Site super Stan Weimer said Powerton Lake will reopen to boat fishing on Saturday, June 28. Hours will be the normal ones for summer: open at 6 a.m., close at 8 p.m.
Come Saturday, the cooling lake near Pekin will no longer just be home to shore fishermen.
Tom Grider at Riverside Bait and Tackle in Pekin just called and said the word floating around is the plant will be operating on a limited basis, so water temperatures should be low this summer. Traditionally smallmouth fishing at Powerton peaks in late spring.
With the fish not seeing pressure for more than half a year by boaters, it could be worth the drive.
Boat fishing had been closed indefinitely at the cooling lake near Pekin.
Powerton did not have its traditional boat opener on Feb. 15, as repaiers were completed around the discharge area.
Weimer said there will be no docks in. The docks were damaged by a spring storm.
“But it will be open,” he said.
Riverside will be open too, but the end is coming. Grider is holding a going-out of business sale and expects to close up by mid-August or so. Riverside may be reached at (309) 347-3793.