Crab Orchard Lake News

12/1/2018 10:00:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
I spotted a bald eagle perched above Crab Orchard Lake while driving 60 miles per hour earlier this week. The audible world is another story. You have to work at it. We recently vacationed at ...

11/3/2018 3:59:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
Gene Morgan was frying crappie and gave the governor a piece of his fried fish, saying the fish was swimming in Crab Orchard Lake yesterday. Rauner told him the fish was good and thanked him for ...

11/3/2018 3:59:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
Gene Morgan was frying crappie and gave the governor a piece of his fried fish, saying the fish was swimming in Crab Orchard Lake yesterday. Rauner told him the fish was good and thanked him for ...

10/17/2018 7:36:00 AM
RiverBender
The last couple of years has brought superb crappie action to this lake. Another good bet would be Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County. This 7,000-acre lake regularly produces top-notch angling act...

9/1/2018 11:00:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
While driving Illinois 13 across Crab Orchard Lake last week, it dawned on me that I haven’t caught a fish all year. It’s not that I’m an awful fisherman, I’ve yet to wet a line this year.

8/27/2018 2:10:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
The crash happened on Illinois 148 half a mile south of Pigeon Creek Road, near the bridge over Crab Orchard Lake. The Gearharts were traveling south on Illinois 148, and Terry Gearhart crossed the ce...

8/25/2018 7:28:00 PM
WSIL-TV
Illinois State Police say late Saturday evening, a motorcycle and semi tractor trailer collided about a half mile past Pigeon Creek Road near the bridge going over Crab Orchard Lake. Police confirm tw...

7/27/2018 7:20:00 AM
KFVS12
CAMBRIA, Ill. - A Heartland woman is dead after driving her Mustang into Crab Orchard Lake Thursday. Police say 93-year-old Mary A. Willis was driving southbound on Cambria Road and failed to stop, cr...

6/2/2018 3:38:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
CARTERVILLE — It’s not quite a gimme, but when Rick Cheatham and Scott Biggs fish the Midwest Bass Classic at Crab Orchard Lake, it’s a good bet they’ll pick up a check. Saturday’s event was the 25th incarnation of the Midwest Bass Classic.

6/2/2018 3:15:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
CARTERVILLE — It’s not quite a gimme, but when Rick Cheatham and Scott Biggs fish the Midwest Bass Classic at Crab Orchard Lake, it’s a good bet they’ll pick up a check. Saturday’s event was the 25th incarnation of the Midwest Bass Classic.

5/29/2018 8:57:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
His suggestions, according to a handout he gave the press and city officials, includes laying pipelines from the Mississippi and Ohio rivers and Crab Orchard Lake to the city. Rinella told the Ball he already has plans to create a panel to look at the ...

5/19/2018 11:09:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
The first two local fishing tournaments at Crab Orchard Lake — the Don Sanders/Bill Harkins Four Man and the Boy Scout tournament — have produced interesting results. For years the tournaments were dominated by anglers who spent most of their fishing ...

5/17/2018 1:14:00 PM
WSIL-TV
CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat safety class on Saturday morning to kick off National Safe Boating Week. CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat ...

5/17/2018 12:56:00 PM
WSIL-TV
CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat safety class on Saturday morning to kick off National Safe Boating Week. CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat ...

5/17/2018 7:20:00 AM
WSIL-TV
CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat safety class on Saturday morning to kick off National Safe Boating Week. The class begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Registration is free and lunch will be provided.

5/17/2018 5:18:00 AM
WSIL-TV
CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat safety class on Saturday morning to kick off National Safe Boating Week. CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat ...

5/12/2018 3:07:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
CARTERVILLE — The weigh-in at Saturday’s Boy Scout tournament at Crab Orchard Lake lasted less than 30 minutes. Tough post-spawn conditions resulted in just 22 of 53 boats bringing fish to the scales. Rodney Mandrell of Benton and Rob Stucker of ...

4/28/2018 11:13:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
What would Southern Illinois be like if a typical drive around Crab Orchard Lake included sightings of passenger pigeons, prairie chickens, Carolina parakeets, ivory-billed woodpeckers or possibly an elk or timber wolf? All of these critters called ...

4/24/2018 2:42:00 PM
KFVS12
Blow the dust off your rod and reel and head to Crab Orchard Lake on June 9. It's once again time for annual Free Fishing Days Kids Derby. The event is staffed and sponsored by local merchants, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Illinois Department of ...

4/24/2018 2:40:00 PM
KFVS12
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - Blow the dust off your rod and reel and head to Crab Orchard Lake on June 9. It's once again time for annual Free Fishing Days Kids Derby. The event is staffed and spons...

