Larry's Fishing Hole Fishing Reports

- We Wish You All SAFE & GOOD FISHING..!
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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.

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UPDATED Sept. 17, 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..

- Very few fishing reports this week.? Last week we heard a couple lakes showing sign of turnover with the cold nights and a drop in water surface temps put some small lakes in a stratified condition or a forming of layers that is now changing with what is call Fall Turnover.
But then it seems the heavy rains broke up the turnover on some larger lakes..
- With Summer moving into Fall, for many this means hunting but for us it means great fall fishing. With this cool down and the amount of shad we have seen in most lakes, fish will soon start feeding up for the winter (the winter we hear will again be Bad).
- Hope You All can Get out and ENJOY the Outdoors along some GOOD FISHING..!

- One other pesky thing starting now is the leaves and stuff on the water that gets on your line.. We learned a good trick several years ago while trolling, it was to keep your rod tip underwater so the stuff does not get on your line.. I tried it over the weekend by casting and putting the rod tip in the water and reeling - Cool - No cotton on line..!

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

Oct 4 - New this 2014 Illinois Fall Trout fishing season will be catch-and-release fly fishing at a handful of sites beginning couple weeks earlier on Oct. 4th. Visit this IDNR Web Page for full details and site locations..

Oct 18 - 2014 Illinois Fall Trout fishing season opens at 5 a.m. at 50 ponds, lakes and streams throughout the state. New this fall will be catch-and-release fly fishing at a handful of sites beginning couple weeks earlier on Oct. 4th. Visit this IDNR Web Page for full details and site locations..

Be aware that some lakes have been or will be drawn down for the winter..!


- Three New Laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2015 to help Improve Safety and Education in Illinois´ Waterways making outdoor recreation safe and enjoyable for everyone.
The three new laws expand boating safety education, improve safety and awareness of water skiers and tubers and increase penalties for those who operate watercraft under the influence.
Senate Bill 3434 allows for the seizure of a watercraft used in the commission of certain offenses related to operating under the influence. The new rules bring penalties for boating under the influence more in line with those for operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol.
Senate Bill 3433 requires all persons born after Jan. 1, 1998 to take and pass a boating safety course validated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and hold a valid boating safety certificate before they can operate a motorboat with an engine over 10 horsepower.
Senate Bill 2731, which mandates that the operator of any watercraft that is towing a person, such as a water skier or tuber, must display a bright orange flag measuring not less than 12 inches per side. The flag must be displayed from the time the person to be towed leaves the boat until that person returns to the boat at the conclusion of the activity.
So far in 2014, there have been 16 reported boating fatalities on Illinois waterways. Increased boating safety education and responsible boating practices may have prevented many of these fatalities.

- Construction to begin at Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River in McHenry County. The $16.7 million improvement project will install new dam gates and extend lock to reduce wait times for boat traffic. Lock construction will take place during the non-boating season, November 1 thru April 30. Boaters should be alert to the construction exclusion zones near the lock and dam and of the limited fishing access that will remain outside the construction fencing. The project is expected to be completed by November 2016.
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* For those heading to the Rock River for some fishing, there is a
New Bait & Tackle shop in Sterling - FISHEADS - behind Fineline Body Art at corner 3rd and Ave G
Stop by FISHEADS or call 815-564-9510 and let me know what you think..


* One big thing to remember is no matter how fishing may be for us anglers,
those Bait Shop owners have worked hard to keep the best fresh baits for us all to catch fish.
Please make sure to stop by and support those local (family run) bait shops for your bait, supplies and for current reports ans/or tips.
This will help to assure they make enough to stay in business and will be there for all us anglers when we need bait.

AND another good example of what I am saying was highlighed by the message we received Sept. 15, 2014 from Duane & Becky of The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria telling us this :
" We are sorry to announce that we will be closing our Bait Shop due to lack of fishing traffic
and/or business. We do not know for sure if it will be a permanent or temporary decision at this point but our last day to be open is Sunday September the 21st "

  This closing is Sad and we all will miss them..!


** NOTE -- With waterfowl hunting seasons coming in mid-Oct., there are many lakes that will Close or Partially Close to fishing.
* You should contact the lake or site directly for Closure updates and/or winter hours before going.

--Check below in reports for the Closure dates that have been provided to us,
that also include other special hunt date closures, etc..

-- Other Lakes not mentioned in reports below that will have Closures are:
- Rice Lake will CLOSE to boat fishing on Oct. 1st and will Re-Open at end of Duck & Goose season..


