I was at Newton for a few days over the New Years Eve weekend.
Did great on good sized Whitebass and caught 5 Largemouths over 18 inches. Pretty good way to start off the new fishing season with the big one of the trip at about 22 inches and five pounds.
I've been fishing Newton for about 15 years and make about 6 or 7 trips down there every year..It's one of my favorite Bass Lakes in Illinois.
A fellow Bass Fisherman and his wife have built a wonderful lodge and cabins about 1/2 mile from the lake. It's only a few bucks more a night than the dive motels in Effingham and Newton..
The Outdoor Sportsmans Lodge. 618-752-5075
The fishing should improve the next few years there too (if that's possible) I heard that they have raised the spillway three feet so the lake will be raised into the shoreline brush and trees..