The reservoirs and rivers in Bloomington, Central Illinois have a decent variety of fish. A couple of hours in the great outdoors is a fantastic way to recharge your batteries. And if you catch a fish or two, it gets even better. If you are looking for some places where you can wet your line for some real good and satisfying fishing, here are some spots that we would recommend. But before that, let us also take a look at the few favorite catches.
Crappies are a hot favorite in Bloomington-Normal. These are not larger than a couple of pounds and don’t even put up a lot of fight when hooked. Moreover they taste real nice. Underwater brush piles and rocky shores are food spots to find them. Lures, worms and minnows work well for crappies. If you are looking for some catfish, there are flatheads, blue, channel head and bullhead varieties that are found in here. Channel catfish taste better. Walleye, bluegill and of course our favorite bass are also on the list.
Let us now just glance through the fishing spots where you can wet a line for these fish species.
Lake Bloomington – the 600 acre reservoir has plenty of largemouth bass, walleyes, crappies and catfish. You would also find some hybrid stripers. You may fish from sunrise to sunset along the shore line but one must pull away from the shore at night. Trolling is allowed here.
Evergreen Lake – this is one of the best places to fish in Illinois. Crappies are plenty and they range from between 8.5 - 9 inches. The crappie limit per day is 15 each day, for every angler. Catfish and blue gills have a fair population here. Muskie, white bass, Yellow bass and Channel catfish can be found in the lake.
Dawson Lake is not just a fishing spot but also a great place to hang out with the family. Picnicing, camping, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, boating and hunting are some of your other options. Some real big bass to saugeye ranging between 14 - 18 inches can be found. Crappies here are more than 12 inches. Catfish and bluegill are also in plentiful in the lake. Sunfish are also stocked in the lake.
Head out to the Clinton Lake if you are looking to catch some black nose crappie, largemouth bass and catfish. Walleyes are also good here!
La Salle Lake has a growing blue catfish fishery. Fish over 50 pounds have been caught here in this lake in the last couple of years. Largemouth and smallmouth bass are good here. Over 7 pounds of hybrid stripers can also be found in the lake waters. Bluegills come in a general size of 8 ½ inches.
Illinois River, Sangchris Lake, Spring Lake, Lake Springfield, Prairie Lake, Lake Jacksonville, Coffeen Lake is some of the best fishing spots in Bloomington. So now you know where to go on your next fishing trip. Why look for other places when you have some great fishing holes in the city itself!
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