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Deer season will cause a closing at Evergreen Lake/Comlara Park in McLean County and limit access at Lake Shelbyville.

Evergreen Lake will be closed to boat traffic Friday through Sunday and again Dec. 1-4 for the Firearm Deer Management Program.

Fishing still can be done from shore only at the pumphouse, Campground Cove and Jone’s Pond inside the campground. The park and lake will reopen Monday and Dec. 5 after the second weekend of deer season. Call 309-434-6770 for more information.

At Lake Shelbyville, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold the 22nd annual Lake Shelbyville Deer Hunt for People with Disabilities during the first firearm deer season Friday through Sunday.

As a safety precaution, Lone Point and Lithia Springs Campgrounds and all of Bo Wood, Sullivan Beach, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek, and Opossum Creek Recreation areas will be closed to automobile and pedestrian traffic from 2 p.m. today to 7 p.m. Sunday. The closings include boat ramps located within Bo Wood, Wilborn Creek, Coon Creek and Opossum Creek. Boat ramps remaining open to serve lake users during this period of time are at Dam West, Lone Point, Lithia Springs, and Whitley Creek Recreation Areas and Wolf Creek and Eagle Creek State Parks. For more information, call 217-774-3951 ext. 7008.

Big fish

Ryan Stochl caught the largest muskie in Illinois reported to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illini Muskies Alliance in 2011. It measured 50.75 inches and was from the Fox Chain. Thad Hinshaw of rural Hudson had the second largest fish, a 49.5-inch beast.

Tournament notes

• Illinois Walleye Trail tournament director Adam Sandor said wind played a role once again during the second IWT qualifier of the 2011-12 season held on the Mississippi River at Albany Sunday. Gusts reached 40 mph and forced some anglers off the water early. The teams also faced the added problem of a slot limit that required all fish 20-27 inches to be released.

• Winners were father/son team of Mica and Steve Killinger. They found their catch on a wing dam using live bait on three-way rigs or pitching jigs and plastic. They weighed five walleyes for 18.32 pounds, including one that weighed 8.34 pounds. Brothers Brian and Mark Mazur weighed in five fish of 15.16 pounds including the big fish of the event, a 10.28-pound walleye.

Club notes

The Illini Muskies Alliance will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Monical’s Pizza in Shelbyville.

Scott Richardson is Pantagraph outdoor editor. Contact him at

309-820-3227 or email srichardson@pantagraph.com. Share stories and read past outdoor and fishing columns at www.pantagraph.com/blogs

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