Larry's Fishing Hole Fishing Reports

- We Wish You All SAFE & GOOD FISHING..!
We appreciate all who visit and read these reports.
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 Aug. 27, 2015

Enjoy your time 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.

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.

-- The weather for past week has been really nice but the afternoon winds made fishing tough and the Northeast winds have not helped fishing the past few days.
We had expected to see more anglers out and took an extra day to secure reports but we have only a few reports again for this week.
There were more anglers fishing ponds and local small lakes recently.

The forecast for more Hot weather next past week means more Summer weather and fishing patterns will remain in for few more weeks yet with Summer still here.
Be Sure To Protect yourself from the sun and the heat, drink plenty of liquids..
- Hope You All can Get out and ENJOY the Outdoors along with some GOOD FISHING..!

- The Mosquitos were still biting ..
If you find those pesky Gnats are out = 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..
To get your bottle, visit for locations or to order..
Hey, try their new Cedar Wood Mist too...

  - - Notes Of Interest : -
- 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 are FAIR-GOOD on cut baits (Asian Carp working well) and on some dip baits
- Sauger are somewhat FAIR at times trolling
- WhiteBass are FAIR on spinners, jig/twister and bladebaits near bridges

- Bass were FAIR on plastics and some fairly shallow early or late on topwater baits.
- Bluegills were FAIR around shore weed edges, pockets and timber with better fish deeper.
- Catfish are FAIR on Hoss´s Hawg Bait dip baits and some on shrimp or crawlers
-- Charley tells us he caught several nice Catfish from a local/private pond in Savoy last week (& even a Bass) on "Used shelled raw shrimp dusted with garlic powder and salt for everything, as an experiment."

  -   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 : My early morning catching of bait continues. It sure gets challenging getting up at 1:45 am and going to bed at 7 pm. Norfork Lake continues to drop but it is like watching paint dry, an inch or two a day sure takes a long time to see a significant drop in the lake. The oxygen content for the stripers is at 30 to 35 and 70 to 85 foot. The morning bite continues early. Stripers and hybrids are feeding heavy until the sun gets bright then they move into deeper water. The deep bite continues to be around the dam area. Where I have been fishing I can see the dam right in front of me. The stripers are holding from 70 to 85 foot right on the bottom in small groups of 3 or 4 fish. Most of the bites are very light. I have trained my clients to watch the rod tip. If they see it start to bend I have them reel very fast and that has been hooking the stripers. Many people have been missing the fish since you really have to pay attention to your rod.
My brother Ed and sister-in-law Gerry came down for a week of fishing. We only managed two days of striper fishing but we did catch multiple limits each trip. Gerry never fished for stripers but caught the most fish each trip. It just shows that if you pay attention anybody can catch fish. It is just the little details that get you a fish on the line. Pay attention to your rod and watch for the bite and you can catch stripers each time out. The next day out we caught over 20 stripers and hybrids, most were small but we kept a limit with the biggest two being 13 lbs. It was fun taking out family and seeing them catching fish all morning long.
For you out of area folks, you might want to get your calendars out and start making plans now. The fall is fast approaching 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 35 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

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
-- Very few Reports - Only:
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on dip baits and crawlers near deep hole in evenings
- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW but small on jigs and minnows around brush or deep ends of timber.

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 & Boat Rental hours: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days/week
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastics, crankbaits off points with submerged timber or stumps and some early or late on topwater
- Bluegills were FAIR around ends of laydowns on swim jigs or wax worms
- Catfish were FAIR in evenings.
- Crappie SLOW-FAIR on jigs and twisters or nibbles and suspended over brush.
- Saugeye were SLOW .
- WhiteBass were SLOW-FAIR on jigs/twisters or small spinners, watch for surface action..

HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES - 2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N and then next right.)
- Hennepin and Hopper lakes will Re-Open on Tuesday, Sept. 1st with Fishing allowed through Sept 27th only on Tuesdays through Sundays - CLOSED on Mondays.. The Wetlands Initiative, the Owners, say the lakes will be open to the public at no charge and no longer will fishing club memberships be sold but permits will be issued. There are several new rules & Regs 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 said to be FAIR-SLOW on plastics, spinners and jigs around ends of timber or along deep weed edges
- Bluegills are FAIR but small on wax worms and nibbles around weed edges, down trees and docks
- Catfish were FAIR on cut baits, liver and dip baits in late evenings.
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR with many small fish around ends on docks with deep water or suspended over deep brush

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)
- Hugh sent these photos of a 24 inch Pike and one of the Bluegills he caught last month all on Night Crawlers..

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
- The lake is dropping fast since it near summer pool. On Monday it was just three feet over and by the weekend it will be just two feet high. The water temps have cooled somewhat from 86 down to 77 and the south end is gin clear but the north end has some color.
I pulled crank baits for suspended crappie all last week and that is still working with all the current in the lake the crappie are scattered. We are pulling 300 series Bandits about 55-feet behind the boat or fishing them about 10-12 feet down at 1.5mph. Running these baits through schools of baitfish is the key and not just aimlessly trolling out in deep water. You must swing by points and target the fifteen-foot depth along ledges.
I decided to get ahead of the game this week and start running main lake brush in hopes that the highest branches on them might be up in the strike zone since the fish are still running about 9-14 feet deep over much deeper water. Trolling cranks is fun but there is no way you can catch as many crappie as running and gunning multiple brush piles with a slip bobber and minnow. I watch trollers come by me all day long and I can see them pick up an occasional crappie and it will be a nice one but by the time they make a turn and come by again we have boated ten small ones and a couple nice ones. The brush piles just have way more fish in them.
Currently I am running about twenty or more brush piles a day fishing down about 8-14 feet depending on how high the brush comes up from the bottom. We are using a slip bobber and minnow so we can stay back and not spook the fish. We just keep moving until we hit some larger fish. This past weekend we were catching about a hundred or more each day but only getting about 20-25 that were over ten-inches. This will improve once the Corp gets the lake closer to summer pool and they slow down the current.
I am also tight lining a 3/32oz. jig on my twelve-foot rod with a pearl colored tube on it. The crappie want to chase something so I am pendulum fishing it over the top of the brush.
As for the white bass the points and edges of flats on the north end has fish migrating out of the river and a jigging spoon or drop-shot rig with a minnow will get the job done. "

- Ric Barth with Todd Gessner Outdoors Guide Service (& Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club) tells us Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on dip baits ( Hoss´s Hawg Bait) along channel breaks..
- Crappie were FAIR just keep moving around to spots in 10-14 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
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastic and weedless topwater baits along or in weeds and some on topwater baits early or late in day
- Bluegills were somewhat FAIR near weed edges.
- Catfish are FAIR-GOOD on dip baits, liver and crawlers in evenings.
- Crappie were FAIR on minnows fished over cribs.
- Hybrids were FAIR-SLOW watch for them busting the surface.

  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
- - No New Reports from here.?


CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
* Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle has this report for 25th: Catfish are the #1 bite right now.
Some crappies starting to be reported but no limits and mostly on minnows.
Lots of white bass and Bluegill still on waxes and red worms.
NO Walleye but, Some reports of nice stripers below spillway..
- - Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle is open at 5am with all your favorite baits and jigs, as well as a full license service and carries full lineup of BrushPile Jigs.. Check them out and get the latest fishing reports.
- And Ol´ Joe says the Bait Shop is FOR SALE..!

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Bass were somewhat FAIR on plastics, chatterbaits and crankbaits
- Trevor at Big Reds Bait says Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on most baits with even shore angler doing well and best in evenings
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR on jigs and minnows and scattered around or over cover
-- 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

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.
-- Not much reported -
- Trevor at Big Reds Bait says Crappie were surprisingly FAIR this past week on minnows
-- Check with Trevor at Big Red´s Bait and Tackle for current reports at 2193 Stevenson Drive in Springfield on your way to lake..

- LINKS or Other Lake Reports outside Central Illinois. -

- 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.

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