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This Month Article
Keeping Our Fishing Season Going

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  More of Our
Fishing Articles

Along with
Articles By Friends

 Other   Features

This Month's TIP
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Some tips to help
  you decide on
That New Boat

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Watch Video on
What to do if you fall through Ice
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East Peoria, IL Weather Forecast

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Mentioned in: March ILLINOIS GAME & FISH magazine p49
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And Terry Browns Pantagraph Article

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Thanks For Visiting Our Website !
We appreciate all who visit and read the events, articles, reports and other fishing related items.

a Safe & Happy 2015 !
- Give yourself the gift of time outside in the coming year -

We make REGULAR UPDATES to our FISHING REPORTS, current Events, our tips, new facts, trivia, and best fishing days along with PRODUCT TEST Reviews & FISHING ARTICLES and will update any significant fishing information.
So come back, visit us often and click your refresh or reload button to assure you have the latest info available to us.

We want this to be your one stop complete information center for Central Illinois Fishing.
And for you Ladies,don't forget to check out Lindas FISHINGALS section.
If you have any suggestion or questions feel free to let us know by e-mail address at bottom.

  Feb.   1st   -   5th


- Summer Positions Available for Teens (15 -18) at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge
  For more info, please contact Ron Fisher at 309/535-2290

- Illinois State Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, wants to ban the use of drones while hunting or fishingas using a drone to track animals or fish makes it too easy. READ Full Story

* The New 2015-2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is available in PDF format
on the IDNR website where you can read or print your copy.  Noteworthy for Central Illinois is the changes in Saugeye limit on Evergreen Lake And Crappie limit on Lake Bloomington Also Bass & Bluegill limits on Dawson Lake   Plus   PLEASE NOTE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION CORRECTION: A change to the Tournament Fishing Permit information found on page 58. The information for item bullet i, number 1 is incorrect. This rule will not be implemented.

- Bald Eagle Trolley Tours from Starved Rock to Illinois Waterway Visitor Center - Through Feb. 28th - Click HERE for details.

2015 Illinois fishing, hunting and sportsmans combination licenses and usage stamps are available. Go to IDNR website or by calling 1-888-6PERMIT (1-888-673-7648) or other permit vendors.

- Pere Marquette State Park Bald Eagle Days. Check Schedule

Jan 24 & 25, 2015! - Bald Eagle Watch Weekendat Starved Rock

Jan. 31st - RE-SCHEDULED to Feb. 7th Lake Camelot Sportsmans Club Annual Ice Fishing Tournament

 - Feb. 1st - FISHING SEMINAR   along with Fishing Vendors and Door Prizes
  A Fund Raiser for ALAH High School Fishing team
  at Arthur High School, 11 am - 5 pm
  Click HERE for Full Details

Feb. 7th - Lake Camelot Sportsmans Club Annual Ice Fishing Tournament from 7am - noon - IF there is SAFE ICE. There will be Prizes, along with Kids Division and there will be Beer - Chilli - Hotdogs available at clubhouse. Even Early sign-up on Fri. before from 6pm - 9pm if you wish..   For more details call 309-697-5339

Feb. 7 - Eagle Day Festival at Dickson Mounds Museum, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event includes activities at Dickson Mounds Museum, the Lewistown Visitor Center, Havana Nature Center, Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge, and TNCs Emiquon Preserve. Activities include raptor programs and bird watching. The event is free, but donations are welcomed.

Feb. 21 - Lake Camelot Sportmans Club Tackle Sale at Lake Camelot Clubhouse from 10am - 2pmFood and Drink will be available - and There is NO COST to the Public to attend.!
Contact Collin for info at 309-697-9007

March 21 - 7th Annual Central Illinois Bassmasters Drawdown Fundraiser - 6:00pm at Rutland, IL American Legion Come out and support our local youth ! CIBs Drawdown Fundraiser allows us to raise money for our free Youth Fishing Derby every July. By purchasing a ticket, you are not only entered into our Drawdown (gives you a 1 in 250 shot at $2,250 by way of 13 different cash prizes),but you also get a free fish dinner * from 6-8pm AND provide free beer & soda from 6 - midnight ! In addition to the cash prizes, you will also have the opportunity to purchase chances at several great raffle items ! Also, if you are able to stay until the end, there will be an additional FOUR last chance drawings for $50/each, bringing the total cash given out to nearly $2,500!!
* Non-Fish dinner options also available.  Tickets are only $20/each!

- 2015 Sport & Fishing Show Schedule -


  by American Premier Corp.
    We fish their Rods


  Read Our Field Test


For a piece
of paradise
at Kentucky Lake

  Contact Jack & Jan at
  High Ridge Resort


After a day on Lake
See Amy Morrison
For Hair appointment

Concealed Carry Training?
We highly recommend -

Exercise your 2nd amendment right !

Professional Tax Help
Bob Rachowicz
call 309-922-6130





Illinois law requires persons at least 12 years of age and less than 18 years of age may only operate a motorboat if:
  - They have in possession a valid Boating Education Certificate of Competency issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Safety Education Division, or
  - They are accompanied on the motorboat and under direct control of a parent or guardian, or a person at least 18 years of age designated by a parent or guardian.
* Visit the IDNR website for class info, and for couple Online Self-Study Course options.
For future class dates & locations of Illinois Safety Education Courses by County -Click HERE (they make updates frequently)
Remember, All children under the age of 13 must wear a PFD on vessels less than 26 feet in length when underway, unless they are below decks in an enclosed cabin..
- - Below are some 2015 Boating Safety Education courses from the IDNR
- Jan 31 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Fire House, 920 E. Cemetery, in Chenoa, IL - ph 309-635-1963 or DACKERMAN46@GMAIL.COM
- Feb 28 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM at Wesley United Methodist Church, 502 E. Front St, in Bloomington, IL - ph 309-635-1963
- We highly recommend taking a boating safety course and passing you may receive a discount on insurance, we did.


--As Fisherman, we must stick together and share fishing tips with others.
  We have some tips to help us
Keep Our Fishing Season Going till that first fishing day next spring.
- With icing conditions, fish have movedto deeper cover like brush and structure such as ledges or creek channels.
- Crappie too will be around deeper vertical structures or steep breaks and better if there is good cover.
- Bluegills will hold in lake or pond basins adjacent to any weeds and not always in the deepest water..
** Support our local Bait Shops to assure they will be there when we need them for fresh, lively baits and current fishing info as well as latest tackle - Just a Thought..
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Do Not Forget - - FISHING IS MEANT TO BE FUN - -

- The MDNR has a great web page on Ice Safety   lots of information and some videos.
- Also Watch this Video on What to do if you fall through Ice

  - Fish Facts: - The first casting reels were riveted together, that meant when anything went wrong they had to be virtually torn apart.J. W. Hardman of Louisville, KY, introduced the use of screws for fastening the side plates together so they could be more easily dismantled for repairs or maintenance. He also developed a narrower spool that made reels dramatically lighter...

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 2015-2016 Illinois Fishing Information guide is now available in PDF format
on the IDNR website . Regulations in the guide are effective through March 31, 2016.
You can read or print your copy (This is a huge file so be prepared)

PLEASE NOTE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION CORRECTION: A change to the Tournament Fishing Permit information found on page 58. The information for item bullet i, number 1 is incorrect.
This rule will not be implemented.

Fishing Tale/Story: If you are ice fishing in zero-degree weather,and it is supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be.?


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.

Saw these ice huts very close to Open water..?

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

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