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Where do I take my sons fishing the week of March 28th?
Posted: 06 February 2016 05:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I would like to get the boat out and take my sons on a fishing trip over Spring Break. I live in Northern Illinois and don’t mind driving south to hit a warmer climate if needed. I just want to get them into some fish. I’m not an expert fisherman so I’m a little clueless of what is active during that time frame. I think it’s to early for Crappie…any ideas?
I would really appreciate the help.
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Posted: 06 February 2016 07:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Pleach, Where exactly are ya?Need alittle more info!!!

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Posted: 07 February 2016 11:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I am in the far west suburbs of Chicago. Thanks for responding.
I would like to make a trip out of it so it feels like we’re getting away a little.
It may just be a bad time of year for a fishing trip because it’s before the spawning season but like I said, that’s why I’m asking the experts. Maybe there is a great place to fish in late March.
Thanks again for your help.

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Posted: 08 February 2016 08:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Still not much information.  Spring break is not a definitive time.  When is your kids spring break?  If you are talking Easter, late March can still bring ice/snow/freezing temps to much of Illinois.  (I very much remember the Good Friday ice storm of 1978 that crippled central Illinois, as far south as Litchfield.)
How far are you willing to travel?  Out of state?  Reelfoot, Tn. and Kentucky Lake can have some excellent fishing.  Reelfoot is loaded with stumps; May not be a spot for your boat…unless you are using a guide.  There are numerous reservoirs in Mississippi that should be in prime crappie mode.
What size/kind of boat do you have?  Suitable for bigger water?  Motor?  Make sure it’s tuned and ready to go or you may be left stranded and at the mercy of an outboard mechanic who know he’ll never see you again.
Since you stated that you are not a great fisherman, are you willing to hire a guide…for at least a day or two?

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Posted: 08 February 2016 09:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Clinton Lake—or go to Larrys fishing hole report

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Posted: 08 February 2016 11:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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If your looking for a nice day trip, Braidwood opens March 1, should be less than hour for you, its a cooling lake so water temps will be around 70.  Mainly bass, bluegill, catfish.

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Posted: 08 February 2016 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Im with berlin, Id consider clinton lake…

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Posted: 08 February 2016 03:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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it is a cooling lake also has crappie white bass stripers and everything else Old Joes bait shop is real close to the launch his phone number is shown on Larry’s fishing report but there are a lot of good lakes farther up north and it looks like ice will be no problem this year or looks that way so far. Just take bait for a variety of fish and see what is active that day

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Posted: 08 February 2016 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Powerton is a power plant lake with warmer water.  That may be worth looking into.

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Posted: 08 February 2016 04:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Powerton opens to boat fishing 2/15 fishing hrs 8Am to 4PM until 4/30 I have heard the small mouth fishing has went down hill there from a guy that fishes there a lot but I think it is still real for catfish

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Posted: 08 February 2016 07:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Get ahold of Nate Herman at Giant Goose ranch.  I think you gotta pay but he’s always posting pics on here.

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Posted: 09 February 2016 12:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Andy Meador - 08 February 2016 07:25 PM

Get ahold of Nate Herman at Giant Goose ranch.  I think you gotta pay but he’s always posting pics on here.

Im super curious what they do charge for a father too fish with his kids?

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Posted: 09 February 2016 07:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Thanks for the ideas everyone!
Riverrat47- I had the date of our trip in the subject. I would be willing to get down to Kentucky, Southern Illinois, southern Missouri maybe a little more south. The crappie fishing was one thing I was wondering about. In particular, how far south would I have to go to get into an area where the crappie are biting at that time? I guess I could pay for a guide. I’ve done that before and had fun.
When I say I’m not a super experienced fisherman it’s more that I haven’t gotten to the point where I know anytime of year what’s biting where. I was invisioning traveling and staying over night a couple of nights, fishing by day and bonding with my 3 sons.
I know the lakes around me in Northern Illinois. I guess I was mostly wondering about lakes out of my area and was assuming south due to weather in late March.
There are some good thoughts here that I’ll look into but if anyone thinks of anything else I’d appreciate it.
Thanks again for everyone’s help.

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Posted: 09 February 2016 10:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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TRY JASON JOHNS AT BONEYARDFISHING.COM HE’S LOCATED ON REND LAKE SOUTH OF MT. VERNON IL CRAPPIE SHOULD BE BITING PRETTY GOOD BY THEN DEPENDS ON WEATHER HE HAS A LODGE TO STAY AT VERY REASONABLE AND HE’LL PUT YOU ON FISH I BELIEVE KIDS UNDER 15 ARE FREE WITH PAID ADULT CHECK HIM OUT ON HIS WEBSITE

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Posted: 10 February 2016 08:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Sorry, I saw your timeline in the title AFTER I’d posted.
Southern Illinois should be OK for crappie by that time…under normal conditions.  A site you might want to check out is silmoutdoors.com.  Numerous good lakes down there…If I remember correctly, several have 10 hp. limits.  Check in the Illinois Fishing Information booklet. 
Kentucky Lake should be going good.  They often have a booth at outdoor shows.  Reelfoot Lake, Tn., should be good, too.  Lots of stumps there.  In the summer, a wealth of water moccasins make fishing ‘the Foot’ interesting, to say the least.  I’ve had good trips to both.

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