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Offline Crappie Day11

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Central Il Ice Conditions
« on: Dec 27, 2017, 02:14 PM »
Went out checked a lake in fulton Co had 3 inches on it. Friday its game on... :tipup:

Offline dukeboy66

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #1 on: Dec 27, 2017, 05:38 PM »
I have 4-5 inches on my 3 acre pond as of 3:00PM 12/27
just east of Bloomington

Offline DaWakoKid

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #2 on: Dec 28, 2017, 09:11 PM »
Can't f***ing wait to hit the family plot! Should be safe ice all over McLean county and Central IL

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #3 on: Dec 28, 2017, 09:22 PM »
3.5 to 4 in ice champaign vermilion county line hope to get on tomorrow before cold front. Cloudy and snow should be putting on the feed bag! Be safe out there
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Offline PoleJerker

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #4 on: Dec 30, 2017, 08:47 AM »
Had 4 to 5" at Lake Story yesterday

Offline VanderLaan

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #5 on: Dec 30, 2017, 10:07 PM »
Had 3.5" of ice on the pond north of Springfield Friday morning.  With the wind and the negative temps tonight, I am thinking it will be pushing 5" by tomorrow morning.
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Offline PoleJerker

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #6 on: Dec 31, 2017, 11:53 AM »
Fished a small body of water in Knox cty yesterday had 5" of ice

Offline Hsiftac

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #7 on: Jan 01, 2018, 02:19 PM »
4-6 inches around banner marsh including Johnson Lake

Offline gillinator1

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #8 on: Jan 03, 2018, 06:40 AM »
 Remember the east point access at banner marsh is closed until feb 1st. I had a game warden SCREAM at me for making that mistake once. really chewed my butt. I don't understand why that lake is designated for waterfowl when there is no open water. But i got no fine. 😀 could have been worse.

Offline Jimmy Bomanti

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #9 on: Jan 04, 2018, 01:52 PM »

We fish Johnson from a boat all the time this time of year if there is no ice.  The whole lake is open after waterfowl season which ended 12/26/17 (does not include any of the late goose hunting).  So I don't think that game warden had a right to be yelling at you.

Offline WalkOnWater80

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #10 on: Jan 04, 2018, 02:37 PM »
The east access or wheel lake is a goose refuge until Feb 1st. You can see the map on dnr. Johnson is not part of the refuge.

Offline Hsiftac

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #11 on: Jan 04, 2018, 08:16 PM »
Yah east point access is off limits til end of goose season. Saw some people fishing the small lake to the left when you first pull into east point access and I was thinking about trying it but wasn’t sure if this was included as east point access or if just wheel is off limits.

Offline gillinator1

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #12 on: Jan 05, 2018, 11:10 AM »
The lake immediately to the left when you pull in is off limits. When there is ice the whole lake is covered. Not sure what use it is to the waterfowl.

But it is what it is. I know I won't make that mistake again.😀

Offline Hsiftac

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #13 on: Jan 06, 2018, 04:36 PM »
7+ inches south of banner...marked lots of fish today but only caught one 9" crappie in 5 hours

Offline gillinator1

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #14 on: Jan 07, 2018, 07:21 AM »
Went out in pekin. 6" of ice. Caught two crappies and a few gills. barring another deep freeze looks like one of the last trips out. 49 on Wednesday.

Offline IlliniIce

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #15 on: Jan 07, 2018, 09:09 AM »
7 inches where i fished in knox county friday
only caught 2, very few marks, everything tight to bottom
but ... arctic high pressure system finally gone, barometer falling like a rock
next few days should be great fishing in nice weather
looks like low temps back in single digits next weekend to firm things back up

Offline VanderLaan

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #16 on: Jan 08, 2018, 01:39 PM »
Went out in pekin. 6" of ice. Caught two crappies and a few gills. barring another deep freeze looks like one of the last trips out. 49 on Wednesday.

I am thinking the ice season is far from over.  Supposed to freeze up again tonight (01/08) and then after 48 hours of warmer temps, get back to colder/normal temps. 
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Offline ufflmaster

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #17 on: Jan 11, 2018, 03:12 PM »
Anyone do any checking today? I'm curious how much ice got eaten away the past 2 1/2 days. looks like it should put close to 2 inches back on by Sunday afternoon so as long as it didn't get under 2' before that we should be good.

Offline 1750outfiterss

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #18 on: Jan 11, 2018, 07:48 PM »
Anyone do any checking today? I'm curious how much ice got eaten away the past 2 1/2 days. looks like it should put close to 2 inches back on by Sunday afternoon so as long as it didn't get under 2' before that we should be good.
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Offline ufflmaster

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #19 on: Jan 12, 2018, 09:27 AM »
I'm hoping for Sunday but haven't re checked ice thickness since "the big thaw"

Offline Crappie Day11

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #20 on: Jan 12, 2018, 10:28 AM »
Made it out yesterday still had 9inch of ice  half inch was soft on one lake the other pond had 5 inch of water from snow melt on it and was solid as it was a week ago both were good.

Offline PoleJerker

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #21 on: Jan 12, 2018, 10:32 AM »
Went out Wednesday had 6" of ice on a pond in Knox county.  Caught one Crappie 13" and a few small gills.

Offline IlliniIce

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #22 on: Jan 12, 2018, 03:21 PM »
checked a pond today in northern fulton
8" good ice but only 3 gills in 3 hours  :(
didnt go yesterday but awesome action on nice gills and craps monday, tuesday, wednesday

Offline DaWakoKid

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #23 on: Jan 12, 2018, 03:26 PM »
Heading out to a small eastern McLean County lake on Sunday. Fished it Tuesday and had on good largie in about 3 hours. Hoping for a little more action next time.

Offline Bankes

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #24 on: Jan 12, 2018, 08:30 PM »
We had 10 inches of ice this afternoon on large Fulton co.lake. The water on top of the ice must have flash froze. It looked wavy. Wear cleats because the wind will blow you across the lake with this bare ice. Caught some nice crappie,and channel cat. Also seen a river otter running across the ice. He went in a hole by a tree in the water.

Offline Talltale

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #25 on: Jan 13, 2018, 09:15 PM »
The otter went in for a channel catfish supper ,that's where he was going.!!ˇ!
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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #26 on: Jan 15, 2018, 07:05 AM »
Fished two ponds near Chandlerville yesterday.  Both had 8" of ice.  Smooth as glass too.
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Offline ufflmaster

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #27 on: Jan 15, 2018, 09:00 AM »
My small pond in Fulton county had 5" of solid clear ice yesterday. This seems on the low end from other reports but this pond always forms ice more slowly. This week should be perfect w/ 3 cold days and then nice weather Thursday through Sunday.

Offline Arquero3d

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #28 on: Jan 15, 2018, 01:12 PM »
Little Swan Lake has over 9" today.
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Offline Hsiftac

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Re: Central Il Ice Conditions
« Reply #29 on: Jan 15, 2018, 06:41 PM »
5-7 inches yesterday on a peoria county lake that had 5ft of open water around the edges after the warm spell. had to watch the pole real close as the bite was really light

 



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