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Your support makes all the work worthwhile.
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 occur.

- We welcome any fishing reports or photos you wish to send us for sharing with other anglers -
God willing we will try to keep these reports going to share with you again this year..!

UPDATED June 20, 2018
- Illinois River Flooding Update June 22nd -

WE WISH YOU ALL A SAFE & HAPPY Fishing Season..!
Thanks to all who shared reports & Thanks to all who read our reports;
it makes all the work worthwhile.


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.

- We had some storms again and after those 90+ days,
this slight cool down for rest of week is welcome.
- With the rains we had, you may find some rivers in North Central to Northern IL
with higher water levels as the rains are forecasted to continue into end of week.
- Not sure what this unstable weather may do to fishing,
but Bass, Bluegills and the Catfish were in their summer patterns.
- The weed edges should still be good fish catching spots for Bass, Bluegills and Catfish.
- Check our site for other Fishing info and events or just to get our Email..
* Again - THANKS To All Who Support our site and shared reports, stories and photos -
We Truly Appreciate them all.!!
-- Get OUT and ENJOY the Outdoors & some GOOD FISHING too.

* During the Hot weather days, Protect yourself from the sun and the heat, drink plenty of liquids.
  And, look for areas of cover and shade or deeper water structure to find fish.

- We have noticed mosquitoes are out already and soon will be those pesky Gnats or 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..!

- One other note is that we have heard there may be lots of ticks this spring...
Be Aware and here is a tip on - Tick Removal:
Spring is here and so are the ticks. Here is a good way to get them off you, your children,
or your pets. Give it a try.
"Apply a glob of liquid soap to a cotton ball. Cover the tick with the soap-soaked cotton ball and swab it for a few seconds (15-20); the tick will come out on its own and be stuck to the cotton ball when you lift it away. Less traumatic and easy.."

* During this fishing season would a great time to set-up your guided trips..
- Consider hiring a local guide for a fish catching day out. They will not only provide good info
  but you will learn some useful fish catching techniques.
Check with the Guides that sponsor this page & those listed in our reports below.
* Or, Check with us for a list of Guides we recommend...

  ** CHECK OUR - ITEMS FOR SALE Page - For a Jon Boat & Trailer
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  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- BULLFROG season is underway and runs through Oct. 15th Bullfrogs ONLY may be taken by hand, hook and line, landing net, bow & arrow and spear or gig and - Common snapping turtles may also be taken during this time by hand, hook and line or bow & arrow except in southern most counties. A sport fishing license is required; Limits of 8 bullfrogs daily with 16 bullfrogs possession limit and daily harvest limit for common snapping turtles is 2 with a possession limit of 4. * Common snapping turtles and bullfrogs may not be taken by bowfishing tournament participants * We Recommend you read full Regulations for more details and or exceptions HERE on page 6.!
* The IL Dept of Natural Resources is alerting watercraft owners of changes in the IL Boat Registration & Safety Act taking effect June 1, 2018 The changes push back the expiration date of three-year IL watercraft registrations from June 30th to Sept 30th. The law also repeals Water Usage Stamp that was required for use of non-powered watercraft in IL. For full details, to find the watercraft applications page and More - Click HERE

- Wear Your Life Jacket: Life jackets save lives, & IL law requires life jackets or life vests (personal floatation devices, PFDs) be available for each person aboard a boat or other watercraft.


* From the IDNR Division of Fisheries.. Attention Anglers: Mussels May Not Be Used as Bait in Illinois
– Illinois fishing regulations prohibit the use of mussels of any species from any waters
  of the state as fish bait.
* An error regarding use of mussels appears in printed copies of the 2018 Illinois Fishing Information booklet (the online version of the booklet reflects the correct regulation).
Illinois fishing regulations now allow persons with a fishing license to possess up to 50 relic (dead) mussel shells by those who collect shells, or by those collecting relic mussel shells for educational purposes. To review the 2018 Illinois Fishing Information booklet online, go to the I Fish Illinois website link at https://www.ifishillinois.org/regulations/2018FishingGuide.pdf

  IDNR ask anglers to Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species !  Best way
  is to: Remove, Drain, Dry, Your Boat Every Time  To fight the spread
  of aquatic invaders, "Be a Hero - Transport Zero."  Learn more HERE

* The New 2018 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format
on the IDNR website . Regulations in this guide are effective from April 1, 2018
through March 31, 2019.

