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What to Expect

When you fish with the Boneyard Fishing Guides, you're treated like family. 

If you are planning to fish for 2 or more days, we can provide quality lodging and good old fashioned home-cooked meals in our Boneyard Lodge located just minutes from the lake!

In fact we are one of the only fishing outfitters in Southern Illinois that offers accomodations in our private lodge!

Your day will start by meeting you guide at the boat ramp of the lake you'll be fishing. We will have the boat loaded with bait and gear, and the livewell ready to fill with fish.

It helps if you have your fishing license purchased ahead of time. If not there are several nearby places where you can buy your license.

We always recommend that our clients bring raingear, even if it looks sunny. Southern Illinois weather can change often, so it is better to be prepared.

Here are other items that you should bring:

  • fishing license
  • jacket
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • snacks

When we are done fishing, your guide will fillet your catch and bag it for the trip home.


We will be fishing comfortably out a 21 foot X Series Triton with a 250HP Mercury. I update my boat and all electronics every two years to make sure that we have the latest technology to get clients on fish. I also use the finest fishing equipment and tackle that is available on the market to make sure we are successful on the water. We are going to make sure our guests have the best southern Illinois guided crappie fishing experience around, and in style and comfort.


In 2012 we opened our brand new 5,000 square-foot lodge. This gorgeous facility offers our hunting and fishing guests the absolute best overnight accommodations in Southern Illinois. The lodge has  guest rooms, large bathrooms with private showers, a full service kitchen, and dining room. After a day in the field or on the water, kick back and relax in the Boneyard Lodge and swap stories with good friends and a cold beverage. At chow time our guests will enjoy some real down-home Southern Illinois cooking. You've never enjoyed a feast like our southern illinois crappie fish fry. We will also make sure we put your photo of that huge crappie or bass on our Wall of Fame. This modern rustic lodge will give our clients an experience that can't be found anywhere else in Southern Illinois. Call now for our available dates! Check out photos of the Boneyard Lodge HERE!


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