Homer Lake, Champaign County

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6/22/15 @ 10:33 AM
FISHING REPORT
DrowningWorms
DrowningWorms
USER since 8/15/12

MOON PHASE (34%)
Waxing Crescent

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
81° - 88° F

WATER TEMP
71° - 75° F
I live in Champaign and I'm lucky to fish this lake quite frequently. Here is what has been happening. Hope this helps whoever may read it Smile

The BAD: the recent rains have turned the lake into "chocolate milk" this is never a good thing. It is important to fish the cleanest water you can find.

The GOOD: The water level is very high. This means that the shallow cover will attract more fish and fish will hold in places that they usually do not. Wood is very important

Bass: Early in the morning they are schooling heavy on shad near the surface. Do not leave home without a topwater bait tied on. The bit can be very quick and unpredictable, but it could be very rewarding. Crappie are also schooling the shad. I had very good luck for BIG crappie popping a red or chartreuse jig through the busting school. A shallow slip bobber also works well when the fish settle down. When bass aren't schooling, they can be found around the new shallow cover. I've had a lot of luck pitching a jig into the trees. Just the other day I landed 32 bass in 2.5 hours switching between the topwater and the jig bite when it slowed down. 5 of these fish were over 16" which is pretty good for Homer Lake.

Catfish: I've been catching a lot doing a similar method to the bass jig fishing. I toss a chicken liver on a treble near the sunken trees and count to 60. If I don't get a hit I cast again or move on. The aggressive cats will hit the sinking bait immediately. Not many giants, but plenty of 16-18" fish. Be sure to cover the trebles completely with the liver. You will still occasionally get hung up, but the fish do not seem like they want to chase the bait out into deeper water just yet.

Good Luck!

Homer Lake, Champaign County Photo
Homer Lake, Champaign County Photo
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7/10/14 @ 12:10 PM
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DrowningWorms
DrowningWorms
USER since 8/15/12

CONDITIONS
Sunny

AIR TEMP
86° - 90° F

WATER TEMP
76° - 80º F
Been fishing Homer a few hours over the last week. It's certainly not the easiest lake to catch bass when the days are hot, but you can still find them with a little patience. I've been flipping a jig and walking it down the deepest ledges of the lake with decent success for larger females. Numbers of bass smaller bass can still be found shallow with lipless cranks, spinners or any favorite bait. In the mornings, the top water bite is also an option. I've found these top water fish mostly along weed edges close to deeper water as well. Good luck!

Homer Lake, Champaign County Photo
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2/10/14 @ 5:57 AM
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piker111
piker111
USER since 3/31/09

ICE DEPTH
15 inches
Fished homer this past weekend starting on the South end and working my way north. Geese have about a 10 acre hole open by dam over the deep hole. Lots of ice everywhere else. Fishing was slow, but the farther north you got it picked up. If i had more time on this lake I would fish the far north end in about 4-7 feet range for northern and bluegills.

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12/14/10 @ 4:08 PM
Illiniking1
Illiniking1
USER since 2/7/09
Keep us posted if you do go out, I'd love to try this lake out after Christmas Break. It's my first year down here for school and I've never fished this lake before. Any fishing reports would be helpful.

Thanks Phil

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2/12/10 @ 12:20 AM
rwhiggins40
rwhiggins40
USER since 11/27/09
Anybody checked out the ice recently?

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5/13/09 @ 8:17 AM
Moose55
Moose55
USER since 5/30/04
Does anyone have any fishing updates for Homer Lake? I plan on going down to Homer on Saturday for my brother in laws graduation (U of I) and was hoping to take my sons out.

Rob

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4/15/08 @ 9:19 AM
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lunkerlarry
lunkerlarry
USER since 4/14/08

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny

AIR TEMP
46° - 50° F

WATER TEMP
56° - 60° F
caught a couple of nice channel cats on monday night with cut bait

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4/11/08 @ 9:52 AM
TBIllini
TBIllini
USER since 12/27/06
Anybody been out yet this year...?

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7/20/07 @ 3:58 PM
TBIllini
TBIllini
USER since 12/27/06
I'm somewhat familiar with Homer Lake, but not for fishing purposes.

Can anybody recommend some good specific "fish from shore" (I have no boat...) spots for Bluegill?

-Tim

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5/24/07 @ 9:51 AM
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mrfist1000
mrfist1000
USER since 5/10/07

CONDITIONS
Partly Sunny
lots of little fish around the dock. on crappie minnow from the guy there in homer. tried some stuff for bass but nothing

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