Places to Fish in Illinois
We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year and would like for you to join us in the celebration! Rent a Polaris Side by Side at a promotional rate and fish all of our ponds!
- 2020 Polaris Side by Sides- Special Anniversary Rental Rates! (April-October)
- 50% Additional Discount Polaris Rentals (Monday-Friday)
Polaris Promotional Rental Rates:
|Dates Available: April-October 2020||Sat & Sun||Mon-Fri|
|2-Seated Polaris Generals (8 Available)|
6-Seated Polaris Rangers (2 Available)
|2 Hours- $200|
4 Hours- $350
7 Hours- $450
|2 Hours- $100
4 Hours- $175
7 Hours- $225
|Lodge Buyout Rental Promotion -1 Free Hour/ 8 Polaris Generals (Mon - Thurs) (Damage Deposit Required)|
|Must be 18 years old to drive|
12 years old to ride as a passenger
Damage Deposit $1,500/ Machine
|$20 Damage Waiver Protection/ Machine||$20 Damage Waiver Protection/ Machine|
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Fishing Ponds at Heartland Lodge
There are four fishing ponds located on the OHV park for guest to enjoy. Enjoy fishing for largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and an occasional catfish all while enjoy the scenic rolling hardwoods and meadows around the ponds that are home to a variety of wildlife including eagles, ospreys, owls, hawks, deer, turkey and much more!
Fishing is all catch and release for these four ponds. All ponds are not easily accessible by walking. The use of an ATV or UTV is recommended. A state OHV sticker and ATV day pass are required to access the OHV park. Both are sold at Heartland Lodge and are also included in our rental sided by sides.
Area D Pond
This pond is close to 5 acres and offers phenomenal crappie and largemouth bass fishing opportunities. This pond offers great fishing right off the bank! Shade can always be found along the Southern bank of this pond as massive hardwoods help to keep you cool once the temperatures begin to warm. The small island in the middle of this pond offer great fish habitat and make for a classic spot to throw a top water lure as largemouth bass seem to like to hang out around the overhanging limbs coming from the trees on the island. One of the biggest bass caught from this farm was almost 8 pounds!
Area E Pond (ID name on map: Back Pond)
Although this may be the smallest of the ponds, do not overlook this great fishing honey hole! With great edge habitat all the way around this pond, including an island, old dock and an abandoned bridge leading to the island, this pond can be a great test to your casting abilities as you navigate around the fishing structures in the pond.
Area F Pond West Lake Opening April 1, 2020
This may be the most scenic of all the ponds! At a little over 4 aces, this pond not only has beautiful views but great fishing as well! Largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and an occasional catfish can be caught in this pond. Great fishing from the bank on all but a small section of the Western side.
Area F Pond East Lake Opening April 1, 2020
This pond is right next to the Area D pond. It also provides great fishing opportunities and a nice place to hang out under the pavilion! It is legendary for its monster catfish!
Pittsfield Lake – A Hidden Jewel! (Only 17 miles from the lodge!)
You can take a lunch and go for a beautiful picnic; this lake is even great for fishing. Enjoy this 200 acre lake surrounded by 480 acres of recreational land that the public can use. This lake has great crappie fishing in the spring and is also stocked with Bass, Bluegill, Walleye, and Stripers. www.pittsfieldil.org/community/pittsfield-city-lake
Fishing at Pittsfield Lake is self guided, so bring your fishing poles and tackle. There is a bait shop in Pittsfield.