4/24/2018 2:30:00 PM
KFVS12
Blow the dust off your rod and reel and head to Crab Orchard Lake on June 9. Blow the dust off your rod and reel and head to Crab Orchard Lake on June 9. It takes months of planning to get the Veterans Honor Flight of Southern Illinois off the ground.

4/23/2018 3:30:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
Outside it was cold, damp and windy. Glumly, I looked at the clock to see it was 1:45 p.m. The Don Sanders/Bill Harkins Four Man Tournament weigh-in was scheduled for 3 p.m. at Crab Orchard Lake. To be brutally honest, spending the rest of the afternoon ...

4/22/2018 12:12:00 AM
The Southern Illinoisan
Outside it was cold, damp and windy. Glumly, I looked at the clock to see it was 1:45 p.m. The Don Sanders/Bill Harkins Four Man Tournament weigh-in was scheduled for 3 p.m. at Crab Orchard Lake. Occasionally something so disconcerting happens it leaves ...

4/20/2018 12:41:00 AM
The Southern Illinoisan
Thumbs up to Mattoon’s John Wurtsbaught for snagging an 11.71-pound largemouth bass during the Don Sanders/Bill Harkins Four Man tournament at Crab Orchard Lake last weekend. The fish was the largest ever weighed in during the 51-year history of the ...

4/15/2018 4:21:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
CARTERVILLE – When John Wurtsbaught of Mattoon stepped into his boat Sunday morning, he harbored no illusions about winning the Don Sanders/Bill Harkins Four Man Tournament at Crab Orchard Lake. And, he had good reason Wurtsbaught and his teammates ...

4/14/2018 5:42:00 PM
The Southern Illinoisan
CARTERVILLE — Despite rainy and windy conditions, four teams in the Don Sanders/Bill Harkins Four-Man Tournament brought more than 20 pounds of bass to the scales at Crab Orchard Lake. Anglers fished through a couple of hours of rain Saturday morning.

4/10/2018 5:44:00 AM
WSIL-TV
CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat safety class on Saturday morning to kick off National Safe Boating Week. CARTERVILLE--- Volunteers at the Blue Heron Marina at Crab Orchard Lake are holding a boat ...

2/25/2018 6:30:00 AM
The Southern Illinoisan
Attucks Park was down the block from where Holder grew up, and he recalled fond memories of playing basketball and checkers, as well as catching a bus that would come on Tuesdays and Thursdays to take children to Crab Orchard Lake to swim. On North ...

2/4/2018 7:55:00 PM
www.riverbender.com
Not to be overlooked is the sprawling Crab Orchard Lake in Willamson County. As with many other sites, weed growth is a key to finding Crab Orchard largemouths. A spinnerbait or plastic worm fished in and around the aquatic weed beds can yield some superb ...

1/9/2018 2:56:00 PM
The Southern
The freezing temperatures lately have frozen Crab Orchard Lake to provide sufficient ice for these hockey players seen on Saturday. Hockey players from the area had been taking advantage of the ice before this week brought warmer temps to the region.

1/9/2018 9:56:00 AM
The Southern
The freezing temperatures lately have frozen Crab Orchard Lake to provide sufficient ice for these hockey players seen on Saturday. Hockey players from the area had been taking advantage of the ice before this week brought warmer temps to the region.

12/26/2017 7:40:00 AM
The Southern
Ornaments and lights should be removed prior to drop-off. Trees will be accepted until Feb. 24, 2018, which is when the annual Crab Orchard Lake fish attractor project is scheduled to take place. Local municipalities and businesses are also encouraged to ...

12/26/2017 6:00:00 AM
The Southern
Trees will be accepted until Feb. 24, 2018, which is when the annual Crab Orchard Lake fish attractor project is scheduled to take place. Local municipalities and businesses are also encouraged to call the IDNR office to donate collected or unsold trees.

11/16/2017
National Weather Service
Water Resources Outlook (November 2017)

10/24/2017
National Weather Service

9/26/2017
NWS Southeast River Forecast Center
Water Resources Outlook (September 2017)

8/17/2017
NWS Southeast River Forecast Center
Water Resources Outlook (August 2017)

7/13/2017
NWS Southeast River Forecast Center
Water Resources Outlook (July 2017)

6/8/2017
NWS Southeast River Forecast Center
Water Resources Outlook (June 2017)

6/6/2017
EPA
Organizations from across the country are seeking to partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to invest in their local economies and improve water infrastructure. EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program received ‘letters of interest’ from prospective…





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