Author Topic: Central Illinois  (Read 1473 times)

Offline bassin140

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Central Illinois
« on: Jan 25, 2019, 01:46 PM »
We got a lot of rain earlier this week causing many local lakes to be a muddy mess. They have since froze but too muddy to fish. How are lakes looking in this area? Dawson clean or is it a muddy mess from rain earlier this week? Any insight would be greatly appreciated before I drive an hour and 45 minutes. Thanks guys

Offline spcsports

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #1 on: Jan 25, 2019, 10:26 PM »
I'm going to try a local pond and maybe a small lake tomorrow or Sunday if it isn't windy. They don't have much runoff into them. Can't say about dawson.  With cold temps next week we should have ice a couple weeks at least.
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Offline DaWakoKid

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #2 on: Jan 26, 2019, 04:13 PM »
Fished White Oak this afternoon in Bloomington. Marked a few suspended in 18-22" but couldn't entice a bite.

Offline Triggerbof

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #3 on: Jan 26, 2019, 08:21 PM »
Fished White Oak this afternoon in Bloomington. Marked a few suspended in 18-22" but couldn't entice a bite.


White Oak eh? I got a buddy who lives in one of the houses that overlooks it, this must be you 🤣

I'm down the road a few blocks

Offline PoleJerker

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #4 on: Jan 27, 2019, 10:40 AM »
Big brother is everywhere :roflmao:

Offline DaWakoKid

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #5 on: Feb 03, 2019, 05:28 PM »
Took the wife out on White Oak about a week ago. We marked some fish as well but couldn't get a bite. It's nice having a lake we can walk to when we want to fish, but I'd rather make a bit of a drive.

Offline Arquero3d

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #6 on: Feb 03, 2019, 09:35 PM »
I fished White Oak 20+ years ago. If only I had my Marcum back then!  It was always hit or miss for me.  There used to be some hefty channel cat in there, too.
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Offline DaWakoKid

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #7 on: Feb 04, 2019, 03:03 PM »
That was not. That day we were out there there wasn't any shanties, just us fishing and a few skaters. If you're ever heading out to fish the lake, let me know.



White Oak eh? I got a buddy who lives in one of the houses that overlooks it, this must be you 🤣

I'm down the road a few blocks

Offline spcsports

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #8 on: Feb 06, 2019, 07:47 PM »
Well, that sure was a quick season. I can't believe we went from -45 and 8 inch's of ice to this. I wouldn't trust any ice now. Praying for another couple of weeks of cold weather.
Bite was nonexistant Sunday. Caught some crappie and gills in a pond by Jacksonville Saturday. Hope we squeak out one more weekend. Dying to try banner marsh.
Shawn

Offline Jimmy Bomanti

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #9 on: Feb 07, 2019, 11:29 AM »

There is nothing wrong with the ice.  We lost nothing from Monday to last night. 
As a matter of fact the holes I drilled on Monday were iced back over yesterday evening with at least 2" of ice.

Offline Capn Ez

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #10 on: Feb 07, 2019, 01:33 PM »
Warm weather and rain knocked down the snow and ate up the gray ice then refroze leaving some nice black ice and an easy drag on Tuesday in northern IL.  Gonna get to 0 tonight and a high of 11 tomorrow, so I expect to hold on to 4"+ of good ice by tomorrow night.  No snow and no water on the ice is a good thing.  Get out your creepers out and fish on, my brothers.
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Offline knol86

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #11 on: Feb 09, 2019, 01:30 PM »
Any of you guys the fishermen on white oak today? Ice report? I saw there is a bit of open water. Let me know please.

Offline spcsports

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #12 on: Feb 13, 2019, 04:38 PM »
Its Wednesday. How is the ice holding up in the Bloomington,  Peoria, Macomb area? Ponds are still iced up @ Springfield but I don't know how thick it is.
Shawn
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Offline Jimmy Bomanti

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #13 on: Feb 15, 2019, 07:55 AM »

Has anyone been out on Evergreen this week?  I was wondering if the water is clear or stained.

Thanks in advance!

Offline Hsiftac

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #14 on: Feb 16, 2019, 03:48 PM »
Have been one some small ponds in the Peoria area over past few days. 7-8 inches everywhere Iíve drilled. Have driven by some other small ponds/lakes and seen small open water areas near the shoreline.

Offline DaWakoKid

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #15 on: Feb 19, 2019, 01:06 PM »
I'll be out Thursday and/or Friday between Bloomington and Gibson City. White Oak looks fine as long as you avoid the hole the geese have kept open.

Offline spcsports

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #16 on: Feb 21, 2019, 07:13 AM »
Bye bye ice. I couldn't step onto a pond Saturday @ Springfield it was too thin. How far north do you have to go for safe ice?
Shawn

Offline IlliniIce

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #17 on: Feb 21, 2019, 07:18 AM »
about 8 inches good ice on a small pond in northern fulton county tuesday

Offline IlliniIce

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #18 on: Feb 27, 2019, 07:05 AM »
checked a couple places yesterday
bigger lake had large open areas in the middle and along the banks
small pond open on shallow end and dark, crusty refrozen ice on rest of the pond
i know there is fishable ice around, but i am going to wait until after this next run of single digit lows before venturing out again

Offline Hsiftac

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #19 on: Mar 02, 2019, 11:19 AM »
Fished a pond in the Peoria area, edges were bad but 3ft from shore there was 5 inches of clear ice with an inch of mush on top. Caught a good number of bluegill

Offline Arquero3d

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Re: Central Illinois
« Reply #20 on: Mar 02, 2019, 01:33 PM »
Tried to fish the home pond in Fulton county yesterday. 4" of honeycombed, saggy ice.  Drilled a hole and was standing in an inch of water before I could wet a line.  Went over to Little Swan instead.  Had 4-5" of better ice, but a good portion of the lake was open.  Poor fishing.
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