hybrids were SLOW
- Read a blog of only one 16 inch Walleye caught late last week drifting a crawler rig
but also caught a few WhiteBass too...
HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES - 2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N and then next right.)
-- The Wetlands Initiative says the 2016 fishing season
at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge (Hennepin-Hopper) will be through Sept 5.
Mondays are CLOSED to Fishing Except for Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day..
There are (will be) several new rules & Regs for 2016 season you need to
- No New Report for 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.
* 2016 New Bass Limit Regs = 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit of 15 inch Minimum Length Limit..
** The 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit did not make the Regs Booklet, but signs at Lake will display New Limits.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, swimbaits and crankbaits around deeper parts of cover
such as laydowns along bluff with a few on topwater early in morning
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies and crickets around docks and seawalls
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits along breaks at dawn or at dusk with few late in day at spillway.
- Crappie were FAIR on minnows and/or jigs around deeper brush
* AND Good News For bait: * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop
2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso on US 24
is OPEN for the season..!
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)
- - No New Reports from this past week
* For bait, Check * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop
2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso on US 24 ..!
LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan -
LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
- The water temps are creeping back up into the mid 80's and we've had
little rain so the water color is still gin clear. The good news is that
a slight thermocline is developing on the south end and this will drop
the bait down to the many brush piles that have branches extending up
into the thermocline. This will turn the crappie on and from now on the
rest of the summer we are going to just hammer the crappie and start to
see some big fish as well.
This past week we limited out on crappie every day three or four
limits and we saw some nice fish thirteen-inches plus. We have also
been getting some big largemouth bass off the top of these deep brush
piles most running four to five pounds. It is the crappie that we are
chasing and every day we boated over a hundred this past week and
nothing will change this week or for the next several weeks. SUMMER
CRAPPIE ON FIRE!!!!!!!
We locate a deep brush pile in at least 15-20ft. of water then look at
the very top depth of the branches and then set our slip bobber and
minnow rig to run right by these branches using the slight breeze we
always seam to get on Shelbyville due to its width. We catch several
off that pile then move to the next one and repeat. By the end of the
day we will have boated over a hundred crappie. This lake is chalked
full of crappie.
We use minnows and slip bobbers for a couple reasons. One is that I
believe in getting away from fish that are such clear water and two
the latteral movement of the minnows drifting right by their nose is
irrestable. Plus we generally fish four from the boat and using slip
bobbers is just easier.
I have several openings left for this red hot crappie action. July 25th, August 4,18,19,21-24,28-31.
- Ed Bersche with his daughter in-law Anne
and her husband Steve - not pictured
with sixty crappie caught July 11th.
- Mark Hogan and his son Bryce and their friend
Marcus with another sixty fish stringer of crappie caught on July 13th.
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
- Matt tells us he and fishing buddy Johnny found water temps last Friday to be 80.2 on most of the lake.
They caught a few dozen Bluegills and Bass.
Bluegills were on nightcrawlers and red worms in the shallows.
Bass were biting on 5 inch Black Senkos wacky rigged.
-- THANKS Matt for sharing this report..!
PRAIRIE LAKE in Jim Edgar/ Panther Creek State F&W Area -
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake for motors over 10hp
- Bass were FAIR around deeper areas of cover or weed edge
with some on topwater frogs all early in mornings
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies and part crawler along shore weed pockets
- Catfish were FAIR real early in day
** 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
calling 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..!
REND LAKE -
- Ric Barth of Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club tells us
Catfish remain GOOD all on Hoss´s Hawg Bait !
- 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
- - Here is 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.
SHABBONA LAKE -
- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- Bass were just FAIR on plastics and spinners, crankbaits near area of dam, along weeds and topwater in weeds..
- Bluegills were FAIR along weed edges or in weed pockets
- Catfish were FAIR on liver, dip baits & leeches
- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW late last week but little SLOW past couple days on minnows around deeper cover such as cribs
- Walleye were FAIR-SLOW on jigs with crawlers or leeches along weed edges and around/over rock piles
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)
- - No New Reports from here this week.?
OTHER REQUESTED LAKE and RIVER REPORTS THIS WEEK:
CARLYLE LAKE - Reports from July 16th...
