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Lake Doctor

Workin, Playin, and Whats Happenin Outdoors

Sun, June 28, 2015

Jared and his girls are enjoying fresh farm raised blue catfish for dinner tonight from their 4 acre pond:

Jared Plattner's photo.

Justin and I were searching the bottom of our lake Saturday afternoon for a prop that fell off our boat earlier in the day… anyhow after an hour of unfruitful searching we got side tracked when we found a bunch of big channel catfish guarding eggs in their holes.

The bait of choice was actually our hands… swim down, stick your hand in the hole and the catfish would clamp down tight and then we would wrestle them up to the surface… my hand is a little sore today, but cant wait to go back looking for that prop again later this week!

In case you haven’t noticed, its been raining quite a bit here in Central Illinois this month. I did a quick google search and found an article that said Peoria’s 2nd rainiest June of all time.. that folks is a lot of rain.

We started filming Season Two of Lake Life a couple weeks ago. Part of the episode was fishing at our lake with Sean Casey a 3 time all star with the Cinncinati Reds and MLB Network Analyst. Season Two is gonna ROCK!!!

And a little fish shocking too… also of note is that we have hired another biologist and are currently taking reservations for fall fish shocking surveys!

If you don’t have DIY Network or you keep missing it on Tuesday nights, you can catch Lake Life Season 1 on

 We have had alot of fun events this spring so far! Our fishing tournament at the Giant Goose Ranch with Camp Big Sky in May went awesome!

Our fishing tournament at the Giant Goose Ranch with Hooked on Fishing Park also in May went awesome as well!

We had a fun corporate event for Precision Planting Sales Team last week that was a blast… literally… cast and blast to be more exact. We had a fun rifle shooting and clay pigeon shooting competition followed by catching enough fish for dinner for 30 people just 2 hrs before dinner… good thing the hybrid striped bass were biting! If your looking for the ultimate team building corporate event, I think we got you covered…

Goose Ranch is pumping out some monster fish this year! With 52 lakes and ponds and its own fish hatchery, this is gonna become the top multi-species fishery in the country in just a few years! However, we aren’t too far off already, here are some good ones from this year so far:

Giant Goose Ranch's photo.

Here is a shot of the new campground under construction. We have 87 new premium lots that should be ready in just a couple weeks! We have already presold over half of them and hope to have the rest spoken for by the end of the year. Don’t miss your chance to join the Midwest’s Premier Camping, Fishing, and Family Outdoor Recreation Area!

At the Goose Ranch we have about 30 more of the new campsites still available for yearly camping lease and about 25 buildable cabin lots also available for yearly lease as well. With each lease you get membership to the whole property and your own private lakefront lot suited for your camper or we custom build portable cabins on the cabin lots.

We are having a big party this Friday July 3rd starting at 5 pm! This is a free event for members and only $5 per adult for guests. Its a potluck so bring a desert or covered dish and we are supplying the pulled pork along with a lot of fun carnival games for kids and of course Fireworks at dark! If you are not a member, but would like to come bring the family out for some fun and check out the goose ranch, just contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to be our guest. We would love to have you come hang out with us!


Hawgin catfish Illinois style! It’s always entertaiing to read Nate’s blog. I bet you could grow some monster northern pike at the Ranch.

Posted by tunacommander on June 29

Very Impressive Nate!

Posted by walmsley on July 01

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