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  1. The power plant at Coffeen Lake will be retired at the end of the year. It will be interesting to see how the fishing will be affected with no more hot water discharge from the power plant.
  2. Rend Lake is primarily a crappie lake. If you are pursuing bass, I would drive about 45 minutes south of there to Lake of Egypt south of Marion Il. There is a small motel about one mile from the lake. Rates are about $75/night. There are no good public docks available. So, you need to pull your boat out each day. The lake is a power plant lake with about 2200 acres. Most of the good bass fishing is in the northern half of the lake. Crankbaits and topwater are my preferred lures.
  3. Water temps are in the low to mid 50's. Stained water throughout the lake. The generators were not operating. Not sure how long that has been the case. I caught three keeper bass 15/17/15. Two on a ned rig and one on a chartreuse crankbait. No short fish. Fishing should pick up when the generators start operating with warmer water temps.
  4. Fished Coffeen for the third time this spring. Water temps already in the mid 80's to low 90's. Not much of a bite in the morning. It did pick up mid day, which seems to be the pattern at Coffeen. Had fair success using a junebug colored ned rig. Not much action on anything else. The main lake is mostly clear with stained water in the hot water arm. Could not find any significant shad action. I saw a bobcat there a few weeks ago. That was a first for me.
  5. We fished Mark Twain in the Lick Creek and Big Indian Creek branches on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. Crappie were slow. The best bite was shallow along the shore mostly near stick weeds. Very few were caught on stumps and flooded trees in deeper water. We were using 1/16 and 1/8 oz. jigs. Our largest crappie was 10+ inches. Falling water levels and high air pressure was a contributing factor. Water color is dingy to stained and about six feet above normal pool.
  6. We had a fairly good day on Coffeen. The lake is at full pool. Water temps are low to mid 70's in the main lake and mostly clear. The hot water arm is low 80's and dingy. Most bass were caught on ned rigs and curly tail soft plastic lizards in shallow water. Observed lots of wildlife, eagles, geese and fox. Also saw catfishermen having good catches. Now is the time to be on Coffeen before the water temps start to skyrocket during the hot weather months.
  7. I was able to get out in 60 degree weather on my birthday. Not too many past birthdays that I have been able to do that. Lots of other fishermen had the same idea as the launch ramp was busy. Coffeen is at full pool and mostly clear. Water temps ranged from mid 50s in the main lake and mid 60s to low 70s in the hot water arm. Bass fishing was fair on billed crankbaits and a ned rig. No report on other species. Looks like it is shaping up to be an early spring.
  8. I put in at Mayers Landing for the first and only time last July. It appears that the main channel of the Bourbeuse has meandered about 1/4 mile to the east. It was a difficult portage and paddle to get to the channel from Mayers Landing. I am guessing that the flood in Dec. 2015 caused the shift. I advise everyone to check it out before planning to launch or take out there.
  9. I have launched/taken out at River Round many times with no problems. I agree that the terrain is too steep to launch upstream. We used to use the old Bruns Bridge above River Round for access until the no parking signs were installed. Probably best to avoid it now for that reason. Also, people tend to congregate there for illicit activities.
  10. Anyone had any experience fishing with the Cotton Cordell Pencil Popper? It has been around for several years and is used primarily for stripers. I have not thrown one, but have read that they can also be effective for largemouth.
  11. We had a fair day on Coffeen Lake. The lake is at full pool and mostly clear. Main lake water temps are in the low to mid sixties. The hot water arm is mid seventies. Bass were fair on Live Target and Bomber crankbaits. Also caught a keeper on a wopper plopper. Most fish were caught in the hot water arm. The lake is closing during the second Illinois deer season.
  12. The water temps are down from last month. Main lake temps are in upper 60s to low 70s and mostly clear. Bass were fair on a topwater Whopper Plopper. Not much action on other lures. Quite a few boats out despite cool air temps. The foliage is starting to look good. Several weekend tournaments are scheduled for the rest of the year.
  13. I fished in the Lick Creek branch about three weeks ago. Caught quite a few crappie, but they were running small, about 8-10 inches. We did not use minnows. All were caught on crappie jigs next to the stickups. I was told that the bigger ones would turn on in early October.
  14. Our china cabinet was shaking here in Alton IL.
  15. Coffeen Lake is at full pool. Main lake water temps are upper 80's and mostly clear. The hot water arm has temps in the low 90's. Nice day to be out, but few fish. Bass fishing was slow with the exception of one 18 incher on a Texas rigged senko. Few fishermen were out. No report on other species.
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