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 Feb. 15, 2017

a SAFE & HAPPY 2017..!


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.

-- The weather is improving, in fact, it is forecasted to be in the 60s over weekend..
This will surely get us all thinking FISHING and maybe will hear of Crappie soon..
- We will most likely have some more winter weather, but Spring is getting Closer..!

** NOTE -- There are still a few Lakes Closed during winter season..
-- Check below in reports for those Closures..
* As of today, Feb. 15th, Powerton Lake has Re-Opened to Boat fishing for the season..
** NEW this year will be guided Catfish trips with Matt Lamb of Clinton Lake Catfish Guide Service on Powerton Lake starting mid February. I talked with Matt and he already has trips scheduled, so to book your Catfish catching trips for this year contact Matt by Calling 217-855-8406   or FB- * Tell him Larry told you to call..

For State site Closures or partial Closures due to weather or seasons,
  Check IDNR Closures page for full list & more info as they update it.

* You should contact the lake or site directly for Closure updates and/or winter hours before going.

  - - Notes Of Interest : -

* The 2017 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available online at IDNR website

- 2017 Illinois fishing, hunting & sportsman´s combo licenses are now available from DNR Direct license vendors,
online at IDNR website or by calling 1-888-673-7648.

* There are several New Illinois Laws for 2017,
Here are couple that pertain to Fishing:
- - No catch limits on private fish ponds Public Act 99-532, House Bill 5796
Illinois law limits the number of fish a person with a fishing license can legally catch in a 24 hour period.
House Bill 5796 creates an exception for people fishing on fish ponds located on their own private property.
- - Permitting bowfishing for catfish Public Act 99-867, House Bill 5788
Bowfishing is the practice of taking a fish with a spear or a bow and arrow. Existing Illinois law limited
the kinds of fish that can be taken through bowfishing. HB 5788 added catfish to the Fish Code list of fish
that can be taken with sharp weaponry.
* this one has caused some confusion & questions.
  Here is the IDNR answer to clear up * Bowfishing for Catfish *

- The U.S. Coast Guard has 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:
-- River remains a little over normal but slowly dropping..
-Weekend reports say water temps in morning was about 37 degrees near Spring Valley
- Sauger were FAIR-SLOW on pulling floaters on 3-ways in 14-16 foot water along breaks .

  -   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/tips from Tom:   The Norfork Lake surface temperature had started to rise with this warm weather and south winds. I went looking for bait and found threadfin and gizzards in Bennett´s Bayou. The water temperature had risen to 55 degrees on Saturday. I also found lots of schooling crappies in 15 foot of water.
I was fishing for stripers using shiners and caught a 12 inch crappie. I then started looking for them and found large schools roaming the river channel.
I expect the water temperature to get back into the high 40s but with the expected warmer forecast you should expect to see lots of bait and fish movement in the next 10 days. The shad are moving and should start heading up half way in the major creeks.
I still continue to fish Float Creek but with not much success. The stripers are deep along with the shad. I have been seeing fish at 75 foot on the bottom in the shad schools. I do not expect this to last much longer as I have found some fish up the creek in waters less then 50 foot.
On Friday I took Bob out for his first striper trip. It was the full moon and windy. I was using both threadfin and gizzard shad. I expected with that bait we would tear up the fish. We found stripers right away in Float Creek and had a bite right away but it was petty soft bite and the fish did not hook itself. We fished for over 5 hours and continued to have soft bites with no real takers.
I ran across a friend who had fished the Tracy Marina area both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon and limited out both days. He said the shad were in 20 foot and thick outside the marina. We went down there but could not find any shad. I think it was before the full moon and the shad were staying out of the marina they normal stay because of the full moon.
Anyway it just shows that you can have the best bait and still not catch a striper, but tomorrow is another day.
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 36 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

EMIQUON PRESERVE - Between Havana and Dickson Mounds Museum on IL Route 78
For more info and details on Emiquon, go to
* 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.
- - Check their site for updated rules or go to Official Site RULES file.

  2 miles South of Hennepin off IL Route 26, turn West on Road 810N & then next right.
* * LAKES are CLOSED for the Season..

- 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
-Crappie were FAIR early this week with some on jigs ..
- - The US Army Corps wants to Reminds us all:
- - "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

-- Lake hours are now 8 am - 6 pm
- Reports say part lake has Open Water and parts had some ice on Monday..?


** This Lake is CLOSED for the season

CLINTON LAKE - Three miles east of Clinton off Route 10 or 54 Ph 217/935-8722.
  Guide Terry Davis says: "We started the day off A few dates still available in February and March to get in on the action
  corking anywhere from 3 ft to 4 ft deep and
  then finished the day off jigging in 18 ft of water
  to complete our 4 man limit.
  We used Bobby Garland Baby Shad for both techniques.
  Glacier Baby Shad was the hot color for corking and
  Hot Lips and Screamer were effective when jigging.
  - Fishing is fun right now with warmer temps
  and multiple tactics working. "
  Check out his new website to book your trip now!

- Check with Joe of Ol´ Joe´s Bait and Tackle for latest reports and ALL your fishing needs
* 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..!
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 will re-open on MARCH 31st...
As of Jan. 25th - The dock at West Side boat access was still Closed pending repairs.
-- Contact Terry of Feel the Thump Guide Service, at   to book Crappie fishing trip on Clinton Lake * Tell him Larry told you
-- Keep in mind to Contact Matt Lamb of Clinton Lake Catfish Guide Service to book Catfish catching trips
for next year with night or day trips available on Weekends. Call 217-855-8406   or
  FB -  * Tell him Larry told you to call..
* Places to stay while at Clinton Lake are - the Holiday Inn Express hotel, the newest hotel in Le Roy, IL  
AND - Days Inn in Le Roy, IL   both Just off I-74 between Bloomington and Champaign,
  only 17 minutes from Clinton Lake. Make your reservations today (309) 962-4439 or (309) 962-4700

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 ..!

** This Lake is CLOSED for the season - will reopen in March ?

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
-- WINTER HOURS (Through April 30th) will be: 8am - 4pm
** NEW this year will be guided Catfish trips with Matt Lamb of Clinton Lake Catfish Guide Service on Powerton Lake starting mid February. I talked with Matt and he already has trips scheduled, so to book your Catfish catching trips for this year contact Matt by Calling 217-855-8406   or FB- * Tell him Larry told you to call..

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.
  Trevor at Big Reds Bait and Tackle
  posted this :
  "John´s Crappie season has begun!
  Lake Sangchris 2/13/17 caught from the bank"

-- 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 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 a few years ago at Kentucky Lake.

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