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Rend Lake in the Fall

By Tim Huffman Our cover photo was taken at Rend Lake, Illinois. The lake has been on the upswing in its crappie fishing for a … Continue reading Rend Lake in the Fall

By Tim Huffman

Our cover photo was taken at Rend Lake, Illinois. The lake has been on the upswing in its crappie fishing for a few years. The 18,900 acre lake includes much of the timber that was present on the north end of the lake extending down to about a mile north of the 154 Highway. There are many creek channels and secondary creeks, too. From 154 south is primarily cleared but there is a lot of manmade structure along the channels out in the main lake. Bridges, riprap and bushes offer a wide variety of fishing in different seasons.
Waters are stained with water as deep as 25 feet but most depths are in the 8 to 12 foot range or shallower. Both black and white crappie can be caught. The limit is 25 per person with only 10 of those fish being over 10-inches.
Bridge fishing should be good and get better when it gets colder.
Accommodations include several places including a bait shop at the gas station at exit 77. My last stay was at Rend Lake Resort with lodge, restaurant and launching. www.rendlakeresort.com. 618-629-2211. Also check rendlake.com and rendlake.org for more information.

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