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- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream :
- The River was Slowly dropping
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on cut baits and dip baits and moved off flats, near channel and were near creeks
- WhiteBass were FAIR-SLOW on bladebaits, jigs and spinners in mornings near creeks or other inlets

- Bass were FAIR along weed edges and some in shallow on plastics, minnows baits and crankbaits.
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies along weed edge..
- Catfish were FAIR on dip baits and crawlers not too far off shoreline.
- A few Crappie caught this week too..

  - Bill sent us this photo
  of the Nice 14 inch Crappie
  his 8 year old grandson Ethan
  caught in Minnesota at sunrise.

  -   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 came up 5 inches with the heavy rain we had on last Thursday, however it is 2 foot below normal summer pool. The water temperature is in the mid-70s and dropping with the cold weather and rain. The water visibility is clear.
The Stripers and Hybrids continue to feed on crawdads and shad. Last week the striper club took an oxygen reading and found that from 0 to 45 foot has the best oxygen for stripers. Stripers required 3 parts per million (ppm) to be active, anything above that lets them stay active and very healthy. The oxygen level from 0 to 45 foot varies anywhere from 3.5 ppm to 5 ppm. This is why the stripers have been active and caught all summer long in the 45 foot water column. If you are trolling make sure your lures are above 45 foot no matter the depth you are trolling in.
The striper bite starts before light and last until the moon sets. I am on the water by 5:15 AM to get setup to catch the early bite. At first light they move into water deeper but will be in the 40 foot range of water. Live shad is still the most effective method to catch a striper, but stripers are being caught using 3/4 and 1 ounce spoons and trolling Storm Wild Eye and Zoom Super Fluke swim baits, umbrella and Alabama rigs I caught stripers all week long and with many limits.
This past weekend the weather turned cold after a rain storm and windy. The low temperature each morning was under 50 degrees. Even with the cold weather the stripers continue to bite. I took Gary and Eric out for a two day weekend fishing trip. The north wind was rough the first day and we only managed to boat one striper. We missed many but the weather made it difficult to detect the bite. Sunday we started early with no wind, the bite was fast but the catching was slower. We did boat 4 plus a catfish and missed many stripers during the trip. We look for stripers on Point 1, Dam Cove, Koso ( Front & Back), Thumb Point, & Dam Cove, Barron Creek across from Hand Cove & the Backbone of Shoal Creek. The method is down lines, 2 oz sinker, with 6 foot leader counted down to depth of the stripers. "
** Reading these reports may be hard to know the time & 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 WILL CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING in Main Lake on Oct. 4th (last day to boat fish will be Oct. 3rd) with bank fishing only allowed after that.
-- The ramp is open for fishermen but the remainder of the park will be closed until flood waters recede.

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner, with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics and crankbaits along weeds and ends of timber
- Bluegills were SLOW-FAIR and small along shoreline weeds
- Catfish were somewhat SLOW this week on crawlers and dip bait.
- Report of couple Muskie follows over weekend..
** THIS AREA WILL CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING on Oct. 15th (last day to boat fish will be Oct. 14th) AND, BANK FISHING ONLY ALLOWED AFTER 1PM   but   NO FISHING ALLOWED in EAST POINT ACCESS AREA, which is CLOSED TO ALL FISHING to provide a GOOSE REFUGE AREA during season till Feb. 1st - -

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.
-- Not much reported from here again this week
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, crankbaits and spinnerbaits along weed edge.
- Bluegills remain FAIR and small along weed edge
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR but small on minnows with some on jigs.
- Catfish remain FAIR on dip baits and crawlers along edge of timber and outer edges of weeds.

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton) - 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.
* * THIS LAKE WILL CLOSE TO FISHING - On OCT. 1st for the season --

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to
- No New Reports this week...
* 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
during waterfowl hunting season when fishing is allowed only between Noon and sunset.
** During the Central zone waterfowl season, Fishing is ONLY Allowed in Afternoons on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
- * NO boating, fishing or ice skating access before 12:00 pm during waterfowl hunting season & 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.
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics, spinners and crankbaits along shoreline weeds, areas of rock and timber.
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies along shore weeds.
- Catfish were SLOW-FAIR on cut baits and dip baits
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR but scattered around and over brush.
- Saugeye were SLOW-FAIR with some small fish on crankbaits and jig/minnow
* The Bait Shop is now Open with Fall Hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. seven days/week.
The Boat Rental is now Open Fall Hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Bait Shop will close October 13th, and the Boat Rental will close October 6th for the season.

