- CENTRAL ILLINOIS FISHING REPORTS -

Larrys Fishing Hole
- 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..!
 

Was UPDATED Feb. 20, 2019

  With the changing Winter Weather and  
  AND the Lack of Current Fishing Reports,
  We may not have much new to report till spring.!  

  WE WISH YOU ALL a SAFE & HAPPY 2019.!
 
Thanks to all who shared reports & Thanks to all who read our reports;
this keeps us going and it makes all the work worthwhile.
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Fishing success depends on many factors such as an angler´s 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.


- Still a few lakes Closed for winter season, Check below for details.
- More up & down weather, cold temps, snow and now some rain
With melting of snow, Ice conditions will be changing
causing slush and making many spots questionable.!!

* Use caution, changing conditions will make for Unsafe ice.
* As always, NO ICE is SAFE ICE as ice thickness can vary quickly.
* Always check thickness for yourself.


Never take any unnecessary chances with safety, it´s not worth the risk.

* BE AWARE * Use Caution check Ice thickness often.
-- Check our Ice Fishing Tips to help you get started and more.

- BE CAREFUL - USE CAUTION on the Ice..!

- We welcome any info or reports you wish to share with others in our updates..



- Check our site for other Fishing info and Events or just to get our Email..
 * CHECK OUR - ITEMS FOR SALE Page - For : Fishing Gear  &  MISC -
And - If you are looking for a New Trolling motor or onboard Charger,
     = let me know we will give you contact info.

* Again - THANKS To All Who Support our site and shared reports, stories and photos -
  We Truly Appreciate them all.!!

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

* 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.

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** NOTE -- During Winter season a few lakes are CLOSED to fishing.
-- Check below in reports for the Closure/Opening dates, with more info adding as provided to us..
For State site Closures or partial Closures due to weather or hunting seasons,
* You should contact the lake or site directly for Closure updates and/or winter hours before going.



For - OTHER LAKE REPORTS Outside Illinois -
can be found at bottom of this page
or Click HERE
* And Be Sure to Check for Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters at the Sport / Fishing Shows.!



- ILLINOIS RIVER

- The River at LaSalle this morning (Feb. 20th) was about 1/2 foot below Flood Stage
And was about 1/2 foot above Flood Stage at Peoria.
River is slowly coming down but not sure what the melting will do.?

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- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to close 6 Illinois River locks in 2020 for major repairs,
( Details & Webinar Video w/highlights presentation )
with navigation not affected.


EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
* 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.
  and  Rule #6 = 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.
* 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.

HEIDECKE LAKE - site office ph 815/942-6352
* * Lake is CLOSED to Fishing for the season till April 1st

HENNEPIN-HOPPER LAKES -
  2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N & then next right.
* * Lakes are CLOSED for season.. and will Re-Open in spring.
  For the complete Rules & Regs details, click HERE

SHABBONA LAKE -

- - Park hours are 8 am - 6 pm during Feb. AND during March are 8 AM - 8 PM
-- Ice conditions were variable with about 10+ inches (This will be changing.!)
- Bluegills were FAIR around brush piles and cribs
- Crappie were also FAIR at brush piles and/or cribs & again, keep moving..
* USE EXTREME CAUTION - Check Ice thickness often..!

WILDLIFE PRAIRIE PARK LAKES -
  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 fishing lakes map, visit wildlifeprairiepark.org/fishing

- - - - CENTRAL ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -

BRAIDWOOD LAKE -
** THIS LAKE is CLOSED for the season..
And is scheduled to Re-Open March 1st.

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

REMEMBER an easterly area of Clinton Lake (The Waterfowl Refuge Area) between the DeWitt Bridge East (CH14) and the Rt. 48 Bridge is CLOSED and remains Closed typically until April 1st ..?

- Check with Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle for latest Fishing Reports and ALL your fishing needs..!
With his health issues the new Hours are: 5am - Noon and CLOSED on Mondays

Also: Joe is trying very hard to sell his business, so if anyone is interested,
  please call him at 217-935-6244. * * Health issues is reason & Joe is trying to keep shop OPEN as long as he can take it.!
  - 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.

COFFEEN LAKE - SE of Hillsboro off Rt 127 or south of Coffeen off Rte 185, site office 217-537-3351.
-- There is a 25hp motor limit.

 
 
 
  - Randy sent this photo of Lee with a nice 22 inch Bass
  caught on the north end of Coffeen Lake Jan. 17th
  Says the north end has been iced over recently but, they
  are excited to get back on it when weather warms up !

 

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

   
  - Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle says: "Lake Springfield Catfishing is getting Hot.
    In just a few hours Matt & Randy caught a 19#,  20#  and a 21# "

 -- Check with Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle for your bait and current reports at
2193 Stevenson Dr 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

LaSALLE LAKE -

** THIS LAKE is CLOSED for the season..
And is scheduled to Re-Open March 15th.

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135

* LAKE is OPEN to ALL FISHING -
--  WINTER HOURS Through April 30th will be: 8am - 4pm

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..


- 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
www.stroutfitters.com
* And Be Sure to Check for Tom Reynolds of STR Outfitters at the Sport / Fishing Shows.!
- Here is Toms Report from Jan.:   The Norfork Lake winter striper bite is great if you can find the shad, otherwise its slow. I fished Float creek Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday and caught stripers each trip but only 1 time did I catch a limit. There is limited bait holding in Float but there seems to be stripers in the 50 to 60 foot of water.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, we caught all our fish from 49 to 58 feet, the stripers were holding on the bottom but they were not very aggressive. On Saturday we caught only 3 and they were in water depths 60 to 70 feet and our lines were set at 54 feet. I never marked any fish but we caught 3 using 6 inch gizzard shad. My clients were a father and 2 boys from Florida and never caught stripers. Each caught 1 fish so they were pleased. I was not since I expect to catch a limit each time out.
On Saturday one of my clients fished Big Creek and caught 1 striper. He then trailered his boat up to 101 area and caught 2 more. There seems to be more bait and stripers being caught around the Blue Lady area from the mouth of 101 cove up towards Crystal Cove. Right now, I would look for the bait and not worry about the stripers since the fish are following the bait they will show up.
The stripers will be in large schools along with the white bass. Shad, shiners and spoons are the best baits. Since they are now schooled up, using those baits expect the action can be very fast. Trolling will produce fish but since you are moving, you are not staying on the schools long enough to catch many.
Even though its cold, winter striper fishing is one of the best times to catch lots of fish and have the lake to yourself. The good part of winter striper fishing is the fish will stay in this pattern for the next several months so there should be not a lot of traveling looking for fish. When you find big balls of shad, the stripers will be close by.
The stripers will move to the channel towards Crystal Cove and stay on the big flat and channel near Howard Cove and Blue Lady. Float Creek will begin to hold fish as the water turns colder. Stripers tend to congregate near and in the four corners area of 5A.
We are using shad but shiners will be an effective substitute to shad. The best method is downlines set off the bottom about 2 feet. I also had 1 rod set about 20 feet down to catch the roving hybrids that are in the higher water column. Float and Panther Creeks should also hold stripers plus Big Creek. Follow the same pattern, find the shad and the stripers are nearby.

 - Tom & Sean Reynolds have fished Lake Norfork for over 53 years and they guide out of Tracy Ferry Marina. Tracy Ferry Marina is the only marina on Norfork Lake that has 24 hour fuel. You can get gas anytime using your credit card. You can reach Tom 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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