- 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..!
 

UPDATED April 18, 2018

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.

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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 all are hoping for some warmer weather..
Again, the forecast says we will have a warm up next week.?
- Hopefully this will bring the water temps up soon and,
the Crappie bite should improve..
- Few reports of some FAIR fishing in ponds over weekend..
- Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season is still underway and there should still be some to catch..!
-- Hope You can get OUT and ENJOY the Outdoors soon & some Fishing too.
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- As we secure current reports for lakes, we will add them to our reports..
For State site Closures or partial Closures,   Check IDNR Closures page
  for full list & more info as they update it
and Maybe Opening dates.
* You should contact the lake or site directly for Closure updates and/or winter hours before going.
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* With spring here & fishing season right around the corner, this would a good time to set-up your 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...


  - - Notes Of Interest : -

- * Remember to get your 2018 Fishing Licenses.
  New licenses are available from DNR Direct license vendors or online at www.dnr.illinois.gov
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  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
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- Illinois Spring Trout Fishing Season is Open   at 54 sites throughout the state.
  You must have a fishing license and a Inland Trout Stamp, unless they are under age of 16, blind or disabled, or are an Illinois resident on leave from active duty in the Armed Forces. The daily catch limit for each angler is 5 trout. Use light gear, 6-pound line, a split shot with a small bait hook or small ice jigs with small baits such as wax worms, a piece of worm PowerBait, prepared trout baits, cheese, kernels corn or red worms under tiny floats. Also can try a small spinners, Roostertails or trolled small crankbaits.
* For a Full List of Sites and Details Visit :
www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/Illinois-Spring-Trout-Fishing-Season-Opens-April-7.aspx
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- Our friend Jonn Graham of CAMP SMALLMOUTH wants to again remind us all that the annual stream smallmouth season is now underway. The law states that from April 1 to June 15 all stream smallmouth must be immediately released. This law pertains to all moving bodies of water with the exception of the Mississippi, Wabash, Ohio, and Illinois Rivers. This regulation was enacted years ago by the joint efforts of the Illinois DNR and the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance.
Of course, the law is driven by the fact that the above dates are the time period when most stream smallies spawn. Immediate release provides the best chance for the future of the fishery here in IL.
Jonn says "Spread the word to friends and any other anglers you see out on the water. Many anglers who do not chase smallies regularly often do not know about the regulation. Education is the key.
  AS ALWAYS!.............HAIL TO THE SMALLIE"
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* 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. * *

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- 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

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- 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!

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  - Check our sponsors on the right for your baits, tackle, guide options and more.
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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.


- ILLINOIS RIVER
- Reports from weekend were: - Sauger were FAIR on jigs and/or pulling live baits rigs
from Peru to Staved Rock area.   AND White Bass were FAIR at times at Vermillion
- BUT today - River seems to have crested today about 2 feet below flood at LaSalle


For - OTHER LAKE REPORTS Outside Illinois -
can be found at bottom of this page
or Click HERE



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..

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
* 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.
- - 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.

-- BAIT SHOP is OPEN with Hours: 8 am – 4 pm -- 7 Days/Week
-- BOAT RENTAL is OPEN WEEKENDS ONLY Fri., Sat. & Sun. with Hours: 8 am – 4 pm

* Make Sure You Have Your Boat Sticker as they are Checking..!

- Fishing has been SLOW as the water temps remain cold, should improve with warmer weather..

HEIDECKE LAKE -
- - Hours are 6 am to sunset
-- Water temps were in low 40s
- Report from weekend said fishing was SLOW with water temps in low 40s.
Warmer weather on weekend may change this..

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 be Open on May 15th 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 lasts 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.

 
 
 
  - Guide Paul Center tells us: "Late last week
  deep water temps were in low 40s and the
  shallow water upper 40s with Lots of small
  Crappies deep and shallow bite little slow.

 AND - on Sunday Lots of small Crappies deep
  with a few in the swallows."
  With weather improving soon, so will fishing.!

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

REND LAKE -
- 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..

- The Lake is still up.
- Crappie remain FAIR on jigs
- US Army Corps says: "Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water !"

SHABBONA LAKE -
- - This Lake has a 10-horsepower limit.
- - Park hours April thru October 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
-- Water temps back in low 40s today
- Not much recently with just a few Crappie and a Muskie reported

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..

- - - - SOME ILLINOIS POWER PLANT LAKES - - - -

BALDWIN LAKE - Just north of Baldwin off Route 154. - site Office 618-785-2555
--- There is a 50hp motor limit
* New 2018 Large or Smallmouth Bass Limit Regs = 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit
  of 18 inch Minimum Length Limit..

-- Hours: Through - April 15: 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
-- Hours: April 16 - Oct. 31: 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
* check with site Office 618-785-2555 as these times may change.!

BRAIDWOOD LAKE -
-- Daily Hours are 6 am - sunset
- Late last week Bass were FAIR on plastics, spinnerbaits and jigs along shoreline areas.

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

A PORTION OF LAKE FROM ABOUT IP POINT UP TO 54 BRIDGE IS CLOSED

 
  Crappie Guide Terry Davis tells us: "Another up and
  down weekend of weather but had some good trips.
  We fished two feet under a cork to 15 to 20ft deep
  vertical jigging Bobby Garland Baby Shad, just depends
  on what side of the lake you are on. Pay attention to the
  water temp and that will tell you everything.  Looking
  forward to warmer weather to fire up the bite even more."
    Visit   www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com
      or   call Terry @ 309-212-6817   to book a trip..

LAKE SPRINGFIELD - At Springfield off I-55 Exit 94 and go the east.
 --- 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..! BigRedsBait.com

LaSALLE LAKE -
- 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.


- Weather has been an issue here..

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
- Lake is Open Daily with Winter Hours through April 8am - 4pm
--   SUMMER HOURS (May 1st - Sept. 30th): 6am-8pm

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

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.

** 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 www.stroutfitters.com
- Here is latest Report from Tom:   - Another crazy week of Norfork Lake weather that produced lots of inconsistent patterns. We started the week cold and with good fishing. As the week wore on, we had lots of high winds, bad storms, rising water, high boat traffic, and slower fishing. We ended the week with cold weather but better fishing. We were catching good numbers of stripers up in Big Creek from Woods Point to 1C all last week and weekend.
The lake level was consistent then the they opened the spillways about 1 foot and that changed the current in the lake and drew the fish out of the creeks. The stripers were still in the area but quit biting. I spent one morning fishing there and realized what was happening and moved to Point 1 and began catching stripers. The pattern stayed that way until Thursday when they closed the spillway. The fish were still inactive but then did start biting later in the morning in Big Creek again.
Friday it picked up and Saturday Sean caught 13 stripers on planner boards with only a 6 foot leader near the shore. I on the other hand had only caught 3 but the fish were there.
You just had to be at the right spot along a bluff wall to catch them.
Once this cold spell moves out we should see better action as the lake warms up and we get some consistent weather. Greg at Hand Cove Resort reports the night bite is still happening although the weather has greatly affected the bite. He expects it to be more consistent by the end of this week.
I have seen some surface action the last two days which means the topwater action is not far behind.
Better sharpen those hooks for some reel ripping action.
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 a few years ago at Kentucky Lake.


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