meet your guide Jason Johns

Hello, my name is Jason Johns, owner of Boneyard Fishing and Outfitters. I’ve been a professional fishing and hunting guide for over 20 years in Southern Illinois and know these waters like the back of my hand…including Rend Lake and Lake of Egypt, and have guided clients from all over the United States.I grew up in Whittington, Illinois and have hunted and fished the Rend Lake area my entire life. The family farm is now under water on the South end of Rend Lake, and happens to be a great spot in the summertime!  My son, Lucas is my first mate and my pride and joy! He is my inspiration to make this business better than ever. And we are a family-run business…so when you are a guest of the Boneyard, you’ll be treated like family.

We are currently working on a new Boneyard Lodge to provide quality overnight accommodations for our fishing clients and hunters, making us the only full service fishing and hunting guide outfit in Southern Illinois to have onsite overnight lodging. I spend all my time on the water or in the woods to ensure that every trip you have to Southern Illinois is memorable. 


I also work with fundraising for worthy causes and constantly try to inspire young people to embrace the art of fishing and hunting. I also work with both the Democratic and Republican politicians in the area on celebrity guide trips and fundraising events. From time to time I film TV shows and write articles with Don Dziedzina (Chicago Tribune Outdoor writer, Owner/producer of Illinois Outdoor TV, and host and producer of Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show), Jeff Lampe (Owner of Heartland Outdoors Magazine), and Dale Bowman (outdoor editor of Chicago SunTimes). Dave Watson, TV Celebrity and host of Matthews TV, filmed a deer hunting show at the Boneyard in December of 2011 and came back again in the Fall of 2012 to film another show which will be airing soon.

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