Bunker Hill Reservoir Fishing Report near Bunker Hill, Illinois
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Nice for panfish in the winter. There is a good line of...
by Tight Lines
on January 28th
Nice for panfish in the winter. There is a good line of algae around most of the lake in the summer. Last time I went, I caught 2 largemouth, Both around 15" on a wacky worm, and 10 bluegills on Berkely Gulp worms. The coves in the northwest side of the lake are the best for crappie, bluegill can be caught pretty much anywhere. For catfish, go near the dam. The best largemouth bass fishing is generally best on the morning, next to the inflow Creek, if that doesn't work, try some of the coves. Good boat launch, electric motors only. Make sure you get the right bunker hill lake, as there are two. When heading out of town northbound on IL-159, turn left on New Lake Road, which will take you to the park and boat landing. This lake is unique because of the fact that you can catch bass from the shore, you don't necessarily need a boat for this lake.
If you want bluegill or catfish, leave the boat at home....
by Tight Lines
on July 18th
If you want bluegill or catfish, leave the boat at home. For catfish I recommend fishing somewhere on the dam with worms or chicken gizzards. For bass, you need a boat. Trolling motors only. Jigs work well here. try fishing the eastern and southern shore of the lake where it is shady and wooded. Boat launch will handle medium sized boats but a 16 foot human-powered johnboat is ideal for bass. For bluegill, try right next to the boat launch and down the hill from the pavilion where the ground is flattened. Be warned when fishing here that there are several large bass that prowl just along the weedline during the summer. Don't get caught with lazy knots and poor line. This is really your spot if you want to try bass from shore. Try fishing in the coves as well. These have good shore access but I haven't had much luck. There is a fair ring of algae on the dam and western shores which can be frustrating but there are about 3 designated shoreline fishing areas that are flattened and graveled so grass doesn't grow. Crappie are few but large, so use a jig and fish the trees. Directions from downtown Bunker Hill: Go North on IL-159/Washington St. and take a left on New Lake Rd. It is the last road as you leave town and is also marked with a blue street sign. There will also be a red and white sign for North Street. Continue down the farm road until you reach the park gate. It will be signed New City Park and the boat landing will be on your immediate left. Water is provided at the main pavilion. This is a nice spot!
There are very few open spots from the shore. The lake is...
by Tight Lines
on April 21st
There are very few open spots from the shore. The lake is ringed with moss along the bank that coats your tackle as you reel it in. If you are really good, you might be able to avoid the moss with each cast, but not if you are a kid. Fishing from a boat seems to be the only practical option. There is a boat ramp.
Great largemouth bass fishing! 2 bass over 12". One with...
by Tight Lines
on July 3rd
Great largemouth bass fishing! 2 bass over 12". One with the original Rapala gold and one with the fake worm. Rating is 5 stars because I caught a 5 inch bluegilll and a little catfish too.
Fishing Bunker Hill Reservoir
by Mark W
on May 17th
The crappies, bass, and catfish are all about average but you might want to fish this lake anyway because of the lack of fishing pressure compared to other lakes. The fishing pressure is lighter because there is a trolling motor only regulation. In the spring fish in and around the area where the river enters the lake. The rest of the year consider trying fishing near weed lines, fallen trees, and the deep hole near the dam. I would use spinners, jigs, and live bait. Good luck fishing!
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