- Bass were SLOW-FAIR mostly on plastics
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on cut baits, leeches and dip baits
- Crappie were SLOW on minnows
- WhiteBass have been FAIR-GOOD on in-line spinners early & late in day
- - - - SOME ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -
BALDWIN LAKE - Just north of Baldwin off Route 154. - site Office 618-785-2555
--- There is a 50hp motor limit
-- Hours April 16 - Oct 31: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
- Bass were FAIR on plastics & swimjigs fished deeper.
- Bluegills were little SLOW on waxies or crickets.
- Catfish were FAIR on liver and dip baits along deep breaks
- Crappie were SLOW
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
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD on wax worm and red worms along deeper parts of shoreline areas better in west part of lake
- Catfish were GOOD on most baits with meaty baits best
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR on minnows fished near deep brush
- A few Walleye reported late last week on deep water points on crawler and/or minnow
- WhiteBass were somewhat FAIR recently on jig/twisters and some on crankbaits in cooler part of lake
- Check with Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle for latest reports
and ALL your fishing needs (Including Fishing Licenses)- now Open 7 days a week 5 - 5.
* Ol´ Joe says the Bait Shop is FOR SALE as well as the Building next door,
just give him a call at 217-935-6244 if interested..!
As of July 11th - The dock at West Side boat access was still Closed pending repairs.
-- Contact Matt of Clinton Lake Catfish Guide Service to book trips
through September with night or day trips available on Weekends. Call 217-855-8406
* Tell him Larry told you to call..
* A Great place to stay while at Clinton Lake is the Holiday Inn Express hotel,
the newest hotel in Le Roy, IL
Just off I-74 between Bloomington and Champaign,
only 17 minutes from Clinton Lake. Make your reservations today (309) 962-4439
COFFEEN LAKE - Southeast of Hillsboro off Rt 127 or south of Coffeen off Rt 185,
site office 217-537-3351.
-- There is a 25hp motor limit.
* 2016 New Regs = Large or Smallmouth Bass.. 15 inch Minimum Length Limit.. 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
- Our friend Ken says: Lake is at full pool and mostly clear.
Water temperatures were 91 degrees in the upper main lake and mid 90s in the lower lake near the dam.
Few fishermen were out. Bass were SLOW on a variety of soft and hard plastics.
Catfish were reported good on nightcrawlers. One fisherman reported catching 60 channel catfish averaging over one pound near the dam.
LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass remain FAIR on plastics, swimbaits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits during morning hours
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW on waxies and some crickets near docks
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on cut baits, liver and dip bait early in day and Trevor says surprisingly some nice Flatheads being caught too
- No word on WhiteBass this week.?
-- 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 New baits and the KRAZY BLADES
- One of the best White Bass, Walleye and Crappie Lures made ..! BigRedsBait.com
LaSALLE LAKE -
And Daily Hours reportedly will be 6 a.m. - sunset
** All fishermen must be off the lake by closing time each day. Hours may be adjusted due to staffing issues,
so visitors should call ahead 815-357-1608 to confirm operating hours.
Visitors should adhere to all rules, regulations and direction from staff.
There is a wind warning system at LaSalle Lake, located on the tip of the internal dike
that extends from the west shore.
When the light of the wind warning system is flashing, no boats are to be launched
and boats on the lake should find calm water and get off the lake when safe to do so.
NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
-- Not much Reported from July 15th
- Bass were FAIR on plastics worms, jigs & spinnerbaits early or late in day with a few on topwater.
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies and crickets
- Catfish were FAIR on liver & dip baits real early in day
POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
SUMMER HOURS through Sept. 30th: 6am-8pm
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.
-- Check with Trevor at Big Red´s Bait and Tackle for current reports
at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield on your way to lake..
- Bass were FAIR on plastic, swimbaits and crankbaits around timber cover or weeds and off points with some better fish in cooler parts of lake
- Bluegills were FAIR near shore cover
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits
- Crappie are FAIR-SLOW around Deep cover on minnows
- 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 www.stroutfitters.com
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for real time up to date each day or read Tom´s fishing blog here at http://stroutfitters.blogspot.com
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