Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gamber Cove Camping and Fishing Club

Gamber Cove is a Private Recreational Fishing Club and Campground for Members Only.

They have over 10 scenic lakes nestled throughout their 315 acre property. Big Lake has 3 miles of shoreline and is 28 acres. Raccoon Lake is the second largest lake at 16 acres, and the rest of their lakes are between 6-10 acres each. They have good access to most of the lakes and concrete boat ramps on 6 of the lakes!

(picture is of their annual fishing tournament)

Gamber Cove's fishing lakes are professionally managed by Herman Brothers Pond Management and are stocked with Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish, Bluegill, Redear, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Walleye, and Tiger Muskie.

Annual Memberships include Husband, Wife, Dependant Children under 21 and Grandchildren under the age of 16. Memberships start at $500 and include full use of thier 315 acres of land. They have over 10 fishing lakes, 5 miles of hiking and golf cart trails, campfires, berry picking, mushroom hunting, swimming pool, shooting range, live music on hoilday weekends, hog roasts, poker runs, fishing tournaments, and many other events and activities! Make sure to visit GamberCove.com for more information!

Fishing Members can tent camp for $25 per night or they can purchase a permanent campsite which start at an additional $400 per year. Fishing Members also have full access to the clubhouse, shower house, swimming pool, and swimming lake. Members are allowed to bring guests, but they need to register and purchase a guest pass. Guest passes are available for $4 per day. Handicapped guests and children under the age of 13 are free.

We performed electrofishing surveys during the fall of 2008 and were literally blown away at the quality of fish we collected! By far the most impressive fish during the surveys were the abundance of Gigantic Redear Sunfish! Lots of 1/2 lbers and the occasional Boone and Crockett 1 lbers!

I was also impressed with the crappie, bass, and yellow perch populations! I will be electrofishing all of the lakes this spring, implementing feeding programs, and stocking quite a few more bonus fish like walleye, tiger muskie, and hybrid bluegill to a few of the lakes!

I will also be taking out a handful of guided fishing trips at Gamber Cove this spring and even filming a few fishing shows there. The scenery surrounding each of the lakes is unmatched anywhere in Central Illinois! Look for more pictures and videos from Gamber Cove this spring.

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