* * There are some NEW LIMIT REGS for 2018,
  CHECK Below for a few of the Central IL Lakes. * *


- For Bank Fishing Opportunities in Illinois that are easily accessible,
  visit IDNR Bank Fishing page

- Disabled Outdoor Opportunities website
- And Accessible Fishing Areas in Illinois


- The IDNR is asking for your help to gain important information about Muskies caught in Illinois waters
by reporting them via Muskie Creel Survey Report Card The information gained from anglers is invaluable. This survey is jointly sponsored by the Illini Muskies Alliance and the IDNR.
Completing this form as soon as you can after your catch is much appreciated!

- The U.S. Coast Guard has a Free boating safety app mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users. designed to provide additional resources for mobile users. USCG app download info & more

  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket west of El Paso is Open for the season.


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* 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 and/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.

- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream:
- The river is at flood stage in late evening of June 22nd
AND expected to Crest about 3 1/2 foot above flood stage near LaSalle on June 24th
- Projected to Crest at Peoria 4-5 inches above flood stage on June 26th

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- OTHER LAKES & RIVERS in Illinois -

  - Our friend Dustin tells us: "Last week Water temps dropped
  to 76 degrees with the last bout of heavy rain, so I was able
  to squeak two short mornings of fishing in with the flyrod.
  Got three on 8 inch white fly with a full sink line
  was the ticket!   With weather in the 90´s ,
  the water is too Hot to safely fish for these guys.
  No need to risk killing these beasts! "

  - Trevor of Big Red´s Bait and Tackle at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield
  shared these Nice Flatheads from the Sangamon River that were released.!
  * Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for your bait and current reports.

For - OTHER LAKE REPORTS Outside Illinois -
can be found at bottom of this page
or Click HERE
* And Check Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters comment on: During Summer,
  "Catch your limit and quit for the day, save some fish."

ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
* New 2018 Large or Smallmouth Bass Limit Regs = 6 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
  of 12 inch Minimum Length Limit..

BANNER MARSH - 3 access points on Routes 24/9 3 mi. NE of Banner,
  with a 25HP limit. (309-647-9184)

  - No New Reports again this week.?

DAWSON LAKE - East of Bloomington Exit #149 on I-74, North (right) 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.
  - Matthew tells us: " Went fishing Late Saturday Night into Sunday Morning. Caught around 35 crappie around 5 to 9 inches long catching them on White Curlytail Jigs. Caught around 5 Walleye anywhere
 from 1 to 3 1/2 lbs. catching them on curlytail jigs, and crankbaits. Also caught 11 Largemouth most of them being caught in the early morning. All caught on Super Shallow to Shallow crankbaits. Bass were averaging around 1 1/2 lbs. Except two one came in close to 3 lbs, and another the biggest and last of the day was a monster 5 lbs 0 oz. Caught on a shallow crankbait. Key for me was looking for stained to dirty water. All the Bass & Walleye were caught along or near a group of solitary weeds, or along weed edges."
  Photos are the 5 lbs Largemouth & 3 lbs 07 oz Walleye * THANKS Matthew for sharing report.!

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
- No New Reports for this week
* We want to REMIND anglers of the Rules at Emiquon,
      and Rule #10 = No live bait except worms.
- - Check their website for updated rules & permits required, or go to Official Site RULES file.
* A LAKE ACCESS PERMIT is required for boating and fishing Each Year - Free & 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.
Again - - Check their website for updated rules & permits required 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.

* Make Sure You Have a Boat Sticker..!

-- BAIT SHOP is OPEN with Hours: 8 am – 4 pm -- 7 Days/Week
-- BOAT RENTAL Hours: 8 am – 4 pm 7 Days/Week

- Bass were FAIR early or late in day on plastics around timber, crankbaits with few on topwater.
- Bluegills are FAIR on waxworms along shore weeds.
- Catfish were somewhat FAIR at times on most baits.
- Crappies were just FAIR on minnows in 18 - 20 feet of water.
- Saugeye were FAIR-SLOW late last week but mostly small on jig/minnows along weed edges.

