Larry's Fishing Hole Fishing Reports

- We Wish You All SAFE & GOOD FISHING..!
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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 Aug. 31, 2016



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.

-- We had a Big Storm Tuesday morning with 2 1/4 inches and 3 1/2 inches just little south of us..
The warm & humid weather, along with rains have kept many from getting out and fishing.
This has made for very few fishing reports this past week..
- This cold front drive this weather will drop us down to 60 degrees Thursday morning
and may affect the fishing some, but it will cool us down and dry us out some..
- Be Safe & Get out to ENJOY some GOOD FISHING..!

** CHANGE/CORRECTION: - BULLFROG season has been extended through Oct. 15th

- 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 for locations or to order..
Get out and ENJOY..!

** Be Sure to Check out the Great fishing photos from past week below,
  and we So Much Enjoy getting any Kids Photos
    THANKS for sharing them, and Be Sure to Take The Kids Fishing.!

  - - Notes Of Interest : -
- BULLFROG season has been extended through Oct. 15th Bullfrogs may be taken by hand, fishing pole and line fishing, landing net, bow & arrow or bow and spear or gig. A sport fishing license is required to harvest bullfrogs. 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: 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. Watch USCG app features video with download info & more


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- - Near STARVED ROCK and South downstream: to Near HENRY :
- The River seems to have crested again this morning (Wednesday) at LaSalle 2+ foot above flood stage
and will rise downstream to just over flood stage at Peoria on Friday (projected at this point)..
** Be Aware of possible flooding into parking areas at Starved Rock Park into weekend,
and Be Aware that most all rivers & creeks are or could be high..

- Bass were FAIR on plastics, jigs and swimbaits along outer weed edges and best early over weekend
- Bluegills are FAIR on waxies or part crawler around outer weed edge and in weed pockets
- Catfish were FAIR recently on dip baits and crawlers .

  - Ken tells us :
  "I took my five year old granddaughter
  Jada fishing for the first time.
 Caught her first fish on her Barbie fishing rod.
  Jada caught 8 bluegills and
  went back the next day and caught 8 more.
  I don´t know who was more excited,
  her or grandpa Ken!"   :-)
  We cannot get enough of these Photos/Stories
    - THANKS Ken !

  -   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:   The Norfork Lake stripers continue to feeding heavily in the early morning and late afternoon. They are feeding in the 32 to 38 foot range. Most of the fish are right on the bottom off the main points and humps.
After sun up they are moving out to the 40 foot range, roaming and chasing shad. When you hit a school every rod will get hit. We had 5 rods out and more than once all were hit at the same time. It was total madness.
The fish can be found near the dam start looking in Shoal Creek for whites and hybrids then look at all the points within a mile of the dam, you will find them feeding before light. The best live bait this past week for stripers has been gizzard shad.
Walleye are being caught on points and flats using bottom bouncers and spoons in 28 to 35 foot of water.
A client of mine who has fish with me for over 10 years booked a 3 boat 2 day trip for his clients this past Saturday and Sunday. Doug Schultz group had 9 people, 3 in each boat. We had great weather. The rain that was predicted never happened so everything was perfect for 2 great days of fishing.
With all new clients there is a learning curve trying to catch a striper before light. The first day we landed 23 stripers with 4 over 20 lbs, the biggest was 24 lbs and the second day with 27 stripers boated.
Everybody figured out how to hook the fish and we were done by 6:35 on Sunday. All total we boated 50 stripers in 2 days.
This time of year we practice catch and keep since the stripers are under heavy stress from the warm water. A lot of people release a striper and see it swim away believing the fish will be OK. Statistics show that the mortality rate is very high. They may live a couple of days but most of them die so it is better to keep the fish you catch. The bite is unbelievable and should continue this way into September.
The fall bite will be starting soon as the water starts to cool down so make your plans on the web with for everything Norfork Lake!
Be sure to read our Fall Striper tactics, the article can be found on the website.
- 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 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
- Jack says he and fishing partner fished East Access on Friday morning right after rain with water temps about 80 and fishing was Very Slow on plastics. Only few small Bass on night crawlers with couple of nice Channel Cats and not almost nothing on minnows

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 is up some from rains..
- Bass were FAIR on plastics, swimjigs or spinnerbaits around deep structure or weedlines..
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD on wax worms and part crawler along weed edges or around weed patches
- Catfish remain FAIR-GOOD on dip bait & crawlers out a ways from shoreline
- Crappie were SLOW with couple on minnows near brush in 8-12 foot.
- Walleye/Saugeye were FAIR-SLOW off deep points or breaks

DOUBLE T STATE FISH and WILDLIFE AREA (3 miles northwest of Canton)
-- This is a " No Wake " Lake
- Jacks tells us: " Fished Double T on Monday, a Slow day mainly fished soft plastics, frogs, cranks and jerk baits; Landed 3 bass, two were 15 inches also lost two and missed the hook set on a couple of others. Water temps had dropped about 8 degrees from last week. Lots of small bass sometimes followed my baits back to the boat.? "

