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We make REGULAR UPDATES to our FISHING REPORTS, current Events, our tips, new facts, trivia, best fishing days and PRODUCT TEST Reviews & FISHING ARTICLES.
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.
So come back, visit us often & click the refresh or reload button to assure seeing latest info.

We want this to be your one stop complete information center for Central Illinois Fishing.
If you have any suggestion or questions feel free to let us know by e-mail address at bottom.

May   4th   -   8th


- 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
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 changes in recreation day use fees NEWS RELEASE
Make your reservations now for campsites & shelters at many IDNR sites for 2016 online through the Reserve America website using a Visa or MasterCard. More camping info at IDNR website
May 5 - 7 : FREE CAMPING - the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Shelbyville will celebrate by providing FREE CAMPING during Pack the Park at Lithia Springs Campground on May 5-7th. The Free Campsites will be available on a first come, first served basis Thursday through Saturday night and Paid camping will resume on Sunday, May 8th. There will be a full schedule of activities that the whole family can enjoy including Friday night with music from Wes Wheeler Band and a bonfire. Saturday will include free boat rides (for registered campers only) courtesy of Lithia Springs Marina, and inflatables for kids. Saturday night, campers can look forward to a complimentary hot dog roast, an activity, and a movie night. For more info about Pack the Park, call the Lake Shelbyville Interpretive Services and Outreach Department at (217)774-3951 ext 2
May 19 - Friends of EverBloom Meeting of the year - 6:30 p.m. at Davis Lodge, Lake Bloomington.   The guest speaker will be Mike Steffa - Director McLean County Parks & Recreation - to discuss Comlara Park, Evergreen Lake and their activities.
Check their web page and find them on Facebook
  -   June 11  -   Relay For Life
  9th Annual Open Bass Tournament
on Lake Bloomington
      with lunch & refreshments provided after tournament.!
  CLICK HERE for full details, contact info & Entry form..

Looking for a Boat, Trolling motor or Fishing Gear & more..
Check our FOR SALE - Classified ADS page.

  * Visit the IDNR website for Illinois law requirements, class info & more..
- - Below are some 2016 Boating Safety Education courses in Central, IL from the IDNR
- May 4   7:00 - 9:00pm at IVY Club in Peoria Heights (Open to Public)
- Course Runs 5 consecutive Wednesdays thur June 1st -Call 309-321-0318 , 309-678-1392
- May 7   8:00am - 5:00pm at Lacon Community Center 405 N. Washington, Lacon
- to Register contact 309-635-1963 or
- May 14   8:00am - 5:30pm at Clinton Lake Marina 6599 Sailboat Road, Weldon
- to Register contact
- May 14   8:30am - 5:00pm at IL Waterway Visitor Center 950 North 27 Road, Ottawa
- to Register contact 815-667-4054
- May 14 & 21   8:00am - 2:00pm at Lake Services Bldg. E. Lakeshore Drive, Springfield
- contact 217-757-8660 Ext 1003
* For future class dates & locations by County - Click HERE (they make updates frequently)
- We highly recommend taking a boating safety course - maybe get a discount on insurance.
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- Check the tournament dates set for this year,
on our Area Tournament Dates & Results page.



 YOUR Boating Headquarters 


For a Good getaway, piece of paradise at Kentucky Lake, or Great Business Opportunity for income while enjoying the outdoors and Good fishing;
  Contact   High Ridge Resort


After a day on Lake
See Amy Morrison
For Hair appointment

  Concealed Carry Training?
Exercise your
2nd amendment right !

Visit Uftring Weston Chevy Cadillac in Peoria today and
find the perfect Chevy Truck to handle all your gear   & friends.

Professional Tax Help
Bob Rachowicz
call 309-922-6130

-- As Fisherman, we must stick together and share fishing tips with others.
- Water temps may be one of the major factors of finding fish this time of year as fish start to move in to stage for the spawn.
Each fish has their desired range of water temps and knowing that range for the species you target will help.
But remember that most temp gauges are reading just the water´s surface temps within the top few inches.
Early in the season, surface temps may take a couple days for that to get to the fishes level..
- During the spring seasonal migration the barometric pressure has an impact on fish behavior.
A steady barometer has little effect on the fish and they will remain in the shallows to feed and spawn.
During extremely high pressure conditions in the spring, fish tend to abandon their spawning duties in the shallows
and suspend in deep water. After the barometric pressure falls, fish may remain dormant for a day before
making their way back to the shallows once the barometer starts to rise.
- Cold Fronts will cause fish to move out to deeper water but maybe not all that far. They will hold around first breaks,
humps, drop-offs or channel edges. Find these areas and fish them slowly and maybe try down-sized baits.
- For Crappie, if the water temp cools, a live minnow is generally a better choice but if the water temperatures are warm
jigs and small plastics are better for quickly covering shallow spawning areas.
- With spring comes a good time for Bass fishing as they are headed to the shoreline and are fat and aggressive..
To find the fish is to cover water and determine a pattern as they are moving shallow.
A great bait for covering water is a spinnerbait casted to many objects or shoreline structure.
(I say shoreline but that also means near or just off shore too).
We also like to use jerkbaits or stickbaits and even a lipless crankbait as we move off shore some
to cover more water finding those big fish waiting just out aways.
** Support our local Bait Shops to assure they will be there when we need them for fresh,
lively baits and current fishing info or advice as well as the latest tackle
  - Just a Thought..   Get Out and ENJOY..!

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Do Not Forget - - FISHING IS MEANT TO BE FUN - -

  - Fish Facts: 1993 - 1994 : Spider Wire introduces a new kind of fishing line called a multifilament. This new line is thinner and stronger than monofilament and has virtually no stretch. Within a year, more than a dozen other variations of the new line appeared..

Did You Know the State of Illinois offers Awards for Big Fish and for Catch-and-Release and now a Spear/Bow Fishing Award categories and more.
Check the I Fish site or the awards page for details and where you can fill-in and print certificate.

* The New 2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format
on the IDNR website . Regulations in the guide are effective through March 31, 2017.
You can read or print a copy (This is a huge file so be prepared)
* One change to take note of is Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2016
will be during the Father´s Day weekend on June 17-20.

  - Fishing Tale/Story: SPECIAL - Term used to describe a custom-designed lure that fails to work on a particular species of fish at a specific location or under unique conditions as opposed to a lure that is generally useless..


If you are looking for a great deal on maybe the best fish mounting in Central Illinois,
E-mail me and I will give Phone Number.

Get your Bass gear out, they are about to get GOOD..!

For More Fishing photos,     or Check on our Fishing Reports page..

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