    ** For a guide trip to Lake Bloomington or Evergreen Lake
    contact Paul Center of Angling Adventures at 309-454-8942

* June 23rd -TO ALLOW FOR THE CENTRAL ILLINOIS OPEN WATER SWIM (CIOWS), THE MAIN (EAST) BOAT LAUNCH WILL BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED SATURDAY MORNING, JUNE 23rd! Main (East) Boat Launch facilities will be closed SATURDAY, JUNE 23RD at 6:00 a.m. and reopen at 1:00 p.m. to allow for the Central Illinois Open Water Swim. Boaters/Fishermen should be aware that part of the lake will be off-limits during this time also. The area near the Swimming Beach and Boat Rental/Bait Shop will be used for the Open water Swim.

HEIDECKE LAKE - site office ph 815/942-6352
- - Lake is OPEN daily until sunset;
  Boat launch opens at 6am, AND Shore-fishing Opens at 6:30am.
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, crankbaits and some topwater (early & late) along rocks on dike
- Carp were very active over weekend
- Hybrids were FAIR at times with mostly small fish
- A report of a Muskie follow
- Walleye were FAIR-SLOW on crawler rigs

  2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N & then next right.
* * Lakes are OPEN for season through September 3rd this year.
 Lakes are Closed on Mondays except Memorial Day and Labor Day. All you need to fish is
 a state license and one of their permits, which you can fill out on-site and good for all season.
 They have updated their rules and catch limits this year, on the advice of the IDNR.
  For the complete Rules & Regs details, click 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 with a 40hp limit and Permit Required.
- Bass were FAIR late last week on plastics, swimbaits and spinnerbaits.
- Bluegills were FAIR with mostly small fish recently
- Catfish were FAIR on dipbaits.
- Couple Walleyes caught on crankbaits.
-- Not much on Crappie this week.?

    ** For a guide trip to Lake Bloomington or Evergreen Lake
    contact Paul Center of Angling Adventures at 309-454-8942

* Good News For bait:  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop   is OPEN for the season..!
* Check with them for your bait & latest reports   2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso, IL on US 24  

LAKE EUREKA - This Lake is only 30 acres
- Eureka Lake, overpopulated with European carp, the plan is to kill them off in August & start over.
  PJStar Story

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.

  - The Crappie are in the post spawn/summer pattern on
  Shelbyville and this can be some of the most action packed
  fishing of the year. Yes it´s hot out but the fish are back on
  the feed and if you can handle the heat then you´ll get to
  experience some great summer time Crappie fishing.
  Lake Shelbyville continues to produce good Crappie fishing
  through the summer and live bait is the key right now.
  Slip corks and minnows or tight lining minnows is very
  productive. We are still booking summer and fall/winter trips.
  With as great as a fall/winter as it was last year our schedule
  is already filling up for the fall/winter   so   visit:
  www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com  to get in on the action.

-- Water temps were in upper 70s.
- Walleye are FAIR-SLOW off flats along breaks along flooded weeds & willows.
- White Bass were just FAIR at times on jiggin spoons along breaks

- 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 and ask about guided fishing too..

- Catfish remain Fairly GOOD on Hoss´s Hawg Bait fished along channel breaks.
  (See US Army Corps Report below for more)
- - Read the latest Fishing Report from US Army Corps who says:
"Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water !"

- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
-- Lake was slightly stained
- Bass were FAIR-GOOD along weeds and on points
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD along weeds & weed pockets
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on crawlers and dip bait with several small fish.
- Walleye were FAIR and better at times on crawlers or leeches along weeds

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)

* New 2018 Large or Smallmouth Bass Limit Regs = 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
  with Protected Slot Length Limit; 12-18 inches..

* New 2018 White, Black, or Hybrid Crappie Limit Regs = 25 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
  with no more than 10 Fish greater than or equal to 10 inches..

  Fishing is open during Park hours that opens at 9am every day. Call (309) 676-0998 for details
-- 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.
ONLY electric motors are allowed.
-- IDNR Statewide sport fishing regulations will be in effect and enforced.
* For More Rules, Regs and lakes map, visit wildlifeprairiepark.org/fishing


-- Daily Hours are 6 am - sunset
- - Last Friday water temps on cool side were in mid 80s and mid 90s on hot side.
- Bass were little SLOW recently
- Catfish were FAIR-SLOW on calm days with mostly small fish

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.

