Hookin-Em Up Guide Service

Welcome to Hookin-Em Up!


Hookin-Em Up Fishin is your #1 fishing guide in Southern Illinois on Rend Lake and Carlyle Lake. I am a Rend Lake fishing guide for crappie and also a Carlyle Lake fishing guide for white bass, crappie, and sauger.   My rates are reasonable and can accomadate any fishing trip you might have in mind.  So if you are looking for a great day on the water with a professional and fun fishing guide then you are at the right place.  I am available anytime of the year and can accomodate any size group.   My goal is to make sure you have one of the most enjoyable days on the lake catching fish and sharing stories with great company.  I would like to thank you in advance for considering Hookin-Em Up Fishin for your next fishing trip.

About JP

Hookin-Em Up Fishin is operated by Crappie fishing guide J.P. Onhiser who has years of experience fishing the core lakes of Southern Illinois.   Rend Lake and Carlyle Lake offer some of the best fishing in the state along with numerous recreational activities.  Camping, hunting, bike trails, and hiking are just a few. If you are looking to get out on either Rend Lake or Carlyle Lake to catch some quality fish, with a lot of action, then give me a call.  I would love to take you, your friends, and your family out for a fishing trip. Kids are always welcome and fish for free if they are 15 years old or younger.

Rend Lake Guided Trips

Rend Lake crappie fishing is great thru out the year.  Spring is “BUCK BRUSH” time!!!! If you have not had a chance to pull those big slabs out of the thick bushes then you are missing out on some FUN! During this time, we generally use slip corks and minnows dipping the bushes.  April and May are usually the prime time for this pattern.  Summer is usually fished in deeper water either vertical jigging structure or spider rigging.  Then the fall comes around and the big ones move back to the more shallow water chasing the shad.  October and November can easily produce alot of big crappie vertical jigging stake beds and brush pile.  Then the winter pattern will hit and they will school up and the action is still great. It is not uncommon in the winter months to fish 2 way-points and catch 3 man limits in a couple hours.  Its always a great day to go out no matter what time of the year. Rend Lake has a 25 fish daily limit with 10 fish being over 10″ and 15 fish under 10″ per person.

Carlyle Guided Trips

Carlyle Lake is another great place to catch fish here in Southern Illinois.  It offers great crappie, white bass, sauger, and catfishing all depending on the time of year.  It generally is the same on crappie for the spawn as Rend Lake with April and May being the spawn depending on the weather. Also May and June are two of my favorite months to troll with crankbaits and vertical jig for the toothy sauger!! Sauger is one of the best eating fish in this area and fun to catch.  Summer time is best if you are after non-stop action.  The Carlyle Lake white bass will start feeding on the shad in large schools. You can easily fill the live well or cooler with 100 white bass or more in a single day.  I have had many trips on Carlyle Lake where we fish a 1/2 day for whites and sauger then catch some crappie.  If you like to catfish, around Memorial Day, along the rocks, and drift fishing in the summer are very productive. Carlyle Lake has a 15 fish over 10″ per person daily limit on crappie.

    As you can tell, I enjoy the local lakes all year and would love to take you out on the water for a fun day of fishing.  Please contact me with any questions you might have concerning the fishing in Southern Illinois on Rend Lake and Carlyle Lake. If you are looking for a Carlyle Lake fishing guide or a Rend Lake fishing guide then you are in the right place. I will also be glad to help you with tips and techniques you might have on fishing your favorite spots. 


8 Hours $275  1-2 Adults

6 Hours $225  1-2 Adults

4 Hours $200  1-2 Adults

Each Additional Adult is $50

Kids Under 15yrs old fish free.

GROUPS can be accomodated with advanced notice.  I can set up 3 or 4 boats if needed.

What's Included?

Prices include: Boat, Safety Gear, Gas, Bait, Lures, Tackle, Rods, and Equipment needed for a great day of fishing.  Also i will clean, fillet, and package the fish for you to take home.  Prices are good for both carlyle lake and rend lake.

What You Need To Bring!

You will need to bring an Illinois fishing liscense, food and drinks you might want during the day. If you would like we can always take a break at the resort for lunch.

I suggest you bring rain gear if there is a chance of rain to be prepared. In the fall and winter months warm clothes also as the weather in Southern il. can change quickly.

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