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Herald & Review article on Fish is a healthier alternative to meat
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March ILLINOIS GAME & FISH magazine p49
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We appreciate all who visit and read the events, articles, reports and other fishing related items.

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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.

June   2nd     -   6th


-IDNR Announces Summer Urban Fishing Clinics providing FREE instruction and Fun for Kids. Read this News Release for details, more info and locations.
- Good article by our friend Terry Brown at the Pantagraph: Knowing rules a key when boating, fishing.
- The Bowfishing Association of America are celebrating the passage of HB 5788 allowing catfish to be a legal bowfishing species.. Visit the BAI Facebook page for more at--
- Some Good Jerkbait Fishing Tips that Catch Bass
Make your reservations for campsites at many IDNR sites online through the Reserve America website using a Visa or MasterCard. More camping info at IDNR website
June 8 - Clinton Lake Clean Up Day starting at 9 a.m. at the Mascoutin boat ramp in Clinton Lake State Recreational Area. For further info on this event or if interested in helping, contact Melissa Armstrong - by email   or call 217-935-6757
or Click HERE For Flyer
  -   June 11  -   Relay For Life   Open Bass Tournament   9th Annual
  on Lake Bloomington with lunch & refreshments provided after tournament!
    CLICK HERE for full details, contact info & Entry form..
June 11 - Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton, IL from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The free event features fun for children and families. For details, call 618-786-3323 or visit these webpages
- BULLFROG season opens June 15 and runs through August 31
June 17-20 Illinois Free Fishing Days for 2016 during the Father´s Day weekend. During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp.   Discover the fun of fishing or introduce your kids to the outdoor adventure of fishing during these free fishing days!
Here are some Tips on TAKING KIDS FISHING

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..
* 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.



 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.
Finding Prespawn Bass: 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 to 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 some.
Lastly, if the lake you are fishing has docks, be sure to pitch or skip a worm grub or jig/creature bait around
or under those docks and retrieve them slowly, bumping into stumps, weeds and other cover.
- - Also check video above for - Some Good Jerkbait Fishing Tips
- Couple weeks ago I fished with anglers that seemed to have questions on Setting the Drag for reels.
Many anglers or people think the drag on a spinning reel should be set according to
the size of the fish being caught or plan to be caught.
When actually, drags should be set to match the line test being used.
More good fish are lost to drags set too tight than to any other single angling error.
Since I prefer to fish with lighter line, my drag makes noise when
setting hook or at times when playing a fish. This may not always mean a Big fish
but some anglers may not understand, therefore, to help clear this up
Read our article from August, 2010
Managing or Setting Your Drag.
** 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: 1938 - MEPPS SPINNER : After a World War II GI gave Todd Sheldon a handful of Mepps spinners that he later used
and caught a limit. He traced the spinners to France where Andre´ Meulnart invented them in 1938 and he ordered several boxes
and began selling them. As word got out on these fish-catching flashing new spinning lure, by 1960, Sheldon obtained North American distribution rights.
  In 1972 he purchased Mepps France and the company now markets a wide variety of lures for various species of fish..

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: GEAR - Anything you really wonder why you bothered to bring,   or
whatever would have come in very handy if you had not left it at home..


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.

We have some Awesome memories of Crappie Fishing
in May on Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas.!

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

E-mail me at :

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