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

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Herald & Review article   we were part of on Fish is a healthier alternative to meat
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Mentioned in: March ILLINOIS GAME & FISH magazine p49
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And Terry Brown´s Pantagraph Article

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East Peoria, IL Weather Forecast

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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.

May   25th at Dawn & Dusk   and   31st


- Smallmouth Bass Tests Positive for Cancer READ ARTICLE
- May is Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month, an effort to educate & inform Illinois citizens about threats posed by invasive species. More info at
- Illinois Boat Owners Reminded to Check current three-year boat Registration/decal & renew registration if it expires on June 30, 2015. Renewing can be done online at IDNR website or by ph at 1-866-867-3542. For details on Illinois watercraft registration requirements & three-year boat registration fees, check IDNR website at

May 16-22 : National Safe Boating Week Reminder - Wear a Life Jacket whenever on the water. Life jackets save lives - More info at NSBC website
- The U.S. Coast Guard has released a Free boating safety app designed to provide additional resources for mobile users Watch USCG app features video with download info & more

May 30 - HOI Crappie Club - St. Jude Fundraiser Tournament on Evergreen Lake at Main ramp   Contact Tim Hanauer at 309-219-3346   or
For a Full 2015 Schedule, Rules, Regulations & Registration click HERE
June 5-8 : 2015 Illinois Free Fishing Days when anyone is allowed to fish without a fishing license, inland trout stamp, or salmon stamp during the four-day event. For info on Free Fishing Days special events, or if your group/organization would like to host a Free Fishing Days event, contact Tom Munroe
* Check out this VIDEO that talks about the economic impact of fishing in Illinois
June 6 - The 24th annual Two Rivers Family Fishing Fair held at Pere Marquette State Park near Grafton, IL on Sat. from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The free event features fun for children and families. For details, call 618-786-3323 or check website
  June 13 - Relay For Life – 8th Annual Open Bass Tournament
    on Lake Bloomington
  For Entry Form, Rules & Details CLICK HERE
  There will be Pulled Pork served after this event.!
  Questions call 309-261-3193 or e-mail
June 12-14 : The 2015 U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship Tournament and World´s Bowfishing Fair at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri, includes free seminars, exhibits and more.. We understand the max number of 275 four-person teams have already signed up to fish for the $100,000 in cash and prizes. More info at
June 13 - Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation Disabled American Veterans/Folds of Honor - Benefit Tournament on Lake Springfield at Lindsay Bridge Ramp Entry Form & details can be found at
June 27 - Boating Safety Education course from the IDNR   8:00am - 5:30pm at Soldwedel Program Center, 207 McNaughton Park Rd, Pekin -contact or 309-635-1963


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--As Fisherman, we must stick together and share fishing tips with others.
- During spring as Bass are know to be shallow, many anglers feel they must decide weather to sight fish and get in close,
or keep their distance and try to make a accurate cast to where they feel the fish may be.
Most times this is decided for you by water clarity, or it gets down to your ability to make a accurate cast.
Many anglers fret over these decisions as they may not be able to see the fish very well
and then cannot flip to them well enough resulting in a not so good a day of sight fishing in shallow water.
Or they may be a strong caster but staying far away and hitting a target blindly may not produce the fish they hoped either.
Well we have found there is a simpler middle ground for spring anglers - fishing swimbaits by simply casting out and reeling in.
These baits produce as they seem to just call in fish exceptional well no matter how poor or inaccurate a cast may be.
This takes the pressure off as there is no need to spent hours perfecting a spring shallow techniques.
Pick up a couple of these swimbaits, just start casting it and enjoy spring fishing.
- A good way to net a fish is to play it out some and draw it over fully submerged net
and always net the fish headfirst. Touching its tail can make it dart away.
- Bass Fishing Tips for Bank Fishing
VIDEO it may be long with couple sells pitches but some good basic tips.
Remember, it is not important you get out to the lake real early, let the sun do its job
and be extra quiet moving around the lake so not to spook the fish.
** 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..

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


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 DNR, 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 in Central, IL from the IDNR
- June 27   8:00am - 5:30pm at Soldwedel Program Center, 207 McNaughton Park Rd, Pekin -contact or 309-635-1963
    - We highly recommend taking a boating safety course and passing you may receive a discount on insurance, we did.

  - Fish Facts: 1920s - Wright and McGill of Denver began machine production of hooks. Two distinctive features of their process were the mechanically hollow-ground point and a curved bend to the point that was christened the " Eagle Claw "..

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 Final PDF format
on the IDNR website . Regulations in the guide are effective through March 31, 2016.
You can read or print a copy (This is a huge file so be prepared)

  - Fishing Tale/Story: Jack Daniels Fishing Story - I went fishing this morning but after a short time I ran out of worms.
Then I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good bass bait. Knowing the snake could not bite me with the frog in his mouth
I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket. Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without getting bit.
So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. His eyes rolled back, he went limp.
I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog.
  A little later, I felt a nudge on my foot.   It was that snake, with two more frogs.


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.

Wow, here is a Good one from our past..!
Real Nice Bull Shoals Lake Crappie..
A White Crappie and Black Crappie - both 17 3/4 inch

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

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