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SloppyCrappie83
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5/24/12 7:07 PM CST
StainDust,

Turn on your messenger & send me a message. I'll put you on a few shore spots that have produced good #'s for me.

Sloppy Crappie

CubsFan
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5/24/12 2:52 PM CST
Was there this weekend. The crappie spawn seemed to be mostly over as the ones we caught were in deeper water. Not much activity. Caught 8 in a half day trip. 3 bass, no keeper length, and one nice bluegill.

vexilarman
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5/20/12 11:51 PM CST
Hey...Ive fished evergreen many times as I used to live in bloomington. The ebst advice I could offer to you is this. Try some strike king red eye shads...color is VERY important, but takes some experimenting. I believe there are shad in there so I would try a chrome and black. 1/2 ounce or 3/4...though half would be better all around if you dont want to blow a ton of money on lots of lures. It's important to find out what they feed on so you can try to "match the hatch" and mimic what they are used to feeding on...though colors may need to be exagurated due to water clarity being low. Like if they feed on perch and its a murky lake a firetiger should work well. If it's clear stick to very natural colors. I find that the red eye shads (or simialar) are easily the best all around search and destroy bass finders. You can cast them a country mile and cover tons of water, and they have a compact profile. Put the spinnerbaits away until you get out in your boat ;). Two other very important aspects is the weather and the way you cast. Being you go in the early morning is a good thing..thats a prime feeding time..though that lake could produce better fish at the dusk bite. There could be a daily shad pattern the bass follow and that may happen around sunset. But nevertheless fish can be had at all times of day. Unless you have all the time in the world, it would be beneficial to focus your fishing time around these peak times. This would give you the best chances for large fish because many will come close to shore to prey on baitfish, then move back out. Try to think about how fish might be feeling that day. Even the moon effects the fish with the new and full moons being prime fishing periods so pay close attention to that..since they live outside the weather has a huge impact on their activities. If it was cold the night before they'll probably be very sluggish in the morning and feed heavier once the day has warmed the water back up. Times like these you would want to fish pretty slow or so fast that you feel like you're going to burn the bearings in your reel. (reaction strikes). I'd say a general guideline to follow is...<60 (water temp not air) slow the fishing down...60 to maaaaybe 75 and it's usually a good time to cast and reel pretty quick. over 75 and I'd slow back down and try to fish those deep shady coves with BIG plastic worms and skirted jigs with plastic trailers. Black/pumpkin seed/red are always good colors. One last thing and I believe this to be probably the single most important thing to having a successful day bass fishing. The placement of your casts. What I mean by this is try to avoid casting straight off shore and reeling straight back in. Stand out on a point and parralel cast the shore so that your lure cruises ALONG the shoreline as you reel. Also try to make your lure bump in to things as this causes bass to react to it without calculated thinking. Try burning it in, try ripping it fast and pausing it..If you just keep casting to cover water, parralell cast the shore, and try some lipless cranks like the red eye I promise you will get some there are some nice ones in there. Good luck Big Smile

StainDust7
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5/20/12 9:13 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny
I've lived in Bloomington-Normal for over 10 years, but just recently developed an interest in bass fishing. I don't have a boat (yet) and probably won't for quite a while (getting married in November - HAHA), so my fiancee and I have been fishing from the shores on the peninsula next to the camp sites. We haven't really had much luck from 4-5 points. I'm throwing mostly spinnerbaits and the occasional crank bait.

Does anyone have any hints/tips/suggestions on when/where we can fish from the shore and have a decent chance at bringing in some better fish? We're normally "on the water" by 6:00am and fish until 9:00 or 10:00am. The best fish we've brought in so far is the bass in my avatar...it was 12" at most and weighed a little over a pound.

Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated for a novice looking to take up a new and exciting hobby.

[This post was last edited on 5/26/12 at 11:08 PM]
4fingerJoe
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5/17/12 5:03 PM CST
Thanks TH

TH Muskie
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5/14/12 6:41 AM CST
There are signs at both boat ramps. No alcohol allowed in the park or on the lake.

4fingerJoe
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5/11/12 11:12 PM CST
I can not find any information as to if alcohol is allowed on the water. Does anybody know?

4fingerJoe
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5/7/12 7:51 PM CST
Conditions: Sunny Air Temp: 81° - 88° F
Took the boat out on May 6th from 8 to noon. Ended up catching 3 bass around downed trees in shallow water. Two on a plastic worm and a crankbait caught the other. Probably should of purchased some minnows and tried for some slabs since the bass bite seemed slow. Tight lines all!

TH Muskie
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5/2/12 6:22 AM CST
Also the lake has a 10hp limt. You may use your larger motor to trailer and un-trailer your boat, but then have to tilt your large motor up out of the water and use a smaller 10 horse or less outboard or your trolling motor.

In the past they have been giving warnings for people not following this rule. This year I was told that the lake is tired of people playing dumb when they are stopped for running a larger motor, so this year they are giving tickets no questions asked ...

SloppyCrappie83
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5/1/12 7:51 PM CST
Yearly passes are $45, and daily passes are $16. You must have a sticker to put a boat on, and the DNR is out all the time doing boat & sticker checks. Last 2 times I went to Evergreen I got checked.

Fishy Frank
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5/1/12 7:07 PM CST
I been thinking about coming to this lake for the first time. Could someone please tell me if you have to purchase a yearly sticker to launch a boat? Are there daily passes? Any information would be greatly appreciative! Thank You in Advance

Buckuuu
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5/1/12 5:21 PM CST
fished evergreen sat and sun. picked up crappies here and there driftin all around lake. quite a few boats out considerin some crappy weather. windy and cold. gonna try lk bloomington in week or 2

TH Muskie
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5/1/12 12:59 PM CST
Yes, I only target muskies. Either lakes are good options for bass, but Bloomington will be less pressure. That is all I was saying.

picz34
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5/1/12 12:26 PM CST
TH Muskie,

Why do you say to fish Lake Bloomington for Bass and not Evergreen? What do you chase on Evergreen just muskie?

SloppyCrappie83
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4/30/12 10:31 PM CST
I agree with TH Muskie. It's a great lake but has definitely gotten much busier the past few years. Shabbona still seems busier, but the good thing about Evergreen is that it's 3x the size of Shabbona, so even though it gets busy it doesn't feel like bumper boats like Shab does. If you take the time to get down there, though, you'll be hooked because it's a very nice lake.

Tight lines to ya!

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