Evergreen Lake, McLean County

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6/22/15 @ 8:59 AM
FISHING REPORT
DrowningWorms
DrowningWorms
USER since 8/15/12

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80º F
I've been lucky enough to fish this lake quite a bit this past week with very good success. Weather has been very unpredictable, and a blessing in disguise. Here's what's happening:

White bass/Largemouth: they are schooling everywhere early morning and evening on flats adjacent to deeper water. Caught quite a few nice ones on smaller topwater baits. "Walk the dog" style baits (spooks) seem to be the best. If they disappear on the surface, be patient. The school will likely fire back up within 15 minutes, but don't stop casting in the area as they are still cruising and can be fooled when the frenzy slows down. When the topwater bite isn't going, bass are very SHALLOW in heavy wood/weed cover. Surprisingly, less than 3 feet. Try flipping a jig slow into the trees and hold on tight!

Saugeye: very good. Had several days with over 70 fish this week. Not many keeper size (I throw them all back anyway) but there are numbers. The key is to find deeper wood in 12-20 feet. I had my best luck with a chartreuse 1/16 jig head hand half a crawler. Lindy rigs are also working well, but they are difficult to keep snag free in the trees.

Musky: I didn't fish for them, but from talking to others the bigger fish are on the move and biting. I can't offer much help here, but it seemed like most anglers are covering water quickly by trolling. Open water fish can be suspended many different places in the water column around the dam. Weedlines adjacent to flats should also hold fish. Deeper spinnerbaits of heavy buck tails should likely raise a few.

Good Luck. Enjoy the outdoors. Be nice to each other and post your catches!

Evergreen Lake, McLean County Photo
Evergreen Lake, McLean County Photo
Evergreen Lake, McLean County Photo
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6/5/15 @ 4:43 PM
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deerme1
deerme1
USER since 6/30/10

MOON PHASE (89%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
66° - 70° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
Went May 3 from 3pm till just before sunset. Caught 1 small channel cat. One small mouth bass (first one I have ever seen in Evergreen) 2 Saugeye, and one small Muskie around 18 inches. There is an 18 inch 3 fish limit on Walleye/Saugeye now. One was about 16 inches, and the other one around 17. That made me come back in the morning. The wind was light early, and got to around 7 mph out of the SE later on in the day. I had an unbelievable day. I caught 20 Walleye/Saugeye that were between 15 and 17 inches, and one 21 inches. I also caught over 15 that were cigars up to a foot long. Judging from all of this, there are probably 4 year classes represented. The majority were caught in 10 to 15 foot of water on minnows. Just a plain hook, no jig, no spinner. I caught Walleye/Saugeye from daylight till 9 am. Then it was over. I tried plain night crawlers. I tried a Chartreuse curlytail with a piece of worm. I even trolled with lures that work in there when it is windy. Only the minnows worked. Crappie are hard to come by since the spawn is essentially over. I caught a lot of 6 to 7 inch bluegills on trout worms. It was a beautiful day on the lake, and fishing was like a dream. Good luck and tight lines.

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5/4/15 @ 3:19 PM
Hawkeye04
Hawkeye04
USER since 4/15/15
How's everyone been doing at Evergreen? Saw a report on another site that the crappie are in. Most being caught 2-5' of water around structures. This warm weather lately has had to have brought them in. Going to try her out tomorrow morning, will update on how it goes!

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4/18/15 @ 8:00 AM
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suckatfishingbutloveit
suckatfishingbutloveit
USER since 3/30/08

MOON PHASE
New Moon

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
76° - 80º F

WATER TEMP
66° - 70° F
Fished from 9:30 - 3:30 on Friday, looking for crappie. Beautiful April day. Water temps in the afternoon reached 67°. Tried about everything (minnows, waxies, crawlers, Gulp, plastics, marabou, etc.), with only one white bass to show for it. Many boats on the lake and fish were being caught, just not by us.

FYI Park bait shop was out of minnows when we arrived. Others said that this is not unusual. Think about getting them somewhere else before arriving.

Good fishing to all.

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3/29/15 @ 6:51 PM
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Eric King
Eric King
USER since 3/29/15

MOON PHASE (73%)
Waxing Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Cloudy

AIR TEMP
36° - 40° F

WATER TEMP
Below 40° F
I was out the 25th of March,and I was the only one in the water Sad I was using live minnows and some plastic jigs hoped to catch some saugeyes or crappies. Checked all the good points from last year, caught nothing but one white bass. There was no ice anywhere in the lake(did not go the very south side) where I went. Water was about 39.6, hopely next time will be a better fishing day.

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3/11/15 @ 4:38 PM
nastynelson
nastynelson
USER since 5/14/13
Somebody let me know when there isn't any ice left. I'm dying to get my boat out and do some fishing

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3/9/15 @ 2:21 PM
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Captain Sissystick
Captain Sissystick
USER since 12/20/14

MOON PHASE (87%)
Waning Gibbous

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F
Found gulls feeding on dying shad around rip rap on north shore. Threw a chatterbait & a spinnerbait but couldn't get any bites. I didn't have much time to try anything else & the kids were very tempted to throw rocks, So we only stuck around about 10-20 minutes. Happy to have soft water to throw into, though!

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2/27/15 @ 7:55 AM
walterslayer24
walterslayer24
USER since 1/19/12
I am heading out there today and this weekend if anybody wants to meet up and try to find the Crappie and bluegill. Not opposed to going for some walleye too! I've never fished this lake before and I'm new to the area so any help would be awesome.

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2/19/15 @ 4:15 PM
livinthedream22
livinthedream22
USER since 1/15/13
Any one have any helpful tips for crappie? Thinking about trying it tomorrow. Thanks

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2/17/15 @ 7:51 PM
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cripler
cripler
USER since 10/7/14

MOON PHASE (3%)
Waning Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

ICE DEPTH
7 inches

AIR TEMP
21° - 25° F
Hey guys I was down there fishing for a few hours...my last hours were spent fishing inside of 5 fingers cove ended up leaving empty handed I MEAN REALLY EMPTY HANDED!!!! Drove 2 hrs back to Chicago heights all to find out on our hike back I must of dropped my flasher BUMMER! !!!!! Ended up driving back down there just to find NOTHING walked up n down the trail n didn't find my flasher if someone picked it up please let me know.... we left at 1 n returned to look for it at about 540 so whomever was down there during that time frame please let me know if you picked it up I have details of flasher thanks

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1/17/15 @ 9:50 PM
cripler
cripler
USER since 10/7/14
Does anyone know how thick the ice is down there?

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12/26/14 @ 10:24 AM
TH Muskie
TH Muskie
USER since 12/27/11
Good luck to you ... Don't know what you are after, but I can probably point you in the right direction if you are looking for crappie, saugeye, or muskies. I grew up across a corn field from E and have been fishing it for 40 years.

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12/26/14 @ 9:08 AM
Crazycaster10
Crazycaster10
USER since 9/10/14
Thanks TH

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12/26/14 @ 5:19 AM
TH Muskie
TH Muskie
USER since 12/27/11
Evergreen is completely ice free today (12/26), but you'd better hurry. The water temp is just above the freezing mark so a couple cold day (in the forecast) will put ice on pretty much over night.

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12/25/14 @ 6:48 PM
Crazycaster10
Crazycaster10
USER since 9/10/14
Welcome Sissystick??. Is there too much ice around the boat launch to put a boat in? I'm from the stateline area and don't know anyone in the area down there to check in with.

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