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to
- No Reports from here..
* 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
- Bass were FAIR late last week but have Slowed little recently on plastics, jigs and spinnerbaits on points with timber and/or weeds
- Bluegills were FAIR on wax worms and part crawler around shore cover and weed pockets.
- No Word on Catfish this week
- Crappie were little SLOW and scattered on minnows over/around brush

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 at the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge
(Hennepin-Hopper) the Last Day of fishing for 2016 season will be Sept 5th.
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 READ HERE
- 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 just FAIR on plastics, jigs and crankbaits around timber along bluff or weed edges off points
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies and part crawler around weed edges, docks and seawalls
- Catfish were FAIR on dip baits, crawlers and liver.
- Crappie were little SLOW recently on minnows over brush
* AND Good News For bait:  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop   2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso, IL 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)
- Bass were little SLOW
- Bluegills are FAIR around shore area weeds
- Catfish were somewhat FAIR at times on dip baits, liver and crawlers
- couple small Crappie caught over weekend..
* For bait, Check  * Mike´s Minnow Bucket Bait Shop   2.7 miles west of I-39 in El Paso, IL on US 24  ..!

LAKE SHELBYVILLE - Between Shelbyville and Sullivan - LAKE INFO LINE (217) 774-2020 and LAKE PROJECT OFFICE (217) 774-3951.
-- Lake level was up slightly over weekend.
- Bass were FAIR at mouth of coves on plastics, jigs and crankbaits with a couple on spinnerbait
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits and some on trot lines
- Crappie remain SLOW with few on minnows fished over deep brush piles - should improve with a cool down..
- Walleye/Sauger were FAIR-SLOW along breaks off flats on crawler rigs and/or jigs with a few on crankbaits.
- WhiteBass were FAIR-SLOW on 2 jig rigs and bladebaits and best on days with wind on wind-blown flats

PRAIRIE LAKE in Jim Edgar/ Panther Creek State F&W Area -
  -- This is a " No Wake " Lake for motors over 10hp
  - No New Reports this week..?

** 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..!

-- The lake is up about 4 foot above pool and may be slowly dropping
  - Guide Ric Barth with Todd Gessner Outdoors Guide Service   (& Gun Creek Fin, Fur & Feathers Sportsmens Club) tells us Catfish are GOOD on Hoss´s Hawg Bait and Crappie are hitting on minnows and jigs
- 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.

- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- Bass were FAIR and at times GOOD on plastics, jigs, spinnerbaits along weed edges and near dam.
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW along weed edges or in weed pockets
- Catfish were FAIR on liver, dip baits & some on leeches
- Crappie are SLOW
- Walleye were FAIR on jigs/minnows or leeches along breaks, over rock piles and the road beds with a couple on trolled crankbaits too
- Report of couple Muskie caught over weekend.

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)
- - Still No New Reports from here.?


CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
- No Reports on Bass tis past week.?
- Bluegills were FAIR on wax worm and part crawlers
- Catfish are Fairly GOOD mostly on cut shad and dip baits & shrimp
- Crappie were FAIR-SLOW on minnows around/over deeper cover
- Walleye were FAIR-SLOW on trolled or drifted leeches
- WhiteBass are FAIR on jig/twisters, bladebaits and in-line spinners best in west part of lake
-- A few Stripers again at the spillway
- 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 Aug. 29th - 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
- - Water temps late last week were 86-88
- Bluegills were FAIR-GOOD on wax worms
- Catfish are GOOD mostly on dip baits.
- Crappie remain SLOW

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
- Very little shared on Bass for past week, just FAIR at times on plastics
- Bluegills were FAIR-SLOW on wax worm and part crawler
- Catfish were FAIR-GOOD on cut baits and dip baits
- Crappie were SLOW-FAIR recently on jig/minnow and could improve with cool down
- WhiteBass remain FAIR on KRAZY BLADES from Big Reds Bait and Tackle in Springfield.
-- 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 ..!

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.
- Again this past week only couple reports of Catfishing somewhat FAIR at times on most baits..

NEWTON LAKE - 16-17 miles southeast of Effingham off Route 33.
-- This Report from Aug. 26th - Very little shared
- Bass & Crappie were reported as little SLOW - maybe due to heat.?
- Catfish were even SLOW-FAIR on dip baits and crawlers

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..
-- Not much new reported from this past week due to weather.?
- Bass were FAIR-SLOW on plastic, jigs and spinners around deeper timber cover or weeds
- Bluegills were FAIR on waxies and part crawler
- Catfish were FAIR on most baits
- Crappie are SLOW-FAIR at times on minnows over deep cover at mouth of coves

- 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
--- 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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