NOTE - During the weekdays staff is not present, please press buzzer on the front of the building for assistance.
For details check
- - Also, the ENTIRE lake and park, with the exception of the campground, is CLOSED to general use Nov. 21-23rd and Dec. 4-7th for the Deer Management Program.

-- Lake Hours are daily until sunset; launch opens at 6am, shore-fishing at 6:30am.
-- No New Reports
* * Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : The Last day to Fish is Oct. 7th - Lake will CLOSE for the season --

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.
- Bass remain somewhat FAIR along shoreline weeds or timber on plastics, spinners and crankbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW and small on waxies near docks and weed edges
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits and Hoss´s Hawg Bait
- Crappie are little SLOW and small on jigs and/or minnows around brush and timber.

We have had anglers Give shout outs to Mike´s Minnow Bucket again this year for ´Premium´ minnows. Great bait, even better than last year, nice new sign too. Note: Don´t worry if the garage doors are down, he´s just trying to keep the morning sun off the bait tanks.
*- 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 opening at 3:00pm Mon - Thur and All Day Fri, Sat & Sun. with 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)
- Fishing is reported as - SLOW last weekend

  Signs posting
  City Ordinances
  and Regulations
  for Lake Eureka

* Mike´s Minnow Bucket 2.7 miles west of I-39 from El Paso on US 24. Hours are opening at 3:00pm Mon - Thur and All Day Fri, Sat & Sun. 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.. Hours are 7am - 6pm Mon - Fri and as early as needed on Sat.

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951. *On June 5th the IDNR stocked 255,978 sauger into Lake Shelbyville from the nursery pond adjacent to the lake. It is hoped that a self-sustaining sauger fishery can be created for this lake.
And some 111,000 walleye fingerlings were also stocked by DNR hatcheries in May.

- Here is report from Guide Steve Welch for Sept 15th - 21st: " I have seen water temps fall from 83 to 71 being hit with heavy rains this past week and watched the lake rise about four-inches. This broke up the turnover that started on the north end which is good news since very soon the jig bite will take off.
I am catching a few on the north end and using a half dozen brush piles each day but it is the mid lake to south end that I am still spending 90% of my time. Down there the water still has a thermocline down about twenty-feet which puts the fish at or slightly above it.
I am catching fish on jigs during low light conditions and doing very well. Once the sun gets high in the sky I put the boat further back and cast slip bobbers and minnows set at 12-15 feet and drift them across the deep main lake piles. Wind is the key in locating numbers of fish. Fish position themselves on ledges with wind blowing into them. On calm days they simply drop back into deep water and we then switch over to drop-shot rigs using a minnow set a foot above a 1/2oz. weight and fishing this on bottom.
This is the rig I am also using to catch white bass. Once we get our limit of crappie we spend a couple hours chasing white bass. They are on big flats or points and we use our side imaging to find them since they move around all the time. On overcast days with good wind they are right on the bank on the north end. Look for banks with huge flats on them. We use my In-line spinners to cover water and run them shallow. "
  - Jim Lewandowski and friends
  with a four man 60 fish limit
  of Crappie caught over week.

- We also hear below the spillway the Muskie were active over weekend and most caught were about 33 - 37 inch 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
** THIS AREA WILL CLOSE TO FISHING on Oct. 15th for the Season -- reopens to fishing after central zone goose season ends, typically on February 1st each year.
** This may be the last report for here as our best resource for info was Duane & Becky of The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria.. They tell us they will be closing The Depot Bait and Tackle Store in Victoria due to lack of fishing traffic and/or business. Not sure if it will be a permanent or temporary decision at this point but their last day to be open is Sunday September the 21st
THIS IS SAD .! and is why we say we all need to support our local family run bait shops..

- Todd Gessner tells us:
- Bass are FAIR-GOOD on plastic, spinners and crankbaits along areas of rock and timbered points
- Bluegills are FAIR on wax worms and red worms
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR around or over main lake brush and they will improve as water cools.
- Catfish remain FAIR-GOOD on dip bait (Hoss´s Hawg Bait), cut baits and crawlers along creek channels and near sub-impoundment dams
- 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 and they have a bait shop too..
* Gun Creek Bait & Tackle where You can get your jar or bucket of Hoss´s Hawg Bait...!
And to get your bottle or two of The Original Vanilla Bug Spray to repel those biting gnats, flies and mosquitoes..
- - Here is this week's Fishing Report from US Army Corps - Please fish safely! Always wear your life jacket on the water! Rend Lake Project Office/Visitor Center at 618-724-2493