  - The Crappie are definitely in their post spawn/summer
  patterns and are wanting live bait. We are either slip corking
  with a live minnow over deep brush or tight lining minnows
  over the brush. Jigs are working but we are catching more
  on the minnows. It’s no problem catching a lot of Crappie
  right now on Clinton but the keeper sized fish are where
  it´s been hit or miss. Seems to be the way the year has
  been going. If you can stand the heat then there are still
  plenty of fish to be caught. We are still booking summer
  and fall/winter trips. With as great as a fall/winter as it was
  last year our schedule is already filling up so   visit:
  www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com  to get in on the action.

Check with Ol´ Joe for latest Fishing Reports

Also: Joe is trying very hard to sell his business in 2018, so if anyone is interested,
  please call him at 217-935-6244. Health, main reason.
  - He is offering a Great Deal on this shop, property and Includes his Huge inventory..!
  -- Turn-Key operation, 1 1/2 acres Bait Shop is only 6 years old and another building next door.

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go to east.

- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits
 --- Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for your bait and current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield 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
* And get your bottom of The Original Vanilla Bug Spray to repel those biting gnats, flies and mosquitoes.

- Lake is Open Daily to fishing 6 am - sunset..
* Reminder or boaters, the new wind velocity rule of 12 mph will cause the ramps to be CLOSED.
With the windy days we have - it would be a good idea to
Call ahead at (815) 357-1608 to enquire on openings.

- Couple reports of nice Blues caught drifting

NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
-- Our 1st report this spring is from last Friday..
- Bass were FAIR early of ate in day on plastics and spinnerbaits with couple late in evening on topwater.
- Catfish are FAIR on liver and some on dip baits
- Crappie were little SLOW

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
- Lake is Open Daily with SUMMER HOURS (May 1st - 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.
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits
with a couple Flatheads caught real late in day on cut bait

 - - Check with Trevor at Big Red´s Bait and Tackle for current reports
  at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield on your way to lake..

** For guided Catfish trips on Sangchris Lake, contact Jason Hill of Hill´s Guide Service
  217-855-2692   - or   www.illinoiscatfishguide.com

- 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 an Awesome fishing trip (we highly recommend), check Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters at
- Here is latest Report from Tom:   Striper and Walleye fishing on Norfork Lake is the hot bite right now.
The Stripers have set into their summer pattern of being higher in the water column at early light then moving deeper as the sun comes up. The good news is the bite is lasting longer in the morning. We have been catching stripers up to 9 AM. It is very slow after 7 AM but you can catch them.
The Walleye are biting all over the lake on bottom bouncers using spinners and night crawlers, crankbaits, and spoons. The best bite is 7 to 10 AM and 6 PM to dark. Look for them on the flats in waters ranging from 24 to 32 feet and around the 35 foot range in the deep water.
We also catching stripers while fishing anywhere from 50 to 120 feet of water. Stripers continue to feed on shad and crawdads. We are catching them using 3 to 5 inch gizzard shad, threadfin shad is also working plus spoons.
Right now, the middle of the lake is still the best bite for stripers, Crystal Cove, Robinson Point, Float and Panther Creeks.
The walleye are everywhere. Just pick a long flat on the side of a point or if the point has a flat try that. You should be able to mark them they will be right off the bottom.
- Remember, we now in the summer period of striper fishing so you should stop releasing legal stripers caught on live bait. The slogan for the summer is "Catch Your Limit And Go Home". If you catch six fish and release 4, 2 will die if not all of them. Catch your limit and quit for the day, save some fish for your next trip.
* Now we are in the summer period of striper fishing and it is time to stop releasing legal stripers caught on live bait. Studies have shown that between 16 and 20 percent of stripers caught on live bait will die within 5 days of being released. The percentage increases as the summer continues by August it will be around 40 percent.
Catch your limit and quit for the day, save some fish.

If you go to   www.arkansasstripers.com/catch_and_release_kills_stripers.htm   you can view the findings.

  Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 51+ years and they guide out of
Tracy Ferry Marina; you can reach him at  www.stroutfitters.com  , 870-421-1541 or on Facebook
  * We have fished with Tom a couple times and would highly recommend you contact him for your next fishing trip.!

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

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