- CENTRAL ILLINOIS FISHING REPORTS -

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- 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. 21, 2018

Wishing You and Your Family a Safe & Happy 2018 !
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.




- With the rains, then the melting of snow and ice, which is causing flooding of creeks & rivers.
- The Good News is forecast at this time is for warming weather for next 7 days..
-- Hope You can get OUT and ENJOY the Outdoors soon.
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** NOTE Just a few lakes still Remain Closed to fishing during the winter season.
-- Check below in reports for those lakes that remain Closed and for Opening dates, as provided to us..
- As we secure current reports for lakes, we will add them to our reports..
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 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 fishing season nearing, 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 us for a list of Guides we recommend...


  - - Notes Of Interest : -

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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 also some NEW REGS for 2018,
  CHECK Below for a few Central IL Lakes. * *

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- For Bank Fishing Opportunities in Illinois that are easily accessible,
  visit IDNR Bank Fishing page

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  - Check our sponsors on the right for your baits, tackle, guide options and more.
Visit   their  website   links   on the right..   -----------------------------------------------> > >

* 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
* CAUTION: The River is Over Flood Stage (expected to crest
    12 foot above late Feb. 22) around LaSalle..!
  And will go Over Flood Stage at Peoria on Feb. 22nd..!


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



ANDERSON LAKE - Site Office 309-759-4484
* 2018 New 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.

HEIDECKE LAKE -
* Lake is set to Re-Open April 1st for the season..

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 typically Re-Opens on May 1st each year.
  For the complete Rules & Regs details, click HERE

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..

- Crappie remain FAIR on jigs around brush
- US Army Corps says: "Please fish safely! Always buckle up your life jacket on the water !"

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)
* 2018 New Large or Smallmouth Bass Limit Regs = 3 Fish Daily Harvest Limit with Protected Slot Length Limit; 12-18 inches..
* 2018 New White, Black, or Hybrid 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
* 2018 New 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 will be 6 am - 6:30 p.m.
* This Lake is set to Re-Open March 1st for the season..

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.
- - Crappie Guide Terry Davis had this to report: "We made it out a couple times this weekend and had some success. We did it all from spider rigging, casting, vertical jigging and corking. We caught fish from as shallow as 2 feet to 14 feet. I would say the Crappie fishing on Clinton right now is FAIR. We did manage a double limit both days but we worked for them. The fish are still pretty scattered so I am moving from spot to spot right now. Best color for us was the Bobby Garland Baby Shad in Glacier."
  You cab reach Terry by Calling 309-212-6817 or visit www.clintonlakecrappieguide.com

REMEMBER an easterly area of Clinton Lake (The Waterfowl Refuge Area) between the DeWitt Bridge East (CH14) and the Rt. 48 Bridge is CLOSED for season and remains Closed typically until April 1st (but due to weekend, could be March 30th in 2018.?)...

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

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 -
Dale Bowman reported in the Chicago Sun-Times : This Lake Re-Opens to fishing on March 15th and will be open daily..

POWERTON LAKE - One mile south of Pekin off Route 29 along Manito Blacktop.
---- site Office 309-968-7135
- Hours through April are 8am - 4pm
-- Rumors of couple nice Blues caught recently..?

  With Powerton Open to Boat fishing, Guide Matt Lamb of Clinton Lake Catfish Guide Service says he is booking Catfish trips - contact Matt at 217-855-8406   or FB-   https://www.facebook.com/Clintonlakecatfishguideservice

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.

  With the Entire Sangchris Lake now Open for the season, this would be a Good time to contact
  Jason of Hill´s Guide Service   217-855-2692   - or   facebook.com/hillsguideservice


- 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:   - This week I have fished Norfork Lake for Walleye up by Calamity Beach and the state line. The first day the water temperature was 40 degrees at Calamity and 43 degrees at the state line and we caught 1 short walleye and missed 3 more at the state line.
Today, Feb.18th the water temperature was 43 degrees at Calamity and 52 degrees at the state line, but today the fish had moved from the line because of the warmer water. We tired moving up the river but about a mile up the lake the water level was too low to continue. We moved back to the colder water and started fishing near the shore in 5 feet of water and we caught a 19 inch keeper and a short in quick session. We did not catch anymore, but it was late in the morning and the bite was over.
What surprised me was the farther up the river the water temperature continued to rise. It seems just opposite of what I expected.
The crappie are also being caught off the brush piles on both sides of the state line.
I plan on continuing chasing walleye and crappie in the upper part of the lake and creeks on the main lake. Right now, they are catching both off brush piles using small jigs and minnows. I will be fishing up near Udall using live bait for walleye and long line trolling for crappie in the creeks off the main lake like Bennett´s, Pigeon Creek, and Big Creek. Lots of big crappie are caught trolling small jigs and minnows.
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 caontact him for your next fishing trip.!


- Read about our Outdoor Writers/Broadcasters Visit a few years ago at Kentucky Lake.


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