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 many boat ramps. 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
-- Water was reported in low 60s early in week
- Bass were somewhat FAIR on plastics, small spinners and crankbaits on rock piles and along weed edges with a 19 incher over weekend.
- Bluegills were FAIR in weed pockets.
- Catfish are FAIR on dip bait and liver with some nice fish being caught.
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR around and over cribs
- Hybrids are SLOW-FAIR with a 27 inch 8.85 pounder caught in east bay over weekend
- Muskie were SLOW but active along weed lines in no-motor zone in in-line spinners
- Walleye were SLOW-FAIR along weed edge in east bay

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 - **THIS AREA WILL BE CLOSED TO BOAT FISHING in Hunting Area ON OCT. 18th with Last Day to Boat Fish being Oct. 17th -- 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 --

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.


-- Hours are 6 am - sunset, seven days a week.
* * Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : The Last day to Fish here is Oct. 15th - Lake will CLOSE for the season --

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 should 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.
- 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 (sounds like we should be on the lake right now..!)
- Bass have been FAIR mostly on plastics and spinners
- Catfish are GOOD on shad, shrimp, night crawlers, and cheese baits near hot water area and along flats.
- Crappie were surprisingly FAIR-GOOD with limits on minnows best at DeWitt Bridge with some in coves and rip rap areas.
- A few Striper reports and had a 21 inch Walleye caught this week
Be Safe & Enjoy.!"
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...
* Read a post few weeks ago where an angler had this to Share : "Shout-Out to Ol´ Joe´s Bait shop in Dewitt for the great info and bait. Any questions about the lake, ask them. They will put you on the fish for sure.! "
Check with Joe for latest update and Ol´ Joe says "Be Safe & Enjoy !" ..

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.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, spinners and crankbaits
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW on wax worms.
- Catfish were FAIR on dip bait
* During the Central Zone waterfowl season: No fishing north of the railroad tracks (upper pool) until after 1pm daily.
AND - The Entire site/ Lake will be CLOSED to all activities during the first and second deer firearms seasons. No fishing is allowed Nov. 21-23rd and Dec. 4-7th.

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass were just FAIR on plastics, spinners and crankbaits.
- Bluegills were little SLOW
- Catfish are FAIR and GOOD at times on most baits.
- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW with some caught in shallow areas..
- WhiteBass were FAIR on jig/twisters and bladebaits
-- 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

-- Hours are still reported as daily 6 a.m. - sunset.
* * Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : The Last day to Fish here is Oct. 15th - Lake will CLOSE for the season --

NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
-- This Report by the Newton Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area:
- Bass were FAIR on plastics and crankbaits on points.
- Catfish remain FAIR on dip bait and cut shad along or near dam
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.
Also, the Entire Lake is CLOSED to fishing during the two regular gun deer seasons, Nov. 21-23rd and Dec. 4-7th.

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
-- SUMMER HOURS (May 1st - Sept. 30th): 6am-8pm   WINTER HOURS (Oct. 1st - April 30th): 8am - 4pm
- - THIS LAKE WILL CLOSE TO BOAT FISHING ON OCT. 18th (Last day for Boat fishing is Oct. 17th) and CLOSES TO SHORE FISHING and ALL FISHING ON OCT. 25th (Last day for Shore fishing is Oct. 24th) and REOPENS TO SHORE FISHING ONLY ON DEC. 24th AND NO BOAT FISHING till FEB. 15th - -
* 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, Baits and some tips.. Tell them Larry sent you..!

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.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, swim baits or crankbaits along weed edges and near deep timber.
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW and small along shoreline weeds on waxies.
- Catfish are FAIR on cut baits, crawlers and dip bait.
- - The DNR stocked Sangchris Lake with approx. 10,000 Crappie Sept. 17, 2014
* The West Boat ramp, road and parking lot may OPEN on or about Sept. 22nd..
-- Check with Trevor at Big Reds 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. 15th (last day to boat fish will be Oct. 14th) through Jan. 31, 2014 (during this time fishing boat traffic is permitted in the center hot arm only). And the Entire lake will be CLOSED Nov. 21-23rd and Dec. 4-7th due to firearm deer hunting on adjacent properties. The exception will be for hunting programs with restricted usage during this time period. For more info, contact site office at 217/498-9208 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

- LINKS or Other Lake Reports outside Central Illinois. -

- 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

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

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