Southern Illinois Fishing
Todd Gessner Outdoors offers the finest guided fishing trips available on Rend Lake, Lake of Egypt and other southern Illinois lakes for crappie fishing, bass fishing and other species. Our Rend Lake crappie fishing report and Lake of Egypt bass and crappie fishing reports are the only REAL reports available. We will share with you the latest and most effective local crappie and bass fishing techniques!
We offer guided fishing trips trips on Rend Lake, Lake of Egypt, and Kinkaid Lake.
Species: Crappie, Largemouth Bass, White Bass and Catfish
Rend Lake – Is Illinois’ 2 largest lake (approximately, 19,000 acres) It may be the best Crappie lake in the mid west at this point in time. Largemouth bass, white bass, hybrid stripers and catfish also offer excellent opportunities for a great day of fishing.
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Lake of Egypt – Is best known for it’s abundant numbers of largemouth bass and crappies. It is a power plant lake and, at the warm water discharge end, never freezes. It warms earlier than the other lakes and, weather permitting, can produce great crappie fishing in February
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Kinkaid Lake – Is rapidly becoming known as Illinois’ best Musky destination. It has also produced some giant crappie (numerous 3 lbs and, at least one 4 lbs in the last few years.
(Click here for directions to Kinkaid Lake)
I might add Rend and Kinkaid have no development on their shores and are very pristine!
Our Services and Rates
Southern Illinois Fishing:
For all of our services listed below, it will be your responsibility to obtain and have with you the appropriate Illinois licenses and stamps. Licenses and state stamps may be purchased online by going to the following link: www.dnr.illinois.gov
Species: Crappie and Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Catfish and White Bass
For all trips we provide: boat, motor, gas and all bait and tackle. Clients are welcome to bring and use their own tackle; particularly when bass fishing. Please let your guide know, in advance, if you choose to use your own equipment.
If you are fishing a lake where lunch is available lakeside, we can stop for dutch treat lunch, or you will need to pack a lunch, if you choose to stay on the water or no lakeside food service is available. Ask your guide about the lunch issue depending on where you’re fishing. Other items for you to bring: fishing license, sun block, sun glasses, rain gear and beverages of your choice.
Early and late Season (November 1st through April 15)
- Full day for 2 – $225 for 3rd add $40.
- 6 hours for 2 – $195 for 3rd add $30.
- half-day for 2 – $160 for 3rd add $20.
Regular Season (April 16th through October 31st)
- Full day for 2 – $275 for 3rd add $50.
- 6 hours for 2 – $225 for 3rd add $40.
- half-day for 2 – $180 for 3rd add $30.
Chance of Rain48°/32°