Fishing Reports and Outdoor News


Ken (AKA Husker) O'Malley got out on LaSalle Lake this past weekend.  Did well.  He shares a report with us as well as a couple photos.

Hey Don,   I had the day off from work, so I took a few friends out to LaSalle. What a picture perfect day for LaSalle in March. Calm winds, partly sunny, and temps in the 50's. We launched at 7. Water temps were 57 at the launch and 85 near the hot water shoot. Good current was going. We caught bass on a multitude of baits from drop shoting, crankbaits, and a variety of texas jigged plastics. We would get into a few, things would get slow, then we would get into them again. That is how the day went.  We managed to catch two smallmouth on the day. They are getting harder to find. For those who like cats, there are plenty to be had. The shorelines were loaded with them. Later in the afternoon, the stripers turned on. We found a school busting shad and it was game on! One after another. At times we had two in the net. Great way to end the day. Water temps rose to 63-64 at the launch when we pulled out.  I attached a few pics from the day.
Ken "Husker" O'Malley
"Tame that water and remember to practice CPR!"

SPARTAN NEWSLETTER IS OUTOak Lawn High School's Spartan Fishing Club's latest newsletter is out.  Many of the articles are written by the high school fishing team members.  Check it out.  Just CLICK HERE.

Chicagoland Muskie Hunters
FREE PIZZA -  The Chicagoland Muskie Hunters chapter of Muskies Inc. meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Park Ridge VFW (Higgins and Canfield) at 7:30. Meetings feature top speakers, fishing reports, favorite lake presentations by our members, muskie info sharing, door prizes and raffles. All are welcome!!  Contact Dean—847-677-0017— or

Tuesday, April 9 is Awards Nite-Come and see the beautiful trophies. Hear Ray Thompson, president of the Illini Muskie Alliance, talk about Muskie fishing in Illinois and there's FREE PIZZA!!!

Guided Hikes that start at the Starved Rock Lodge
Take a Hike and enjoy a  Lunch at the Starved Rock Lodge.  Hikes will be conducted from April to November on Saturdays & Sundays at 11am
Participants meet in the Hotel Lobby of the Lodge to pick up a lunch and a "Starved Rock" backpack.  Hikers will stop for lunch once they reach LaSalle Canyon.  After lunch, the hike continues to Eagle Cliff and Lover's Leap.  The tour concludes at the Lodge around 2:00pm.  This hike is classified as strenuous and is about 4.5 miles round trip. Lunch includes your choice of ham, turkey or PB&J, bag of chips, piece of fruit, homemade granola bar and a bottle of water.   See for details and reservations.

Wingshooting Clinics Scheduled at Jim Edgar Panther Creek State Fish and Wildlife Area and the Decatur Gun Club
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is sponsoring wingshooting clinics for hunters on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14 at the Jim Edgar Panther Creek (JEPC) State Fish and Wildlife Area and at the Decatur Gun Club on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5.

Two 4-hour wingshooting sessions are available on each day.  Morning sessions run from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, and afternoon sessions run from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.  The clinic sessions will be taught by instructors certified by both the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA) and the IDNR. The clinics are designed to improve the wingshooting skills of hunters.  Hunters interested in improving their ability to hit moving targets with a shotgun are encouraged to attend.  In addition, hunters will have a fun time shooting with friends or new acquaintances with similar shooting abilities.

The clinics are hands-on and include extensive live fire at a variety of clay target presentations on specially-designed sporting clays courses.  The clay target presentations represent typical hunting scenarios.  From ducks and doves to pheasants, quail and rabbits, hunters will find clay target presentations that resemble their favorite, as well as their most troublesome, shots.

At JEPC, the hunters’ sporting clays course is located in the hills and valleys near the site’s hand trap range.  The sporting clays course in Decatur will be overlaid onto the Decatur Gun Club’s skeet and trap fields for the two-day clinic.  The participant-to-instructor ratio is four to one.  Typically participants are squadded with others of similar shooting ability.  There will be a short (approximately 15 minutes) briefing about shotgun safety and handling and on-range safety at the start of each session.

Advanced registration is required.  To register for the JEPC Hunters Wingshooting Clinic, call the site office at 217-452-7741.  Registration forms for the IDNR/Decatur Gun Club Hunters Wingshooting Clinic can be accessed at   Click on the date you plan to attend to access the appropriate forms



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